Northern Illinois the first MAC team to beat two Big 10 teams in the regular season by Beating the Purdue Boilermakers 55-24 today. Both contests were on the road, the other being a 30-27 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes.
NIU tied the record for biggest margin of victory vs a Big 10 squad with 31 points. Toledo beat Minnesota by 31 in 2001.
Purdue would go up 7-3 to take the lead in the first quarter, but that lead didn't last long at all.
Jordan Lynch dominates
Sure he might have been banged up but it didn't show today with #6 out there dominating. Final stats for Lynch: 18-25 for 207 yds and 3 TDs. He only carried the ball 9 times for 35 yds and a TD on the ground as well. He took advantage of every mistake that Purdue made turning the ball over with huge offensive drives.
NIU broke what Purdue was trying to put out there as a starting quarterback. Rob Henry was taken out after a horrible performance in the first half throwing 2 INTs and only completed 5-16 passes with a fumble and a TD to start the game. He got pulled for a true freshman who would throw for 2 INTs of his own. Early in the 3rd one pass Danny Etling threw was intercepted and returned for a TD by Jimmie Ward. This is how you blowout teams.
Extra Special teams
Tommylee Lewis looked pretty healthy on that 99 yard kick return for a touchdown. Not to mention Sims hit FGs from 44 and 31 yds. Not to shabby in the underrated 3rd phase of the game.
The BCS Blowout we were all hoping for
Pretty much every game that NIU has ever played against a BCS opponent has been a close victory, with pundits saying they "just slipped by" in certain games. This, however, was not one of those game. NIU dominated every facet of the game. Sure Purdue put up 524 yds, but a lot of that was in garbage time and not to mention they turned the ball over 5 times to the Huskies. It's about time the Huskies showed they could dominate a game like this.
That's all I have for now. I'll have to catch a replay of this one and come back with the full rundown.
Northern Illinois is now 4-0 and will travel to Kent State next week for a rematch of the 2012 MAC Championship game.
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE GAME TODAY?