05/07/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft: 126 FBS programs, 126 possible UDFAs: NORTHERN ILLINOIS: QB Jordan Lynch (6-0, 217, 4.76)...A Heisman finalist, Lynch was the heartbeat of the NIU offense and while his skills don't translate as a high-level passer in the NFL, he still has something to offer teams, maybe at another position. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/19/2014 - Indianapolis Colts practice squad quarterback Chandler Harnish calls the NFL Combine one of the most intense, memorable experiences of his football career. And he'd never want to go through it again. The mental strain easily tops the physical strain. The pressure is on everyone, but especially those players who aren't sure-thing picks. Harnish has special insight into what's going through the minds of Ball State's Keith Wenning and Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch this week as they head to the Combine on Thursday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Like Harnish, both are products of the Mid-American Conference. Lynch is a good friend of Harnish, since they were Northern Illinois teammates. Wenning and Lynch have been training together in Indianapolis the last three weeks.
Harnish can tell them what lies ahead, and what they have to do to make inroads with the NFL scouts. "Going to the Combine in itself can be a very stressful thing, but when you go as a MAC quarterback, you're fighting uphill," Harnish said. "You've already played against lesser competition. With all due respect to the people in the MAC, it's not the same as competing in the Big Ten, the SEC or the Big 12. "You have to prove yourself extra in all you do," he said. "Throwing, interviews, testing - everything you do you have to stand out and you have to be different. I was just talking with Jordan Lynch and giving him every hint and secret that I learned." - Reggie Hayes, The News-Sentinel
02/17/2014 - Jordan Lynch knows doubters still exist...In the scouting community, some remain skeptical the former Northern Illinois star, who finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting, can play quarterback in the NFL. Lynch's brief appearance last month in the East-West Shrine Game didn't do anything to change opinions. He was 2-for-7, and his final two passes were intercepted. What wasn't broadcast was the work Lynch put in during the week leading up to the game. "The game did not end up the way I wanted it to, but overall in practice I was really thrilled with how I did," Lynch said. "There were still a lot of questions about whether I should be a quarterback or running back or whatever going into the East-West, and the first two days of practice, all of those questions were kind of eliminated. (Scouts there) believed I could be a quarterback with what I showed them, and there are a lot of teams interested in me as a quarterback."
The goal now is to be even sharper at the scouting combine next week in Indianapolis. Lynch has been training at St. Vincent Sports Performance in Indianapolis since his college career wrapped up, working with quarterback instructor Donovan Dooley. The challenge Lynch faces is one many college passers face: He hasn't played under center. So the drills focus on his footwork in three-, five- and seven-step drops, reading the field and delivering the ball. "I really haven't changed anything with my throwing motion," Lynch said. "It's really getting all the timing down."
Lynch plans to participate in all the drills at the combine, and he also will work out at NIU's pro day March 7 in DeKalb. After that, he will fly to Orlando, Fla., to participate in Jon Gruden's quarterback camp, an invitation he just received. "I am a huge fan of Jon Gruden, and it's just going to be awesome," Lynch said. "Going over X's and O's and learning from him, it is going to be a great experience." - Brad Biggs, Chicago Tribune
01/18/2014 - Jordan Lynch welcomes the opportunity to show he's a better NFL prospect than some pro scouts might suspect. The Northern Illinois quarterback was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2013 and did a masterful job of running the Huskies offense over the past two seasons. Still, he entered practice for Saturday's East-West Shrine game at Tropicana Field feeling he has to prove he's capable of being successful on the next level. "Overall, I hope I showed the scouts that I could throw the football. That was one of the biggest knocks on me," said the 6-foot, 216-pound Lynch, who led Northern Illinois to a BCS bowl berth as a junior and 24-4 record in two years as a starter. "I run the ball well. But I can throw it, and I wanted to show them that," he added. "The receivers here are studs and all of them stick out. They bailed me out a few times in the last couple of days."
Lynch rushed for 1,920 yards and 23 touchdowns this season, while also posting some impressive numbers throwing the ball. He completed 62.6 percent of his passes as a senior for 2,892 yards, 24 TDs and just eight interceptions. He threw for over 3,100 yards, 25 TDs and six interceptions in his only other season as a starter. "I didn't think much about the individual accolades because it was always about the team," said Lynch, who'll play for the East on Saturday. "I've always set high expectations for myself, and if I really thought about it, I knew things like that were possible," he added of his accomplishments in college. "But it was a great journey and I have to thank my coaches, teammates and family for their help in making it possible." - AP Sports
12/26/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Jordan Lynch is coming off a tough outing in the MAC Championship Game. Lynch has plenty of motivation after the Huskies missed a bid for a second BCS bowl game in a row. But Lynch is a tough customer and will come back motivated and primed to show Utah State why he was invited to the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York. Lynch's talent lies in his ability to see things and take advantage of them, whether with his arm or legs. His cutback ability equals some of the top running backs in the country. He often extends drives with his running approach of not avoiding contact. Lynch threw two interceptions in the MAC title game loss, but he rarely makes mistakes and forces passes. - The Sports Xchange
12/12/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD FINALIST: Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch...Lynch, who was named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy Monday, has passed for 2,676 yards and 23 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,881 yards and 22 scores. The Chicago native was named MAC West Offensive Player of the Week a record eight times this year and gained over 300 yards of total offense in 11 of the Huskies' 13 games in 2013. Lynch ranks fourth nationally in total offense (351.0 yards per game) and is second in both rushing yards (1,881) and points responsible for (276). He is only the fifth player in NCAA history to have 20 rushing and 20 passing touchdowns in a season and has broken the NIU single season record for touchdowns scored. - Northern Illinois football
12/09/2013 - 2013 HEISMAN TROPHY FINALIST: NIU senior QB Jordan Lynch...Lynch, who was named the winner of the MAC's Vern Smith Leadership Award and Offensive Player of the Year Wednesday, is also a finalist for the Manning Quarterback Award and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. Lynch joined quarterbacks A.J. McCarron (Alabama), Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) and Jameis Winston (Florida State) and running back Andre Williams (Boston College) as finalists for the Walter Camp Award.
