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Lynch breaks rushing record as NIU remains unbeaten

Published: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 8:20 p.m. CDT
(John L. Russell)
Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch gains yardage as CMU's Jeremy Gainer (21) and Shamari Benton (26) close in for a tackle during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game against Central Michigan in Mount Pleasant, Mich., Saturday, Oct. 19,2013 (AP Photo/John L. Russell)

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Jordan Lynch is the FBS record-holder for rushing yards by a quarterback, breaking the previous mark held by a former Huskie.

Lynch ran for 316 yards in NIU's 38-17 win at Central Michigan, eclipsing the record of 308 set by former NIU quarterback Stacey Robinson against Fresno State in 1990.

Lynch's 471 yards of total offense are a Kelly/Shorts Stadium record. The previous mark of 462 was set by former Bowling Green quarterback Omar Jacobs in 2004.

"We had a few good plays going in the game that we knew that would work," Lynch said. "They stopped it early on and then we started doing different window-dressing to it. Before you know it, we're flying up field and we're hitting the A gap."

The Huskies have won 20 straight games against Mid-American Conference opponents, a conference record. Their last league loss was in Mount Pleasant two seasons ago.

On Saturday, Lynch accounted for four of NIU's five touchdowns, with his lone passing touchdown coming on a 9-yard pass to receiver Tommylee Lewis. Lynch ran for three scores – a 5-yard run in the second quarter, a 1-yard run in the third, and a 3-yard run in the fourth.

Huskies running back Cameron Stingily had the other score, running from 19 yards out basically untouched in the fourth.

NIU's defense struggled at times in the first half. The Chippewas took a 14-7 lead with 13 seconds left in the first quarter on a 36-yard touchdown pass from Cooper Rush to Andrew Flory, but the unit bounced back, giving up only three points after halftime.

NIU forced two Chippewas turnovers – safety Dechane Durante forced a fourth-down fumble in the first half that was recovered by Jhony Faustin, and Faustin had an interception.

The Huskies turned the ball over only once. Lynch had a pass picked off by Justin Cherocci in the first half on a tipped ball.

Central Michigan ran for only 75 yards.

"Defensively, I couldn't be prouder. I really couldn't," NIU coach Rod Carey said. "They came out and they stopped the run. ... We did and we got them in predictable situations, and once that happened, we got a couple key sacks there.

"When our defense can do that, and give our offense those chances, we're going to be successful as a team."

NIU returns to Huskie Stadium next week, when the Huskies welcome Eastern Michigan.

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