Kansas at Northern Illinois

N. Illinois 30, Kansas 23


DEKALB, Ill. (AP) - Northern Illinois rallied from a 23-13 fourth quarter deficit to defeat Kansas 30-23 Saturday afternoon. The Huskies (3-1) victory moved its home field winning streak to 17 games, while the Jayhawks (1-3) lost their 14th straight road contest.

Northern Illinois running back Leighton Settle scored on a 2-yard run with 4:33 left to cap a 53-yard drive and the Huskies 17-point fourth quarter. The short field was set up when Huskies defensive back Joe Windsor sacked Kansas quarterback Dane Crist.

Kansas defensive back Tyler Patmon intercepted Huskies quarterback Jordan Lynch and returned it 54-yards for a touchdown 27 seconds into the fourth quarter. The score gave Kansas a 23-13 lead before Ron Doherty missed the extra point.

On the ensuing possession for the Huskies, Lynch threw a 9-yard jump pass to Martel Moore over the middle, who ran untouched for a 65-yard score with 14:23 left to make it 23-20.

Huskies kicker Mathew Sims then tied the score at 23-23, when he kicked a 44-yard field goal with 7:58 left in the game.

Lynch had 134 yards on 22 carries, his third 100-plus rushing game of the season. Lynch also completed 23 of 35 passes for 235 yards as the Northern Illinois offense amassed 455 total yards.

For Kansas, James Sims rushed 18 times, totaling 91 yards and two touchdowns.

The teams traded scores in the first half, with Northern Illinois holding a 13-10 lead at intermission. Kansas opened the scoring in the first quarter on a 26-yard field goal by Doherty. The Huskies took the ensuing kickoff and reached the end zone on a 4-yard pass from Lynch to wide receiver Tommylee Lewis. But the point after touchdown was wide by Mathew Sims, as the Huskies led 6-3 late in the first quarter.

Kansas grabbed the lead back early in the second quarter when James Sims scored on a 26-yard run up the middle, capping an 86-yard drive. Northern Illinois concluded the first half scoring, as running back Akeem Daniels scored on a 3-yard run with 1:38 remaining.

Kansas took the second half kickoff 71 yards in 14 plays with James Sims scoring his second touchdown of the game on a on a 1-yard run on fourth and goal.

The Jayhawks entered the contest with a two game losing streak, while Northern Illinois had won its previous two contests.

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Scoring Summary
KANSASRon Doherty 26 yd FG
NILLTommylee Lewis 4 yd pass from Jordan Lynch (missed kick)
KANSASJames Sims 26 yd run (Ron Doherty kick)
NILLAkeem Daniels 3 yd run (Mathew Sims kick)
KANSASJames Sims 1 yd run (Ron Doherty kick)
KANSASTyler Patmon 54 yd interception return (missed kick)
NILLMartel Moore 65 yd pass from Jordan Lynch (Mathew Sims kick)
NILLMathew Sims 44 yd FG
NILLLeighton Settle 2 yd run (Mathew Sims kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2122
Third Down Efficiency4-169-19
Fourth Down Efficiency2-41-1
Plays-Net Yards72-32981-455
Passing Yds150235
Kick Return Yds7598
Punt Return Yds0-1
Time of Poss.31:3028:30
Individual Stats
KANSAS: James Sims 18-91, Christian Matthews 5-43, Tony Pierson 10-30, Taylor Cox 3-19, D.J. Beshears 2-19, Brandon Bourbon 1--1, Dayne Crist 6--22
NILL: Jordan Lynch 22-134, Leighton Settle 17-68, Akeem Daniels 3-14, Tommylee Lewis 2-8, Team 2--4
KANSAS: Dayne Crist 10-26-147-0, Christian Matthews 1-1-3-0
NILL: Jordan Lynch 23-35-235-1
KANSAS: Andrew Turzilli 4-45, Tony Pierson 3-36, Kale Pick 2-45, James Sims 2-24
NILL: Perez Ashford 8-78, Martel Moore 5-105, Tommylee Lewis 5-33, Akeem Daniels 2-7, Da'Ron Brown 1-5, Leighton Settle 1-5, Jamison Wells 1-2
Kansas1st Big 12 0-00-0
Northern Illinois1st Mid American West0-00-0

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