Team Stats

  • Total Yards

    • NIU 524
    • 260 KENT
  • Turnovers

    • NIU 3
    • 2 KENT
  • Possession

    NIU KENT
    26:59 37:25
  • 1st Downs

    • NIU 25
    • 17 KENT

Game Information

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Coverage: ESPN2
  • Line: NIU -6.5
Attendance: 18,132
12/1/2012 Associated Press

Lynch, N. Illinois top Kent St. in MAC title game

Jordan Lynch ran for three touchdowns, including a 2-yarder in the second overtime, and Demetrius Stone's interception in the end zone gave Northern Illinois a 44-37 victory over Kent State in a stirring Mid-American Conference championship game.

Scoring Summary

ESPN21234OTT
Northern Illinois3141071044
Kent State100321337
first QuarterNIUKENT
TD
8:57
Dri Archer rush for 15 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
kentst drive: 3 plays 22 yards, 00:52 kentst td, 0:52
06
XP
8:57
Freddy Cortez extra point GOOD.
kentst drive: 3 plays 22 yards, 00:52 kentst td, 0:52
07
FG
5:06
Freddy Cortez 37 yard field goal GOOD.
kentst drive: 6 plays 16 yards, 02:13 kentst fg, 2:13
010
FG
0:14
Mathew Sims 27 yard field goal GOOD.
northernil drive: 14 plays 65 yards, 04:52 northernil fg, 4:52
310
second QuarterNIUKENT
TD
11:03
Jordan Lynch pass complete to Martel Moore for 14 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
northernil drive: 6 plays 59 yards, 02:24 northernil td, 2:24
910
XP
11:03
Mathew Sims extra point GOOD.
northernil drive: 6 plays 59 yards, 02:24 northernil td, 2:24
1010
TD
5:53
Akeem Daniels rush for 1 yard for a TOUCHDOWN.
northernil drive: 12 plays 58 yards, 03:44 northernil td, 3:44
1610
XP
5:53
Mathew Sims extra point GOOD.
northernil drive: 12 plays 58 yards, 03:44 northernil td, 3:44
1710
third QuarterNIUKENT
FG
10:46
Freddy Cortez 24 yard field goal GOOD.
kentst drive: 8 plays 46 yards, 04:14 kentst fg, 4:14
1713
TD
7:26
Jordan Lynch rush for 1 yard for a TOUCHDOWN.
northernil drive: 10 plays 75 yards, 03:20 northernil td, 3:20
2313
XP
7:26
Mathew Sims extra point GOOD.
northernil drive: 10 plays 75 yards, 03:20 northernil td, 3:20
2413
FG
2:38
Mathew Sims 29 yard field goal GOOD.
northernil drive: 9 plays 43 yards, 03:03 northernil fg, 3:03
2713
fourth QuarterNIUKENT
TD
4:53
Spencer Keith rush for 5 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
kentst drive: 8 plays 96 yards, 02:53 kentst td, 2:53
2719
XP
4:53
Freddy Cortez extra point GOOD.
kentst drive: 8 plays 96 yards, 02:53 kentst td, 2:53
2720
TD
4:38
Jordan Lynch rush, fumbled, recovered by KntSt Zack Hitchens at the NoIll 22, Zack Hitchens for 22 yards, to the NoIll 0 for a TOUCHDOWN.
northernil drive: 1 play -7 yards, 00:15 northernil fumb, 0:15
2726
XP
4:38
Freddy Cortez extra point GOOD.
northernil drive: 1 play -7 yards, 00:15 northernil fumb, 0:15
2727
TD
3:12
Jordan Lynch rush for 9 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
northernil drive: 4 plays 75 yards, 01:26 northernil td, 1:26
3327
XP
3:12
Mathew Sims extra point GOOD.
northernil drive: 4 plays 75 yards, 01:26 northernil td, 1:26
3427
TD
0:44
Spencer Keith pass complete to Tim Erjavec for 19 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
kentst drive: 11 plays 58 yards, 02:28 kentst td, 2:28
3433
XP
0:44
Freddy Cortez extra point GOOD.
kentst drive: 11 plays 58 yards, 02:28 kentst td, 2:28
3434
OvertimeNIUKENT
FG
Freddy Cortez 33 yard field goal GOOD.
kentst drive: 6 plays 9 yards, 00:00 kentst fg
3437
FG
Mathew Sims 40 yard field goal GOOD.
kentst drive: 4 plays 2 yards, 00:00 kentst fg
3737
second OvertimeNIUKENT
TD
Jordan Lynch rush for 2 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
northernil drive: 2 plays 25 yards, 00:00 northernil td
4337
XP
Mathew Sims extra point GOOD.
northernil drive: 2 plays 25 yards, 00:00 northernil td
4437

Research Notes

  • This is the eighth time this season that Jordan Lynch has thrown for at least 200 yards and rushed for at least 100 yards in the same game.The only other FBS quarterback with more than two such games this season is Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, with five.

  • This is the fourth time this season that Jordan Lynch has passed and run for at least 150 yards in the same game. The rest of the quarterbacks in FBS have combined for five such games.

  • Jordan Lynch has 31 carries so far tonight. That's the most by an FBS quarterback this season. The most before tonight was 30 ... by Lynch against Toledo earlier this month.

  • Jordan Lynch has run for at least 100 yards in 12 of 13 games this season. No other FBS player has more than nine 100-yard rushing games this season.The last player with more 100-yard games on the ground in one season was Iowa's Shonn Greene in 2008.

  • With his 44-yard rush midway through the third quarter, Jordan Lynch passed Denard Robinson for the most rushing yards by an FBS quarterback in a single season.Lynch finished the game with 1,771 rush yards this season; Robinson had 1,702 rush yards for Michigan in 2010.

  • Kent State's 10-0 lead is the largest deficit that Northern Illinois has faced this season.Before today, the Huskies' largest deficit was nine points. They trailed Ball State 23-14 in the third quarter before scoring the final 21 points of the game to win 35-23.

  • Kent State's first touchdown came after Northern Illinois fumbled a punt.Kent State has recovered 14 of its opponents fumbles, the most in the MAC and in the top 20 in FBS.It was the 12th fumble lost this season by Northern Illinois, tied with Buffalo for the most fumbles lost in the MAC.

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