Huskies Head to Ypsilanti for Black Friday Match-Up with EMU
Nov. 19, 2012
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#TURKEY DAY TREK: Northern Illinois travels to Ypsilanti, Mich. where the Huskies will take on Eastern Michigan in the 2012 regular season finale for both teams. With its third straight Mid-American Conference West Division crown in hand, NIU looks to complete the MAC season undefeated for the second time in the last three years.
#10 STRAIGHT: NIU's 10-game winning streak is the school's longest in a single season as a Division Football Bowl Subdivision Team (since 1969) and matches the 10-game winning streak recorded by the 1963 Huskies, That Northern Illinois team posted a perfect 10-0 mark and won the College Division National Championship. Northern Illinois won 11 games (over multiple seasons) in 1943-45, 1963-64, and 1964-66.
#WINNINGEST CLASS: Northern Illinois' 2012 seniors continue to add to their legacy as the winningest senior class in NIU history and enter the EMU game with 39 wins and a 39-13 (.750) overall record since 2009. The 2012 seniors unseated their 2011 counterparts as the school's winningest group ever with NIU's win at Akron. There are 15 seniors on the 2012 team, and 11 of them start for this year's squad. See page four for more on NIU's seniors.
#NATION'S BEST: Northern Illinois will take the longest home winning streak in the country into the 2013 season as NIU's victory over Toledo was its 21st straight at Huskie Stadium. NIU kept its streak alive with six wins at home in 2012, Michigan owns the second-longest home win streak in the country at 14 games. The Huskies have not lost a game in DeKalb since Sept. 26, 2009, when Idaho claimed a 34-31 win. Northern Illinois also has won 16 straight Mid-American Conference games at home, dating to a 33-30 overtime loss to Central Michigan on Nov. 12, 2008.
#STREAKING THRU THE MAC: The Huskies own the longest conference winning streak in the country with 15 straight victories over Mid-American Conference opponents, dating back to the Huskies' first MAC game a year ago at Central Michigan (Oct. 1, 2011). NIU's league winning streak includes its win over Ohio in the 2011 MAC Championship game.
#HUSKIES IN THE MAC: NIU is 115-90-2 all-time in MAC games with a 79-45 (.637) record since 1997. The Huskies have won 22 of their last 23 and 27 of their last 31 MAC regular season contests. Northern Illinois is in its 27th season as a member of the Mid-American Conference; the 2012 season is NIU's 16th in the MAC since rejoining the league in 1997.
#THE MAC ROAD: All-time, Northern Illinois is 50-52-1 (.490) in Mid-American Conference road games. The Huskies have posted a 29-13 (.690) record versus MAC foes on the road since 2002 and are 36-26 (.581) on the road versus league teams since rejoining the MAC in 1997. NIU's seven-game road winning streak is the seventh-longest in the country. The Huskies' last road loss was last year at Central MIchigan (Oct. 1).
#TEN WINS: Northern Illinois has won 10 games in a season for a school-record third consecutive year and for the sixth time in school history. Dave Doeren is the first head coach to lead the Huskies to two 10-win seasons. It is the earliest point in the season that Northern Illinois has ever reached the 10-win mark.
#BOWL ELIGIBLE: Northern Illinois is bowl-eligible for the fifth straight season and will extend the longest bowl streak in Huskie history in 2012. NIU has ended the last four seasons at bowl games with appearances in the Independence (2008), International (2009), Humanitarian (2010) and GoDaddy.com (2011) bowls.
#TOP 25: Northern Illinois broke into the Top 25 of the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' polls this week at No. 24 and No. 23, respectively. NIU garnered 144 points in the media poll and 149 in the coaches rankings this week to move into the Top 25 for the first time since 2010 and for the 12th week all-time. The Huskies have finished each of the last two season ranked just outside the Top 25 by AP and USA Today. See chart page 7.
