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(Saturday, September 22)
Final Score: Northern Illinois 30, Kansas 23
DeKalb, IL (Sports Network) - Jordan Lynch threw for 235 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Northern Illinois Huskies rallied for a 30-23 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks at Huskie Stadium.
Lynch also ran for a team-high 134 yards to lead Northern Illinois (3-1) to its third straight win. Martel Moore caught five passes for 105 yards and a score and Perez Ashford had eight receptions for 78 yards. The Huskies scored 17 unanswered points to close out the game.
James Sims ran for 91 yards and two scores as Kansas (1-3) dropped its third straight decision. Dayne Crist completed just 10-of-26 passes for 147 yards and was sacked four times in the setback.
Kansas took a 3-0 lead midway through the first quarter with a 26-yard field goal by Ron Doherty.
NIU jumped ahead on a four-yard passing touchdown from Lynch to Tommylee Lewis. The Huskies failed the extra point attempt, leaving the score at 6-3.
The Jayhawks regained the lead early in the second quarter when Sims scored on a 26-yard run.
Just over a minute before halftime the Huskies were back on top, 13-10, thanks to a three-yard rushing touchdown by Akeem Daniels.
Sims scored again, this time on a one-yard run, to open the scoring in the second half, giving the Jayhawks a 17-13 advantage.
Kansas went up by 10 early in the fourth quarter when Tyler Patmon intercepted a Lynch pass and returned it 54 yards for a touchdown.
Lynch made up for the turnover on the Huskies' next possession with a 65-yard touchdown pass to Moore.
The Huskies tied the game with a 44-yard field goal by Mathew Sims midway through the fourth quarter and took a 30-23 lead just over three minutes later on a two-yard rushing touchdown by Leighton Settle.
Kansas had two more possessions but failed to score, allowing the Huskies to come away with the win.
NIU outgained Kansas by a 455-329 margin.
The Jayhawks have now lost 13 straight outings against schools from the Football Bowl Subdivision dating back to last season. The squad closed out 2011 with 10 straight defeats and opened 2012 with a 31-17 triumph over South Dakota State.
The last victory for Kansas against another FBS program came against this same NIU squad, 45-42, in the second game of the 2011 campaign.
09/22 20:17:24 ET
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