The only FBS player in the country who is his team's first option both as a passer and as a runner, Lynch was named MAC West Offensive Player of the Week a record eight times this year while compiling 4,212 yards of total offense on 1,755 rushing and 2,457 passing yards. He gained over 300 yards of total offense in 10 of the Huskies' 12 games in 2013 (all except blowout wins over Purdue and UMass when he did not play fourth quarter). - Northern Illinois football
12/06/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Over the last half of the season, Huskie quarterback Jordan Lynch has run for 1,139 yards on 142 carries with 16 touchdowns, completed 94-of-134 passes for 1,124 yards and nine scores to total 2,263 yards on 276 plays. He is averaging 189.8 rushing yards per game, 8.02 yards per carry and is completing 70.1 percent of his passes. Northern Illinois is gaining 8.2 yards every time he touches the ball over the last six games. - Northern Illinois football
12/06/2013 - Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch has broken his own single-season record for yards rushing by a quarterback in major college football. Lynch surpassed his total from last season - 1,815 yards rushing - in the third quarter of the Mid-American Conference championship game Friday night against Bowling Green. Former Michigan standout Denard Robinson had the record for yards rushing by a quarterback with 1,702 yards in 2010 before Lynch surpassed that total last season. - AP Sports
12/06/2013 - 2013 ALL-MAC FIRST TEAM: Quarterback - Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois...Lynch, who was named MAC West Offensive Player of the Week a record eight times this year while compiling 4,212 yards of total offense on 1,755 rushing and 2,457 passing yards, is the first Huskie to win back-to-back Vern Smith Leadership Awards since defensive end Larry English won the award in 2007 and 2008. NIU players now have won the Vern Smith Award seven times in the last eight seasons beginning with tailback Garrett Wolfe in 2006. Between the back-to-back league MVP trophies picked up by English and Lynch, tailback Chad Spann (2010) and quarterback Chandler Harnish (2011) won the award as seniors.
Lynch is an offensive force both rushing and passing who has put together 12 outstanding performances marked by "firsts" he has posted as a runner and a passer. Lynch has twice set the NCAA record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 316 and 321-yard outings versus Central and Western Michigan, respectively. He is just the fifth FBS player in history to score 20 rushing touchdowns and throw 20 touchdown passes in a season and is poised to break the NIU single season record for touchdowns scored. - Northern Illinois football
12/06/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey has instructed his players to keep a lid on their mouths heading into Friday's Mid-American Conference Championship game battle with Bowling Green at Ford Field in Detroit. Even though the Huskies seemed headed toward another shocking BCS bowl bid -- likely the Fiesta Bowl -- and senior quarterback Jordan Lynch is gaining steam toward an invite to the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York, Carey doesn't want to have any distractions in NIU's quest for a third straight MAC championship.
Lynch was named the MAC West Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for a career-high 321 yards and three touchdowns against Western Michigan. Lynch broke his own single-game rushing mark for a quarterback. He scored on touchdown runs of 29, 36 and 37 yards and averaged 11.9 yards per rush. - The Sports Xchange
12/05/2013 - 2013 MAC VERN SMITH LEADERSHIP AWARD WINNER: QB Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois...Northern Illinois senior quarterback Jordan Lynch (Chicago, Ill.) was tabbed as the winner of the 32nd Vern Smith Leadership Award, as voted on by the conference head coaches. The award is presented annually to the conference's top football player in honor of Vern Smith, the former University of Toledo Athletic Director. This marks the second consecutive year that Lynch has won the Vern Smith Leadership Award. - MAC football
12/05/2013 - 2013 MAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: QB Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois...Lynch also won for the second consecutive year the MAC Offensive Player of the Year award. Lynch led the Huskies to a perfect 8-0 conference record, 12-0 overall, and No. 14 ranking in the BCS Rankings, No. 16 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and No. 18 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Lynch rushed for 1,755 yards and 20 touchdowns, threw for 2,457 yards and another 22 touchdowns for 4,212 yards of total offense (351.0 ypg).
Lynch improved his record as a starting quarterback to 24-2 and established the NCAA single-game rushing record for yards rushing by a quarterback with 321 yards (vs. Western Michigan, 11/26). Lynch established the school's career record for touchdowns responsible for with 95 career touchdowns. Lynch has surpassed the 4,000-yard mark in career rushing yards to become just the fifth player in FBS history with 4,000 rushing and 5,000 passing yards. Lynch has 4,178 career rushing and 5,774 career passing yards. - MAC football
12/02/2013 - WEEK 14 MAC WEST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch...Senior quarterback Jordan Lynch (Chicago, Ill.) broke his own NCAA record for rushing yards by a quarterback by running the ball 27 times for 321 yards with three rushing touchdowns in the Huskies 33-14 win over Western Michigan that capped a perfect 12-0 regular season. Lynch scored on touchdown runs of 29, 36 and 37 yards as he averaged 11.9 yards per carry. On a cold, snowy and windy night, Lynch also hit Juwan Brescacin on a 10-yard touchdown pass as he totaled 360 yards of total offense on the night. He singlehandedly outgained Western Michigan, 360-256. - MAC football
11/29/2013 - WEEK 13 MAC WEST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch...Senior quarterback Jordan Lynch (Chicago, Ill.) carried 28 times for 161 yards (5.8 avg.) and scored three second-half rushing touchdowns, and completed 17-of-22 passes (77.3%) for 202 yards in a 35-17 win at Toledo to clinch the Huskies fourth consecutive West Division title. Trailing 10-7 at halftime, Lynch led the Huskies to four second-half touchdowns, scoring himself on runs of 12, 31 and one yards.
