Northern Illinois at Massachusetts

Huskies' Lynch too much for UMass in N. Illinois rout wire reports

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- 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 the 21st-ranked Huskies 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.

Backup Drew Hare connected with Chad Beebe on an 81-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and followed it with a 47-yard TD run to make it 63-19.

"I think the start was the key," Huskies coach Rod Carey said. "And again we started fast in the second half."

Playing without injured No. 1 quarterback A.J. Doyle, UMass (1-8, 1-4) lost its third consecutive game. Backup Mike Wegzyn, who lost the starting job earlier in the season, completed 10 of 25 passes for 169 yards and Lorenzo Woodley ran 38 times for 163 yards and a touchdown.

Wegzyn also threw two interceptions, the first at the Minutemen 20 on the second play of the second quarter that Huskies defensive lineman Ken Bishop ran to the 6. Two plays later, Stingily ran it in to make it 28-6.

UMass drove 83 yards to score its only touchdown on a 1-yard run by Woodley, cutting the deficit to 15 points. But on the Huskies' next play, Lynch hit Juwa Brescacin for a 66-yard touchdown.

Minutemen kicker Brendon Levengood made a school record-tying four field goals -- all more than 40 yards; his career high coming into the game was a 38-yarder.

UMass stopped Lynch for just the second time on the Huskies' first possession of the second half. The Minutemen blocked a 44-yard field-goal attempt, but after defensive end Brandon Potvin picked up the loose ball he fumbled and the Huskies' Jared Volk recovered for a fresh set of downs.

"We play the next play. We have a short memory," Carey said. "I can tell you that I was not happy with the blocked field goal. I'd rather not have to play that way there. But it was good to see them [the Huskies] come back."

Northern Illinois left tackle Tyler Loos injured his left leg in the third quarter and taken off on a stretcher. Carey said he would remain in the Boston area for a few days to have surgery, but he did not elaborate on the injury.

"I'm a little too emotional to talk about that," Carey said. "I know he's in good hands."

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UMass has no answer for Jordan Lynch, who leads the way for NIU with 119 rushing yards and four TDs, plus one passing.  (USATSI)
UMass has no answer for Jordan Lynch, who leads the way for NIU with 119 rushing yards and four TDs, plus one passing. (USATSI)

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Scoring Summary
MABrendon Levengood 42 yd FG
NILLJordan Lynch 6 yd run (Mathew Sims kick)
MABrendon Levengood 46 yd FG
NILLJordan Lynch 25 yd run (Mathew Sims kick)
NILLJordan Lynch 19 yd run (Mathew Sims kick)
NILLCameron Stingily 6 yd run (Mathew Sims kick)
MALorenzo Woodley 1 yd run (Brendon Levengood kick)
NILLJuwan Brescacin 66 yd pass from Jordan Lynch (Mathew Sims kick)
NILLTommylee Lewis 15 yd run (Mathew Sims kick)
NILLJordan Lynch 11 yd run (Mathew Sims kick)
MABrendon Levengood 44 yd FG
MABrendon Levengood 40 yd FG
NILLChad Beebe 81 yd pass from Drew Hare (Mathew Sims kick)
NILLDrew Hare 47 yd run (Mathew Sims kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2715
Third Down Efficiency4-75-18
Fourth Down Efficiency0-01-2
Plays-Net Yards66-61270-324
Passing Yds258169
Kick Return Yds136133
Punt Return Yds50
Time of Poss.25:4634:14
Individual Stats
NILL: Jordan Lynch 17-119, Cameron Stingily 8-58, Drew Hare 2-52, Joel Bouagnon 9-39, Draco Smith 6-21, Angelo Sebastiano 1-20, Matt McIntosh 2-17, Da'Ron Brown 1-17, Tommylee Lewis 1-15, Team 2--4
MA: Lorenzo Woodley 38-163, Shaquille Harris 2-15, Mike Wegzyn 4--4, Team 1--19
NILL: Jordan Lynch 10-13-160-0, Drew Hare 2-4-98-0
MA: Mike Wegzyn 10-25-169-2
NILL: Tommylee Lewis 4-45, Tim Semisch 2-30, Draco Smith 2-26, Chad Beebe 1-81, Juwan Brescacin 1-66, Desroy Maxwell 1-10, Luke Eakes 1-0
MA: Tajae Sharpe 5-65, Bernard Davis 2-27, Elgin Long 1-31, Rodney Mills 1-25, Derek Beck 1-21
Northern Illinois3rd Mid American West5-35-7
Massachusetts1st FBS Independents 0-02-10

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