DEKALB, Ill. (AP) - Leighton Settle ran for 152 yards and three touchdowns, and Northern Illinois ran its home winning streak to 18 games Saturday with a 55-24 victory over Central Michigan in both teams' Mid-American Conference opener.
Settle opened the scoring with an 11-yard run in the first quarter before adding a 6-yard TD in the second. In the fourth, he ran 46 yards down the sideline to help seal the victory for the Huskies (4-1), who closed the game on a 31-3 run.
Jordan Lynch threw for 215 yards and a touchdown and added 144 yards rushing, and he and Keith Harris Jr. each scored on the ground. Mathew Sims kicked two field goals and ran 14 yards for a score on a fake field-goal attempt.
Ryan Radcliff threw for 332 yards and two touchdowns, including a 92-yarder to Titus Davis, for the Chippewas (2-2), and Zurlon Tipton added a rushing score.
|NILL||Leighton Settle 11 yd run (Mathew Sims kick)|
|NILL||Martel Moore 14 yd pass from Jordan Lynch (Mathew Sims kick)|
|CMICH||Zurlon Tipton 37 yd pass from Ryan Radcliff (David Harman kick)|
|NILL||Mathew Sims 43 yd FG|
|NILL||Leighton Settle 6 yd run (Mathew Sims kick)|
|CMICH||Zurlon Tipton 13 yd run (David Harman kick)|
|CMICH||Titus Davis 92 yd pass from Ryan Radcliff (David Harman kick)|
|NILL||Mathew Sims 20 yd FG|
|NILL||Jordan Lynch 9 yd run (Mathew Sims kick)|
|CMICH||David Harman 42 yd FG|
|NILL||Mathew Sims 7 yd run (Mathew Sims kick)|
|NILL||Leighton Settle 46 yd run (Tyler Wedel kick)|
|NILL||Keith Harris 4 yd run (Tyler Wedel kick)|
|Third Down Efficiency||7-15||8-16|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||1-1||3-3|
|Kick Return Yds||109||81|
|Punt Return Yds||1||50|
|Time of Poss.||32:9||27:51|
|CMICH: Zurlon Tipton 15-66, Anthony Garland 9-54, Ryan Radcliff 1-6, Tyler Lombardo 1-4, Cody Kater 1-1, Saylor Lavallii 4--1|
|NILL: Leighton Settle 23-152, Jordan Lynch 21-144, Keith Harris 6-66, Akeem Daniels 2-22, Ryan Neir 1-17, Mathew Sims 1-7, Tommylee Lewis 1--1|
|CMICH: Ryan Radcliff 20-39-332-1, Cody Kater 0-1-0-0|
|NILL: Jordan Lynch 14-32-215-0, Perez Ashford 0-1-0-0|
|CMICH: Cody Wilson 8-111, Zurlon Tipton 3-41, Courtney Williams 2-43, Titus Davis 1-92, Tyler Lombardo 1-11, Mike Kinville 1-9, Deon Butler 1-9, Caleb Southworth 1-7, Saylor Lavallii 1-6, Anthony Garland 1-3|
|NILL: Perez Ashford 5-64, Martel Moore 3-45, Jamison Wells 2-24, Luke Eakes 1-43, Tommylee Lewis 1-28, Tim Semisch 1-7, Leighton Settle 1-4|
|Central Michigan||4th Mid American West||4-4||7-6|
|Northern Illinois||1st Mid American West||9-0||12-2|