Written by Northern Illinois University
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00
Senior quarterback Jordan Lynch had four touchdown passes, one touchdown run and one touchdown reception as 21st-ranked Northern Illinois University defeated Eastern Michigan, 59-20, on Saturday afternoon at Huskie Stadium.
With the victory, NIU improved to 8-0, 4-0 in Mid-American Conference play, and won its 24th consecutive game at Huskie Stadium. The Huskies won their 21st consecutive game versus a MAC opponent and NIU’s 8-0 start is the program’s best since 1965. Eastern Michigan falls to 1-7, 0-4 in the MAC.
“I’m really happy with the win, happy with the way we started both halves. We came out quick and I was looking for that,” said NIU head coach Rod Carey. “It’s not about the points, it’s not about how it looked like. It’s how you did those little things to create points and that’s what I was interested in seeing today and I saw it. We challenged ourselves for 60 minutes. I was really happy with the 60 minutes of football that we played today.”
Lynch finished the contest 16-of-20 passing for 223 yards and four scores; he had 18 carries for 99 yards and a score, and also caught one pass for 17 yards and a touchdown. Lynch became just the second player in FBS in the last 10 years with four passing touchdowns, one rushing touchdown and one receiving touchdown, joining Ohio State’s Terrelle Pryor.
NIU struck first, marching 82 yards in 13 plays on its opening drive of the game to take a 7-0 lead. Lynch connected with junior running back James Spencer on a 27-yard swing pass on the drive before hitting junior wide receiver Da’Ron Brown from five yards out for the opening score of the game.
Jordan Lynch accounted for six touchdowns. Brown finished with three catches for 38 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
After an Eastern Michigan punt, it took NIU just three plays and 38 seconds to go 80 yards and double its lead to 14-0. Junior wide receiver Tommylee Lewis (Riviera Beach, Fla./W.T. Dwyer) went 54 yards on an end-around on the first play of the drive and Lynch found freshman running back Joel Bouagnon (Aurora Christian) for a 10-yard touchdown pass to cap the drive.
The Huskies made it three-for-three with another touchdown on their third drive. Lynch went 30 yards down the sideline for the score as NIU took a 21-0 lead with 4:31 to play in the first quarter.
Eastern Michigan got on the board with a 25-yard field goal from Dylan Mulder with 1:01 to play in the first quarter.
NIU increased its lead to 28-3 as Lynch was in the receiving end of a 17-yard touchdown from Lewis. Lynch handed the ball to Lewis in the backfield before running a pass pattern. Lewis found him down the left side, and Lynch leaped over Eagle defenders for the score. It was the first reception of his career and Lewis’ first career pass attempt and completion.
Lynch returned to his typical role throwing touchdown passes as he found sophomore wide receiver Juwan Brescacin with 2:08 to play in the first half to give the Huskies a 35-3 advantage.
NIU got the ball back with 20 seconds left in the half and quickly went 57 yards to pick up a field goal on the final play of the half. Lynch connected with Lewis for passes of 16 and 41 yards to set up a 28-yard field goal by Huskie kicker Mathew Sims.
Lewis finished the day with eight catches for a career-high 107 yards as he recorded the first 100-yard receiving day by a Huskie this season and his first career 100-yard game; he also had four carries for 81 yards.
A total of 10 Huskies caught at least one pass in the contest, with six different players recording a touchdown catch.
NIU will return to action next Saturday, Nov. 2, when the Huskies travel to meet UMass in Foxborough, Mass. Game time against the Minutemen is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT, and will be televised live on ESPN Regional, ESPN3 and ESPN GamePlan.
--Northern Illinois University
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