Northern Illinois at Idaho

Lynch leads Northern Illinois past Idaho 45-35


MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) Jordan Lynch threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more as heavily-favored Northern Illinois held off Idaho 45-35 on Saturday.

The Vandals (0-3), outscored 82-16 in their first two games, twice led the Huskies (2-0) by two touchdowns in the first half and tied the game at 35 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter on James Baker's second touchdown.

Lynch had 154 yards for his fifteenth career 100-yard game, including a 61-yard scoring burst to make it 35-28, but it was his third TD pass that finally did in the Vandals. After a 49-yard field goal by Matthew Sims broke the last tie, Lynch found Luke Eakes for a 16-yard score.

The Huskies finished with 505 yards. Wide receiver Tommylee Lewis had 111 rushing on six carries and 52 yards on seven receptions.

Dezmon Epps had 10 catches for 112 yards for Idaho, which had 448 yards.

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Scoring Summary
IDAHOJames Baker 1 yd run (Austin Rehkow kick)
NILLJordan Lynch 5 yd run (Mathew Sims kick)
IDAHORichard Montgomery 27 yd pass from Chad Chalich (Austin Rehkow kick)
IDAHOJames Baker 37 yd pass from Chad Chalich (Austin Rehkow kick)
NILLKeith Harris 15 yd pass from Jordan Lynch (Mathew Sims kick)
IDAHOChad Chalich 34 yd run (Austin Rehkow kick)
NILLCameron Stingily 2 yd run (Mathew Sims kick)
NILLDa'Ron Brown 3 yd pass from Jordan Lynch (Mathew Sims kick)
NILLJordan Lynch 61 yd run (Mathew Sims kick)
IDAHOJames Baker 1 yd run (Austin Rehkow kick)
NILLMathew Sims 51 yd FG
NILLLuke Eakes 13 yd pass from Jordan Lynch (Mathew Sims kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2427
Third Down Efficiency4-144-16
Fourth Down Efficiency0-11-4
Plays-Net Yards77-50888-438
Passing Yds152247
Kick Return Yds6957
Punt Return Yds4745
Time of Poss.26:1333:47
Individual Stats
NILL: Jordan Lynch 23-159, Tommylee Lewis 4-104, Cameron Stingily 13-62, Mycial Allen 5-33, Tyler Wedel 1-2, Team 2--4
IDAHO: James Baker 19-73, Richard Montgomery 12-59, Chad Chalich 18-43, Kristoffer Olugbode 3-9, Joshua McCain 9-5, James Randall 1-2
NILL: Jordan Lynch 17-29-152-0
IDAHO: Chad Chalich 14-25-236-0, Joshua McCain 1-1-11-0
NILL: Tommylee Lewis 9-56, Da'Ron Brown 5-57, Keith Harris 1-15, Luke Eakes 1-13, Rob Sterling 1-11
IDAHO: Dezmon Epps 8-106, Richard Montgomery 2-54, Deon Watson 2-38, James Baker 1-37, Najee Lovett 1-11, Michael LaGrone 1-1
Northern Illinois3rd Mid American West5-35-7
Idaho3rd Sun Belt 6-29-4

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