For the #14 Northern Illinois Huskies to stay ahead of the Fresno State Bulldogs in the BCS rankings, they were going to have to do something amazing against Western Michigan to keep their stock up. Luckily, they have Jordan Lynch.
Beating his own single-game quarterback rushing record of 316 that he set against Central Michigan, Lynch ran for 321 yards off 27 carries, finding himself in the end zone on three occasions. In the opening half, Lynch had 229 rushing yards, which was more than his final rushing total for ten games this season. Lynch's three rushing scores were for 29, 36 and 37 yards. Through the air, Lynch only completed five out of his 17 attempted passes for 39 yards with a touchdown to Juwan Brescacin for a 10-yard strike. All five completions were in the first half.
Ending the regular season, Lynch has 22 passing and 20 rushing touchdowns this season, one of five quarterbacks to have a 20-20 season in FBS history. Three of the other four quarterbacks in that group ('12 Johnny Manziel, '10 Cam Newton, '07 Tim Tebow) won the Heisman trophy that season.
The Broncos had a pair of rushing scores to make the score more bearable. The first came from Dareyon Chance for a 1-yard run in the second quarter, and the other was from Antoin Scriven for another 1-yard run in the fourth.
Zach Terrell was pressured a lot, but played fairly well. He completed 13 out of his 26 passes for 139 yards, while Tyler Van Tubbergen came in the last quarter and went 2-for-5 for 24 yards. The Brocnos' leading receiver was Kendrick Roberts, who had six receptions for 89 yards. Freshman Corey Davis had to settle for three catches for 28 yards.
For the first time in 50 years, the NIU Huskies completed a perfect regular season with a 12-0 (8-0 Mid-American Conference) record heading into the MAC Championship game next week in Detroit. As for WMU, led by first year head coach PJ Fleck, they fall to a 1-11 (1-7 MAC) record.
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