LYNCH IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
- Rushing - 5th (134.25 Yards/Game)
- Total Offense - 3rd (363.4 Yards/Game)
- Points Responsible For - 8th (19.5/Game)
- Passing Efficiency - 12th (157.34)
- All-Purpose Yards - 28th (134.25 Yards/Game)
- Scoring - T53rd (8.00 Points/Game)
LYNCH HONORS AND AWARDS
- Manning Award Finalist
- MAC Championship West Division MVP
- MAC Offensive Player of the Year (2012)
- MAC Vern Smith Leadership Award
- Maxwell Award Watch List
- MAC West Offensive Player of the Week (Army)
- Capital One Cup Impact Performer of the Week (Army)
- Manning Award Star of the Week (Army)
- MAC West Co-Offensive Player of the Week (Kansas)
- MAC West Offensive Player of the Week (Ball State)
- Manning Award Star of the Week (Ball State)
- Honorable Mention - Davey O'Brien QB of the Week (Ball St.)
- Manning Award Star of the Week (Buffalo)
- MAC West Offensive Player of the Week (Toledo)
- Manning Award Star of the Week (Toledo)
THE MOST CONSISTENT RUSHER IN FBS: Jordan Lynch has run for at least 100 yards in 12 of 13 games this season. No other FBS player has more than nine 100-yard rushing games this season. The last player with more 100-yard games on the ground in one season was Iowa's Shonn Greene in 2008 (per ESPN Stats and Information).
JORDAN BESTS JOHNNY: Jordan Lynch combined for 372 yards of total offense with 212 passing yards and 160 rushing yards in the MAC Championship Nov. 30. With that performance, Lynch surpassed the 200 yard passing-100 yard rushing mark for the eighth time this season. The only other FBS quarterback with more than two such games this season is Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, with five (per ESPN Stats and Information).
JORDAN LYNCH - THE GOLD STANDARD FOR RUSHING AND THROWING: With his performance against Kent State in the MAC Championship (212 passing, 160 rushing) Jordan Lynch surpassed the 150 passing-150 rushing mark in the same game for the fourth time this season. The rest of the quarterbacks in FBS have combined for five such games. Johnny Manziel (TA&M), Braxton Miller (OSU), Denard Robinson (Mich), Taylor Martinez (Neb) and Taylor McHargue (Rice) each have one such game under their belts (per ESPN Stats and Information).
TOP GUN IN 2012: Jordan Lynch finished the MAC Championship with 36 carries versus Kent State for 160 yards. That's the most by an FBS quarterback this season. The most before the game was 30 ... By Lynch against Toledo Nov. 14 (per ESPN Stats and Information).
BEST EVER?: With the MAC Championship game and a bowl game on the schedule, NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch is poised to become the number one rushing quarterback in NCAA FBS history. Lynch has demolished the NCAA record for consecutive 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback by FIVE games as his streak now stands at 10. He has run for 100-plus yards in 11` of the Huskies’ 12 games this season. With 1,611 rushing yards to date, Lynch needs 92 yards to break the NCAA single season mark for rushing yards by a quarterback set by Michigan’s Denard Robinson in 2010. Lynch and Robinson are the only QBs in FBS history to rush for more 1,500 yards and pass for more than 2,500 yards in a season.
COMPARE HIM WITH THE GREATS: In terms of his rushing numbers alone, Lynch’s season now compares with that of some of Northern Illinois’ most well-known TAILBACKS. The junior QB has broken NIU great Garrett Wolfe’s 2004 school record for most consecutive 100-yard rushing games in a season. With 11 100-yard games, he also surpassed the record held by some of the best running backs in NIU history - Mark Kellar, LeShon Johnson and Michael Turner - for most 100-yard games in a season. Lynch’s 1,611 rushing yards in 2012 rank seventh on the NIU single season rushing chart and are the most by a Huskie back since 2006, when Garrett Wolfe ran for 1,928 yards on 309 carries.
NO COMPARISON: No quarterback in the country can out-do Jordan Lynch when it comes to consistent excellence as BOTH a passer and a runner. Through the air, Lynch ranks 12th in the country and leads the MAC in passing efficiency with a 157.34 mark. He has completed 63.6 percent of his passes for 2,750 yards. Most impressively, he has thrown 23 touchdown passes and just four interceptions on the season. On the ground, Lynch is having one of the best seasons by any PLAYER in the country as he currently ranks fifth in the nation with 134.25 rushing yards per game. It adds up to a No. 3 ranking in total offense (363.4 yards/game) and more production out of the quarterback position than any single player. See pages 10-11 for Lynch’s complete NCAA rankings.
QB COMPARISON - NCAA QUARTERBACK RUSHING LEADERS
RECORD HUNT: With 1,611 rushing yards and two games to be played, Jordan Lynch is 91 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 134.3 yards per game would also break the NCAA record for rushing average. Lynch already joined Robinson as the only quarterbacks in FBS history with 1,500 rushing and 2,500 passing yards in a season.
