Northern Illinois won its eighth straight game with
its only loss by one point to
"I've never been around a team that plays as well
as this on the road," said NIU Head Coach Dave Doeren. "We've won seven in a
row on the road and that shows the mental toughness of this team, and the
leadership of our seniors and juniors."
Lynch, who entered the game leading the country in
yards of total offense, tallied 410 yards with 136 rushing and 274 passing
yards versus the Broncos. He scored on runs of two and 20 yards in the third
Lynch has not thrown an interception in five games
and 146 pass attempts, since the fourth quarter of the
After NIU kicker Mathew Sims broke the Huskies'
school record with a 54-yard field goal on the last play of the first half,
The game turned the Huskies' way in the third
quarter when the Northern Illinois defense forced
Defensive end Sean Progar recorded one of his three
sacks on WMU quarterback Tyler Van Tubbergen and after a 20-yard Schroeder
punt, NIU took over on the WMU 38. Lynch hit Martel Moore, who caught seven
passes for 120 yards for his fourth 100-yard receiving game, for 12 yards and
picked up 17 yards rushing to the two before taking it in himself and giving
the Huskies a lead they would not relinquish.
NIU's Jamaal Bass intercepted Van Tubbergen to stop
the Broncos' next drive. His 44-yard interception return put
After another stop by the Huskie defense, Lynch and
NIU drove to the WMU three with the help of a 62-yard Lynch to
Five minutes and a WMU punt - its sixth of the game
"We played real well in the third quarter,
especially on defense starting with two straight three-and-outs," Doeren said.
"Tommylee Lewis was huge. We put him back there on punts for the first time and
anytime he touches the ball, he's electric."
Van Tubbergen completed 11 of his first 12 passes
and threw two touchdown passes to Eric Monette - of 27 and six yards - in the
first quarter. Lynch tied the game with the first of two touchdown passes to
Da'Ron Brown, a nine-yarder, set up by a 44-yard punt return by Tommylee Lewis.
Western Michigan took a 21-14 lead on Dareyon Chance's eight-yard run with 1:32 to play in the half on a drive extended by a Huskie personal foul.