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Wednesday, 23 October 2013 00:00
NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch runs for some of his record-setting 316 yards last Saturday. NIU photo.
Lynch runs wild as No. 23 Huskies romp to seventh straight victory
Northern Illinois University quarterback Jordan Lynch set the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 316 yards on 32 carries leading the No. 23 Huskies (7-0, 3-0 MAC) to a 38-17 Mid-American Conference win over Central Michigan (3-5, 2-2) at Kelly/Shorts Stadium Saturday.
Lynch broke the record held by former NIU quarterback Stacey Robinson, who set the previous FBS record on October 6, 1990 vs. Fresno State. Robinson rushed for 308 yards in a 73-18 Huskie win over the No. 24-ranked Bulldogs.
The game was tied 14-14 at halftime, but the Huskie defense held the Chippewas to three points and 97 yards in the second half while Lynch ran wild, compiling 232 yards on 18 carries after halftime. Lynch scored three rushing touchdowns and passed for another. He threw for 155 yards on 20-of-30 passing to tally 471 yards of total offense in the game.
NIU won its 20th straight game over a Mid-American Conference foe, the longest conference winning streak in the nation, and won its 13th straight road game, second-longest in the country. Five of the Huskies’ seven wins this year have come on the road.
“You have to run the ball and stop the run,” said NIU Head Coach Rod Carey. “That’s what we had to have and we did what we wanted to do. I’m so proud of our defense. They got a couple of key sacks in the second half.”
After the teams played to a 14-14 tie in the first half, the Huskies dominated the second half of play on both sides of the ball. CMU totaled just 75 rushing yards on the day and their 346 yards of total offense was the lowest total by a Huskie opponent this year. NIU forced a pair of turnovers with cornerback Jhony Faustin picking off a first-half pass and recovering a fumble forced by Dechane Durante.
For the fourth time this season, the Huskies’ opponent scored first. CMU quarterback Cooper Rush hit Titus Davis from nine yards out to complete a four-play, 60-yard drive, giving Central Michigan a 7-0 lead with 6:05 to play in the first quarter.
NIU responded with an 11-play, 75-yard drive that consumed 4:00 on the clock. Lynch completed a 12-yard pass to Juwan Brescacin on third and 12 for a big conversion to the CMU 41 and connected with Brescacin on a 25-yard play to the nine-yard line. From there, the quarterback hit Lewis on a receiver screen and the junior took it in, giving Lynch a touchdown pass in his 20th consecutive game. Lewis finished the game with a career-high 10 catches and had 54 receiving yards along with 28 rushing.
CMU took a 14-7 lead before the end of the first quarter when Rush connected with Andrew Flory on a 36-yard touchdown play. With 13 seconds to play in the period, Central Michigan led 14-7.
Over the final three quarters, the Huskies outscored CMU 31-3, although they did not tie the score until 8:11 remained in the second quarter.
“With all the weapons we have – Jordan, Cameron Stingily, Da’Ron Brown and Tommylee and our tight ends, each defense plays us a little differently,” Carey said. “Defenses have to make a choice and then we take what they are giving you.”
Sacks by Boomer Mays and Stephen O’Neal helped stop CMU drives in the next two drives and Lynch scored his final rushing touchdown on a three-yard rush that finished a six-play, 77-yard drive. He had started that drive with a 40-yard rush, one of three runs of 40 or more yards in the game.
The Huskies finished the game, and the scoring, with their longest drive of the day. Holding a two touchdown lead, NIU drove 89 yards in seven plays beginning with 5:11 to play. Cameron Stingily, who added 70 rushing yards on 14 carries, scored from 19 yards out for the final margin.
Cardinals post shutout as they roll past No. Park
Posting its first defensive shutout in nearly a year, the North Central College football team remained unbeaten on the 2013 season last Saturday with a 42-0 victory over the North Park University Vikings at the Holmgren Ahletic Complex.
The fourth-ranked Cardinals (6-0, 3-0 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin) racked up 35 points in the first half and coasted to the win, owning a 542-200 advantage in total yards, forcing three turnovers and stopping four fourth-down conversion attempts.
It is North Central's first shutout since a 52-0 win over Illinois Wesleyan University on Oct. 27 of last season.
"Defensively, that was just terrific effort, especially by the young guys," said North Central head coach John Thorne. "They never did give up. North Park kept moving the ball, and they made the big plays to stop them."
North Central's offense struck quickly the entire first half, scoring five touchdowns from at least 30 yards away. Cardinal running back Matt Randolph opened the scoring with a 35-yard TD run just over two minutes into the game.
After a short Viking punt left the visitors with just 28 yards to cover, Peter Sorenson got into the act by catching a 24-yard scoring pass from Spencer Stanek with 9:55 still on the clock in the opening period.
Stanek completed 12 of 15 passes for 203 yards and two scores while also running for 39 yards on just three carries.
Brown was the Cardinals' top rusher with 65 yards on six attempts, while Zack Pattat ran 13 times for 58 yards and Ryan Kent gained 55 yards on five rushes.
Chad O'Kane caught a team-high four passes for 47 yards.
Nick Slezak was North Central's top tackler with 10 total stops, while Richard Zirngibl and Cris Chacon each had six.
North Park quarterback T.D. Conway completed 11 of 30 passes for 130 yards, while tailback Marquis Magwood ran 18 times for 66 yards and also caught three passes for 13 yards. Bennett Dettlinger led the Vikings' defense with nine tackles.
The Cardinals host Carthage College on Homecoming Weekend next Saturday at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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