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Final

(21) N Illinois 63

(9-0, 5-0 MAC)

Massachusetts 19

(1-8, 1-4 MAC)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:00 PM ET, November 2, 2013

Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA

1 2 3 4 T
#21NIU 21 21 7 1463
UMASS 6 7 6 019

Top Performers

Passing: J. Lynch (NIU) - 160 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: J. Lynch (NIU) - 17 CAR, 119 YDS, 4 TD

Receiving: C. Beebe (NIU) - 1 REC, 81 YDS, 1 TD

Jordan Lynch runs for 4 TDs as No. 17 Northern Illinois remains unbeaten

Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Jordan Lynch dropped back to pass, and then it became obvious that keeping the ball would be the better way to go.

The Northern Illinois quarterback ran untouched up the middle for a 19-yard score for his third touchdown run in the first quarter, leading No. 17 Northern Illinois to a 63-19 victory over Massachusetts on Saturday. Lynch also scrambled for a third-quarter score, rushing for 119 yards and four TDs in all.

"I'm a quarterback first," said Lynch, who entered the game leading all active FBS players in career rushing yards. "I don't like to run first. But I feel like if I'm going to force something, I'd rather just use my legs and find the hole."

The Huskies (9-0, 5-0 Mid-American Conference) scored touchdowns on their first five possessions and six of their seven drives in the first half. Cameron Stingily rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown, and Tommylee Lewis also ran one in for Northern Illinois.

One week after accounting for six touchdowns -- four passing, one rushing and one receiving -- Lynch had a hand in five more, completing 10 of 14 passes for 160 yards and throwing for at least one touchdown for the 22nd consecutive game. He played one possession in the third quarter, scoring on an 11-yard run, before sitting down.

Backup Drew Hare connected with Chad Beebe on an 81-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and followed it with a 47-yard TD run to make it 63-19.

"I think the start was the key," Huskies coach Rod Carey said. "And again we started fast in the second half."

Playing without injured No. 1 quarterback A.J. Doyle, UMass (1-8, 1-4) lost its third consecutive game. Backup Mike Wegzyn, who lost the starting job earlier in the season, completed 10 of 25 passes for 169 yards and Lorenzo Woodley ran 38 times for 163 yards and a touchdown.

Wegzyn also threw two interceptions, the first at the Minuteman 20 on the second play of the second quarter that Huskies defensive lineman Ken Bishop ran to the 6. Two plays later, Stingily ran it in to make it 28-6.

UMass drove 83 yards to score its only touchdown on a 1-yard run by Woodley, cutting the deficit to 15 points. But on the Huskies' next play, Lynch hit Juwa Brescacin for a 66-yard touchdown.

Minutemen kicker Brendon Levengood made a school record-tying four field goals -- all more than 40 yards; his career high coming into the game was a 38-yarder.

UMass stopped Lynch for just the second time on the Huskies' first possession of the second half. The Minutemen blocked a 44-yard field-goal attempt, but after defensive end Brandon Potvin picked up the loose ball he fumbled and the Huskies' Jared Volk recovered for a fresh set of downs.

"We play the next play. We have a short memory," Carey said. "I can tell you that I was not happy with the blocked field goal. I'd rather not have to play that way there. But it was good to see them (the Huskies) come back."

Northern Illinois left tackle Tyler Loos injured his left leg in the third quarter and taken off on a stretcher. Carey said he would remain in the Boston area for a few days to have surgery, but he did not elaborate on the injury.

"I'm a little too emotional to talk about that," Carey said. "I know he's in good hands."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NIU
UMASS
1st Downs2715
Total Yards612324
Passing258169
Rushing354155
Penalties1-155-40
3rd Down Conversions4-75-18
4th Down Conversions0-01-2
Turnovers23
Possession25:4634:14

Passing Leaders

Northern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lynch10/1316012.310
MassachusettsC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wegzyn10/251696.802

Rushing Leaders

Northern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lynch171197.0425
Stingily8587.3113
MassachusettsCARYDSAVGTDLG
Woodley381634.3125
Harris2157.5011

Receiving Leaders

Northern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Beebe18181.0181
Brescacin16666.0166
MassachusettsRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sharpe56513.0024
Long13131.0031

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNIUUMASS
FG11:28Brendon Levengood 42 Yd 03
TD08:03Jordan Lynch 6 Yd Run (Mathew Sims Kick) 73
FG05:35Brendon Levengood 46 Yd 76
TD04:16Jordan Lynch 25 Yd Run (Mathew Sims Kick) 146
TD00:10Jordan Lynch 19 Yd Run (Mathew Sims Kick) 216
SECOND QUARTERNIUUMASS
TD14:09Cameron Stingily 6 Yd Run (Mathew Sims Kick) 286
TD09:41Lorenzo Woodley 1 Yd Run (Brendon Levengood Kick) 2813
TD09:33Juwan Brescacin 66 Yd Pass From Jordan Lynch (Mathew Sims Kick) 3513
TD00:31Tommylee Lewis 15 Yd Run (Mathew Sims Kick) 4213
THIRD QUARTERNIUUMASS
TD10:21Jordan Lynch 11 Yd Run (Mathew Sims Kick) 4913
FG06:03Brendon Levengood 44 Yd 4916
FG02:37Brendon Levengood 40 Yd 4919
FOURTH QUARTERNIUUMASS
TD09:02Chad Beebe 81 Yd Pass From Drew Hare (Mathew Sims Kick) 5619
TD05:31Drew Hare 47 Yd Run (Mathew Sims Kick) 6319

Research Notes

Jordan Lynch has 9 games with 2+ rush TD since 2012, the 2nd-most in FBS by a QB.
Jordan Lynch has been great the past 3 weeks. He's passed or run for 14 touchdowns, more than 106 TEAMS have scored in any way over that same span. And he's run for more yards than the next 2 QBs on the list COMBINED.
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Northern Illinois scored 63 points Saturday, tied for their fourth most in a game since 2000.
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Jordan Lynch rushed for 119 yards and 4 TD on Saturday becoming the first FBS quarterback to do so in a road game since Cam Newton in 2010.
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Jordan Lynch has a rushing touchdown in four straight games, the second-longest streak within a single season in his career. Lynch had a rushing touchdown in six straight games last season. Entering Saturday, Lynch had 5 rushing touchdowns in his last three games, the most for any quarterback in the FBS during that span.
Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch now has four rushing TD in today's game against Massachusetts. That is a new career-high for rushing TD in a single game for Lynch.
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Jordan Lynch (NIU): 2 Rush TD in 1st quarter at UMass. He has 29 Rush TD over the last 2 seasons, the most by an FBS QB over that span.
Jordan Lynch has 2 rushing touchdowns in the 1st quarter. He entered the game with 5 first-quarter rushing touchdowns in his career.
Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch has 2 rushing TD in the 1st quarter against Massachusetts. It is the 3rd game with at least 2 rush TD for Lynch this season -and the 10th multi-rush TD game of his career.
Jordan Lynch has been responsible for 4 TD today, his 3rd straight game with 4 TD, tied for the longest streak in the FBS this season.
Jordan Lynch leads FBS QBs and is fourth among all FBS players with 1,031 rush yards this season. Lynch had just 18 more yards on the ground through eight games last season (1,049) en route to setting the FBS single-season rushing record for quarterbacks (1,815).

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