Northern Illinois at Purdue

Lynch leads Northern Illinois past Purdue 55-24

AP Sports Writer

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Jordan Lynch threw for 207 yards and three touchdowns, and Northern Illinois scored on a kickoff return and an interception return to rout Purdue 55-24.

It's the first time a Mid-American Conference team has beaten two Big Ten foes in the same season, and the Huskies (4-0) made it look easy, tying the MAC record for victory margin over a Big Ten school. Toledo beat Minnesota by 31 in 2001.

Northern Illinois scored on its first four series, forced five turnovers and led 27-10 at the half as Lynch became the 26th player in Football Bowl Subdivision history to top 4,000 yards passing and 2,000 rushing in his career. He was 18 of 25 and had nine carries for 35 yards and a score.

Purdue (1-4, 0-1) was so bad, coach Darrell Hazell yanked starting quarterback Rob Henry and inserted true freshman Danny Etling late in the first half.

Things weren't supposed to be this tough for Purdue, especially as it faced one of the nation's worst defenses.

But the Boilermakers were just awful. Their first drive stalled after an offensive pass interference call, two more were stymied with the help of illegal formation and illegal shift penalties and two more ended with interceptions off of poor throws.

Northern Illinois, meanwhile, took full advantage of the miscues after trailing 7-3 early.

Lynch, the Heisman Trophy hopeful, connected on five straight passes, eventually hooking up with Da'Ron Brown on a 15-yard TD pass to give the Huskies a 10-7 lead. They never trailed again.

Two series later, Lynch was back at it. He opened a 67-yard TD drive with a 41-yard completion to Juwan Brescacin and capped it with 4-yard TD pass that was ruled incomplete on the field but overturned on a replay review. That made it 20-7.

For Purdue, it got even worse.

When Shane Mikesky tipped a high pass from Henry into the air, Dechane Durante picked it off and returned it 50 yards to the Purdue 29. Four plays later, Lynch found a wide open Brown for a 17-yard TD pass.

Henry was picked off again on the next drive, this time throwing across his body from the right sideline. That was it for the senior quarterback, who was finished 5 of 16 for 130 yards and one TD, and the start of the Etling era, who led Purdue to a field goal just before halftime.

But Tommylee Lewis opened the second half with a 99-yard kickoff return for a score and Jimmy Ward picked off Etling and ran it back 62 yards for a score to give Northern Illinois a 41-10 lead early in the third.

Purdue never challenged again.

Northern Illinois has won 11 straight on the road and scored a MAC record 55 points against a Big Ten school, breaking Ball State's previous mark (41) last year at Indiana.

Etling finished 19 of 39 for 241 yards with two TDs and two interceptions.

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Scoring Summary
NILLMathew Sims 44 yd FG
PURDUEAkeem Hunt 44 yd pass from Rob Henry (Paul Griggs kick)
NILLDa'Ron Brown 15 yd pass from Jordan Lynch (Mathew Sims kick)
NILLMathew Sims 31 yd FG
NILLJuwan Brescacin 4 yd pass from Jordan Lynch (Mathew Sims kick)
NILLDa'Ron Brown 17 yd pass from Jordan Lynch (Mathew Sims kick)
PURDUEPaul Griggs 47 yd FG
NILLTommylee Lewis 99 yd kick return (Mathew Sims kick)
NILLJimmie Ward 62 yd interception return (Mathew Sims kick)
PURDUECameron Posey 16 yd pass from Danny Etling (Paul Griggs kick)
NILLJordan Lynch 7 yd run (Mathew Sims kick)
NILLTim Semisch 18 yd pass from Matt McIntosh (Mathew Sims kick)
PURDUEJustin Sinz 1 yd pass from Danny Etling (Paul Griggs kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2229
Third Down Efficiency4-116-18
Fourth Down Efficiency1-12-4
Plays-Net Yards62-40285-524
Passing Yds225371
Kick Return Yds163120
Punt Return Yds1213
Time of Poss.27:4532:15
Individual Stats
NILL: Cameron Stingily 15-72, Jordan Lynch 9-35, James Spencer 6-31, Keith Harris 3-24, Matt McIntosh 2-11, Tommylee Lewis 1-4
PURDUE: B.J. Knauf 2-41, Akeem Hunt 11-37, Rob Henry 5-26, Dalyn Dawkins 3-17, Danny Etling 6-9, Raheem Mostert 1-9, Justin Sinz 1-9, Brandon Cottom 1-5
NILL: Jordan Lynch 18-25-207-0, Matt McIntosh 1-1-18-0
PURDUE: Danny Etling 19-39-241-2, Rob Henry 5-16-130-2
NILL: Juwan Brescacin 4-65, Da'Ron Brown 4-53, Tommylee Lewis 3-19, Desroy Maxwell 2-27, Tim Semisch 2-21, Keith Harris 2-20, Luke Eakes 1-15, Rob Sterling 1-5
PURDUE: DeAngelo Yancey 7-117, Justin Sinz 4-39, Cameron Posey 3-67, Akeem Hunt 2-67, Danny Anthrop 2-28, B.J. Knauf 2-16, Dalyn Dawkins 1-12, Sterling Carter 1-11, Shane Mikesky 1-8, Raheem Mostert 1-6
Northern Illinois3rd Mid American West5-35-7
Purdue7th Big Ten West1-83-9

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