MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Jordan Lynch has rewritten many Northern Illinois and national records this season, and he finished the Orange Bowl with a couple more milestones to add to his name.
With 176 passing yards Tuesday, Lynch became the first player in FBS history to finish with 3,000 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards in a single season. He finished with 3,138 passing yards and 1,815 rushing yards, a single-season record for rushing yards by a quarterback.
Lynch’s 23 carries were also an Orange Bowl record for rushing attempts by a quarterback.
Unfortunately for NIU, the junior quarterback’s record streak of 11 consecutive 100-yard rushing games ended as Lynch finished with only 44 rushing yards.
“Games like this always come down to running the football and stopping the run,” NIU coach Rod Carey said. “And we could not run the football well enough.”
Moore’s milestone: Senior wide receiver Martel Moore’s touchdown reception in the third quarter gave him five consecutive games with a touchdown catch.
With 13 touchdown receptions on the season, Moore finished tied for second in NIU history for most touchdown catches in a single season.
Third-down woes: Much of NIU’s offensive success this season has been predicated on the team’s ability to convert third downs and keep drives alive.
Coming into the Orange Bowl, the Huskies had converted on better than 48 percent of their third-down attempts. But against Florida State, NIU was just 5-for-18 on third down.
Fourth-down success: Following the aggressive play-calling NIU has exhibited all season under former coach Dave Doeren, Carey continued to take chances on fourth down.
The Huskies went 2-for-4 on fourth-down conversions against Florida State and finished the season 20-for-27 (74 percent) on fourth down.
One of the successful fourth-down calls came in the first quarter when Desroy Maxwell took the direct snap as the up-back and ran 35 yards down the left sideline.