NIU 48, Western Michigan 34: Second half surge seals road victory for the Huskies

Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE

The Northern Illinois Huskies defeat the Western Michigan Broncos on the road 48-34.

The Huskies are 8-1 now and 5-0 in the MAC.

Something told me this game was going to be tricky, no matter what team we were going to face on the road. It took a while for the Huskies to finally get going for this 11 AM MAC game but when they did there was no looking back.

Jordan Lynch was no doubt the hero of the day throwing for 274 yds and 4 TDs. Not to mention he also ran the ball for 136 yds and 2 TDs on the ground. He is for sure a Heisman candidate up to this point.

An early 31-yard strike to Tommylee Lewis would put the Huskies up early 7-0, but then Western Michigan came up with two passing touchdowns of their own to go up 14-7. There were some weird offensive formations and plays that Western hadn't done up to this point in the season so far. This team needed a win to become bowl eligible and Bill Cubit is trying to keep his job.

The Huskies kept their heads as the defense was struggling with formations and the loss of Melvin, our top corner. Both teams traded scores and Matthew Sims hit an NIU record 54 yard field goal to end the half.

NIU was down 17-21 at halftime, but then...

They say the Honey Badger don't care (sorry), but Jordan Lynch doesn't care either.

The Huskies piled it on with 4 straight touchdowns, two rushing, two passing, to go up 45-21 against the Broncos and put this game out of reach. The defense really stepped it up after the half after what must have been a serious halftime talk.

The score is closer than it seems because of some semi-garbage TDs at the end, but this was clearly a lopsided victory for the Huskies as they finish their second game on the road.

Tommylee Lewis also had an insane game with 2 TDs and a bunch of yards returning punts.

Up next week is the winless UMass Minutemen at home. A warmup game for the showdown vs. Toledo a week and a half after that.

Huskie fans, what are your thoughts on the game today?

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