The one-yard touchdown run capped a masterful 15-play, 99-yard drive to start the fourth quarter on which the Huskies were four-for-four on third-down conversions. With both of his top two receivers on the sidelines due to injury, Lynch found sophomore Juwan Brescacin eight times and hit eight different receivers in the game. He recorded his 11th career game with 100 rushing and 200 passing yards. - MAC football
11/29/2013 - Jordan Lynch breaks own single-game FBS QB rushing record...It's not certain if Jordan Lynch will be invited to New York as a Heisman finalist. But after Tuesday's Senior Night performance against Western Michigan, it's impossible to say he hasn't done just about everything necessary to put himself in position for that award. Lynch broke the FBS single-game rushing record for a quarterback for the second time this season, gaining 321 yards on the ground in Northern Illinois 's 33-14 victory. Lynch also rushed for three touchdowns, passed for 39 yards and another touchdown (albeit on 17 attempts), and with the win led the Huskies to a perfect 12-0 season.
The previous rushing record for an FBS quarterback was 316 yards, set by Lynch himself against Central Michigan on Oct. 19. But the single-game numbers don't represent Lynch's only entry into the college football record book Tuesday. Lynch also became only the fifth FBS quarterback to rush for 4,000 yards and pass for 5,000 yards in a career, joining Colin Kaepernick, Denard Robinson, Brad Smith and Pat White. Will it be enough to take him to New York? That's still to be determined, but after Tuesday, another big performance in the MAC Championship Game will certainly be enough to make voters think. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
11/29/2013 - Northern Illinois senior quarterback Jordan Lynch made sure his final home game at Huskie Stadium was a historic occasion. Lynch broke his own Football Bowl Subdivision single-game record for rushing yards by a quarterback, compiling 321 yards rushing on 27 carries and scoring three touchdowns Tuesday to lift No. 14 Northern Illinois to a 33-14 victory over Western Michigan. Lynch previously set the FBS single-game rushing record for a quarterback with 316 yards against Central Michigan on Oct. 19. In that game, he broke former NIU quarterback Stacey Robinson's record of 308 yards, set against Fresno State on Oct. 6, 1990.
Lynch's 6-yard run on the second play of the fourth quarter Tuesday -- also his last carry of the game -- eclipsed his old record. On a frigid night with the offense struggling, the Huskies (12-0, 8-0 Mid-American Conference) needed a big game from Lynch. He delivered to help Northern Illinois to its 26th win in a row at Huskie Stadium. With a representative from the Fiesta Bowl in attendance, Lynch carried the offense with his running. He scored on runs of 29, 36 and 37 yards to keep NIU's chances for a BCS bowl game alive.
The wintery conditions made passing the ball tough for both teams. Lynch was 5-of-17 passing for 39 yards and one touchdown. Northern Illinois tailback Cameron Stingily rushed 14 times for 49 yards to reach 1,007 yards, giving the Huskies a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in the same season for the first time in school history. Lynch finishes the regular season with 248 carries for 1,755 yards and 30 rushing touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange
11/24/2013 - Northern Illinois moved ahead of Fresno State in the BCS standings and up to No. 14 as the Huskies and Bulldogs jockey to be the last BCS buster. NIU jumped two spots Sunday and Fresno State slipped one to 16th. The top three teams in the BCS standings were unchanged: Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State -- the remaining undefeated teams in BCS automatic qualifying conferences. The other major college unbeatens, Northern Illinois and Fresno State, are fighting for one automatic bid. They have to finish in the top 12 of the last BCS standings, which comes out Dec. 8, or finish in the top 16 while ranking ahead of an AQ-conference champion.
Central Florida is in position to win the American Athletic Conference auto-bid, but is 19th in the latest standings. Northern Illinois reached the BCS last season by being ranked ahead of the champion of the Big East. The Huskies then lost to Florida State in the Orange Bowl. Jordan Lynch and Northern Illinois overtook Derek Carr and Fresno State this week on the strength of better computer ratings. NIU is seventh in the computer ratings, while coming in 17th in the Harris poll and 20th in the USA Today coaches' poll. Fresno State is 13th in each poll, but 17th in the computers. Jerry Palm, who analyzes the BCS for CBS.com, said he was surprised Northern Illinois made such a big move after winning at Mid-American Conference rival Toledo last week. - AP Sports
11/21/2013 - WEEK 12 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE AWARDS NATIONAL FBS OFFENSIVE PERFORMER OF THE WEEK: Jordan Lynch (Northern Illinois)...Lynch's sixth MAC West Offensive Player of the Week honor this year, setting the school record for league player of the week awards in a season. In addition to earning MAC POTW honors for the 10th time in his Huskie career, Lynch was named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll and a Manning Award Star of the Week.
Lynch, a native of Chicago, accounted for 468 yards of total offense against the Cardinals, rushing for 123 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries and passing for a season-high 345 yards. The Mt. Carmel product completed a career-high 26 passes on 32 attempts for a career-high 81.3 completion percentage. - Northern Illinois football/College Football Performance Awards
11/21/2013 - WEEK 12 MAC WEST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch...Senior quarterback Jordan Lynch (Chicago, Ill.) accounted for 468 yards of total offense as Northern Illinois earned a 48-27 win over Ball State that was not decided until late in the fourth quarter. Lynch completed a career high 26 passes on 32 attempts for an 81.3 percent completion percentage, highest of his career.
The 26 completions ranked tied for seventh at Northern Illinois all-time. Lynch had a season high 345 passing yards, the eighth highest single game mark in school history. He threw touchdown passes of 58 and 36 yards to Da'Ron Brown, the latter with 5:49 to play was the game-winner. On the ground, Lynch carried 20 times for 123 yards and two scores. He averaged nine yards per play in the game. - MAC football
11/21/2013 - Northern Illinois booked a trip to Detroit, quarterback Jordan Lynch moved closer to a possible trip to New York, and the Huskies stayed in contention for a second straight BCS bowl bid. All in a night's work for the 16th-ranked Huskies. Northern Illinois advanced to its fourth consecutive Mid-American Conference championship game in Detroit after Lynch scored three second-half rushing touchdowns in a 35-17 win over Toledo on Wednesday night at the Glass Bowl. The Huskies (11-0, 7-0) captured the MAC West Division title for the fourth year in a row. The MAC championship game is set for Dec. 6 at Ford Field.
