Postgame Notes: Northern Illinois 55, Central Michigan 24
Sept. 29, 2012
Northern Illinois extended its school-record Huskie Stadium winning streak to 18 games with Saturday's win.
Northern Illinois' 4-1 start to the season is its best since 2003, when NIU opened the year 7-0. NIU begins the season 1-0 in the MAC for the first time since 2010.
Both quarterback Jordan Lynch and Leighton Settle rushed for over 100 yards on the day. It is the first time this season, and the first time since Nov. 15, 2011 versus Ball State when Chandler Harnish (181) and Jasmin Hopkins (122) each went over the 100-yard mark.
Leighton Settle finished with 23 carries for a career-best 152 yards and three touchdowns, including a 46-yard touchdown run. Settle had his second 100-yard day of the season and of his career. He scored three rushing touchdowns to become the first Huskie back other than Jordan Lynch to score at least two TDs on the ground this season.
Jordan Lynch scored his sixth rushing touchdown of the year and recorded his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season with 144 yards on 21 carries, a career-high. His previous best was November 26, 2010 at Eastern Michigan, with 142 yards. Lynch has six career 100-yard games. Today was Lynch's third consecutive game with over 100 yards rushing.
On fourth and 7, and on an apparent 24 field goal attempt, Mat Sims received a pitch from holder Ryan Neir and ran 7 yards for a touchdown for his first career score. He finished the game with 17 points with a touchdown, two field goals, and five PATs. This is Sims' second career rush.
Northern Illinois had a season high 622 of offense on 88 plays, also a season high. Northern Illinois last reached the 600-yard plateau November 15, 2011, in the Huskies' 41-38 win over Ball State, when they totaled 710 yards.
Northern Illinois' 55 points are the Huskies' seventh most points scored by NIU in a Mid-American Conference game. It was the most points scored by Northern since November 1, 2011 against Toledo (a 63-60 win). It is also the most at Huskie Stadium since November 9, 2010, also against Toledo. The Huskies' 55 points are the most scored by NIU against Central Michigan all-time. The previous high against Central Michigan was 49 points in 2002.
For the fourth straight game, senior receiver Martel Moore caught a touchdown pass. Moore caught his fifth touchdown pass of the year in the first quarter on a 14-yard catch. Moore has caught five touchdown passes this season and 16 in his career to rank tied for eighth on the NIU all-time chart.
As a team, Northern Illinois totaled a season high 407 rushing yards on 55 carries. It was the most yards by the Huskies since a 494-yard effort versus Western Michigan, October 15, 2011.
Sean Progar recorded his first career interception following a tipped pass by Joe Windsor with the Chippewas inside the red zone at the 16. Progar returned it for 21 yards and finished the game with four tackles. This was the second interception of the year for the Huskies, with the first coming against UT Martin on September 8, 2011 (by Jimmie Ward).
NIU punter Ryan Neir ran for a career-long 17 yards to convert on a fake punt in the second quarter.
Northern Illinois tight end Luke Eakes' career long catch of 43 yards today surpassed his former career high catch of 13 yards. It was his only catch of the day.
Central Michigan's 92-yard pass completion from Ryan Radcliff to Titus Davis was the longest touchdown scored versus the Huskies since last year, when Ball State's Joshua Howard returned a fumble 92 yards for a score. Central Michigan's Titus Davis had one catch for 92 yards and a touchdown.
The Huskies were three-of-three on fourth-down conversions against the Chippewas and are five-of-six on fourth down conversion on the year.
The Huskies converted 32 first downs, the most since converting 33 on September 24, 2011 versus Cal Poly.
The Northern Illinois defense surrendered its second lowest rushing total this season, holding the Chippewas to 130 yards on 31 carries. The Huskies low this season was 63 yards versus UT Martin September 8, 2011.
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