Northern Illinois Surges Past Kansas, 30-23

Sept. 22, 2012

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N. Illinois 30, Kansas 23
Huskie Stadium // DeKalb, Ill.

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Kansas 3 7 7 6 23
N. Illinois 6 7 0 17 30
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Kansas Statistical Leaders
Rushing: J. Sims – 13-58, 2 TDs
Passing: D. Crist – 8-for-17, 130 yards
Receiving: T. Pierson 3-36
Defense: B. Heeney – 10 tackles
Scoring Summary
First Quarter
KU 6:44 Doherty 26 field goal
NIU 2:02 Lewis 4 pass from Lynch (kick failed)
Second Quarter
KU 12:23 Sims 26 run (Doherty kick)
NIU 1:38 Daniels 3 run (Sims kick)
Third Quarter
KU 8:50 Sims 1 run (Doherty kick)
Fourth Quarter
KU 14:33 Patmon 54 interception return (kick failed)
NIU 14:23 Moore 65 pass from Lynch (Sims kick)
NIU 7:58 Sims 44 field goal
NIU 4:33 Settle 2 run (Sims kick)
Stats at a Glance
First Downs 21 22
Total Offensive Yards 329 455
Passing Yards 150 235
Rushing Yards 179 220
Penalties-Yards 4-21 6-50
Turnovers 0 1
Punts-Avg. 7-40.0 6-35.0
Punt Returns-Yards 1-(-1)
Kick Returns-Yards 3-75 4-98
3rd-Down Conversions 4-16 9-19
4th-Down Conversions 2-4 1-1
Time of Possession 31:30 28:30

DEKALB, Ill. – Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch accounted for 369 total yards and keyed a furious fourth quarter rally as NIU topped Kansas, 30-23, at Huskie Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The Huskies’ dynamic signal caller threw for 235 yards and rushed for a career-best 134 yards – his third 100-yard game on the ground this season – but more importantly helped NIU (3-1) score 17 unanswered points to surge past Kansas (1-3) in the fourth quarter.

After a tightly contested first three quarters, Kansas created some wiggle room on as Tyler Patmonintercepted Lynch and ran it in from 54 yards out early in the fourth quarter. The return marked KU’s 13th forced turnover of the season, was Patmon’s first career touchdown and gave the Jayhawks a 23-13 lead. The lead was short-lived however.

Lynch hit Martel Moore for a 65-yard touchdown on the Huskies first play from scrimmage and pulled the team within a field goal just 10 seconds after the miscue. Mathew Sims knocked through a game-tying, 44-yard field goal with just under eight minutes to play and Leighton Settle capped the fourth quarter rally with a go-ahead, two-yard plunge with 4:33 left.

NIU’s defense also tightened up in the fourth quarter, holding KU scoreless on four offensive drives and forced two three-and-outs and a turnover on downs on the last three drives. Kansas struggled to convert on third down throughout the game, going 4-for-16 (25 percent) and failed to convert on four third down conversions in the final frame.

Seven different Jayhawks logged carries in the game but it was senior James Simswho found the end zone for the Jayhawks. Sims, in his first game after serving a three-game suspension to start the year, rushed for a team-high 91 yards on 18 carries and gave KU a 10-6 lead with a 26 yard run in the second quarter. The touchdown snapped a six-quarter drought by the KU offense, which previously reached the end zone in the third quarter against Rice.

Sims added another touchdown late in the third quarter, prior to Patmon’s interception and part of a 10-point swing to give KU a two-score lead. Kansas rushers combined for 179 yards on 45 carries. Jayhawk quarterback Dayne

Crist completed 10-of-26 passes for 147 yards and was sacked four times. Kansas linebackers Ben Heeney (12) and Anthony McDonald(11) led the defense in tackles, with Patmon logging the lone takeaway.

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