Northern Illinois, which won the past two MAC championships, relied on another big game by its senior quarterback. Lynch is gaining momentum for a possible invitation to the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York after shredding the Rockets for 202 yards passing and 161 yards rushing. He completed 17 of 22 passes, and he ran the ball 28 times. For the second consecutive week, the Huskies relied on a big second half to turn a close game into a blowout. The Huskies outscored Ball State 28-3 in the second half in a 48-27 victory on Nov. 13. - The Sports Xchange
11/14/2013 - A year after landing a spot in the Orange Bowl, Northern Illinois moved a step closer to crashing the BCS bowl party for the second straight year. Senior quarterback Jordan Lynch tossed two touchdown passes to wide receiver Da'Ron Brown, including a 38-yarder in the fourth quarter, to lift the No. 15 Northern Illinois to a come-from-behind 48-27 win over Ball State on Wednesday night at Huskie Stadium.
The Huskies (10-0, 6-0 Mid-American Conference) broke open a 27-27 tie in the fourth quarter after Brown's second touchdown reception, a 16-yard touchdown run by Lynch with 1:26 left and defensive end Joe Windsor's 49-yard interception return for a touchdown with 46 seconds to go. Northern Illinois scored 21 points in the final 5:49 of the game. Northern Illinois' defense keyed the late spurt with a key fourth-down stop with the Huskies clinging to a 34-27 lead.
Lynch completed 26 of 32 passes for 345 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran for 123 yards and a touchdown to carry the Huskies to their 23rd conference win in a row. The Huskies, who have won three consecutive MAC West Division titles, have to beat Toledo on Nov. 20 to secure another trip to the MAC championship game in Detroit. Brown caught eight passes for 209 yards. - The Sports Xchange
11/14/2013 - Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey thinks Huskies quarterback Jordan Lynch deserves to be mentioned in Heisman Trophy talk. "If Jordan isn't in the conversation for the Heisman, I don't know what people are watching; they were asleep," Carey said. "In my estimation that trophy goes to the best player in the nation, and with the performance he had tonight, he dang sure should be in that conversation." Playing in front of a national television audience, Lynch threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores to help No. 15 Northern Illinois beat Ball State 48-27 on Wednesday night. "I feel like I'm improving every week," Lynch said. "I still think the best is yet to come."
Lynch threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Da'Ron Brown to break a tie with 5:49 left, and the Huskies (10-0, 6-0 Mid-American) ran the nation's longest active home winning streak to 25 and their conference run to 23. The 10-0 mark is their best since the 1963 team finished 10-0. Lynch added a 16-yard touchdown run with 1:26 to go, and defensive end Joe Windsor scored on a 49-yard interception return with 46 seconds left. Lynch was 26-of-32 for 345 yards and ran for 123 yards on 20 carries. Brown had 12 receptions for 209 yards, also catching a 58-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. "He's a very good player," Ball State coach Pete Lembo said. "He's fast, he's built like a linebacker, but he's got tailback speed. He's got a lot of savvy." - AP Sports
11/04/2013 - WEEK 10 MAC WEST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch...Senior quarterback Jordan Lynch (Chicago, Ill.) played in just one half and one drive at UMass, as he ran for 119 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, and completed 10-of-13 passes for 160 yards and a score to lead Northern Illinois to a 63-19 victory. Lynch left the game after scoring his fourth rushing touchdown of the game on an 11-yard run with 10:21 to play in the third quarter and Northern Illinois leading 42-13.
He scored on runs of six, 25 and 19 yards in the first quarter and threw a season-long 66-yard touchdown pass to Juwan Brescacin in the second period. Lynch tallied his fourth game this season with 100-plus rushing and 150-plus passing yards. He has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 22 consecutive games and has thrown for at least 100 yards in each of those games. - MAC football
11/04/2013 - Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch is a longshot for the Heisman. But it's hard to imagine anyone in the country more valuable to his team. Lynch had five touchdowns in a 63-19 win at UMass on Saturday, including four on the ground in just 17 carries. Lynch has scored at least four touchdowns in his last three games and now has 31 overall for the unbeaten and 22nd-ranked Huskies. - AP Sports
11/02/2013 - Jordan Lynch dropped back to pass, and then it became obvious that keeping the ball would be the better way to go. The Northern Illinois quarterback ran untouched up the middle for a 19-yard score for his third touchdown run in the first quarter, leading No. 21 Northern Illinois to a 63-19 victory over Massachusetts on Saturday. Lynch also scrambled for a third-quarter score, rushing for 119 yards and four TDs in all. ''I'm a quarterback first,'' said Lynch, who entered the game leading all active FBS players in career rushing yards. ''I don't like to run first. But I feel like if I'm going to force something, I'd rather just use my legs and find the hole.''
The Huskies (9-0, 5-0 Mid-American Conference) scored touchdowns on their first five possessions and six of their seven drives in the first half. Cameron Stingily rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown, and Tommylee Lewis also ran one in for Northern Illinois. One week after accounting for six touchdowns - four passing, one rushing and one receiving - Lynch had a hand in five more, completing 10 of 14 passes for 160 yards and throwing for at least one touchdown for the 22nd consecutive game. He played one possession in the third quarter, scoring on an 11-yard run, before sitting down. - AP Sports
11/02/2013 - Quarterback Jordan Lynch and the Northern Illinois express charged through Gillette Stadium on Saturday. Lynch ran for four touchdowns, three in the first quarter, and passed for one in a little more than two quarters to power the 17th-ranked Huskies to a 63-19 Mid-American Conference blowout of Massachusetts. Northern Illinois, which became the first MAC team to reach a BCS bowl when it played in the Orange Bowl last season, won its 15th consecutive regular season road game and its 22nd against conference opponents. The Huskies (9-0, 5-0 in the MAC) entered play Saturday as one of eight undefeated FBS teams in the country.
