Northern Illinois Football 2012 - Postgame Notes

GO HUSKIES <i>Tight end Luke Eakes had a 45-yard catch and a 32-yard run in NIU's win over Buffalo.</i>
Tight end Luke Eakes had a 45-yard catch and a 32-yard run in NIU's win over Buffalo.

Oct. 13, 2012

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With its sixth-straight win, Northern Illinois improved to 6-1 on the season and is 3-0 in Mid-American Conference games. The Huskies' start is its best since the 2003 season.

Northern Illinois won its 11th straight Mid-American Conference game to extend the nation's-longest conference win streak. The Huskies' last MAC loss came in the first league game of 2011 when the Huskies fell on the road to Central Michigan, 48-41 (Oct. 1).

Northern Illinois extended its school record home winning streak to 19 games. NIU's streak ranked as the third longest home win streak in the nation entering the day, behind only LSU (21) and Wisconsin (20).

Northern Illinois held an opponent without a touchdown for the first time since Nov. 26, 2010, when the Huskies defeated Eastern Michigan 71-3.

The Huskies' 16-man senior class tied last year's seniors as the winningest class in school history with 35 victories over the last four years (2009-2012).

NIU's Martel Moore caught his sixth touchdown pass of the season, and the 17th of his career as he dragged two Buffalo defenders the final 10 yards across the goal line for a 43-yard score in the third quarter. Moore's 17 career touchdown catches are tied for seventh all-time at NIU.

NIU senior receiver Martel Moore caught eight passes for 133 yards to tie his career high for catches in a game (set at last year's Bowl versus Arkansas State). He also added a 43-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter.

Martel Moore passed the 2,000-yard mark in career receiving yards to become just the fifth NIU receiver all-time to reach that mark. Moore ranks fifth all-time at NIU with 2,004 yards. Moore's 139 career catches rank ninth on the Huskies' list for career receptions.

In the pocket, quarterback Jordan Lynch was 13-for-20 (65%) with 232 yards and two touchdowns. All told he had 361 yards of offense and four touchdowns.



Huskie quarterback Jordan Lynch ran for 129 yards on 15 carries for his fifth consecutive 100-yard rushing game. He has six 100-yard games on the year.

Lynch ran for two rushing touchdowns and has scored at least one rushing TD in six of the Huskies' seven games. Lynch has 11 rushing TDs on the season to lead Northern Illinois.

True freshman cornerback Marlon Moore made his first career start at cornerback and picked off a pair of passes. He is the first NIU player since Tyrone Clark versus Central Michigan in 2010 to intercept two passes in a game. The interceptions were the first and second of Moore's career.

Redshirt freshman wide receiver Juwan Brescacin made his first career catch with a 12-yard reception in the first half and true freshman receiver Jacob Brinlee recorded his first grab in the fourth quarter.

NIU's 42 point victory was the Huskies' largest of the year and Northern Illinois' 6th-largest win (point differential) in a Mid-American Conference game.

Tommylee Lewis caught his third touchdown pass of the season and scored his fourth TD of the year on a 28-yard reception in the third quarter.

The Huskie defense was stalwart in the red zone, only allowing the Bulls to a field goal in the first half. Buffalo was 1-for-4 in the red zone after coming into the game 13-for-13 in red zone chances.

NIU defensive end Joe Windsor finished today's game with a team-high seven tackles, four for a loss of five yards, including one sack.

The NIU defense caused three turnovers on the day, two interceptions and a fumble, the most since the Huskies matchup with UT Martin Sept. 8, 2012. Northern Illinois converted one touchdown off of a turnover and ended the game with its lone fumble recovery.

Sean Progar posted his second sack of the season and now has 17.5 sacks for his career. Progar is now sixth all-time in program history in career sacks.

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