Northern Illinois Post-Game Notes



Jan. 9, 2012

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Arkansas State vs. Northern Illinois - January 8, 2012
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Northern Illinois Post-Game Notes

***Martel Moore went over the 100-yard mark in receiving for the third time this season. Huskie receivers have six 100-yard games in 2011-12. Moore's 224 yards is the seventh 200-yard game in school history and ties for the third-highest single-game yardage total ever at NIU.

***Martel Moore's 224 yards set an NIU bowl record for receiving yards, surpassing Hugh Rohrschneider's total of 113 versus Missouri State in the 1963 Mineral Water Bowl, Nov. 30, 1963.

***The Huskies tied the NIU bowl record for touchdowns scored with five, set at the 2010 Humanitarian Bowl , Dec. 18, 2010.

***Harnish, already the Huskies' single season leader in passing yardage in a season, became NIU's second 3,000-yard passer. He broke the Northern Illinois record for passing yards in a season, previously held by George Bork, who set the record in 1963 with 3,077 yards. Harnish finished the year with 3,216 yards.

***Ryan Neir completed his first career pass on a four-yard toss to Pat McAvoy that converted a fourth down on a fake field goal.

***Jordan Lynch, seeing his first extensive action since the Bowling Green game on Nov. 8, led NIU on a 78-yard touchdown drive that ended in his third rushing touchdown of the season. Lynch completed each of his four passes in the game, including a 41-yard pass to Martel Moore on the drive, and has the highest passing yardage total of his career with 64 yards.

***Womble scored the first rushing touchdown of his NIU career, and his second overall score, to close out the first half. Womble's TD was his first since a 58-yard receiving score versus Army in the first game of the season.

***NIU set team single season records for net yards gained (6,664), touchdowns (68), passing yards (3,386), passing attempts (408), points per game (38.3) and first downs (333)



***Northern Illinois got interceptions from cornerbacks Rashaan Melvin and Jhony Faustin in the second half. It was Melvin's third INT of the season and Faustin's second. The two intercepted passes in back-to-back games.

***Northern Illinois intercepted a season-high three passes, tying the previous high set against Ohio Dec. 2, 2011 in the Marathon MAC Championship.

***Dechane Durante scored his first career touchdown on a 36-yard interception return in the fourth quarter. Durante's INT was his third of the season. The interception return was NIU's first since Nabal Jefferson brought an interception back 25 yards for a score versus Kent State (10-8).

***The Huskies forced a season-high five turnovers (3 interceptions, two fumble recoveries) tying the mark set at Buffalo Oct. 22, 2011 (two interceptions, three fumble recoveries).

***Arkansas State gained just 28 net yards on 29 attempts to average less than a yard per rush.

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