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                         === Huskies hold off Zips ===
 
 DeKalb,  IL (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Jordan Lynch  threw for  220  yards and  a
 touchdown  while also  running for  a score  as 23rd-ranked  Northern Illinois
 defeated Akron, 27-20, at Huskie Stadium.
 
 Lynch  went  16-of-35 through  the air while picking up 83 yards on 15 carries
 for  the  Huskies (6-0,  2-0 MAC), who  have now won  their 23rd straight home
 game.
 
 Cameron  Stingily  rushed for  80  yards  on  21  attempts with  a  touchdown,
 while Tommylee Lewis had six catches for a total of 58 yards.
 
 "It's  a good football  team we just got done playing. We feel good we got the
 win and got out," said Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey.
 
 Akron  quarterback Kyle  Pohl  was 24-of-56  for 262  yards  with a  touchdown
 and  an  interception, while Jawon  Chisholm carried the  ball 21 times for 70
 yards and two touchdowns in the Zips' (1-6, 0-3) 30th straight road loss.
 
 "I'd  just  like to commend  Northern Illinois on  the way their players play.
 They  play so very hard and they're well coached. They never give away a game.
 We  about  snuck in on that  one. They don't  give games away. That's why they
 have the record they have," said Akron coach Terry Bowden.
 
 Pohl  connected  with receiver Mykel Traylor-Bennett  for 34 yards to push the
 Zips  inside the  Huskies' 20 before Chisholm  leaped into the end zone from a
 yard out to put Akron up 7-0 early in the first quarter.
 
 Northern  Illinois responded  by scoring  on  their next  three drives.  Lynch
 eluded  pressure and  rushed in  from 18  yards out  to tie  the game  at 7-7.
 Tyler  Wedel hit  a 42-yard field goal on the Huskies' following possession to
 put NIU ahead.
 
 Later in the first quarter, Stingily side-stepped a diving defender and rushed
 19  yards on  a 4th-and-1 situation. Three plays afterward, Lynch found Desroy
 Maxwell for a 25-yard touchdown with under five minutes to go in the period.
 
 Pohl  lofted  a 42-yard  pass to  Jerrod Dillard to  the Huskies' 23-yard line
 before the close of the opening quarter. A 21-yard catch from L.T. Smith later
 placed  the Zips  at  the 2-yard  line  and on  third-and-goal  from the  one,
 Chisholm  jumped  over the pile  to cut Northern  Illinois' lead down to three
 points.
 
 Akron's  special teams  came up  big in  the second  quarter, as  Wedel had  a
 46-yard  field goal  attempt blocked by Bryan  Green. He would also have a 40-
 yard attempt blocked with 1:15 left in the game.
 
 Northern  Illinois scored on its first series of the second half to extend the
 lead.  Lynch completed a pass of 40 yards to Lewis to put the Huskies in Akron
 territory,  and Stingily  burst up the middle for a 9-yard touchdown that gave
 his team a 24-14 lead early in the third quarter.
 
 A  leaping Jimmie  Ward picked  off Pohl  at Akron's  28 early  in the  fourth
 quarter. The Huskies would move the ball to the four before Wedel nailed a 21-
 yard field goal to extend Northern Illinois' lead to 27-14.
 
 Akron would respond with an 18-play, 75-yard drive that resulted in an 11-yard
 touchdown  catch  by Tyrell  Goodman, with  Pohl rolling out  to his right and
 finding  his  receiver near  the back  of the end  zone. Kicker Robert Stein's
 extra  point  was blocked,  however, to  keep the  game 27-20  in favor of the
 Huskies with a little less than six minutes to go.
 
 The  Northern  Illinois defense  then preserved  the win  by stopping Akron on
 downs on its final two drives.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Northern Illinois' last loss at home was a 34-31 setback to Idaho on September
 16,  2009 ...  The Huskies  have  also won  19 consecutive  games against  MAC
 opponents  ...  The Zips have not  won a road  game since October 18, 2008 ...
 Northern   Illinois  totaled  399  yards  ...  Akron  committed  10  penalties
 that cost them 91 yards.
 
 
 
 10/13 00:37:51 ET

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