Nov. 23, 2012
NORTHERN ILLINOIS FOOTBALL 2012
No. 24/23 Northern Illinois at Eastern Michigan - Nov. 23, 2012
Ypsilanti, Mich. - Rynearson Stadium
NIU Postgame Notes
NIU Streaks Extended:
Overall Winning Streak, 11 (last loss: vs. Iowa, Sept. 1, 2012)
Road Winning Streak, 8 (last loss: vs. Central Michigan, Oct. 1, 2011)
MAC Winning Streak, 16 (last loss: vs. Central Michigan, Oct. 1, 2011)
MAC Road Winning Streak, 7 (last loss: vs. Central Michigan, Oct. 1, 2011)
Longest Win Streak as a NCAA Division I institution (since 1969) - 11
NIU Team Records:
Most Regular Season Wins - 11
Longest Win Streak in a Season - 11 (previous long 10 in 1963)
Tied Longest Win Streak (overall) - 11 (previous Sept. 14 1963 to Sept. 19, 1964;
Nov. 7, 1964-Nov. 13, 1965 and Nov. 6, 1943-Oct. 13, 1945)
NIU's Tommylee Lewis became the first player in NIU history to score THREE kickoff return touchdowns in his career with a 93-yard return for a score in the first quarter. Lewis had two kickoff return TDs as a freshman a year ago (both versus Toledo). The kickoff return TD was NIU's first of the season.
Martel Moore caught his 11th touchdown pass of the season, and the 22nd of his career, late in the first half. Moore's 43-yard touchdown catch and run moved him into a tie for second in career TD catches (John Spilis, 1966-68) and is the most by any NIU receiver since Justin McCareins (1997-2000) set the all-time mark with 29. Moore's 11 TD catches this season put him tied for third on the NIU single season chart for touchdown catches and are the most in a single season by a Huskie receiver since 2005, when Sam Hurd had 13.
Akeem Daniels scored a career high four rushing touchdowns on runs of 25, 20, 19 and 16 yards. Daniels came into the game with four rushing scores on the season. He also gained a career-high 112 rushing yards on 12 carries as he recorded his first career 100-yard rushing game. Daniels' previous best rushing day was Nov. 9, 2010 versus Toledo (62 yards).
With nine catches for 116 yards in the game, Martel Moore
went over 100 yards receiving for the sixth time this season and for the 10th time in his career. Moore's nine catches were a season and career single-game high for the senior. His 67 catches in 2012 rank fifth on the NIU single season charts and are the most since 2003 (P.J. Fleck
Moore also surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in receiving yards on the season to become only the fifth Huskie player all-time - and the first since 2005 (Sam Hurd) - to reach that standard. Moore's total of 1,015 yards is the sixth-highest single season total.
With 107 yards on 20 carries, quarterback Jordan Lynch extended his NCAA (FBS) record for consecutive 100-yard rushing games to 10. Lynch has been below the 100-yard mark only once this season, in the second game of the year versus Tennessee-Martin. His 11 100-yard rushing games this season are a school single season record.
NIU had two 100-yard rushers in the same game for the second time this season with both Lynch and Daniels over the 100-yard mark. It marks the 18th time in school history NIU has had two players gain 100 yards in a game. Previously this season, Lynch (144) and Leighton Settle (152) each had 100-plus yards versus Central Michigan.
NIU junior Sean Evans picked off his first career pass and returned it 32 yards to record the Huskies' 13th interception of the year. He became the 10th NIU player to intercept a pass this season.
Northern Illinois held an opponent to less than 100 rushing yards for the fourth time this season as the Eagles earned just 94 yards on 37 carries to average 2.5 yards per carry. Previously, UT Martin (63 yards), Buffalo (74), and Akron (42) failed to hit the 100-yard mark in rushing yards.
With a touchdown pass to Martel Moore, Jordan Lynch tied Chandler Harnish for the school record for most touchdowns responsible for in a season with 39. Harnish set the record last year in 14 games.
Rashaan Melvin broke up four passes in the game, giving him 15 pass break-ups this season which ties the NIU single season record. Melvin tied Randee Drew (2003) and Chris Smith (2010) with his single game career high. The senior has 32 career pass break-ups, which ranks second all-time behind only Randee Drew (38 from 2000-03).