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GOTW: No. 23 Northern Illinois vs Central Michigan

The Big Dogs invade Kelly/Shorts Stadium on Saturday as the Huskies take on the Chippewas in our Week 8 featured Game of the Week.

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Northern Illinois defeats Central Michigan 38-17

Jordan Lynch capped a 300 plus yard rushing day with three touchdowns as Northern Illinois imposed its will over CMU in the second half in defeating Central Michigan, Lynch set the Kelly/Shorts Stadium record for all purpose yards leading his team to a dominating performance over the Chippewas.

Turnovers and penalties plagued CMU, which stayed with NIU late into the fourth quarter. With CMU down 24-17 midway through the fourth quarter, the Chippewas faced a key third and seven near midfield. NIU used a strategic time out to contemplate the situation. A hard pass rush resulted in CMU quarterback Cooper Rush being sacked. That was as far as CMU would get the rest of the way.

Jordan Lynch scored on a five yard run on the ensuing drive for NIU. Lynch's final TD of the day iced the game for the Huskies. Cameron Stingily capped of the scoring with a late 19 yard touchdown run to finish the scoring.

Lynch's performance overshadowed a game effort by CMU that was hampered by a key fumble by CMU deep in NIU territory and an interception that led to an NIU first half touchdown. However, it was a great day for Lynch and the Huskies as they remain undefeated and improve their overall record to 7-0 and 3-0 in MAC play.

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NIU And CMU Are Tied At The Half 14-14

A Jordan Lynch pass was tipped and intercepted by CMU late in the first half enabling the Chippewas to escape with a 14-14 tie score at the half.

CMU struck first with a nifty 9 yard touchdown pass completion from Cooper Rush to star receiver Titus Davis. The scoring drive tool only four plays.

NIU struck back on a 9 yard completion from Lynch to Tommylee Lewis late in the first quarter. The drive was aided by a key offsides penalty on CMU defender Blake Serpa which negated a CMU stop on third down deep in CMU territory.

Cooper Rush hooked up with Andrew Flory on a 36 yard touch down late in the first quarter giving CMU the lead 14-7. Then the CMU bugaboo hit. Cooper Rush was intercepted deep in CMU territory.

NIU capitalized on the gift from CMU when Jordan Lynch scored on a five yard run with 08:11 left in the first half to kinot the score at 14-14.

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NIU Schedules Home-and-Home Series With UNLV

NIU rounds out its 2014 non-conference schedule with yet another road game.

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Can An Upstart CMU Team Knock Off No. 23 NIU?

The Big Dogs invade Kelly/Shorts Stadium on Saturday as the Huskies take on the Chippewas in our Week 8 Game of the Week.

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