#EVERY YEAR: Northern Illinois and Eastern Michigan will meet for the 16th consecutive season, every year since the Huskies rejoined the MAC in 1997. The teams have played 42 times overall and NIU owns a 26-14-2 lead in the series. The Huskies have won 17 of the 23 games the teams have played as league foes and 10 of the last 11 contests. In Ypsilanti, NIU is 12-7-1 versus the Eagles and has won each of the last five meetings at Rynearson Stadium. EMU's last home win over NIU came in 2000.
#FREQUENT FOE: Eastern Michigan is one of the oldest and most frequent opponents on the Huskies' football schedule as the teams will meet for the 43rd time. In 110 years of intercollegiate football, NIU has played only Central Michigan (48 games), Illinois State (56) and Southern Illinois (43) more.
#OUT OF THE END ZONE: The Northern Illinois defense has been successful against Eastern Michigan in recent games, holding the Eagles to just one touchdown in the teams' last four games. The Huskies shut out EMU in Ypsilanti in 2008 (37-0), held the Eagles to a pair of field goals in a 50-6 win in DeKalb in 2009, and gave up a field goal in a 71-3 victory at Eastern Michigan in 2010. Last year, the Eagles scored their first touchdown against NIU in 15 quarters on a 24-yard pass with 6:19 to play.
#BIG WIN: Northern Illinois is coming off a 31-24 Senior Day victory over Toledo last Wednesday night that clinched the MAC West title with the Huskies' 10th straight victory. NIU was held to its lowest scoring half of the season and trailed the Rockets 14-7 at halftime before exploding for 347 yards and 21 points in the third quarter. Jordan Lynch completed 13-of-15 passes for 296 yards in the period and led the Huskies on 99 and 97-yard touchdown drives. The quarter began with Lynch hitting receiver Martel Moore on a bubble screen that the senior took 73 yards for a score. The Huskies defense forced four turnovers, including three interceptions, and did not allow Toledo to convert a third down in the second half.
#ANOTHER STREAK: Add another streak to Northern Illinois' list that includes active overall, MAC, home, road and MAC home winning streaks. NIU enters the Eastern Michigan contest with 10 straight November victories over the last three seasons. Northern Illinois has not lost a game in November since Nov. 27, 2009 when the Huskies fell to Central Michigan on the last day of the regular season.
#THE FIRST: NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch became the first player in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) history to pass for more than 400 yards and rush for more than 150 yards in the same game. Versus Toledo, Lynch completed 25-of-36 passes for 407 yards, establishing career highs in all three categories. He also ran for 162 yards on a career-high 30 carries to account for a school-record 569 yards of total offense. Lynch's 407 passing yards are the fifth-highest single game total in Northern Illinois history and included a career-long 73-yard touchdown pass to Martel Moore.
#QUITE A QUARTER: Jordan Lynch's numbers in the third quarter alone versus Toledo added up to a good month of offense for several SEC teams. Lynch completed 13-of-15 passes for 296 yards and two scores, and ran six times for 46 yards in the quarter to account for 342 total yards. He engineered three touchdown drives, including drives of 97 and 99 yards, to take Northern Illinois from a 14-7 deficit to a 28-14 lead. His quarter began with a 73-yard connection between Lynch and Martel Moore, who made a spectacular play for the longest NIU pass play of the year.
#NCAA RECORD: Jordan Lynch has run for at least 100 yards in the Huskies' last nine games dating back to the Army game on Sept. 15 to set a new NCAA record for most consecutive 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback. Lynch's streak destroyed the previous mark of five consecutive 100-yard rushing games, held by five different quarterbacks. In addition, Lynch broke NIU great Garrett Wolfe's 2004 school record for most consecutive 100-yard rushing games in a season. With 10 100-yard games on the season, Lynch broke the school record for most (total) 100-yard games in a season, more than some of the best running backs in NIU history - Mark Kellar, LeShon Johnson and Michael Turner.
#NO. 6 IS NO. 1: Jordan Lynch's 2012 numbers stack up against those of any quarterback in the country and place him in the elite category among running backs. In this week's NCAA stats, Lynch ranks third or tied for third in rushing yards (136.7/game), total offense yards (371.5/game) and points responsible for (20.7/game). He also ranks 10th in passing efficiency with a 159.4 rating. See pages 10-11 for Lynch's complete NCAA rankings.
