NIU Football 2013: Western Michigan at No. 14 NIU Postgame Notes



Nov. 26, 2013

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***The NIU Huskies are 12-0 for the first time in school history and completed the first perfect regular season record as an FBS team. NIU's previous best undefeated mark was a 10-0 record in 1963 when the Huskies won the College Division National Championship.

***NIU won its 26th straight game at Huskie Stadium, the longest winning streak by an FBS team in its home stadium. The Huskies' streak dates back to Sept. 26, 2009 when NIU lost to Idaho, 34-31. NIU completed its fourth straight unbeaten season at Huskie Stadium.

***With its 12th straight win, NIU tied its school record for longest winning streak. The record was first set by the 2012 Huskies.

**NIU has won 24 of its last 25 games.

***NIU extended its nation-leading conference winning streak to 25 games; NIU has not lost to a MAC opponent since Oct. 1, 2011 (CMU).

***Lynch improved his record as NIU's starting quarterback to 24-2. 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 improved his record as NIU's starting quarterback to 24-2. 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.

***This was the sixth game this season that the Northern Illinois offensive line did not give up a sack in a game.

***Jordan Lynch broke his own NCAA record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 321 on 27 carries Tuesday night. Lynch averaged 11.9 yards per carry and scored three rushing touchdowns on the night. He had previously set the record versus Central Michigan on Oct. 19 with 316 yards on 32 carries.

***The 321 rushing yards by Jordan Lynch is the fourth-most rushing yards in a game by an NIU player. This is the second time this year that Lynch has had over 300 yards rushing. He is the only player to have two 300 yard rushing games in FBS this year.



***With his 300-plus yard rushing effort, Jordan Lynch became the second player in NIU history to rush for 300-yards or more twice in the same season, joining running back LeShon Johnson in the elite club. Johnson rushed for 322 versus Southern Illinois and 306 against Iowa during the 1993 season, en route to a sixth place finish in the Heisman Trophy ballot, the highest finish by an NIU player on the Heisman ballot. Garrett Wolfe reached the plateau twice as well but did it in separate seasons, rushing for 353 in 2005 versus Ball State and 325 in 2004 against Eastern Michigan.

***With 4 touchdowns (3 rushing and 1 passing) tonight, Jordan Lynch broke the NIU record for career touchdowns responsible for. Lynch entered the game one TD behind Chandler Harnish (92 TDS responsible for, 2007-10) and broke the record with a 29-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. He has 45 career rushing, 49 career passing and one career receiving touchdown.

***Jordan Lynch recorded his 21st career 100-yard rushing game and his seventh 100-yard rushing game of the season. He has rushed for 100 yards or more in four consecutive games and is one yard away (with 99 yards in just over one-half of play vs. Eastern Michigan) from six consecutive 100-yard games.

***Lynch has scored at least one rushing touchdown in seven consecutive games. He had three rushing touchdowns Tuesday and has 20 rushing touchdowns this year. That is second in single season rushing touchdowns behind Chad Spann (2010), who had 22 in 2010.

***Lynch now ranks third all-time at NIU in career rushing TDs with 45, behind Garrett Wolfe (52) and Chad Spann (49).

***Jordan Lynch surpassed the 4,000-yard mark in career rushing yards to become just the fifth player in FBS history with 4,000 rushing and 5,000 passing yards. Lynch now has 4,178 career rushing and 5,774 career passing yards.

***Jordan Lynch's 1,755 rushing yards this season ranks as the fifth-most by a Northern Illinois player in a single season, only 60 yards shy of his NCAA quarterback rushing record total of 1,815 yards.

***Through 12 games this season, Jordan Lynch is averaging 146.3 yards per game in 2013. It is the highest rushing average by a quarterback in NCAA history, passing Air Force's Beau Morgan's average of 135.8 in 1996.

***With 49 rushing yards on 14 carries (3.5 yards/rush), Cameron Stingily surpassed the 1,000 rushing yards on the season with 1,007 on the season. Stingily became the second NIU back to reach 1,000 yards this season as Jordan Lynch has already rushed for 1,755 yards. It is the first time in Northern Illinois history that two different players have reached 1,000 yards in the same season.

***NIU broke its single season record for rushing first downs tonight as the Huskies gained 21 first downs on the ground of their 24 in the game. The Huskies now have 194 first downs on the season, surpassing the prior mark of 183, set in 1990.

***The Northern Illinois defense only allowed Western Michigan to score 14 points in the effort, the lowest point total allowed by the NIU defense this season. The Huskies previous low was 17 points at Toledo last week (Nov. 19).

***NIU also only allowed the Broncos to gain 256 yards of offense, the lowest total this season as well. UMass gained 324 yards on November 2nd at Gillette Stadium.

***The Huskies have now won nine consecutive games broadcast on ESPN2. NIU's next game (the MAC Championship game Dec. 6) will be shown on that same network.

***Tonight's win is NIU's 15th-straight win in the month of November.

***George Rainey blocked his second field goal of the season at the end of the first half. He has two of the Huskies' three blocked kicks on the season.

***Freshman Jamaal Payton recorded his first career quarterback sack in the second half.

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