Sept. 28, 2013
NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL 2013
NIU at Purdue - Sept. 28, 2013
Ross-Ade Stadium - West Lafayette, Ind.
***The Huskies became the first MAC team ever to defeat two Big Ten teams in one season (regular season games). NIU defeated Iowa, 30-27, in the 2013 season opener and earned their second straight win over Purdue with today's 55-24 win.
***Northern Illinois tied the largest margin of victory, 31 points, by a Mid-American Conference team over a team from the Big Ten, tying Toledo's 38-7 mark at Minnesota in 2001.
***The Huskies win their 11th consecutive road game.
***NIU's 55 points were the most scored since last year's UMass game (a 63-0 win) at Huskie Stadium.
***The Huskies win their fifth Big Ten Conference game all-time with four of those wins in the last five seasons (since 2009).
***The Huskies earn their 25th win in the last 27 games.
***NIU's 55 points were the most ever recorded by the Huskies in a game versus a Big Ten Conference foe and the highest total by NIU this season. The previous high was a 37-point outing (in a 38-37 loss) at Northwestern on Sept. 10, 2005.
***The Huskie defense accounted for five turnovers, the most by NIU this season. Northern Illinois' previous best this season was three at Idaho on September 14. NIU's four interceptions were the most by the Huskies in a game since the 2010 game at Central Michigan.
***Northern Illinois scored first in the game, the first time since the Iowa game (season opener), that NIU scored first. NIU's 27-10 lead at halftime was its largest halftime lead of the season. The Huskies trailed at half versus Iowa and Idaho and led Eastern Illinois just 23-20.
***Da'Ron Brown caught four passes for 53 yards with two touchdown passes, of 15 and 17 yards, from Jordan Lynch, to record the second multi-touchdown game of his career and his first of the season. Brown now has four touchdown receptions on the year to lead NIU.
***Jordan Lynch started the game 14-of-15 passing and completed 11 straight passes from midway through the first quarter to 5:40 of the second period.
***Lynch finished with 207 passing yards while completing 18-of-25 passes with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He also gained 35 yards on the ground with a touchdown on nine carries. He was in for only the Huskies' first drive (three plays) in the fourth quarter before giving way to back-ups Matt McIntosh and Drew Hare.
***Lynch completed passes to eight different receivers in the game.
*** NIU sophomore wide receiver Juwan Brescacin scored his first career touchdown on a four-yard pass reception in the second quarter. Brescacin finished with four catches for a team-leading 63 yards, marking the second four reception day of his career. He previously accounted for four catches and 82 yards versus Massachusetts November 3, 2012 at Huskie Stadium.
***True freshman linebackers Jamaal Payton and Sean Folliard saw their first game action as did redshirt freshmen Drew Hare (QB). Defensive tackle Anthony Wells played for the first time this season.
***NIU's Dechane Durante picked off a pair of passes in the second quarter to give him three for the year and seven in his career.
***The Huskie defense accounted for three sacks against Purdue for a loss of 17 yards. Northern Illinois' defense entered the game as the nation's leader in sacks with 4.67 sacks per game. Huskie defensive lineman Jason Meehan, Stephen O'Neal and George Rainey each accounted for one sack.
***Tommylee Lewis returned the second-half kickoff 99 yards to record his fourth career kickoff return touchdown and his first of the season. Lewis' return was the second-longest in NIU history (behind his 100-yard return at Toledo in 2011). He had a pair of kickoff return touchdowns in 2011 (both versus Toledo), one in 2012 (at Eastern Michigan) and today.
*** Senior Jimmie Ward picked off a Purdue third-quarter pass and returned it 62 yards for a score to record the first interception return touchdown of his career and the first of the year for the Huskies. Ward, who has scored on a return of a blocked punt (in 2010), picked off his seventh career pass and his third of the season.
***NIU had a season-high four interceptions and returned them for 113 yards. That sets the record for most interception return yards in a game by the Huskies, surpassing the previous mark versus Western Michigan October 3, 2009.