#RECORD HUNT: With 1,504 rushing yards and three games to be played, Jordan Lynch is 199 yards away from breaking the NCAA single season mark for rushing yards by a quarterback. Michigan's Denard Robinson set the record of 1,702 yards in 2010. Lynch's current rushing average of 136.7 yards per game would also break the NCAA record. He joined Robinson as the only QBs in FBS history with 1,500 rushing and 2,500 passing yards in a season.
#HE PASSES, HE RUNS, HE SCORES: Jordan Lynch had his streak of six straight games with at least one passing and one rushing touchdown snapped versus Toledo, but recorded his seventh game with multiple touchdown passes with three. He has scored multiple rushing touchdowns in five games, and accounted for a career-high six scores at Western Michigan with four passing and two rushing.
#HE PUNTS?: Jordan Lynch displayed a previously hidden skill when he surprised Toledo with a 63-yard pooch punt on fourth and four after lining up in a shotgun formation. Lynch's punt was the longest of the season for NIU and actually went one yard too long as it snuck into the end zone for a touchback.
#RECORD NUMBERS: With 1,504 rushing yards, Jordan Lynch has recorded the highest single season rushing total by a Huskie back since 2006, when Garrett Wolfe ran for 1,928 yards on 309 carries. He ranks ninth on the NIU single season rushing chart and is No. 1 all-time among NIU quarterbacks. This year marks the 13th 1,000-yard season by a Northern Illinois player in the last 14 years dating back to 1999.
#NO EXPERIENCE, NO PROBLEM: After senior Logan Pegram was lost for the year in the preseason, Northern Illinois entered 2012 without a returning starter on the offensive line as only guard Jared Volk (two games) had ever started a game for the Huskies before. With the loss of left tackle Tyler Loos, seven players now make up the 2012 offensive line rotation, helping power a rushing attack that ranks 10th in the country and leads the MAC. NIU does not have a senior among its top eight o-linemen as tackle Matt Krempel and Volk are juniors, tackles Loos and Ryan Brown and guard Tyler Pitt are sophomores, and guards Matthew Killian and Aidan Conlon, and center Andrew Ness are redshirt freshmen.
#MORE, MORE, MOORE: After recording his fifth 100-yard game of the season with a season-high 153 yards on seven catches and two TDs versus Toledo, wide receiver Martel Moore has a career-high 58 receptions for 899 yards on the season. It's the most receptions by a Huskie receiver since since 2005 (65 by Sam Hurd). His 73-yard touchdown catch-and-run on the first play of the third quarter was the longest pass play for NIU this year, and set the tone for an explosive quarter as he eluded three initial tacklers and sped to the end zone to tie the game.
#CHASING A THOUSAND: With 899 yards on the season, wide receiver Martel Moore is 101 yards away from becoming just the sixth receiver in NIU history to reach that mark. He would be the Huskies' first 1,000-yard receiver since 2005 when Sam Hurd tallied 1,074 yards on 65 receptions.
#WELCOME BACK WARD: Junior safety Jimmie Ward, who missed the UMass game due to injury, made an impact with his return as he made 11 tackles, 10 solo, forced a fumble and intercepted a pass against Toledo. Ward leads Northern Illinois in interceptions with three to rank fifth in the Mid-American Conference. His 81 tackles rank 15th in the league as he looks for his second straight 100-tackle season.