Lynch, who left the game after the first possession of the second half after his fourth rushing touchdown, scored on runs of six, 25, 19 and 11 yards and has 12 rushing scores this season. He also hit wide receiver Juwan Brescacin with a 69-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Lynch finished with 119 yards on 17 carries, was 10-for-13 for 160 yards through the air. Northern Illinois scored on its first five drives and six of its seven in the first half. - The Sports Xchange
10/28/2013 - WEEK 9 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois, threw for four touchdowns, caught a TD pass and ran for another score as the No. 23 Huskies reached their best start as a major program with a 59-20 victory over Eastern Michigan. - AP Sports
10/26/2013 - Jordan Lynch threw four touchdown passes and caught another as No. 23 Northern Illinois reached its best start as a major program with a 59-20 victory over Eastern Michigan on Saturday. The Huskies (8-0, 4-0 Mid-American Conference) never trailed on the way to a season-high in points and second-highest total offense (606 yards). The Eagles (1-7, 0-4) lost their seventh straight.
Lynch, the nation's No. 7 rusher entering Saturday, also ran for a touchdown while rushing 18 times for 99 yards. He was 16-of-20 passing for 223 yards while tying a career high with four TD passes in less than three quarters. Tommylee Lewis had eight catches for 107 yards and a touchdown. Da'Ron Brown caught three passes for 28 yards and two scores. - AP Sports
10/26/2013 - Senior quarterback Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois managed to accomplish something in Saturday's game against Eastern Michigan that had eluded him throughout his career. Lynch led the Huskies to a BCS bowl game last season, became the first player in FBS history to pass for more than 3,000 yards and run for more than 1,500 yards in a single season in 2012, and set an FBS record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 316 yards last week against Central Michigan. But Lynch had never caught a pass in his illustrious career. In typical Lynch fashion, he made that an unforgettable moment.
Lynch hauled in a 17-yard second quarter touchdown pass, threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead No. 18 Northern Illinois to a 59-20 victory over Eastern Michigan. Lynch totaled six touchdowns, passed for 223 yards and ran for 99 yards before leaving the game in the middle of the third quarter, lifting his season totals to 1,031 yards rushing, 1,711 yards passing and 17 yards receiving. Lynch became the first FBS player to run the ball, throw and catch a pass in the same game since Boo Jackson of Ohio in 2010. The Huskies (8-0, 4-0 in the Mid-American Conference West Division) scored a touchdown on their first three drives to seize a 21-0 lead. - The Sports Xchange
10/21/2013 - WEEK 8 CBSSPORTS.COM CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch...Jordan Lynch set an FBS record for rushing yards by a quarterback while Jeremy Gallon had the second-most productive game ever for a wide receiver. To ignore either one of these offensive performances would be unfair, so we've included them both. Northern Illinois was tied with Central Michigan at halftime, then Lynch grained 232 of his 316 rushing yards on 18 second-half carries. In addition to the FBS quarterback rushing record, Lynch now holds the single-game FBS high for the 2013 season. - CBSSports.com
10/21/2013 - WEEK 8 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois, rushed for 316 yards, an FBS record for a quarterback, and accounted for four TDs in a 38-17 victory at Central Michigan. - AP Sports
10/21/2013 - To set the NCAA record, Jordan Lynch had to set a school record, and the NIU star did that, surpassing Stacey Robinson's 308 rushing yards for a FBS QB with 316 to lead the Huskies past CMU. That's only 151 rushing yards less than Washington State has in its eight games this season. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
10/21/2013 - WEEK 8 MAC WEST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch...Senior quarterback Jordan Lynch (Chicago, Ill.) set the NCAA record for most rushing yards by an FBS quarterback in a game with 316 yards on 32 carries (9.9 avg.) and three rushing touchdowns in a 38-17 win at Central Michigan. Lynch had 471 yards of total offense, the fourth-highest total in school history, adding 155 passing yards on 20-of-30 completions and one touchdown to his 316 rushing yards. His rushing total is the fourth-highest in school history. He rushed for more than 100 yards for the third time this season and 17th time in his career. His first-quarter touchdown pass to Tommylee Lewis gave him a touchdown pass in 20 straight games. - MAC football
10/20/2013 - WEEK 8 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: JORDAN LYNCH, NORTHERN ILLINOIS, RS Senior, Quarterback, Chicago, IL/Mt. Carmel...Jordan Lynch set a FBS record for quarterbacks with 316 rushing yards (on 32 carries) as the 23rd-ranked Huskies defeated Central Michigan, 38-17. Lynch totaled three rushing touchdowns and added 155 passing yards (20-of-30) and one scoring toss as NIU improved to 7-0, 3-0 in the Mid-American Conference. Lynch is the third NIU player to earn Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week honors, joining former running backs Garrett Wolfe (Oct. 1, 2006) and Chad Spann (Sept. 26, 2010). - Walter Camp Football Foundation
10/19/2013 - Jordan Lynch rushed for 316 yards, an FBS record for a quarterback, and No. 23 Northern Illinois stayed unbeaten Saturday with a 31-17 victory at Central Michigan. Lynch had three rushing touchdowns and was 20 for 30 through the air for 155 yards and another score to help the Huskies (7-0, 3-0 Mid-American) extend the nation's best conference winning streak to 20 games.
