12:00 PM ET, November 2, 2013
Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
Jordan Lynch runs for 4 TDs as No. 17 Northern Illinois remains unbeaten
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Jordan Lynch dropped back to pass, and then it became obvious that keeping the ball would be the better way to go.
The Northern Illinois quarterback ran untouched up the middle for a 19-yard score for his third touchdown run in the first quarter, leading No. 17 Northern Illinois to a 63-19 victory over Massachusetts on Saturday. Lynch also scrambled for a third-quarter score, rushing for 119 yards and four TDs in all.
"I'm a quarterback first," said Lynch, who entered the game leading all active FBS players in career rushing yards. "I don't like to run first. But I feel like if I'm going to force something, I'd rather just use my legs and find the hole."
The Huskies (9-0, 5-0 Mid-American Conference) scored touchdowns on their first five possessions and six of their seven drives in the first half. Cameron Stingily rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown, and Tommylee Lewis also ran one in for Northern Illinois.
One week after accounting for six touchdowns -- four passing, one rushing and one receiving -- Lynch had a hand in five more, completing 10 of 14 passes for 160 yards and throwing for at least one touchdown for the 22nd consecutive game. He played one possession in the third quarter, scoring on an 11-yard run, before sitting down.
"I think the start was the key," Huskies coach Rod Carey said. "And again we started fast in the second half."
Playing without injured No. 1 quarterback A.J. Doyle, UMass (1-8, 1-4) lost its third consecutive game. Backup Mike Wegzyn, who lost the starting job earlier in the season, completed 10 of 25 passes for 169 yards and Lorenzo Woodley ran 38 times for 163 yards and a touchdown.
Wegzyn also threw two interceptions, the first at the Minuteman 20 on the second play of the second quarter that Huskies defensive lineman Ken Bishop ran to the 6. Two plays later, Stingily ran it in to make it 28-6.
UMass drove 83 yards to score its only touchdown on a 1-yard run by Woodley, cutting the deficit to 15 points. But on the Huskies' next play, Lynch hit Juwa Brescacin for a 66-yard touchdown.
Minutemen kicker Brendon Levengood made a school record-tying four field goals -- all more than 40 yards; his career high coming into the game was a 38-yarder.
UMass stopped Lynch for just the second time on the Huskies' first possession of the second half. The Minutemen blocked a 44-yard field-goal attempt, but after defensive end Brandon Potvin picked up the loose ball he fumbled and the Huskies' Jared Volk recovered for a fresh set of downs.
"We play the next play. We have a short memory," Carey said. "I can tell you that I was not happy with the blocked field goal. I'd rather not have to play that way there. But it was good to see them (the Huskies) come back."
Northern Illinois left tackle Tyler Loos injured his left leg in the third quarter and taken off on a stretcher. Carey said he would remain in the Boston area for a few days to have surgery, but he did not elaborate on the injury.
"I'm a little too emotional to talk about that," Carey said. "I know he's in good hands."
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Northern Illinois got its hands on the ball. The Huskies scored TDs on their first five possessions in the first half.
Gameball goes to... Jordan Lynch. The Huskies quarterback ran for 119 yards and four touchdowns and threw for one touchdown.
Stat of the game... 22. This marks the 22nd consecutive game that Lynch has thrown for at least one touchdown.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||4-7||5-18|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||1-2|
|FG||11:28||Brendon Levengood 42 Yd||0||3|
|TD||08:03||Jordan Lynch 6 Yd Run (Mathew Sims Kick)||7||3|
|FG||05:35||Brendon Levengood 46 Yd||7||6|
|TD||04:16||Jordan Lynch 25 Yd Run (Mathew Sims Kick)||14||6|
|TD||00:10||Jordan Lynch 19 Yd Run (Mathew Sims Kick)||21||6|
|TD||14:09||Cameron Stingily 6 Yd Run (Mathew Sims Kick)||28||6|
|TD||09:41||Lorenzo Woodley 1 Yd Run (Brendon Levengood Kick)||28||13|
|TD||09:33||Juwan Brescacin 66 Yd Pass From Jordan Lynch (Mathew Sims Kick)||35||13|
|TD||00:31||Tommylee Lewis 15 Yd Run (Mathew Sims Kick)||42||13|
|TD||10:21||Jordan Lynch 11 Yd Run (Mathew Sims Kick)||49||13|
|FG||06:03||Brendon Levengood 44 Yd||49||16|
|FG||02:37||Brendon Levengood 40 Yd||49||19|
|TD||09:02||Chad Beebe 81 Yd Pass From Drew Hare (Mathew Sims Kick)||56||19|
|TD||05:31||Drew Hare 47 Yd Run (Mathew Sims Kick)||63||19|
Jordan Lynch has 9 games with 2+ rush TD since 2012, the 2nd-most in FBS by a QB.
Jordan Lynch has been great the past 3 weeks. He's passed or run for 14 touchdowns, more than 106 TEAMS have scored in any way over that same span. And he's run for more yards than the next 2 QBs on the list COMBINED.[+]
Jordan Lynch Past 3 Weeks
Northern Illinois scored 63 points Saturday, tied for their fourth most in a game since 2000.[+]
Most Points in Single Game - Northern Illinois since 2000
Jordan Lynch rushed for 119 yards and 4 TD on Saturday becoming the first FBS quarterback to do so in a road game since Cam Newton in 2010.[+]
Jordan Lynch has a rushing touchdown in four straight games, the second-longest streak within a single season in his career. Lynch had a rushing touchdown in six straight games last season. Entering Saturday, Lynch had 5 rushing touchdowns in his last three games, the most for any quarterback in the FBS during that span.
Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch now has four rushing TD in today's game against Massachusetts. That is a new career-high for rushing TD in a single game for Lynch.[+]
Jordan Lynch - Most Rushing TD In A Single Game
Jordan Lynch (NIU): 2 Rush TD in 1st quarter at UMass. He has 29 Rush TD over the last 2 seasons, the most by an FBS QB over that span.
Jordan Lynch has 2 rushing touchdowns in the 1st quarter. He entered the game with 5 first-quarter rushing touchdowns in his career.
Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch has 2 rushing TD in the 1st quarter against Massachusetts. It is the 3rd game with at least 2 rush TD for Lynch this season -and the 10th multi-rush TD game of his career.
Jordan Lynch has been responsible for 4 TD today, his 3rd straight game with 4 TD, tied for the longest streak in the FBS this season.
Jordan Lynch leads FBS QBs and is fourth among all FBS players with 1,031 rush yards this season. Lynch had just 18 more yards on the ground through eight games last season (1,049) en route to setting the FBS single-season rushing record for quarterbacks (1,815).
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