Nov. 21, 2013
NORTHERN ILLINOIS FOOTBALL 2013
NIU at Toledo - Nov. 20, 2013
Glass Bowl - Toledo, Ohio
NIU Postgame Notes
Northern Illinois clinched its fourth consecutive Mid-American Conference West Division title with a 35-17 win over Toledo.
NIU is 11-0 for the first time in school history. NIU's previous best undefeated mark was a 10-0 record in 1963 when the Huskies won the College Division National Championship.
NIU extended its nation-leading road winning streak to 15 games; the Huskies are 7-0 on the road in 2013.
NIU extended its nation-leading conference winning streak to 24 games; NIU has not lost to a MAC opponent since Oct. 1, 2011 (CMU).
Quarterback Jordan Lynch ran for 161 yards on 28 carries to record his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season and 20th of his career. He moved into second place on the Huskies career rushing chart and now ranks behind only NIU tailback legends Garrett Wolfe and Michael Turner on the all-time list.
Lynch scored three rushing touchdowns and has 17 rushing scores this season and 42 for his career. He has been responsible for at least one touchdown in 25 consecutive games and has at least one rushing score in each of the Huskies' last six games and in eight games this year.
Lynch improved his record as NIU's starting quarterback to 23-2. He has never lost to a MAC opponent, has never lost a road game and has never lost a game at Huskie Stadium as the Huskies' starting QB.
Jordan Lynch totaled 363 yards on 50 plays in the game to average 7.3 yards per play.
Tailback Cameron Stingily ran for 146 yards on 18 carries to record his third career 100-yard rushing game. Stingily is 42 yards away from 1,000 yards for the season. It is the second time this season Stingily and Lynch have gained 100 yards rushing in the same game as they also accomplished the feat versus Eastern Illinois.
intercepted his sixth pass of the season after tipping the ball to himself and grabbing it just before it hit the ground. Ward's interception was his first since the Akron game (Oct. 12). He has 10 career INTs.
On a night when NIU played without starting receivers Tommylee Lewis and Da'Ron Brown due to injury, NIU's Juwan Brescacin recorded his first career 100-yard game and the third by a Huskie receiver this year. Brescacin finished with a career-high eight catches for 121 yards.
Jordan Lynch recorded his 20th career 100-yard rushing game (leads all active players), and has six 100-yard games this season.
Mathew Sims' 23-yard field goal miss in the first quarter was his first miss from inside 40 yards this season.
With 566 total yards tonight, NIU has accumulated 500 yards or more of total offense in eight of its 11 games this season and in each of the last five contests.
The Huskies have now won eight consecutive games broadcast on ESPN2. NIU's next two games (Nov. 26 vs. Western Michigan and the MAC Championship game) will be shown on that same network.
Tonight's win is NIU's 14th-straight win in the month of November.
NIU has won 23 of its last 24 games.
NIU trailed at halftime for the fourth time this season. NIU was behind 24-20 versus Ball State, trailed 24-17 at Iowa and 28-21 at Idaho in addition to the 10-7 deficit tonight.
With 202 yards passing and 161 yards rushing, Lynch had his 10th 200-yard passing and 100-yard rushing game of his career.
Linebacker Boomer Mays earned his first career interception when he picked off a Toledo running back's pass in the end zone to thwart a Rocket drive in the second quarter.