Northern Illinois (7-0, 3-0) remains unbeated following a 38-17 win at Central Michigan and the Huskies are ranked No. 18 in the first BCS Standings released Sunday night. In addition, Northern Illinois is ranked No. 21 in the Harris Poll, No. 22 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 23 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll.
Northern Illinois senior quarterback Jordan Lynch set the NCAA record for most rushing yards by a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) quarterback in a game with 316 yards on 32 carries. He averaged 9.9 yards per carry, scored three touchdowns on runs of five, one and three yards. Lynch broke the NCAA record previously held by Northern Illinois quarterback Stacey Robinson, who ran for 308 yards vs. No. 24 Fresno State in a 73-18 NIU win on Oct. 6, 1990.
Lynch’s 316 yards rank fourth on the Northern Illinois single game rushing list and are the most by a Huskie since Garrett Wolfe set the record with 353 yards versus Ball State on Sept. 30, 2006. Lynch totaled 471 yards of total offense, the fourth-highest total in school history, with 155 passing yards on 20-of-30 completions and one touchdown, added to his 316 on the ground.
The Huskies extended their winning streak over MAC teams to 20 games, the longest conference winning streak in the country. Central Michigan was the last MAC team to defeat Northern Illinois (on Oct. 1, 2011 in Mt. Pleasant).
Northern Illinois has won 13 consecutive road game, the second-longest streak in the country, and has won 19 of its last 20 games. Northern Illinois will host Eastern Michigan this Saturday, Oct. 26 at 3:30 pm ET/2:30 pm CT and the game will be broadcast on Comcast Sports Net Chicago and ESPN3.