Scores

Final

Toledo 24

(8-3, 5-2 MAC)

N Illinois 31

(10-1, 7-0 MAC)

Coverage: ESPN2

9:00 PM ET, November 14, 2012

Huskie Stadium, DEKALB, IL

1 2 3 4 T
TOL 7 7 0 1024
NIU 0 7 21 331

Top Performers

Passing: J. Lynch (NIU) - 407 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Lynch (NIU) - 30 CAR, 162 YDS

Receiving: M. Moore (NIU) - 7 REC, 153 YDS, 2 TD

N. Illinois 31, Toledo 24

Associated Press

DE KALB, Ill. -- Jordan Lynch threw for 407 yards and three touchdowns Wednesday night and Northern Illinois defeated Toledo 31-24 to claim a spot in the Mid-American Conference championship game.

Lynch also ran for 162 yards for the Huskies (10-1, 7-0), who extended the longest home winning streak in Division I to 21 games. The defending MAC champions won their 10th straight game and wrapped up the West Division title to advance to the conference championship Nov. 30 in Detroit.

Toledo (8-3, 5-2) led 14-7 at halftime, but 18 seconds into the third quarter Lynch hooked up with Martel Moore for a 74-yard touchdown pass, their second scoring connection of the game. NIU went ahead 21-14 on Lynch's 6-yard TD pass to Ashford Perez.

The Rockets trailed 31-14 but got within seven points after Jeremiah Detmer's 34-yard field goal with 5:57 left. The Huskies picked up three first downs and ran out the clock.

Moore had 153 yards receiving for NIU. Terrance Owens threw for 265 yards and ran for a score for Toledo.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TOL
NIU
1st Downs2528
Total Yards396596
Passing265407
Rushing131189
Penalties3-305-56
3rd Down Conversions3-86-12
4th Down Conversions1-21-1
Turnovers43
Possession30:0229:58

Passing Leaders

ToledoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Owens22/322658.303
Northern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lynch25/3640711.331

Rushing Leaders

ToledoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Fluellen22793.6114
Owens12514.3116
Northern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lynch301625.4031
Daniels8313.919

Receiving Leaders

ToledoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Reedy1013113.1029
Fluellen6559.2021
Northern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moore715321.9273
Ashford57014.0133

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTOLNIU
TD10:01David Fluellen 1 Yd Run (Jeremiah Detmer Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERTOLNIU
TD06:27Martel Moore 5 Yd Pass From Jordan Lynch (Mathew Sims Kick) 77
TD03:28Terrance Owens 1 Yd Run (Jeremiah Detmer Kick) 147
THIRD QUARTERTOLNIU
TD14:42Martel Moore 73 Yd Pass From Jordan Lynch (Mathew Sims Kick) 1414
TD09:26Perez Ashford 6 Yd Pass From Jordan Lynch (Mathew Sims Kick) 1421
TD01:30Akeem Daniels 6 Yd Run (Mathew Sims Kick) 1428
FOURTH QUARTERTOLNIU
FG12:31Mathew Sims 43 Yd 1431
TD10:06Cassius McDowell 5 Yd Run (Jeremiah Detmer Kick) 2131
FG05:57Jeremiah Detmer 34 Yd 2431