He broke the rushing record held by former Northern Illinois quarterback Stacey Robinson, who had 308 against Fresno State on Oct. 6, 1990. Northern Illinois extended its road winning streak to 13 games, second only to No. 2 Oregon's 18 straight. Cooper Rush completed 16 of his 22 attempts for 271 yards and two touchdowns for the Chippewas (3-5, 2-2), who had a two-game winning streak end. - AP Sports
10/19/2013 - Northern Illinois' Lynch had record-setting day...Northern Illinois' game plan early on against Central Michigan was to attack with short passes. As the second quarter progressed, the Huskies realized all they had to do was run QB Jordan Lynch up the middle. Lynch broke Stacey Robinson's 23-year-old FBS record for most rushing yards by a quarterback, with 316 on 32 carries...The number: 232. Lynch gained 232 of his record-setting 316 yards after halftime. He had three rushes of at least 40 yards, with a high of 49. Looking ahead: NIU tries to extend its school and conference record 23-game home winning streak against Eastern Michigan on Saturday. - The Sports Xchange
10/12/2013 - Akron accomplished something that Iowa and Purdue couldn't do against No. 23 Northern Illinois. The Zips held the Huskies scoreless in the second quarter -- the first time all season that Northern Illinois failed to score in a quarter. But Northern Illinois senior Jordan Lynch threw for a touchdown and ran for another as the Huskies survived a scare with a 27-20 win Saturday at Huskie Stadium.
The Huskies (6-0, 2-0) became bowl-eligible by staving off a late fourth-quarter comeback bid by the Zips. The Huskies entered the game averaging 42.2 points but had a tough time scoring against an Akron defense ranked 103rd in the country in points allowed. Lynch failed to put up his customary eye-popping numbers, completing 16 of 35 passes for 220 yards and one touchdown and rushing for 85 yards and a touchdown. - The Sports Xchange
10/12/2013 - Despite struggling on offense, Northern Illinois still found a way to win. The 23rd-ranked Huskies used their defense and kicking game to beat Akron 27-20 on Saturday night after the offense went 1 for 15 on third down conversions. ''(We) missed opportunities on offense and third downs and just didn't move the ball the way we wanted to and put our defense in a real tough spot most of the game,'' said Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey. ''But our kicking game and our defense, boy did they respond to get two stops at the end to ice the game away.'' The Huskies defense shut down two Akron drives in the final 3:52 to secure the victory.
The offense, meanwhile, had enough to engineer five scores as the Northern Illinois extended its home winning streak to 23 straight, the nation's longest current run. Jordan Lynch threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Northern Illinois extended the nation's longest current home winning streak to 23 games. Lynch was 16 of 35 for 220 yards passing and ran for 83 more, Cameron Stingily rushed 21 times for 80 yards and a touchdown while Tyler Wedel added field goals of 42 and 21 yards for the Huskies (6-0, 2-0 MAC East). - AP Sports
10/01/2013 - Northern Illinois is a machine. The NIU program notched its second win over a Big Ten team this season. The Huskies looked better than some Big Ten teams, scoring 55 points at Purdue. The offense and defense dominated the hapless Boilermakers en route to a 31-point victory. A win over any Big Ten team on the road is reason to celebrate for a MAC team, let alone a 31-point victory.
NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch is not getting enough attention. Ever since the Orange Bowl loss, Lynch has not gotten the proper respect. Only a second-year starter, Lynch has beaten two Big Ten teams on the road this season, dealt with losing his top two receivers from last season, an injury to his top tailback and a coaching change. Lynch should be in consideration for the Heisman Trophy. - The Sports Xchange
09/30/2013 - WEEK 5 MAC WEST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch...Senior quarterback Jordan Lynch (Chicago, Ill.) led the Huskies to a dominating performance at Purdue as Northern Illinois became the first MAC team to win two games over Big Ten opponents in the regular season and scored the most points ever by a MAC team in a Big Ten game. Lynch finished with 207 passing yards while completing 18-of-25 passes with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He also gained 35 yards on the ground with a touchdown on nine carries.
He was in for only the Huskies' first drive (three plays) in the fourth quarter before giving way to back-ups Matt McIntosh and Drew Hare. Lynch started the game 14-of-15 passing and completed 11 straight passes from midway through the first quarter to 5:40 of the second period as he played a large part in Northern Illinois 27-10 halftime lead. Lynch completed passes to eight different receivers in the game. - MAC football
09/28/2013 - 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. - AP Sports
09/23/2013 - WEEK 4 MAC WEST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch...Senior quarterback Jordan Lynch (Chicago, Ill.) ran for 189 yards on 23 carries and completed 21-of-30 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown to lead the Huskies to a 43-39 win over Eastern Illinois. Lynch accounted for 424 yards of total offense to record his fourth career 400-yard game and it was his sixth career game with 150-plus yards passing and 150-plus yards rushing.
Lynch surpassed the 100-yard mark in rushing for the 16th time in his career and the second time in three games this season as he led the Huskies back from a 20-0 early deficit to get the win. Lynch's 189 yards rushing were the second-highest total of his career as he averaged 8.2 yards per carry. Lynch has thrown a touchdown pass in 16 straight games dating back to the 2012 season opener vs. Iowa. - MAC football
09/21/2013 - Jordan Lynch accounted for 424 yards of offense in the air and on the ground as Northern Illinois overcame six touchdown passes by Jimmy Garoppolo to pull out a 43-39 victory on Saturday night. Garoppolo, with 450 yards on 34-of-49 passing, tied Tony Romo's school career record of 85 TD throws. Garoppolo's pass to Erik Lora, who had 198 yards receiving, put the Panthers ahead 39-36 with 9:53 remaining.
