Nov. 26, 2010
NIU POSTGAME NOTES
***The 2010 Huskies became just the fourth Northern Illinois football team to record 10 wins in a season. The last NIU team to win 10 games in a year was the 2003 Huskies, who finished the season 10-2 but did not advance to the postseason. Northern Illinois also won 10 games in 1983 (10-2 MAC and California Bowl Champions) and 1963 (10-0 College Division National Champions).
***Northern Illinois completed a perfect Mid-American Conference season for the first time in school history with an 8-0 record in league games to secure the outright MAC West title. Northern Illinois shared the MAC West title in 2001, 2002 and 2004, and won the crown outright in 2005, the last time the Huskies played in the MAC title game. The Huskies have outscored their MAC opponents 382 to 127.
***NIU's nine-game winning streak ties the 1965 Huskies, who put together a perfect 9-0 regular season before falling in the Mineral Water Bowl to North Dakota, 37-20.
***The Huskies' 68-point win reflected their largest margin of victory as a "major college" program (since 1969), their biggest MAC win ever, and the largest win over any team since 1921 when NIU defeated Elmhurst 91-10. Northern Illinois' 71 points is the fifth-most all-time and most since 2000 when the Huskies defeated Buffalo, 73-10 (Oct. 28, 2000) and the second-highest total ever recorded against a MAC opponent.
***The Huskies' 10 touchdowns ties the school's "modern" (since 1969) record for touchdowns in a game with the 10 scores versus Buffalo (in a 73-10 win) on Oct. 28, 2000.
***Northern Illinois' defense gave up a season-low 160 yards on the day, and Eastern Michigan tallied just 11 passing yards (on 4-of-9 passing). The Eagles punted nine times and converted just 2 of 15 third down tries.
***NIU's 646 yards of total offense ties for the fourth-most in school history and the most since Oct. 28, 2000 when NIU had 646 yards versus Buffalo. The Huskies' 544 rushing yards ranks second all-time at Northern Illinois and is the most since NIU rushed for 733 yards in a 73-18 win over Fresno State on Oct. 6, 1990.
***Northern Illinois scored eight rushing touchdowns by five different players. The Huskies scored on runs of 71 (Chad Spann
), 81 (Jordan Lynch
), 61 (Lynch), 61 (DeMarcus Grady
) and 74 (Jas Hopkins) yards in the game. NIU averaged 15.5 yards per carry in the game. Lynch's 81-yard rush ties for the ninth-longest in school history. The redshirt freshman had a 90-yard touchdown run versus Buffalo.
***NIU back-up quarterbacks Jordan Lynch and DeMarcus Grady each got in on the scoring Saturday. On two carries, Lynch ran for touchdowns of 81 and 61 yards and finished the game with a career-high 142 yards to record his first career 100-yard rushing game. Lynch has now scored on runs of 90, 81 and 61 yards this season.
Not to be outdone, Grady scampered for a 61 yard score on his first carry and added a 30-yard score on his second rush.
***Lynch (142) and Jas Hopkins (104) each surpassed the 100-yard mark in the game, the second time this season (Spann and Harnish vs. North Dakota) and 14th time all-time that two NIU players have rushed for over 100 yards in the same game. It also marked the FIRST career 100-yard rushing game for each player.
***Chad Spann broke the Northern Illinois record for rushing touchdowns in a single season with a pair of scores on the day to give him 20 for the season. Spann scored 19 rushing TDs a year ago and shared the single season record with Stacey Robinson (1989 and 1990) and Michael Turner (2002).
***Leading 37-3 at halftime, Northern Illinois threw just one pass in the second half with both starting quarterback Chandler Harnish and starting running back Chad Spann sitting out the entire second period.
***Chad Spann has scored a touchdown in 11 straight games; he has at least one rushing score in every game this season starting with the North Dakota game (2nd game of the year). Spann has scored in 17 of the Huskies' last 19 games dating back to the 2009 game versus Miami (Ohio) on Oct. 24.
***For his career, Spann now has scored 48 TOTAL touchdowns to tie Michael Turner for second place on the Huskies' all-time list. Garrett Wolfe still owns that record with 57 total TDs. Spann's 47 rushing scores are five shy of Wolfe's 52 career scores on the ground. Spann's 288 points are tied for fourth (with Michael Turner) in NIU history. He also moved up to eighth on the NIU all-time rushing yardage list, passing Stacey Robinson, and has 2,767 career yards.
***Chandler Harnish threw a pair of touchdown pass to Willie Clark for his 16th and 17th TD passes of the year, the most TD passes in a single season by a Huskie QB since Phil Horvath threw 18 in 2005. Harnish's 17 TDs rank eighth on the NIU single season charts and he now has 36 career TD passes to rank fifth at NIU all-time.
***Jake Coffman took over sole possession of seventh place on the NIU career chart for quarterback sacks with a first-quarter sack which also caused a fumble. Coffman has 15 career sacks and leads NIU on the season with 4.5.
***Northern Illinois' 10 tackles for loss is the most by the Huskies this season.
***And in the most meaningless stat of the day...Eastern Michigan dominated time of possession in the game, 38:45 to 17:37.