Sept. 15, 2012
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Jordan Lynch's 88-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was the second-longest of his Huskie career. He had a 90-yard rushing touchdown versus Buffalo on Oct. 16, 2010.
Lynch surpassed the 100-yard mark in rushing in the first quarter as he gained 103 yards on his first four carries of the game. The NIU junior earned his fourth career 100-yard rushing game and second of the 2012 season. He finished with 125 rushing yards on 13 carries to average 9.6 yards per rush.
Jordan Lynch's 69-yard touchdown pass to Tommylee Lewis was the longest completion of his career as well as the longest career pass reception by Lewis.
Lynch passed for a career-best 342 yards on 18-of-27 completions with four touchdowns. His passing yardage total is the most for NIU since last year's game at Central Michigan, when Chandler Harnish threw for 370 yards on 27-of-50 passing.
Lynch gained 467 yards of total offense in the game, the third highest single game total in NIU history and the most since Harnish set the record with 519 a year ago versus Ball State.
An opponent had over 35 minutes of time of possession for the first time since last year's game versus Wisconsin (Sept. 17). Army finished the game with 42:33 time of possession, including a 13:20-1:40 edge in the second quarter. Northern Illinois had the ball for 7:25 in the fourth quarter compared to Army's 7:35.
Martel Moore collected his fifth career 100-yard receiving game with seven catches for 134 yards and two touchdowns. He has three touchdowns catches in 2012 and 14 for his career to move into a tie for 10th place on the NIU career chart for touchdowns.
NIU tight end Tim Semisch scored his first touchdown of the season on a two-yard catch in the first quarter.
Army became the first opponent to score on its first drive of the game versus NIU this year.
NIU converted eight-of-nine third down attempts in the game with two of NIU's touchdowns coming on third down plays.
Boomer Mays, who made the game-winning stop on fourth down, made his first career start at linebacker for the Huskies. Mays came to NIU primarily as a deep snapper.
Tyrone Clark recorded a career high 17 tackles in the game, That is more tackles in a single game than any NIU player dating back to at least 2006.
Northern Illinois wins its first road game of the season for the first time since 2007, when the Huskies defeated Idaho in the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho.
NIU has played two one-point games in 2012 and is 1-1 in those contests, falling to Iowa 18-17 while defeating Army today 41-40. A year ago, NIU won its lone one-point decision (a 31-30 win at Buffalo) and went 4-1 in games decided by three points or less.
NIU head coach Dave Doeren raised his record to 13-4.
Northern Illinois is now 2-1 all-time versus Army and earned its first win at West Point.