(23) N Illinois 38

(7-0, 3-0 MAC)

Cent Michigan 17

(3-5, 2-2 MAC)

3:00 PM ET, October 19, 2013

Kelly/Shorts Stadium, Mount Pleasant, MI

1 2 3 4 T
#23NIU 7 7 10 1438
CMU 14 0 0 317

Top Performers

Passing: C. Rush (CMU) - 271 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Lynch (NIU) - 32 CAR, 316 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: T. Davis (CMU) - 5 REC, 109 YDS, 1 TD

Jordan Lynch rushes for 316 yards to set FBS record for QB

Associated Press

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch always is a rushing threat, though he never had a day like this.

Lynch rushed for 316 yards, an FBS record for a quarterback, and the 23rd-ranked Huskies stayed unbeaten with a 38-17 victory at Central Michigan on Saturday.

Lynch had three rushing touchdowns and was 20 for 30 through the air for 155 yards and another score to help Northern Illinois (7-0, 3-0 Mid-American) extend the nation's best conference winning streak to 20 games.

Jordan Lynch

AP Photo/John L. Russell

Jordan Lynch rushed for 316 yards, an FBS record for a quarterback, as No. 23 Northern Illinois posted a 38-17 victory at Central Michigan.

He broke the rushing record held by former Northern Illinois quarterback Stacey Robinson, who had 308 against Fresno State on Oct. 6, 1990.

"The holes were so wide open; it was nothing I did," he said.

Lynch had 232 rushing yards -- 25 more than his previous single-game high -- and two touchdowns in the second half and added a long run while missing a shoe. Several long runs came on plays up the middle of the field.

The performance came a week after he became the 10th player in FBS history to run for more than 3,000 career yards and pass for more than 4,000 in a win over visiting Akron.

Northern Illinois outscored Central Michigan 17-3 in the second half to extend its road winning streak to 13 games, second only to No. 2 Oregon's 18 straight. The Huskies have won 28 of their last 30 games.

"You take what they give you," Huskies coach Rod Carey said. "Today they made us run it, so we did."

While Lynch was leading the offense with his feet, the Huskies' defense kept the Chippewas (3-5, 2-2) in check throughout the second half. Northern Illinois, which earned a BCS bowl berth last season, held its hosts to just six first downs and 97 total yards after the break.

It finished the game with two takeaways.

"I couldn't be prouder," Carey said of his defense. "They stopped the run. That's what we had to have happen."

The teams went to halftime tied at 14 and Tyler Wedel gave the Huskies the lead for good early in the third with a 34-yard field goal. Lynch added his second touchdown, a 1-yard sneak, later in the period to stretch the lead to double digits.

Central Michigan cut the lead to 24-17 after Ron Coluzzi's 38-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter but Lynch and Cameron Stingily answered with scoring runs of 3 and 19 yards to put the game away.

"In the second half, our offense didn't possess the ball enough and kept putting our defense out there. They did a good job up front. They're very physical," Central Michigan coach Dan Enos said.

"I thought we hung in there for half. We're down one possession in the fourth quarter and then they imposed their will on us and I thought they really established themselves on both sides, offensively and defensively. We couldn't get back into it but they're a really good football team and they did a great job today."

Cooper Rush completed 16of his 22 attempts for 271 yards and two touchdowns for the Chippewas, who had a two-game winning streak end. Titus Davis caught five passes for 109 yards and a touchdown.

Lynch sandwiched a 9-yard touchdown pass to Tommylee Lewis between two Rush scoring passes, then knotted the score with his first touchdown run, a 4-yarder midway through the second quarter.

Northern Illinois was deep in Central Michigan territory in the final minutes of the half but Justin Cherocci intercepted a tipped pass to keep the game tied.

The road win was the Huskies' fifth this season. The trips, Carey said, don't bother his team.

"We're used to it," he said. "This group embraces it.

"It's just us on those bus trips. There's not a lot of outside distractions."


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2817
Total Yards592346
3rd Down Conversions9-153-11
4th Down Conversions0-10-1

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders

Northern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG

Receiving Leaders

Northern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG

Scoring Summary

TD06:05Titus Davis 9 Yd Pass From Cooper Rush (Ron Coluzzi Kick) 07
TD02:05Tommylee Lewis 9 Yd Pass From Jordan Lynch (Tyler Wedel Kick) 77
TD00:13Andrew Flory 36 Yd Pass From Cooper Rush (Ron Coluzzi Kick) 714
TD08:11Jordan Lynch 5 Yd Run (Tyler Wedel Kick) 1414
FG11:01Tyler Wedel 34 Yd 1714
TD03:22Jordan Lynch 1 Yd Run (Tyler Wedel Kick) 2414
FG14:50Ron Coluzzi 38 Yd 2417
TD06:11Jordan Lynch 3 Yd Run (Tyler Wedel Kick) 3117
TD01:32Cameron Stingily 19 Yd Run (Tyler Wedel Kick) 3817

Research Notes

Jordan Lynch has 316 yards rushing vs Central Michigan. That is the most rush yards by a quarterback in a game in FBS history. Previous record was 308 by Stacey Robinson (also from Northern Illinois) vs. Fresno Stat on October 6, 1990. It is also the most rush yards in a game this season.

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