Northern Illinois (8-0, 4-0) continues to move up in the national polls following a 59-20 win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday afternoon. The Huskies are one of eight teams to remain undefeated this season. Northern Illinois is ranked No. 17 in the BCS Standings, up from No. 18 last week, No. 20 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, up from No. 22 last week, and No. 21 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, up from No. 23 last week.
With the win over Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois won its 24th consecutive home game at Huskie Stadium and extended their winning streak of MAC teams to 21 games, the longest conference homse winning streak in the country.
Northern Illinois’ 8-0 start is its best start in the modern era (since becoming what is now called Football Bowl Subdivision in 1969) for the program. Northern Illinois recorded a perfect 9-0 record during the 1965 regular season before losing its bowl game to finish 9-1.
The Huskies scored 59 points against the Eagles, the most points the Huskies have scored this year. Northern Illinois scored 38 of those points in the first half, the Huskies’ highest first-half total this season.
With four passing, one rushing and one receiving touchdown, senior quarterback Jordan Lynch had a passing and a rushing touchdown in the same game for the fifth time this season and 14th time in his career. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Lynch is the only FBS player in last 10 seasons with three passing TDs, a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown in a half. He is the one of only two players in the last 10 years to have four touchdown passes, a rushing score and a receiving TD in the same game (Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State vs. Eastern Michigan in 2010).
With 99 yards on 18 carries on Saturday, Lynch went over the 1,000-yard mark in rushing on the season for the second consecutive year. Lynch, who entered the game ranked fourth nationally in rushing now has 1,031 yards on 156 carries this season with eight touchdowns on the ground. Lynch also passed the 5,000 yard mark in career passing yards to become only the ninth player in NCAA history with 5,000 passing and 3,000 rushing yards. Lynch has 5,028 career passing yards on 410-of-665 passing with 45 touchdown passes.