CONSISTENCY: Jordan Lynch has displayed remarkable consistency in leading NIU to an 11-1 record in his first year as the Huskies’ starter. Of course he has the NCAA record 11 100-yard rushing games, but he has also passed for 150-plus yards in each of the last 11 games. He has thrown for at least 190 yards in 10 games and been over the 200-yard mark eight times. Lynch has accounted for at least one touchdown in every NIU game, has two scores (passing or rushing) or more in 10 games, three TDs or more in eight games and at least four touchdowns in seven games.
QB COMPARISON - TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS
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 1,611 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 seventh 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.
PASSING FANCY: Jordan Lynch ranks 12th in the nation in passing efficiency, thanks in part to a touchdowns to interceptions ratio of 23-4. Lynch went six complete games (Central Michigan through UMass) without throwing an interception. He has completed 63.6 percent of his passes (203-of-319) on the year with eight 200-plus passing games, two 300-plus games and a 400-yard game.
QB COMPARISON - PASSING EFFICIENCY
THE FIRST: Versus Toledo, 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. 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 led NIU to three touchdowns, and directed drives of 97 and 99 yards, turning a 14-7 deficit into 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 10 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, including Mark Kellar, LeShon Johnson and Michael Turner.
GOING LONG: Jordan Lynch has accounted for 44 plays of 25 yards or longer on the year. He has 12 rushes of 25 yards or more and has completed 32 passes of at least 25 yards. Lynch had a rush of 23 yards or longer in every game this year until the snowy regular season-finale at Eastern Michigan. He rattled off a season-long run of 88 yards versus Army and has runs of at least 40 yards in six games this season.
A YOUNG LINE: One of the most amazing facts about Huskie quarterback Jordan Lynch's performance this season is the fact he has done it while playing behind one of the most inexperienced offensive lines in the country. Northern Illinois entered the 2012 season without a returning starter up front and the offensive line returned just two total starts. The Huskies' starting offensive line consists of redshirt freshmen Andrew Ness (C) and Aidan Conlon (RG), redshirt sophomores Tyler Loos (LT) and Ryan Brown (RT) and redshirt junior Jared Volk (LG), along with back-ups Tyler Pitt (G), Matt Killian (G) and Matt Krempel (T). Krempel is a junior, Pitt a sophomore and Killian a redshirt freshman. Of the eight, only Volk - with two starts in relief a year ago - had ever started a game before.
OUT OF NOWHERE?: While Lynch is a first-year starter, he is no stranger to the field. The Chicago native played in 22 games in 2010 and 2011 as the back-up to Chandler Harnish, who set 30 school records in four years as NIU's starter. Lynch saw action in nine games in 2010 and in 13 contests a year ago, either relieving Harnish late in blowout victories or in spot duty on running downs. Lynch did compile a pair of 100-yard rushing games (vs. EMU in 2010; vs. WMU in 2011) in the past two seasons.
COACHES: Lynch has played for four different quarterback coaches, four offensive coordinators and two head coaches in his four seasons in DeKalb. Lynch spent his first two seasons under head coach Jerry Kill and offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover, with Pat Poore as his quarterbacks coach in 2009 and Jim Zebrowski in that role in 2010. In Dave Doeren's first season at NIU in 2011, Matt Canada served as the Huskies' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. When he left following the 2011 campaign, Bob Cole was moved from wide receivers to quarterbacks coach, with Mike Dunbar hired to come in as offensive coordinator. When Dunbar stepped aside to battle cancer, offensive line coach Rod Carey took over as offensive coordinator.
LINEBACKER, TAILBACK, QUARTERBACK: Quarterback Jordan Lynch, who Dave Doeren described in the preseason as "a linebacker" playing quarterback, ran like a tailback versus Iowa as he tallied the third 100-yard rushing day of his career in his first career start. Lynch gained 119 yards on 18 carries, highlighted by a 73-yard touchdown run. Lynch outran multiple Iowa defenders on the play, which was opened up by an Aidan Conlon block.
BACK-TO-BACK: Huskie quarterback Jordan Lynch won his second consecutive MAC West Offensive Player of the Week Award after leading NIU past Kansas with 369 yards of total offense on 25-of-35 passing for 235 yards and two scores, and 134 rushing yards on 22 carries. Versus Army, Lynch added his name to the Huskie record books by passing for 342 yards - the seventh-most in school history - and rushing for 125 to total 467 all-purpose yards - the third-most all-time earning his first MAC West Offensive Player of the Week honor. Lynch completed 18-of-27 passes for four touchdowns and his 125 rushing yards on 13 carries included an 88-yard touchdown run. Lynch threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Martel Moore with 4:19 to play and also threw a career-long 69-yard touchdown pass to Tommylee Lewis.
MAKE IT THREE: Huskie quarterback Jordan Lynch won his third MAC West Offensive Player of the Week Award after leading NIU to the comeback win over Ball State. Lynch rushed for a career high 207 yards on 29 carries and three TDs, and threw for 195 yards on 16-of-23 passing, including the game-winning, 54-yard score.
TOUGHER THAN YOU: Quarterback Jordan Lynch lived up to his "linebacker" reputation at Akron by running over Zips' cornerback Avis Commack, a transfer from Florida State, on his way to the end zone on his 15-yard rushing touchdown with 19 seconds to play in the half. Lynch finished the game with 131 rushing yards on 20 carries and two scores.