It was on NIU's "Dark Dog" jerseys in plain sight on Tuesday night. The Hard Way. That's how these seniors got the Huskies to 12-0 for the regular season when nobody said it was possible.
Jordan Lynch, the man and the legend somehow managed to break his own rushing record for a QB gaining 321 yds on the ground. The previous record was just earlier this season against Central Michigan when he racked up 316 yds.
The weather was pretty inclement with the wind and the light snow, so Lynch put together the single greatest 5 of 17 performance of all-time. He racked up one TD through the air through that crazy catch by Juwan Brescacin early on and 3 on the ground to bring Lynch to 22 passing TDs and 20 rushing TDs on the year. Lynch is only the 5th QB all time to do that.
Cameron Stingily also got some solid touches in this one and his 49 yds brought him over the 1,000 yard mark with 1,007 on the season. This is the first time that NIU has had two 1,000 rushers in the same season.
Northern Illinois is 12-0. I didn't think I would ever get a chance to type that out.
Will Jordan Lynch make it to New York for the Heisman? I'd be very surprised if he doesn't make it out there.
Playing WMU may decrease the SOS for NIU as they rely on the computers more and more as the BCS comes close to wrapping up. Fresno travels to San Jose State in a tough game on Friday at 2:30 and are only favored by a touchdown. The Huskies may need the MAC Championship game on their belts before they jump higher in the rankings. We'll just have to wait and see what happens.
NIU will play either Bowling Green or Buffalo as both those teams square off Friday at 12:30 in a de facto MAC East Championship game.