Northern Illinois Football 2013: Akron at No. 23 NIU Postgame Notes

GO HUSKIES <i>Jordan Lynch joined some select company Saturday by surpassing the 3,000-yard mark in career rushing.</i>
Jordan Lynch joined some select company Saturday by surpassing the 3,000-yard mark in career rushing.

Oct. 12, 2013

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***The Huskies broke Mid-American Conference record for longest winning streak in its home stadium with its 23rd consecutive Huskie Stadium victory. NIU last loss at home on Sept. 26, 2009 when Idaho claimed a 34-31 victory over the Huskies. NIU broke the record it had previously held with Marshall, who won 23 straight home games as a member of the MAC from Sept. 20, 1997 to Oct. 5, 2000.

***For the first time in 2013, the NIU offense did not commit a turnover in a game. It was the first time since Nov. 23, 2012 at Eastern Michigan the Huskies did not turn the ball over. Akron only committed one in the game.

***NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch became the 10th player in FBS history to run for more than 3,000 yards and pass for more than 4,000 with 83 rushing yards on 15 carries Saturday. After today's game, Lynch has 3,039 career rushing and 4,650 career passing yards. Lynch has the fewest career starts (20) of any player to accomplish the 3,000/4,000 mark. The complete list:

Colin Kaepernick, Nevada (2008-11); Brad Smith, Missouri (2002-05); Antwaan Randle El, Indiana (1998-01); Joshua Cribbs, Kent State (2001-04); Denard Robinson, Michigan (2009-12); Patrick White, West Virginia (2005-08); Vince Young, Texas (2003-05); Brian Mitchell, La.-Lafayette (1986-89); Eric Crouch, Nebraska (1998-2001); Jordan Lynch, N. Illinois (2010-13)

***Lynch became the top rushing quarterback in NIU history as he passed Chandler Harnish on the career rushing list Saturday. Lynch's 83 yards on 15 carries give him 3,039 yards on 476 carries, passing Harnish's 538 carries for 2,953.

***Jordan Lynch extended his streak of consecutive games throwing a touchdown pass to 19, dating back to the Iowa game last year. He has 40 career touchdown passes.

***In its last 10 games against Mid-American Conference foes, the Huskies have scored 30-or-more points. Tonight marked the first time since Dec. 2, 2011 against Ohio in the MAC Championship game at Ford Field that NIU scored less than 30 points against a conference team.



***Boomer Mays' PAT block was the Huskies first since Mike Krause had a PAT block against Miami (Ohio) in the 2010 MAC Championship game. The block was NIU's second of the year (George Rainey, FG at Idaho).

***The Huskies extended their winning streak over Mid-American Conference teams to 19 games, the longest conference winning streak in the country.

***NIU CB Jimmie Ward recorded his fifth interception of the season and extended his streak of games with an interception to four straight in the fourth quarter. Ward entered the game ranked second in the country in interceptions. It was the only turnover of the game.

*** The Huskies have forced at least one turnover in every game this season. The Northern Illinois offense capitalized on a turnover in the fourth quarter as Tyler Wedel's converted a 21-yard field goal. It was the only occasion either team scored as a result of a turnover.

***It was the fourth time this season that Northern Illinois University's opponent ran more plays than the Huskies. The Zips ran 92 plays in the game, compared to the Huskies 74.

***The Huskies four penalties for 31 yards were the lowest totals in 2013. The previous lows occurred at Purdue, when NIU committed five penalties for 45 yards.

***True freshman linebacker Jamaal Payton made his first career start in place of an injured Michael Santacaterina and tied a career high for tackles with five. He and Aregeros Turner (also today) became the first true freshmen to start a game for the Huskies this year.

***The Northern Illinois defense combined for a nine pass breakups in the game, three of them by cornerback Paris Logan. NIU has now combined for 21 pass breakups over the last two games, as the Huskies recorded 12 at Kent State last weekend.

***Receiver Matt Williams recorded his first career catch in the first quarter with a 14-yard pick-up.

***Kicker Tyler Wedel hit his first career field goal with a 42-yard kick in the first quarter to give Northern Illinois a 10-7 lead. On the day, Wedel went 2-for-4 on field goals with boots of 42 and 21 yards. He also made 3-of-3 PATs in the game. Wedel was filling in for the injured Mathew Sims.

***Tight end Desroy Maxwell scored his first career touchdown on a 25-yard pass from Jordan Lynch in the first quarter.

***NIU had its top scoring output of any first quarter this year with 17 points.

***Northern Illinois' defense had its best day in terms of yardage, holding Akron to just 372 yards, the lowest total by an opponent this season. Akron averaged 3.1 yards per rush with 36 rushes for 110 yards.

***Today's Attendance of 23,595 marks the second consecutive sellout at Huskie Stadium.

***For the third game (in six) this season, NIU opponents scored first. NIU saw its string of quarters with a score snapped at 21 when the Huskies were blanked in the second quarter of today's game.

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