DeKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois 2012 football team made a little more history Tuesday when the Huskies were ranked in the final Associated Press and USA Today Top 25 polls for the first time.NIU finished the season ranked 22nd by the writers who vote in the AP poll, and came in at No. 24 in the coaches' final rankings.
NIU (12-2) earned 227 points in the writer's poll to claim the No. 22 spot between No. 21 San Jose State and No. 23 Vanderbilt. In the USA Today rankings, the Huskies collected 156 points and checked in between No. 23 Nebraska and No. 25 Tulsa.
NIU Head Coach Rod Carey said it is only fitting that the careers of the 2012 Huskie seniors end with a final history-making accomplishment.
"Being ranked in the final polls is another addition to the legacy that our seniors and this 2012 team have created at NIU, another 'first' they have accomplished among many," Carey said. "It's special and gratifying for our entire program, but I'm especially happy for the senior class because of how they represented NIU and how dedicated they have been to this football program."
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NIU returns eight starters on offense and four on defense in 2013, including All-American Jordan Lynch at quarterback. Lynch set three NCAA records in his first season leading the Huskie offense and became the first quarterback in FBS history to pass for 3,000 and rush for more than 1,500 in a season. He finished with 4,953 yards of total offense with 1,815 rushing and 3,138 passing yards while throwing for 25 touchdowns and rushing for 19.