NIU's Keith Harris Jr., who scored twice, rushed 8 yards for a 43-39 lead with 8:25 left. The NIU defense then stiffened and the Huskies ran out the final 5:01. The Panthers (3-1) had a 20-0 first-quarter lead on three Garoppolo TD passes. The Huskies rallied, taking the lead at 23-20 just before halftime. Cameron Stingily rushed for a career-high 134 yards and two touchdowns for NIU (3-0), which won its 22nd straight home game, best in the nation. - AP Sports
09/16/2013 - WEEK 3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois, threw for three TDs and ran for two more in a 45-35 win over Idaho. - AP Sports
09/16/2013 - Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch passed for 152 yards in the win over Idaho, the lowest total as a starter since throwing for 52 yards in his first career start against Iowa last season. The Huskies welcomed the return of wide receiver Tommylee Lewis, who ran for 104 yards on four carries. Lynch said the offense struggled in the win. "I just felt like we never got into that rhythm today on offense," he said. "We still put up 45 points, and we're sitting her complaining, but we just never got into that rhythm." - The Sports Xchange
09/15/2013 - 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. - AP Sports
09/12/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Jordan Lynch didn't run for 100 yards in the opener, electing to take to the air to beat Iowa. Expect Lynch to run the ball more at Idaho to help establish long drives and take the pressure off the defense. - The Sports Xchange
09/12/2013 - Scouting the Northern Illinois pass game: There was never a doubt that Lynch could pass the ball, but his running always garnered more attention. Against Iowa, Lynch took to the air and showcased an improved, more accurate arm. He passed for 275 yards and three touchdowns against Iowa. - The Sports Xchange
09/02/2013 - WEEK 1 MAC WEST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch...Senior quarter back Jordan Lynch (Chicago, Ill.) began his senior season by leading Northern Illinois to a 30-27 win at Iowa. Lynch completed 25-of-41 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 56 yards on 22 carries to total 331 yards of total offense on 63 plays. Lynch tied his career highs for both completions (25 vs. Toledo, 11-14-12) and attempts (vs. Florida State, Orange Bowl, 1-1-13). His 275 passing yards marked the third-highest total of his career. Lynch threw touchdown passes of 40 and 21 yards to Tommylee Lewis in the first half and led the Huskies on a game-tying touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. On that drive, he completed all five of his pass attempts for 84 yards, including the 33-yard touchdown to Da'Ron Brown with 5:05 to play. - MAC football
09/01/2013 - WEEK 1 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois, threw for 275 yards and three TDs in the Huskies' 30-27 upset victory over Iowa. - AP Sports
08/31/2013 - Mathew Sims hit a 36-yard field goal with four seconds left and Northern Illinois rallied to beat Iowa 30-27 on Saturday in the season opener for both teams. Jordan Lynch threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns for the Huskies, who scored 10 points in the final 5:05 to record their first win over the Hawkeyes. Northern Illinois cornerback Jimmie Ward intercepted Iowa's Jake Rudock with 1:17 left. He brought it to the Hawkeyes 30-yard line, setting up the game-winning kick from Sims. Rudock threw for 256 yards, a touchdown and two picks in his debut for Iowa, which lost its seventh straight game dating back to last season. The Hawkeyes also lost their first opener since 2000.
For most of the afternoon, the Hawkeyes did a decent job containing the explosive Lynch -- who last season became the first Football Bowl Subdivision quarterback to throw for over 3,000 yards and rush for more than 1,500. But Lynch showed why he's among the nation's best quarterbacks with the outcome in doubt. He engineered a 6-play, 75-yard drive in just 1:37, tying the game at 27 with a 33-yard TD pass to Da'Ron Brown with 5:05 left in the fourth quarter. Still, the Hawkeyes had a good shot at a close win -- only to blow it yet again. - AP Sports
08/29/2013 - QB Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois is the best player on the MAC's premier team, and with that come the weighty expectations that he will outdo his glitzy 2012 numbers of 1,815 rushing yards for 19 touchdowns and 3,138 passing yards for 25 more scores, and get his team back to a BCS bowl game. - The Sports Xchange
08/29/2013 - There is an almost eerie feeling over the way the rest of the MAC has more or less abdicated the top spot to the Huskies, until further notice. Northern Illinois has the talent, strength and swagger to win a third straight MAC crown. With 17 straight wins over conference opponents, that should come as a surprise to no one. The Huskies, fresh off an Orange Bowl bid, hope to get back in the national spotlight by besting Iowa in the opener.
THIS WEEK'S GAME: at Iowa, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET. The Huskies no longer hold the advantage of surprise over any opponent -- and they have been smarting for a year over their one-point loss to the Hawkeyes that opened the 2012 season. This will be a confident and feisty bunch of Huskies that expect gutsy QB Jordan Lynch to lead them to a win in a Big Ten venue, demonstrating just how far this program has elevated. - The Sports Xchange
08/28/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: QB Jordan Lynch is back after an out-of-this-world junior season. Lynch went from unknown to one of the best players in the country, despite a frustrating showing in the Orange Bowl loss to Florida State. He finished seventh in the 2012 Heisman Trophy voting, Lynch will enter his senior season with high expectations after a record-breaking campaign. He rushed for a team-leading 1,815 yards and scored 19 rushing touchdowns, passed for 3,138 yards and 25 touchdowns. Lynch should benefit from a more experienced offensive line, another year in the system and the confidence from his big season. - The Sports Xchange
08/27/2013 - KEYS TO SUCCESS: Jordan Lynch. Another big season by Lynch will mask some issues at tight end, wide receiver and running back. The offensive line is a big strength. Lynch can't be asked to duplicate last season's mind-numbing stats, but keeping turnovers down and moving the chains can be a good substitute for an offense that should score points again in bunches. A small drop-off by the offense should be overcome by a ball-hawking defense and solid special-teams unit. - The Sports Xchange
08/27/2013 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: QB Jordan Lynch - After entering the 2012 season as an unproven player, Lynch enters his final season as a dark horse candidate for the Heisman Trophy. Lynch is a special player, capable of dissecting a defense with his running or passing. His ability to run and pass and keep turnovers to a minimum helped the Huskies win their second straight league title last season. Lynch has the comforts of his entire offensive line returning, but he lost key receivers in Martel Moore and Perez Ashford. The pressure will certainly be on Lynch to avoid any big drop-off in production while keeping the Huskies in the mix for another high-profile bowl bid. - The Sports Xchange
08/27/2013 - QB Jordan Lynch is the main cog of an offense that returns the bulk of a 2012 starting unit that averaged 38.6 points and 469.6 yards per game. Lynch is featured in a Heisman Trophy campaign designed by the school's sports information department. The senior deserves all the accolades, coming out of the shadows in his junior season to produce one of the best individual seasons in school history, if not the best. "We have tons of playmakers back," Lynch said. "Our team speed is better than it was last year. We'll push the field more this year. The offensive line and (I) have more experience. I know where to throw the ball." - The Sports Xchange
08/14/2013 - 2013 JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD WATCHLIST: Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois,...Last season, the Chicago native ranked fourth in the nation in rushing and had more 100-yard games (12) than any other player in Division I. Lynch became the first Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in NCAA history to pass for more than 3,000 yards (3,138) and rush for more than 1,500 yards (1,815) in a single season. He broke 14 NIU school records and four NCAA marks a year ago. - Northern Illinois football
08/14/2013 - 2013 MANNING AWARD WATCH LIST: Jordan Lynch Sr. NORTHERN ILLINOIS 74.7,...The only quarterback from the Mid-American Conference to earn a spot on the Manning Award Watch List, Lynch earned second team All-America honors from the Associated Press and Phil Steele's Magazine last season and won the Vern Smith Leadership Award as MAC MVP. He led the Huskies to a 12-game winning streak, including a double overtime win over Kent State, and a berth in the 2013 Orange Bowl. - Northern Illinois football
07/24/2013 - The Ohio Bobcats and the Northern Illinois Huskies have been selected to win the East and West Divisions respectfully in the 2013 Mid-American Conference Football Preseason Poll. The poll was announced at the league's annual Football Media Day at Ford Field in Detroit and was determined by members of the league's media members. Northern Illinois was also selected to win the 2013 Marathon MAC Football Championship.
