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Notes from NIU's 2nd Straight MAC Championship

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The last three MAC Championship games – all of which NIU has played in – have been decided in the last 33 seconds of regulation or overtime.
 
The Northern Illinois Huskies' 44-37 double-overtime win over Kent State was a program record 12th win for NIU in 2012, which set a new school record for most wins in a single season.
 
Jordan Lynch broke the NCAA FBS record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single season.  Lynch broke the record, previously held by Michigan's Denard Robinson with 1,702 yards in 2010, on a 43-yard run in the third quarter that set up a Northern Illinois touchdown.  He finished the game with 160 yards on 36 carries and has 1,771 yards on 271 carries. 
 
Jordan Lynch recorded his 12th 100-yard game of the season and his 11th consecutive, with 160 yards.  Both are NIU records.
 
The Huskies on third down converted 10 times on 19 attempts. Their 10 conversions marks the most the team has accumulated in any game in 2012, surpassing the previous high of nine against Kansas (Sept. 22) and UMass (Nov. 3).
 
Jordan Lynch broke the NIU single game record for most rushing attempts by a quarterback with 31. The previous high was 28, accomplished by Marshall Taylor (Nov. 2, 1985 vs. Bowling Green) and Chandler Harnish (Nov. 15, 2011 vs. Ball State).
 
NIU kicker Mathew Sims made field goals of 27 yards, 29 yards and 40 yards for his 14th three-pointers of the season in 18 tries. 
 
Huskie punt returner Angelo Sebastiano had a career-long 30-yard punt return in the second quarter.
 
NIU's Dechane Durante made his first interception of the year and now has intercepted a pass in back-to-back MAC Championship games.
 
The Huskies have intercepted a pass in nine consecutive games and have 13 total INTs during that span.
 
Senior receiver Martel Moore caught his 12th touchdown pass of the season to move into sole possession of third place on the Huskie single season receiving chart.  He has caught at least one touchdown pass in each of the Huskies' last four games and in six of NIU's last seven games.
 
Moore has 23 career touchdown catches to move into sole possession of second place at NIU all-time, behind only Justin McCareins' 29.
 
Rashaan Melvin recorded his 16th pass break up of the season in the second quarter to set the Northern Illinois single season record for PBUs.  Melvin had been tied for the single season mark with Randee Drew (2003) and Chris Smith (2010). 
 
A week after scoring four rushing touchdowns versus EMU, Akeem Daniels scored his ninth rushing touchdown of the season to put NIU ahead 17-10 in the second quarter.  Daniels has 15 career rushing scores.
 
Jordan Lynch broke the NIU school record for most plays in a single season, breaking the record set by Chandler Harnish a year ago.  He has 624 plays this season.
 
 
With his 29-yard field goal in the third quarter, Mathew Sims moved into second place in NIU history for the most points scored kicking in a single season with 114. The junior moves past Mike Cklamovski, who scored 106 points in 2010.
 
Mathew Sims also moved into seventh all-time in NIU history in career scoring with 242, surpassing Stacye Robinson's 234 points.
 
With his 39 receiving yards, Martel Moore moved into fourth place in NIU history with 1,054 receiving yards in a single season, passing P.J. Fleck (1,028 yards in 2003) and Hugh Rohrschneider (1,036 in 1963).
 
Jordan Lynch's nine-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter was Northern Illinois' 43rd rushing touchdown of the season, breaking the previous single season high of 42 set in 2010.
 
By going two-for-two on fourth downs, the Huskies improved their fourth down conversion rate to 18-of-23 (.783) in 2012.
 
The Huskies played in their seventh overtime game in history and their first since 2008 (Nov. 12 vs. Central Michigan). NIU improved their record to 5-2 (.714) with the win.  It was the first
 
This was the first overtime game in Mid-American Conference Championship game history.
 
The Huskies defeated an AP Top 25 team for the fifth time in school history, as Kent State entered the game ranked 18th in the media poll. The last NIU win over a Top 25 opponent came Sept. 20, 2003, when they upset No.21 Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
 
Northern Illinois ran the ball a season-high 56 times against the Golden Flashes, eclipsing the previous single-game high of 55 attempts against Central Michigan (Sept. 29).
 
The 44-37 win was the 16th time in Dave Doeren's 27 games coached at NIU that the Huskies scored 40 or more points in a game. During that timeframe, Northern Illinois has averaged 39.5 points per game.
 
With their four sacks on the night, the Huskies recorded their seventh-straight multi-sack game and the 10th this season. In the last seven games, the Northern Illinois defense has collected 26 quarterback sacks.                         
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