Oct. 20, 2012
Northern Illinois extended several streaks with today's 37-7 win... Northern Illinois has won six straight road games; NIU has won 12 straight games versus Mid-American Conference foes and has won 16 of its last 17 games. NIU has also won eight straight games versus teams from the MAC East, dating back to 2010.
Northern Illinois' senior class became the winningest senior class in school history with its 36th win. The victory eclipsed the mark of 35 held by last year's seniors.
NIU won its seventh straight game to improve to 7-1. NIU was also 7-1 after eight games in 2003.
Northern Illinois wide receiver Martel Moore caught his seventh touchdown pass of the season and the 18th of his career in the first quarter. Moore tied Dan Sheldon for sixth place on the Huskies' all-time list for touchdown catches.
Jordan Lynch surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in rushing on the first drive of the second half. Northern Illinois has now had a player rush for 1,000 yards in 13 times in the last 14 seasons. Lynch is the second quarterback in a row to go over 1,000 yards for NIU, following Chandler Harnish (1,379 yards in 2011).
When Akron scored on a four-yard pass with 1:32 to play in the second quarter, it marked the first touchdown given up by the Northern Illinois defense in six quarters. The last opponent to score on NIU was Ball State, which had a touchdown in the third quarter of that game.
Jason Schepler scored his second career touchdown on a 15-yard reception in the third quarter. Schepler's catch was his first of the year, and first since the MAC Championship game versus Miami on Dec. 3, 2010. Schepler sat out the 2011 season with a knee injury.
Jordan Lynch went over the 100-yard mark in rushing for the sixth straight game and for the seventh time this season on his 35-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run that concluded his day. Lynch totaled 131 yards on 20 carries with two rushing scores, giving him 1,049 yards on 149 carries with 13 TDs on the season.
snatched his first interception of the season and just the second of his career with 9:10 left in the third quarter as he picked off Dalton Williams at the NIU 39-yard line and returned the ball 20 yards.
NIU has won the turnover battle in six of its eight games this season, including a 3-1 edge over Akron, and all six have led to wins. For the season, the Huskies have six interceptions and five fumble recoveries for a total of 11 turnovers.
The NIU defense held Akron to only 42 yards rushing on 37 carries for an average of 1.1 yards per carry. The last time NIU held an opponent to under 50 yards rushing was in the GoDaddy.com Bowl last season on Jan. 8, 2012 against Arkansas State. That day, the Huskies held ASU to 28 yards on 29 rushes. It's the third time under Doeren that NIU has held an opponent under 50 yards rushing.
Reserve running back Giorgio Bowers, a transfer from Akron, made a huge play on kickoff coverage and carried the ball for the first time in his Huskie career. Bowers caused the Zips' first fumble, knocking the ball out of Jawon Chisolm's hand and setting up NIU's first touchdown. He also ran five times for 37 yards for his first career carries.
Redshirt freshman Juwan Brescacin caught two passes for a career high 67 yards.
Mathew Sims' five field goal attempts and three field attempts were both season highs for the junior.
With 13 points, he passed Vince Scott to move into fourth place on the Huskies' all-time list for points scored kicking. He has 194 career points.
Defensive end Sean Progar recorded two tackles for loss and a sack Saturday. He has 33.5 tackles for loss and moved into seventh place on the Huskies' all-time list. He moved past Jake Coffman with the two TFLs. He now has 18.5 career sacks.