MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Jordan Lynch took the blame for the offensive struggles in Northern Illinois' win against Akron last week.
The Huskies senior quarterback didn't have to take any blame whatsoever Saturday in NIU's 38-17 win at Central Michigan.
Lynch ran for 316 yards and three touchdowns as NIU improved to 7-0 and 3-0 in Mid-American Conference play.
Lynch's 316 rushing yards are an FBS record for a quarterback. The previous record was 308, and was set by former Huskie quarterback Stacey Robinson in 1990.
The Huskies have now won 20 straight games against MAC opponents. Their last league loss came up in Mount Pleasant two seasons ago.
Lynch accounted for five of the six NIU touchdowns. The Huskies got on the board on a 9-yard pass from Lynch to Tommylee Lewis. Lynch also had a 5-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, a 1-yard touchdown run in the third and a 3-yard run in the fourth.
NIU's defense, which struggled at times in the first half – the Chippewas took a 14-7 lead with 13 seconds left in the first quarter on a 36-yard touchdown pass from Cooper Rush to Andrew Flory, but the unit bounced back, giving up just three points after halftime.
Junior safety Dechane Durante had the biggest defensive play of the game, forcing a fumble on fourth down in the red zone, taking away a Central Michigan scoring opportunity and getting the Huskies the ball back.
NIU forced two Chippewas turnovers – cornerback Jhony Faustin had an interception in the first half, and turned the ball over just once. Lynch had a pass picked off by Justin Cherocci in the first half on a tipped ball.