| 5–5–1 (3–3–1 MAC)|
| Mid-American Conference|
Pat Culpepper (4th year)
1979 Northern Illinois Huskies football team Wikipedia
The 1979 Northern Illinois Huskies football team represented Northern Illinois University in the 1979 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Huskies competed in the highest division of football at the time, Division I-A. The Huskies competed under the Mid-American Conference banner during this season. They were led by head coach Pat Culpepper, and they played their home games at Huskie Stadium.