Coming off a 48-27 win over Ball State on Wednesday, Northern Illinois (10-0, 6-0 in the MAC) remains one of six teams unbeaten in college football. The Huskies rank No. 16 in the BCS Standings, No. 20 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and No. 21 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
The Huskies extended their winning streak over Mid-American Conference teams to 23 games, the longest conference winning streak in the country. Northern Illinois' 10-0 record marks the first time the program has been undefeated this late in the season as an FBS program (since 1969). The 10-0 record ties the Huskies' 1963 College Division National Championship team, which finished 10-0.
The Huskies extended their winning streak in Huskie Stadium to 25 games, the longest current streak by a team in its home stadium. Overall, Northern Illinois has won 22 of its last 23 games.
Senior quarterback Jordan Lynch finished the evening with 345 passing yards on 26 completions and 32 attempts (81.3 completion percentage), with two touchdowns and zero interceptions. The 345 passing yards are the eighth-most by an Northern Illinois quarterback in a single game, while his 26 completions are the seventh-most by a Huskie quarterback and Lynch's personal best.
Lynch scored his 13th and 14th rushing touchdowns of the year and the 39th of his career. He has rushed for a score in seven of the Huskies' 10 games this year. Lynch has been responsible for at least one touchdown in 24 consecutive games. The 39 rushing touchdowns surpassed Stacey Robinson for the most rushing touchdowns by a Huskie quarterback. The 39 touchdowns also put him fourth among Northern Illinois career leaders.
With 468 yards of total offense Wednesday night on 345 passing and 123 rushing yards, Lynch tallied his third-highest total and second-highest of the season. The 468 yards ranks fifth at Northern Illinois all-time in a single game. He surpassed the 9,000-yard mark in total offense for his career with 9,229 career yards, the second-most in school history.