No. 23 Northern Illinois 38,
Kent State 24: Cameron Stingily rushed for a career-best 266 yards as
the Huskies stayed unbeaten on the season with a road win over the
Stingily also scored twice for Northern Illinois (5-0, 1-0 MAC), which also got 244 yards and
two touchdowns passing from Jordan Lynch. Da'Ron Brown had two
catches for 72 yards, including a 53-yard score.
Colin Reardon had 209 yards and
two touchdowns passing for Kent State (2-4, 1-2). The Huskies
outgained the Golden Flashes 698-392, including a 454-147 advantage
in rushing yardage.
The Huskies opened the scoring
on Stingily's 17-yard scoring run, but the Golden Flashes responded
immediately with Dri Archer tying a school record with a 100-yard
kickoff return. Northern Illinois went up in the second quarter on
Lynch's 53-yard scoring toss to Brown and Stingily's 1-yard touchdown
run, but Kent State pulled to within four by halftime when Anthony
Melchiori kicked a 24-yard field with 20 seconds to play in the half.
Reardon connected with Tyshon
Goode for a 28-yard touchdown hookup less than four minutes into the
third to put Kent State on top, 24-21, but the Huskies took the lead
for good on James Spencer's 22-yard touchdown run midway through the
stanza. Lynch found Spencer for an 11-yard score and Mathew Sims
kicked a 31-yard field goal in the fourth as the Huskies pulled away.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Lynch had two
interceptions in his first 140 pass attempts on the season before
throwing two in the span of four attempts against the Golden Flashes.
… Archer's 100-yard return matched one by Norman Warren in 1979 as the longest in
Kent State history. … Northern Illinois
won its seventh straight meeting with the Golden Flashes.