Nov. 20, 2010
NIU at Ball State - November 20, 2010
Muncie, Ind. - Scheumann Stadium
Northern Illinois Post-Game Notes
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***Northern Illinois extended its winning streak to eight straight games and earned its ninth win of 2010. NIU has its longest winning streak since the 1965 team posted an undefeated regular season before falling in the Mineral Water Bowl. That streak occurred prior to the Huskies entering the "Major College" (Division I Football Bowl Subdivision) ranks.
***Northern Illinois won its ninth game of the season, the most wins by an NIU team since the 2004 squad won nine games and finished 9-3. In 2003 Northern Illinois went 10-2.
***NIU won its seventh league game of the year to clinch the Mid-American Conference West Division title for the first time since 2005. Northern Illinois will match up versus the East Division champion in the 2010 Marathon MAC Championship game on Friday, Dec. 3 at Ford Field in Detroit. In its only appearance in the MAC Championship game to date, NIU lost to Akron, 31-30, on a last-second touchdown by the Zips. NIU won a share of the MAC West title in 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005.
***In 24 previous seasons in the MAC, Northern Illinois has never gone undefeated in league play over the course of a season. The Huskies have a chance to accomplish that next week with a win at Eastern Michigan in its regular season game.
***Northern Illinois now has six punt blocks this season with three on Saturday, two by Jordan Delegal and one by Ricky Crider, breaking the school record for blocked punts in a season. Freshman Jimmie Ward has the other three punt blocks for the Huskies this year. Delegal earned the second and third blocked punts of his career while Crider's block was his first. The previous record was five blocked punts in a season, set in 2008.
***NIU set a school record with three blocked punts in the game to break the previous record of two, set on Oct. 25, 2008 versus Bowling Green.
***Jimmie Ward, who has blocked three punts on the season, earned his first touchdown after picking up a punt blocked by Jordan Delegal in the first quarter. Ward's score is the third by an NIU defender this year (Devon Butler INT return vs. Akron, Tyrone Clark INT return vs. Ball State) and second scored on special teams (Tommy Davis KOR vs. Toledo).
***Tyrone Clark scored his first career touchdown on a 16-yard interception and return in the fourth quarter. Clark leads the Huskies in interceptions with four on the season. Clark has the most interceptions in a single season by an NIU player since Lionel Hickenbottom picked off five passes in 2004.
***Freshman Jordan Lynch notched his first career touchdown pass on a four-yard play to Kyle Skarb, who caught his first touchdown pass of the year.
***Huskie senior Jake Coffman moved into the NIU Top 10 in career sacks with his 14th career sack. Coffman is now tied for seventh all-time in sacks. He has 3.5 sacks on the season to tie Sean Progar (3.5 entering the game) for the team lead.
***Chandler Harnish's first-quarter fumble was the Huskies' first fumble lost in five games, since Northern Illinois' first carry in the Temple game (by Chad Spann). The Huskies went 259 carries between fumbles and have lost only lost five fumbles on the year.
***Chad Spann passed Huskie great Michael Turner on the NIU career chart for rushing touchdowns with three at Ball State. Spann has 45 rushing scores in his career, Turner had 43 from (2000-03). Garrett Wolfe set the NIU career record for rushing TDs with 52 between 2002-2006.
***Chad Spann's 18 rushing scores are one off the NIU record for single season rushing touchdowns. Spann owns a piece of that record with his 19 rushing TDs last year - as he is tied with Stacey Robinson (twice, in 1989 and 1990) and Michael Turner (2002) for that record.
***Nathan Palmer scored his fifth and sixth receiving touchdowns of the season in the game. His six receiving scores are the most by a Huskie receiver since Sam Hurd had 13 receiving TDs in 2005. Palmer's 84 receiving yards were a season high.
***The Huskies won the game despite being held to less than 200 yards rushing for just the third time this season. NIU lost its previous two games when it failed to rush for 200 yards.
***Tommy Davis had a career long 52-yard punt return in the second half.
***The Huskies held an opponent below 275 yards of total offense for the fourth time this season and for the first time since the Buffalo game (Oct. 16). Ball State gained 268 yards.