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Lynch breaks own FBS record in NIU's 33-14 win over WMU

DeKALB – Stacey Robinson's single-game FBS record for rushing yards by a quarterback stood for more than 20 years.

Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch broke Robinson's mark on Oct. 19 against Central Michigan, and his mark stood for just over a month.

Lynch ran for 321 yards on 27 carries in Tuesday's 33-14 win over Western Michigan, breaking his own record. Lynch ran for 316 yards against the Chippewas, while Robinson, a former NIU quarterback himself, ran for 308 yards against Fresno State in 1990.

Lynch got the No. 14 Huskies (12-0) on the board with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Juwan Brescacin in the first quarter. The Broncos (1-11) tied the score when tailback Dareyon Chance ran in from a yard out.

Lynch would score two rushing touchdowns in the first half – one from 29 yards out and the last TD of the half a 36-yard run. The Huskies would take a 20-7 lead into halftime after Mathew Sims missed the extra point.

Sims, who missed three field goals in last week's win over Toledo, struggled again Tuesday, missing a 34-yard field goal as well. But the senior kicker got on the right track, kicking a 23-yard field goal in the first half and a 32-yard field goal after halftime.

Lynch would add a 37-yard touchdown run in the third.

NIU finishes its first-ever perfect regular season as an FBS member, and the Huskies will compete in the MAC Championship Game on Friday, Dec. 6 in Detroit.

Now the question is if the win over a poor Western Michigan team will be enough to sway some voters to NIU's side. The Huskies are two spots ahead of Fresno State in the latest BCS standings, but trail the Bulldogs in the USA Today Coaches Poll and Harris Poll.

The thought among BCS experts is the Huskies' strength of schedule will be hurt this week, which will put Fresno back ahead of NIU. The Huskies may need more help in the polls in order to earn the non-AQ BCS bid, even if their computer rankings are strong.

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