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Akron hanging with (#23)NIU: trails by only 3 at halftime

All the scoring took place in the first 15 minutes of play, but has Northern Illinois leading 17-14. Akron has looked much better than they have in their last two games. The Zips took an early 7-0 lead on their first drive, but 17 unanswered points by the Huskies, including a 20-yard TD run and a 25-yard pass from Huskie quarterback Jordan Lynch, gave NIU the lead. Akron countered with Jawon Chisholm's second touchdown with just over a minute left in the first quarter.

The second quarter was a cat and mouse game of field possession, with both teams moving the ball but unable to find any points. It looked like NIU was going to break the scoreless streak midway through the second quarter, but Akron found a way to block a 45-yard field goal attempt.

The usually effective and efficient Huskie offense has look marginal at best through 30 minutes of play. Lynch is just 11-27 passing for 142 yards. With his 56 first half rushing yards, Lynch ran into the record books becoming only the 10th player in NCAA history to pass for 4000 and rush for 3000 yards in a career.Cameron Stingily also added 50 yards on the ground.

For Akron, Kyle Pohl has thrown for 155 yards on 11-21 passing. Chisholm has 22 yards on 9 carries, with both Zip scores. Jerrod Dillard added 54 yards on two receptions.