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Jordan Lynch breaks NCAA record to lead Northern Illinois over Western Michigan

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Jordan Lynch broke his own NCAA record for rushing yards in a game by a quarterback, gaining 321 yards in No. 14 Northern Illinois’ 33-14 victory over Western Michigan on Tuesday night.

With the win, NIU moves to 12-0 overall and 8-0 in the MAC. At this point, it looks like the Huskies are a shoo-in to make a BCS bowl so long as they win the MAC title game on Dec. 6. Western Michigan falls to 1-11 and 1-7.

Lynch’s previous NCAA mark was set earlier this season when he rushed for 316 yards against Central Michigan. He got off to a great start against the Broncos, rushing for 229 yards and two scores in the first half as the Huskies forged a 20-7 lead. His final carry, a six-yarder early in the fourth quarter, gave him the fresh record. He finished with three touchdowns on the ground and one in the air, completing 5 of 17 passes for 39 yards in the snowy confines of Huskie Stadium. But with NIU ripping off 425 rushing yards at eight yards a pop, his arm was not really needed tonight.

Now that the Heisman race is in flux, a performance like this might get Lynch more attention from the trophy’s voters. He was fourth in the most recent HeismanPundit Straw Poll and, with another record-breaking game under his belt, a trip to New York could in the offing if things break his way in the next week or two.

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14 Responses to “Jordan Lynch breaks NCAA record to lead Northern Illinois over Western Michigan”
  1. kansacity88 says: Nov 26, 2013 11:30 PM

    Another #trashahenda poster stating how NIU shouldn’t be considered for anything regardless of their record, in 5……4…….3……..2…….1…….

  2. contraryguy says: Nov 26, 2013 11:57 PM

    If NIU gets to face Buffalo in the MAC Championship game, Butkus award nom Khalil Mack will get to headhunt him and then we’ll see what Lynch is made of. Could be great football viewing. But as for the Heisman? It’s a national award and the voters don’t consider the smaller schools enough… fact of life.

  3. kansacity88 says: Nov 27, 2013 12:25 AM

    Oh, I agree with that. I don’t see Lynch winning the Heisman at all! Will be a great championship game though. Personally, I’d rather see NIU lose and go to a winnable game rather than getting tossed into the BCS and watch them get handled by the likes of an Okie State or someone of that magnitude.

  4. georgewashingtonsghost says: Nov 27, 2013 12:59 AM

    Is NIU really a shoo-in for the BCS? Isn’t Fresno State in line for the “BCS Buster” slot? I can’t see the BCS taking Fresno and NIU. Since Fresno is ranked higher I think NIU ends up on the outside looking in.

  5. georgewashingtonsghost says: Nov 27, 2013 1:14 AM

    My bad–I just saw that NIU jumped ahead in the latest BCS rankings. I still don’t think they are a shoo-in though. Assuming both teams win out, beating Boise State in the MW championship game could be enough to jump them back ahead. Should be an exciting finish to the season.

  6. boomgrounder says: Nov 27, 2013 3:22 AM

    Lynch should have consideration in the Heisman. The Heisman has nothing to do with the BCS.

  7. honkerdawg says: Nov 27, 2013 8:28 AM

    Why isn’t this guy a more serious candidate for the Heisman? Why, because once again the guys who control the NCAA consider players from smaller programs irrelevant which is NOT FAIR! This player works just as hard and plays just as hard as the other guys he’s just doing it better!

  8. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 27, 2013 9:41 AM

    honkerdawg says: Nov 27, 2013 8:28 AM

    Why isn’t this guy a more serious candidate for the Heisman? Why, because once again the guys who control the NCAA consider players from smaller programs irrelevant which is NOT FAIR! This player works just as hard and plays just as hard as the other guys he’s just doing it better!
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    To be honest… I don’t think it has to do with the size of his school…. RG3 won a Heisman at Baylor…

    It’s the fact that for 2 consecutive years NIU has played the easiest schedule in FBS…. He has to play some high profile quality teams in order to be a serious contender.

    People ARE talking about him for the Heisman but when you have a Jameis Winston and AJ McCarron QBing teams to potential national titles…. he’s probably no higher than 4th or 5th to be honest.

  9. redsoxchamp11 says: Nov 27, 2013 10:51 AM

    remind me again what he did against a real defense in last uears bowl game vs FSU? I can’t remember… enough said.

  10. oldforester says: Nov 27, 2013 1:21 PM

    Common sense: Most players in mid major schools don’t have credentials to play in major schools. So when you have a great player it’s varsity vs JV competition. Cam Newton or Manziel would have a hard time justifying a Heisman playing for a mid-major. He is a good player but not good enough to be putting up those numbers in the SEC or PAC 12

  11. florida727 says: Nov 27, 2013 2:25 PM

    Lynch v. FSU in last year’s Orange Bowl:
    23 carries for 44 yards, a ONE-POINT-NINE (1.9) yard average.
    15 for 41 passing for 176 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT.

    Heisman? I think not. Trip to NY as a Finalist? Absolutely. He’s carrying his team. He’s earned the recognition, just not the award. He’s a lot of fun to watch, and it’s stories like his that make college football the best sport. Period.

  12. redsoxchamp11 says: Nov 27, 2013 2:47 PM

    florida727 says:
    Nov 27, 2013 2:25 PM
    Lynch v. FSU in last year’s Orange Bowl:
    23 carries for 44 yards, a ONE-POINT-NINE (1.9) yard average.
    15 for 41 passing for 176 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT.

    Heisman? I think not. Trip to NY as a Finalist? Absolutely. He’s carrying his team. He’s earned the recognition, just not the award. He’s a lot of fun to watch, and it’s stories like his that make college football the best sport. Period.

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    My point exactly.

  13. kansacity88 says: Nov 27, 2013 3:57 PM

    @ redsoxchamp11 & florida727

    Let’s be honest….let’s just say that horrid 4th quarter in the Orange Bowl didn’t happen, and they, by some stretch of the VIVID imagination, beat FSU (because to be really honest, I watched that game and it seemed like FSU was off or they were trying to keep NIU in the game for three whole quarters. FSU SHOULD’VE put up, at least, 50 on an inferior NIU team in that game), do you really think he would’ve won the Heisman? Nope! It really doesn’t matter had he won that game or not, he probably would have been invited but it’s all about the power conferences and money! I don’t see any non-AQ player getting the Heisman in the near future, no matter who they play and beat! Now let’s delve into the future a bit. Let’s say they get that Fiesta Bowl invite (which I hope they don’t, but….if so, so be it) and they go up against the likes of an Okie State. Let’s say they lose that game but Lynch puts up great numbers against a top tier defense? Does he still get invited or even considered to be capable of winning the Heisman? I’m just asking….not trying to start an argument! Then reverse track and imagine that they win BUT he puts up FSU numbers like last year? Again, use your imagination because I highly doubt either of those two “pipe dream” scenarios will happen! Then again, I didn’t expect Boise State to beat an Adrian Peterson led Oklahoma squad either….but stranger things have happened!

  14. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 27, 2013 5:36 PM

    kansacity88 says: Nov 27, 2013 3:57 PM

    Let’s say they get that Fiesta Bowl invite (which I hope they don’t, but….if so, so be it) and they go up against the likes of an Okie State. Let’s say they lose that game but Lynch puts up great numbers against a top tier defense? Does he still get invited or even considered to be capable of winning the Heisman?
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    Heisman will be awarded long before any bowl game…

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