(24) N Illinois 49

(11-1, 8-0 MAC)

E Michigan 7

(2-10, 1-7 MAC)

1:00 PM ET, November 23, 2012

Rynearson Stadium, Ypsilanti, MI

1 2 3 4 T
#24NIU 14 14 7 1449
EMU 7 0 0 07

Top Performers

Passing: J. Lynch (NIU) - 168 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: A. Daniels (NIU) - 12 CAR, 112 YDS, 4 TD

Receiving: M. Moore (NIU) - 9 REC, 116 YDS, 1 TD

Akeem Daniels runs for 4 TDs; N. Illinois gets 11th win

Associated Press

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- So much for catching the Mid-American Conference West division champions napping.

Jordan Lynch ran for 107 yards and Akeem Daniels scored a career-best four touchdowns as Northern Illinois (No. 24 AP) beat Eastern Michigan 49-7 on a cold, snowy Friday.

The Huskies head to the MAC title game, in which they had already locked up a spot, with 11 straight victories.

Daniels scored on runs of 25 and 20 yards in the first half and finished with a career-high 112 yards on 12 carries to help the Huskies (11-1, 8-0) cap a perfect run through the MAC. He added touchdowns carries from 19 and 16 yards out in the second half.

"It was like ice water out there," the Florida native said after his first game in snow. "My hands were kind of frozen but I didn't mind.

"The offensive line did a nice job opening holes."

Lynch, a week removed from a 407-yard passing performance, was 16 for 25 for 168 yards but extended his FBS record streak of 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback. He had 20 carries to crack the century mark for the 10th straight game and bolster his dark horse Heisman Trophy campaign.

"We were really happy," coach Dave Doeren said. "We were great at tailback and didn't allow any sacks today.

"We had to be pretty conservative with our passing game."

The West division winners will go for a second straight conference title when they face No. 23 Kent State in next week's championship game. The Huskies have defeated 16 straight MAC opponents and won 11 regular-season games for the first time in school history.

Eastern Michigan (2-10, 1-7) tied the game 7-7 late in the first quarter but Northern Illinois needed just 15 seconds to retake the lead.

Tommylee Lewis returned the ensuing kickoff 93 yards to score the first of three straight touchdowns that gave the Huskies a 28-7 lead at intermission.

The return touchdown, the third of his career, set a new school record.

It was 38 degrees and windy at kickoff and snow flurries covered the artificial surface early in the second quarter. The Huskies mostly kept the ball on the ground after that but got a 43-yard touchdown pass from Lynch to Martel Moore in the final minute of the half.

Sean Evans intercepted Eagles quarterback Tyler Benz early in the fourth quarter to set up Daniels' final touchdown run and Jacob Brinlee added an 11-yard scoring run in the final minutes of the game.

Moore had nine catches for 116 yards to become the first Huskies receiver with 1,000 yards in a season since 2005.

The Huskies allowed only 94 rushing yards and 227 total.

"I read a story saying teams that run spread offenses don't have very good defenses," Doeren said. "I wish they would've called me for that story. We've been a very good defensive team this year."

EMU, which hosted a ranked opponent for the first time in school history, fell to 0-7 all-time against Top 25 teams.

Benz was 10 for 22 for 96 yards and hit Matt Boyd with a 20-yard strike for the Eagles' only touchdown. The Huskies sacked him three times.

The snow stopped at halftime but persistent, chilly winds shooed most of the crowd by the start of the fourth quarter. Northern Illinois will find the conditions much better next week when it plays for the conference title in climate-controlled Ford Field in Detroit.

"We can't wait. We're excited," said Lynch, who has 4,381 total yards.

"We love the spotlight and the game is going to give us a chance to show what we can do."


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2415
Total Yards415227
3rd Down Conversions6-144-13
4th Down Conversions2-20-1

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders

Northern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG

Receiving Leaders

Northern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG

Scoring Summary

TD05:35Akeem Daniels 25 Yd Run (Mathew Sims Kick) 70
TD00:16Matt Boyd 20 Yd Pass From Tyler Benz (Dylan Mulder Kick) 77
TD00:01Tommylee Lewis 93 Yd Kickoff Return (Mathew Sims Kick) 147
TD04:06Akeem Daniels 20 Yd Run (Mathew Sims Kick) 217
TD00:53Martel Moore 43 Yd Pass From Jordan Lynch (Mathew Sims Kick) 287
TD10:44Akeem Daniels 19 Yd Run (Mathew Sims Kick) 357
TD08:42Akeem Daniels 16 Yd Run (Mathew Sims Kick) 427
TD01:23Jacob Brinlee 11 Yd Run (Mathew Sims Kick) 497

Research Notes

From Elias: Kent State and Northern Illinois both have 11 wins this year. This is only the 2nd time ever that the MAC has had two 11-win teams in the same season, in this the 67th year of existence. The other time was in 2003 when Bowling Green and Miami (OH) both finished with 11+ wins. Miami (OH) finished 13-1 that season with Ben Roethlisberger playing QB.

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