Oct. 21, 2013
DEKALB, Ill. -Northern Illinois University senior quarterback Jordan Lynch has been named the Mid-American Conference West Offensive Player of the Week the league announced Monday.
Lynch, who earned Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week honors, rushed for 316 yards in NIU's 38-17 victory over Central Michigan Saturday to break the NCAA single game record for most rushing yards by a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) quarterback. His 316 yards are the most by any FBS player this season. It is the fourth MAC Player of the Week honor for Lynch this season.
Versus CMU, Lynch carried the ball 32 times for 316 yards, fourth-most in school history, to average 9.9 yards per rush, and scored three rushing touchdowns as the Huskies won their seventh straight game without a loss this season. He gained 232 yards on 18 carries in the second half with three runs of 40 or more yards in the half. The Mt. Carmel High School product also completed 20-of-30 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown to account for 471 yards of total offense, the fourth-highest total in school history.
Lynch leads all active players with 3,355 career rushing yards and is now averaging 133.1 rushing yards per game in 2013 to rank seventh nationally in rushing. His 932 yards (on 138 carries) are fourth in the nation and he ranks ninth nationally in total offense yards per game with 345.7. Lynch has seven touchdown runs and 14 touchdown passes this season and has thrown a touchdown pass in 20 consecutive games dating back to 2012. He is 19-2 as the Huskies' starting quarterback.
The Chicago native was named one of eight Manning Award Stars of the Week and earned Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week Honorable Mention recognition. Fans can vote for Lynch as the top performer of the week at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page.
Lynch also became the first Huskie player to earn a "helmet sticker" on ESPN's "College Football Final" show recapping the top performances of the week. ESPN personality Lou Holtz presented Lynch's helmet sticker on the show, which aired late Saturday night. During that show, Lynch was also named a Capital One Impact Performer of the Week and fans may vote for him for the weekly honor for him here
Lynch and the Huskies play their third home game of the season Saturday versus Eastern Michigan. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. and prior to the game, NIU will hold an open house for its new indoor facility, the Kenneth and Ellen Chessick Practice Center. Tickets for the NIU-Eastern Michigan game are on sale now at www.NIUHuskies.com/tickets or by calling 815-753-PACK (7225).