NIU-Toledo Postgame Notes
Nov. 14, 2012
NORTHERN ILLINOIS FOOTBALL 2012
NIU Streaks Extended: Overall Winning Streak, 10 (last loss: vs. Iowa, Sept. 1, 2012)
--Northern Illinois (10-1, 7-0 MAC) clinched its third-consecutive Mid-American Conference West Division Championship with the 31-24 victory over rival Toledo and will represent the division in the MAC Championship game at Ford Field Nov. 30 at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich. It will be the Huskies fourth appearance in the championship game.
--Northern Illinois won its 10th game of 2012 to post its third straight 10-win season. NIU has never had three consecutive 10-win seasons. Currently, NIU and Oregon are the only teams with three consecutive 10-win seasons. Ten teams entered 2012 with back-to-back 10-win seasons.
--NIU won its 10th straight game, the longest winning streak in the Huskies' FBS history (since 1969). The last time Northern Illinois won 10 straight games was in 1963, the year the Huskies won the NCAA College Division National Championship with a 10-0 record.
--The Huskie win over the Rockets was the third-consecutive in the series. It was the first time ever that NIU had defeated UT in three-straight attempts. Northern Illinois is now 11-29 in the series.
--Quarterback Jordan Lynch finished with a career-high 407 yards passing (25-of-36, 69.4 %) and 162 yards rushing on 30 carries for a NIU single game record of 569 yards of total offense, the seventh-highest total in FBS this year. His number of carries and passing attempts were career-highs. He surpassed Chandler Harnish's total offense mark of 519 yards, set Nov. 15, 2011 versus Ball State. The 407 passing yards were the fifth-most in a single game in Northern Illinois history.
--With his 162 yard rushing effort, Jordan Lynch surpassed the 100-yard mark for the ninth consecutive game to extend his NCAA record for most consecutive 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback. He now has 1,504 rushing yards this season (136.7 yards/game). His total currently leads the nation. His 1,504 rushing yards are the second-most ever in a single season, trailing only Denard Robinson's 1,702 in 2010. He also broke the MAC record for most rushing yards by a QB in a season.
--After allowing the Rockets to go 3-for-4 in the first half on third down conversions, the Northern Illinois defense forced Toledo to go 0-for-4 on third down attempts to finish 3-for-8 in the game.
--Senior defensive end Alan Baxter finished the game with four tackles and 1.5 sacks for a loss of five yards. Baxter now has nine sacks this season to lead the NIU defense, tying for the seventh-most in a single season in program history.
--Jordan Lynch recorded the Huskies' longest punt of the season when he pooch-kicked the ball 63 yards in the first quarter. Lynch's first career punt narrowly resulted in a touchback.
--Lynch's early fumble was his first turnover in six games, since he threw an interception in the fourth quarter of the NIU-Kansas game. It had been 302 touches (130 carries) since Lynch's last turnover.
--Jimmie Ward recorded his third interception of the season, and the fourth of his career, in the second quarter. Rashaan Melvin's third-quarter interception was his first of the year and the sixth of his career. Tyrone Clark picked off his first pass of the season and made his fifth career INT. NIU's three interceptions are the most by the Huskies in a game this year.
--NIU senior receiver Martel Moore caught his 20th and 21st career touchdown pass to move into third place on the NIU career chart for touchdown catches. The touchdown grabs were Moore's ninth and 10th of the year.
--Martel Moore's 73-yard touchdown catch to open the third quarter was the longest catch of his career and was the longest pass play by NIU this year. The completion was the longest of Jordan Lynch's career.
--With 153 yards on seven catches tonight, Martel Moore moved up to second place on the NIU career chart for receiving yards with 2,360 yards, trailing only Justin McCareins (2,991).
--Martel Moore recorded his fifth 100-yard game of the year and the ninth of his career. Moore has caught a pass in every NIU game this year and in 40 of the Huskies' last 42 games.
--Perez Ashford, in his first action since the Central Michigan game (Sept. 29), caught his first touchdown pass of the season.
--Jordan Lynch passed for 296 yards in the third quarter while completing 13-of-15 passes with two touchdowns. He led Northern Illinois on a nine-play, 99-yard drive and on a seven-play, 97-yard drive. He hit Martel Moore on a 73-yard touchdown pass, the longest of his career.
--Rashaan Melvin's pass break up was the 24th of his career and his 11th of the season to tie for fourth on the NIU all-time list. His 11 PBU's this year are sixth-most in a single season.
--Jimmie Ward recorded 11 tackles in the game, his sixth double-figure tackle game of the season and added an interception and a forced fumble in the game.
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