In the East Division, Ohio was selected with 164 total points followed by second-place Bowling Green with 154 points. In the West Division, it was a narrow margin as only 30 points separated the top three spots with Northern Illinois gathering 138 points, followed by second-place Toledo with 122 points and third-place Ball State with 108 points.
This obviously reflects on the competitive nature of the MAC. In the last four years the conference has witnessed five different programs compete in the Marathon MAC Football Championship Game and ten of the 13 football programs have appeared in a bowl game in that span. Ohio garnered 15 first-place votes en route to the favorite spot in the East Division.
Northern Illinois racked up 16 first-place votes in the West Division to propel the Huskies to first place with 138 points. Northern Illinois welcomes back 55 letter winners and 16 starters from last year's team that went 12-2 overall, 8-0 in conference play, and won its second consecutive Marathon MAC Football Championship and first-ever BCS Bowl appearance with an invitation to the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl. First-year head coach Rod Carey has senior starting quarterback Jordan Lynch, who rushed for 1,815 yards and 19 rushing touchdowns and threw for 3,138 yards and 25 touchdowns to lead the offensive attack. - MAC football
07/20/2013 - 2013 DAVEY O'BRIEN WATCH LIST: Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois...Lynch, the first FBS player to pass for more than 3,000 and rush for more than 1,500 yards in a single season, led Northern Illinois to a school-record 12 wins in 2012. The Huskies defeated Kent State, 44-37, in double overtime, to win their second consecutive MAC crown, and became the first league team to earn a spot in a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) bowl game with their appearance in the Discover Orange Bowl.
A product of Mt. Carmel High School, Lynch led the country in 100-yard rushing games with 12 to rank fourth in the nation in rushing. He broke the NCAA FBS record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 1,815 and scored 19 rushing touchdowns. Lynch completed 61 percent (256-of-420) of his passes for 3,317 yards with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions. - Northern Illinois football
07/20/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP WATCH LIST: QB Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois...Lynch earned his preseason recognition after leading Northern Illinois to a school-record 12 wins in 2012 as he became the first FBS player to pass for more than 3,000 and rush for more than 1,500 yards in a single season. A powerful runner who ranked fourth in the country in rushing with 12 100-yard games, an NCAA quarterback record 1,815 yards and 19 touchdowns, Lynch completed 61 percent (256-of-420) of his passes for 3,317 yards with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions.
The Huskies defeated Kent State, 44-37, in double overtime, to win their second consecutive MAC crown, and became the first league team to earn a spot in a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) bowl game with their appearance in the Discover Orange Bowl.
He was named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press and won the Vern Smith Leadership Award presented to the league's Most Valuable Player, as selected by MAC coaches and was the MAC Offensive Player of the Year. Lynch broke four NCAA records, set six Mid-American Conference marks and smashed 14 NIU records in 2012 in his first year as the Huskies' starting quarterback. - Northern Illinois football
07/16/2013 - 2013 MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: QB Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois...Lynch, who is one of 76 football players across the country to make the watch list, earned second team All-America honors from the Associated Press and Phil Steele's Magazine last season and won the Vern Smith Leadership Award as MAC MVP. A product of Mt. Carmel High School, Lynch led the Huskies to a 12-game winning streak, including a double overtime win over Kent State, and a berth in the 2013 Orange Bowl.
Lynch became the first Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in NCAA history to pass for more than 3,000 yards (3,138) and rush for more than 1,500 yards (1,815) in a single season. Last season, the Chicago native ranked fourth in the nation in rushing and had more 100-yard games (12) than any other player in Division I. - Northern Illinois football
07/16/2013 - 2013 PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois...One of four quarterbacks on the watch list, Lynch proved his versatility last season becoming the first Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in NCAA history to pass for more than 3,000 yards (3,138) and rush for more than 1,500 yards (1,815) in a single season. Last season, the Chicago native ranked fourth in the nation in rushing and had more 100-yard games (12) than any other player in Division I. a product of Mt. Carmel High School, Lynch led the Huskies to a 12-game winning streak, including a double overtime win over Kent State, and a berth in the 2013 Orange Bowl.
Lynch, who finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting last year, earned second team All-America honors from the Associated Press and Phil Steele's Magazine last season and won the Vern Smith Leadership Award as MAC MVP. NIU has launched a Heisman Trophy campaign for Lynch for 2013 centered around the theme, "Jordan Lynch for 6," including a website, www.JordanLynchfor6.com. - Northern Illinois football