NCAA Game Summary - Northern Illinois at Kent State
(Saturday, October 5)
Final Score: Northern Illinois 38, Kent St 24
Kent, OH (SportsNetwork.com) -The Northern Illinois Huskies ran all over the Golden Flashes in their first meeting since last year's Mid-American Conference Championship, as Cameron Stingily had 266 yards on the ground en route to a 38-24 win over Kent State at Dix Stadium.
The Huskies (5-0, 1-0 MAC) had no problems on offense all day. Quarterback Jordan Lynch finished with 244 yards and two touchdowns on 21-of-35 passing. He also had 94 rushing yards on 14 attempts. Stingily had 37 carries and two touchdowns while also setting a new career-high in rushing yards. Da'Ron Brown racked up a team-high 72 yards and a score on only two catches.
The Golden Flashes (2-4, 1-2) also put up good numbers on offense. Colin Reardon threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns on 16-of-35 passing. Trayion Durham finished with 72 yards on 14 rushing attempts. Dri Archer set the pace for the receivers with 80 yards and a touchdown on four catches.
Northern Illinois started off the game by scoring a touchdown on the first drive of the game. Stingily rushed for a 17-yard score to give the visitors the early lead.
Kent State answered back immediately as Archer returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a score to tie the game up.
With 6:16 remaining before the break, the Huskies regained the lead with a 53- yard touchdown pass from Lynch to Brown. The Golden Flashes countered right back with a touchdown of their own. Reardon hit Archer for a 66-yard touchdown pass.
Stingily ran the ball in from one-yard out to cap off a 10-play drive for the Huskies. This gave Northern Illinois a 21-14 lead. With only 20 seconds remaining before the break, Kent State cut the deficit to only four with a 24- yard field goal from Anthony Melchiori.
Kent State put some pressure on the defending champions as it scored a touchdown on a 28-yard pass from Reardon to Tyshon Goode just over three minutes into the third quarter. Melchiori's successful extra-point try put the Golden Flashes ahead, 24-21.
KSU's lead would not last very long. The Huskies jumped back in front as James Spencer broke away for a 22-yard touchdown run that made it, 28-24, with 7:25 remaining in the third period.
NIU held the Golden Flashes scoreless the rest of the way. Lynch completed an 11-yard pass to Spencer for the score early in the fourth stanza to give the Huskies a commanding, 35-24 lead.
The Huskies added some insurance later with a 31-yard field goal by Mathew Sims.
NIU came into the game ranked 14th in the nation in rushing offense, averaging 265 yards a game on the ground. While Stingily was able to match that by himself, the team had 454 rushing yards for the day.
Kent State had only been allowing 199 yards on the ground per game coming into Saturday.
10/05 20:28:08 ET