#SACK LUNCH: Northern Illinois ranks second in the Mid-American Conference in sacks and is 10th in the nation with 33, the third-highest single season total in school history. Defensive ends Alan Baxter and Sean Progar lead the way as they rank second and third, respectively, in the league in sacks. Baxter, who has sacks in four of NIU's last five games, leads the Huskies with nine, while Progar has tallied eight. Both rank on Northern Illinois' career sack list as Baxter is ninth with 15.5 while Progar ranks third all-time with 23.5
#SUCCESS STORY: Northern Illinois is one of the most consistently successful programs in the country, but particularly among non-automatic qualifying Bowl Championship Subdivision (BCS) teams. NIU is currently one of only five teams from "non-AQ" BCS leagues to win six or more games in each of the last five seasons (since 2008). The others with that distinction are Air Force, TCU, BYU and Boise State. During that stretch, the Huskies have 45 wins, which ranks third among that group (Boise State - 59; TCU - 53; NIU - 45; BYU - 44; Air Force - 38)
#THEY CALL IT BALANCE: Through 11 games, Northern Illinois' offense has been the definition of "balanced." NIU enters the EMU game with 2,698 rushing yards and 2,678 passing yards - a difference of just 20 yards. The Huskies are averaging 245.3 rushing yards per game and 243.5 passing yards per game. The touchdowns number is a little less even as the Huskies have scored 35 rushing TDs with 23 through the air. It adds up to 6.8 yards per play and 488.7 yards per game for one of the top offenses in the nation.
#ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT: Northern Illinois joined Duke, Penn State and Nebraska as one of only four schools in the country to place four players on the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Team for its region. NIU defensive linemen Alan Baxter and Nabal Jefferson, tight end Jason Schepler and fullback Rob Sterling all earned first team All-District V recognition and are eligible for the Capital One Academic All-America team, which will be announced in early December. Baxter carries a 3.61 GPA in finance; Shepler has a 3.86 in electrical engineering and Sterling, the only non-senior in the group, has a 3.64 GPA in accountancy. Jefferson, already the winner of a NFF Scholar-Athlete Award, has a 3.78 in accountancy.
#NUMBERS UP: Northern Illinois ranks in the AP and USA Today Top 25 as a team, and the Huskies' numbers back up that ranking as NIU is ranked in the Top 50 nationally in seven of eight key offensive and defensive categories. This week, Northern Illinois leads the MAC, and is in the Top 15 nationally in rushing offense (10th), total offense (15th) and scoring offense (12th). Defensively, NIU is second in the MAC in pass efficiency defense and in scoring defense and ranks 14th and 20th nationally in those respective categories. The Huskies are also 47th in rushing defense and 44th in total defense, and rank third in the MAC in both listings.
#MAC POTWs: Jordan Lynch's record-breaking performance versus Toledo earned the NIU junior his well-deserved fourth MAC West Offensive Player of the Week honor as six NIU players have won the award 11 times in 2012. In addition to Lynch, kicker Mathew Sims (Specialist) has been honored twice (versus Central Michigan, Western Michigan) as has defensive end Sean Progar (Iowa, Western Michigan). Defensive tackle Ken Bishop picked up MAC West Defensive Player of the Week honors following the Huskies' shutout of UMass. NIU's Mobile, Ala. DBs Jimmie Ward (UT Martin) and Marlon Moore (Buffalo) have also been honored by the MAC this season.
#COMEBACK-ABILITY: In 2012, the Huskies again have displayed resiliency and the ability to come back from a fourth-quarter deficit that has become a trademark of the program under Dave Doeren. NIU trailed Ball State 23-21 entering the final period and scored 14 points in the final five minutes of the game to claim the 12-point win, NIU's third come-from-behind victory of the season. The Huskies trailed Kansas 23-13 with 14:33 to play and came back for a 30-23 victory on Sept. 22 at Huskie Stadium. A week earlier, Northern Illinois entered the final period down six points (34-28) to Army and trailed by five (40-35) with 8:55 to play before pulling out the 41-40 victory. The Huskies have trailed at halftime in three games this season (Ball State, Western Michigan, Toledo).
#STAFF TRANSITION: On Sept. 3, Northern Illinois announced that first-year offensive coordinator Mike Dunbar's duties would be reassigned so that he could focus on his battle with cancer. Offensive line coach Rod Carey took over game-planning and play-calling duties beginning with the UT Martin game. Joe Tripodi, a third-year graduate assistant who coaches the Huskie tight ends and fullbacks, was elevated to a full-time assistant position and added recruiting responsibilities.
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