DE KALB, Ill. – Jordan Lynch broke his single-game rushing record for quarterbacks with 321 yards and No. 18 Northern Illinois completed its first unbeaten regular season in 50 years with a 33-14 victory over Western Michigan on Tuesday night.
Lynch carried the ball 27 times in topping his previous record of 316 yards, set on Oct. 19 against Central Michigan. He established the mark with a 6-yard run with 13:49 to play. He scored on runs of 29, 36 and 37 yards and threw a 10-yard TD.
The Huskies (12-0, 8-0 Mid-American) shook off brisk winds and occasional light snowfall as they extended the nation’s longest active home winning streak to 26 games.
The Broncos (1-11, 1-7) dropped their third straight. Running back Dareyon Chance scored one touchdown and Antoin Scriven scored another.
The Huskies, No. 14 in the Bowl Championship Series rankings, also officially locked down their fourth straight West Division title with their 25th straight conference victory. They will meet Bowling Green or Buffalo in the Dec. 6 MAC title game at Detroit’s Ford Field.
Northern Illinois’ only previous unbeaten season was the 1963 team that went 10-0 and won an NCAA College Division championship. The Huskies moved into the major college ranks in 1969.
Running back Cameron Stingily ran 14 times for 49 yards and topped the 1,000 yard mark. It’s the first time Northern Illinois has had two 1,000-yard runners in a season. Lynch has 1,755 yards.
Lynch, a dark horse Heisman Trophy candidate, topped the 100-yard rushing mark early in the second quarter and later bolted 29 yards for his 18th rushing touchdown of the year and a 14-7 lead with 9:43 showing. Lynch struck again with 7:31 left in the half with a 36-yard sprint as he passed 200 yards.
Lynch scored his third touchdown on a 37-yard run, surpassing 300 yards as the Huskies extended the led to 30-7. Kicker Matt Sims hit a 32-yard field goal with 12:52 to play.
Western Michigan quarterback Zach Terrell, a Homestead graduate, completed 13 of 26 passes for 139 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.