Northern Illinois (9-0, 5-0 in the MAC) remains one of seven teams undefeated this season as the Huskies defeated UMass, 63-19, on Saturday and are ranked No. 18 in the BCS Standings. With the win, Northern Illinois is ranked No. 20 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, No. 20 in the Harris Poll and No. 22 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll.
Last week, Northern Illinois was ranked No. 17 in the BCS Standings. Northern Illinois scored a season-high 63 points on Saturday and the most for the Huskies since last year’s game vs. UMass (63-0). The Northern Illinois 9-0 start extends its best start in the modern era (since becoming Football Bowl Subdivision in 1969) and ties the start posted by the 1965 team, which recorded a perfect 9-0 record during the regular season before losing its bowl game to finish 9-1.
Northern Illinois has won 22 of its last 23 games. The Huskies extended their winning streak over MAC teams to 22 games, the longest conference winning streak in the country. The Huskies collected their 14th straight road win, which ranks as the second-longest in the country behind Oregon.
Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch completed his day following his fourth rushing touchdown of the game with 10:21 to play in the third quarter. Lynch completed 10-of-13 passes for 160 yards and one touchdown, and ran 17 times for 119 yards and a career-high four scores. He totaled 279 yards of total offense and was responsible for five touchdowns.
On the year, Lynch has 1,150 rushing yards on 173 carries with 12 rushing TDs. He has completed 164 of 258 passes for 19 touchdowns and 1,871 yards. Lynch surpassed his career high with four rushing touchdowns in the game. The last time a Huskies player ran for four scores in a game was Akeem Daniels vs. Eastern Michigan last year (11-23).