Sept. 22, 2012
Final Stats |
Northern Illinois' win over Kansas was designated as a "Boneyard Victory" by the Huskie team and is the 11th Boneyard win in school history. Boneyard wins are earned when the Huskies defeat a team from a BCS automatic qualifying league. NIU's first boneyard win came versus Kansas in 1983 (Sept. 3). The Huskies' last boneyard victory came versus Minnesota on Sept. 25, 2010
NIU overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat Kansas, 30-23. The last time the Huskies overcame a 10-or-more point deficit in the fourth quarter was in last season's MAC Championship versus Ohio, when Northern Illinois trailed the Bobcats 20-7 (13 points) entering the final stanza.
With the 30-23 win over Kansas, Northern Illinois extended its school-record Huskie Stadium winning streak to 17 games. The last loss occurred Sept. 26, 2009 against Idaho, 34-26.
The Northern Illinois offense combined for 455 yards on 81 plays, averaging 5.61 yards per play. It is the third-straight game this season the Huskies totaled 400-or-more yards of offense. NIU recorded its season-high 515 yards last week at Army.
NIU tailback Akeem Daniels scored his first rushing touchdown of the season on a three-yard run in the second quarter. Starting tailback Leighton Settle scored the go-ahead touchdown with 4:33 left in the game for his first of the year. Daniels and Settle are the fifth and sixth players, respectively, to score a rushing touchdown for NIU this season. Tailbacks Keith Harris, Jamal Womble and Daniels as well as wide receiver Tommylee Lewis each have one rushing TD while Jordan Lynch leads the team with five.
Kicker Mathew Sims missed a PAT for the first time this season when he was wide right on the kick following the Huskies' first touchdown. Sims had been 12-for-12 to that point.
Sophomore Tommylee Lewis
recorded a season-long 35-yard kickoff return.
NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch recorded his third 100-yard rushing game of the season, and the fifth of his career. He finished with 22 carries for 134 yards, nine yards shy of breaking his all-time rushing mark of 142 yards at Eastern Michigan Nov. 26, 2010.
Huskie receiver Martel Moore grabbed his fourth receiving touchdown of the season and 15th of his career when Jordan Lynch hit him over the middle and he ran more than 50 yards for a 65-yard score. The catch was his longest reception of the season.
Martel Moore caught five passes for 105 yards in the game to tally the sixth 100-yard receiving day of his career and his second of the year. Moore totaled 134 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches last week in NIU's 41-40 victory at Army.
Mathew Sims' 44-yard field goal was his longest of the year and tied his career long. He made three pointers of 44 yards twice in 2011, vs. Kent State and Cal Poly.
The Northern Illinois defense combined for four sacks against Kansas. Defensive ends Alan Baxter and Joe Windsor each finished with two sacks in the game to lead the Huskies. It's the second multi-sack game for Windor this season as he recorded two versus Iowa Sept. 1. Baxter now leads the NIU defense with five sacks this season and Windsor is second on the squad with four.
Quarterback Jordan Lynch accumulated 369 yards of offense, including 134 yards on the ground. In the air he was 25-for-35 passing (71.4 percent) for 235 yards with two touchdowns.
Perez Ashford tied his career high with eight catches Saturday.
Punter Ryan Neir dropped five punts inside the 20-yard line to establish a single game career high.