N Illinois 55

(4-0, 3-0 away)

Purdue 24

(1-4, 1-2 home)

Coverage: ESPN2

12:00 PM ET, September 28, 2013

Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN

1 2 3 4 T
NIU 10 17 21 755
PUR 7 3 7 724

Top Performers

Passing: J. Lynch (NIU) - 207 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: C. Stingily (NIU) - 15 CAR, 72 YDS

Receiving: D. Yancey (PUR) - 7 REC, 117 YDS

Northern Illinois rocks Purdue, records MAC first

Associated Press

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Jordan Lynch threw for 207 yards and three touchdowns, and Northern Illinois scored on a kickoff return and an interception return to rout Purdue 55-24.

It's the first time a Mid-American Conference team has beaten two Big Ten foes during the same regular season, and the Huskies (4-0) made it look easy, tying the MAC record for victory margin over a Big Ten school. Toledo beat Minnesota by 31 in 2001.

Northern Illinois scored on its first four series, forced five turnovers and led 27-10 at the half as Lynch became the 26th player in Football Bowl Subdivision history to top 4,000 yards passing and 2,000 rushing in his career. He was 18 of 25 and had nine carries for 35 yards and a score.

Purdue (1-4, 0-1) was so bad, coach Darrell Hazell yanked starting quarterback Rob Henry and inserted true freshman Danny Etling late in the first half.

Things weren't supposed to be this tough for Purdue, especially as it faced one of the nation's worst defenses.

But the Boilermakers were just awful. Their first drive stalled after an offensive pass interference call, two more were stymied with the help of illegal formation and illegal shift penalties and two more ended with interceptions off of poor throws.

Northern Illinois, meanwhile, took full advantage of the miscues after trailing 7-3 early.

Lynch, the Heisman Trophy hopeful, connected on five straight passes, eventually hooking up with Da'Ron Brown on a 15-yard TD pass to give the Huskies a 10-7 lead. They never trailed again.

Two series later, Lynch was back at it. He opened a 67-yard TD drive with a 41-yard completion to Juwan Brescacin and capped it with 4-yard TD pass that was ruled incomplete on the field but overturned on a replay review. That made it 20-7.

For Purdue, it got even worse.

When Shane Mikesky tipped a high pass from Henry into the air, Dechane Durante picked it off and returned it 50 yards to the Purdue 29. Four plays later, Lynch found a wide open Brown for a 17-yard TD pass.

Henry was picked off again on the next drive, this time throwing across his body from the right sideline. That was it for the senior quarterback, who was finished 5 of 16 for 130 yards and one TD, and the start of the Etling era, who led Purdue to a field goal just before halftime.

But Tommylee Lewis opened the second half with a 99-yard kickoff return for a score and Jimmy Ward picked off Etling and ran it back 62 yards for a score to give Northern Illinois a 41-10 lead early in the third.

Purdue never challenged again.

Northern Illinois has won 11 straight on the road and scored a MAC record 55 points against a Big Ten school, breaking Ball State's previous mark (41) last year at Indiana.

Etling finished 19 of 39 for 241 yards with two TDs and two interceptions.


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2229
Total Yards402524
3rd Down Conversions4-116-18
4th Down Conversions1-12-4

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders

Northern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG

Receiving Leaders

Northern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG

Scoring Summary

FG08:46Mathew Sims 44 Yd 30
TD06:13Akeem Hunt 44 Yd Pass From Rob Henry (Paul Griggs Kick) 37
TD04:10Da'Ron Brown 15 Yd Pass From Jordan Lynch (Mathew Sims Kick) 107
FG13:39Mathew Sims 31 Yd 137
TD10:32Juwan Brescacin 4 Yd Pass From Jordan Lynch (Mathew Sims Kick) 207
TD05:04Da'Ron Brown 17 Yd Pass From Jordan Lynch (Mathew Sims Kick) 277
FG00:03Paul Griggs 47 Yd 2710
TD14:46Tommylee Lewis 99 Yd Kickoff Return (Mathew Sims Kick) 3410
TD09:23Jimmie Ward 62 Yd Interception Return (Mathew Sims Kick) 4110
TD07:04Cameron Posey 16 Yd Pass From Danny Etling (Paul Griggs Kick) 4117
TD02:37Jordan Lynch 7 Yd Run (Mathew Sims Kick) 4817
TD08:14Tim Semisch 18 Yd Pass From Matt McIntosh (Mathew Sims Kick) 5517
TD05:27Justin Sinz 1 Yd Pass From Danny Etling (Paul Griggs Kick) 5524

Research Notes

Tommylee Lewis' 99-yd kickoff return for TD is the 2nd-longest in Northern Illinois history. Longest is 100 yards by Lewis in 2011.

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