Northern Illinois 35, Toledo 17

Date - Wednesday, November 20, 2013 8:00 PM
Location - Glass Bowl
Attendance - 21974

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Northern Illinois 7 0 14 14 35
Toledo 3 7 7 0 17

Recap


No. 21 Northern Illinois 35, Toledo 17: Jordan Lynch finished with 363 total yards and three touchdowns as the visiting Huskies clinched a fourth consecutive trip to the Mid-American Conference championship game.

Lynch completed 17-of-22 passes for 202 yards and rushed for 161 yards and three scores for Northern Illinois (11-0, 7-0 MAC), which scored 28 unanswered points in the second half. Juwan Brescacin caught eight passes for 121 yards for the Huskies, who were without leading receivers Tommylee Lewis (foot) and Da’Ron Brown (hamstring).

Terrance Owens completed 17-of-29 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns, connecting with Alonzo Russell five times for 100 yards and a touchdown for Toledo (7-4, 5-2). Kareem Hunt led the ground attack with 91 rushing yards for the Rockets.

Northern Illinois lost two leads before moving ahead for the final time on Lynch’s 31-yard touchdown run with 6:15 left in the third quarter, giving the Huskies a 21-17 advantage. Lynch added his third touchdown run of the second half on a 1-yard keeper with 9:42 remaining in the game and James Spencer cemented the victory with his second touchdown, a 1-yard run four minutes later.

The Rockets turned the ball over three times in the first half, but Northern Illinois kicker Mathew Sims missed field goals of 23, 40 and 47 yards. Following the second miss, Owens found Russell for a 45-yard touchdown strike with 51 seconds left in the second quarter, giving Toledo a 10-7 lead that stood up at the half after Sims missed his third field goal try.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Lewis, who leads Northern Illinois with 74 receptions, did not dress for the game and Brown, who has a team-high 689 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, left early in the first quarter. … Toledo’s David Fluellen, who came into the week second in the MAC with 133.4 rushing yards per game, returned after missing the last two games with a leg injury and finished with 54 rushing yards … George Rainey recorded a sack, forced fumble and recovery on the first play of game and Northern Illinois scored three plays later on Spencer’s 19-yard touchdown run.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 13:34
Northern Illinois   TD  Toledo 0 - Northern Illinois 7
1st Quarter - 0:50
Toledo   FG  Toledo 3 - Northern Illinois 7
2nd Quarter - 0:51
Toledo   TD  Toledo 10 - Northern Illinois 7
3rd Quarter - 12:28
Northern Illinois   TD  Toledo 10 - Northern Illinois 14
3rd Quarter - 8:34
Toledo   TD  Toledo 17 - Northern Illinois 14
3rd Quarter - 6:15
Northern Illinois   TD  Toledo 17 - Northern Illinois 21
4th Quarter - 9:42
Northern Illinois   TD  Toledo 17 - Northern Illinois 28
4th Quarter - 5:39
Northern Illinois   TD  Toledo 17 - Northern Illinois 35
TEAMS

Team Records

  Northern Illinois Toledo
W/L 11 - 0 - 0 7 - 4 - 0
Conference 7 - 0 - 0 5 - 2 - 0

Team Stats

  Northern Illinois Toledo
Score 35 17
First Downs 29 24
3rd Down Efficiency 10-for-15
67%
10-for-17
59%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-1
0%
1-for-1
100%
Total Yards 566 419
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 55-364 46-184
Average/Rush 6.6 4.0
Passing
Comp-Att 17-22 17-30
Passing Yards 202 235
Average/Pass Play 8.4 7.6
Penalties-Yards 2-10 1-15
Fumbles-Lost 3-0 1-1
Interceptions Thrown 0 3
Time of Possession 30:18 29:42

PLAYER STATS

Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Lynch 17/22 202 0 0
Toledo (7 - 4)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Owens 17/29 235 2 2
K. Hunt 0/1 0 0 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
J. Lynch 28 161 5.8 3
C. Stingily 18 146 8.1 0
J. Spencer 5 32 6.4 2
A. Sebastiano 3 27 9.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
K. Hunt 19 91 4.8 0
D. Fluellen 15 54 3.6 0
T. Owens 8 22 2.8 0
D. Jones-Moore 3 14 4.7 0
Z. Rosenbauer 1 3 3.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. Brescacin 8 121 15.1 0
J. Brinlee 1 27 27.0 0
T. Semisch 2 15 7.5 0
A. Sebastiano 1 14 14.0 0
L. Eakes 1 11 11.0 0
C. Stingily 2 7 3.5 0
A. Turner 1 5 5.0 0
J. Spencer 1 2 2.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
A. Russell 5 100 20.0 1
B. Reedy 4 63 15.8 1
A. Zmolik 2 41 20.5 0
D. Fluellen 2 17 8.5 0
K. Hunt 2 9 4.5 0
D. Macon 2 5 2.5 0