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Martel Moore’s 65-yard TD jump-starts another rally by Northern Illinois

Martel Moore’s 65-yard scoring scamper jump pass from Jordan Lynch started Huskies’ comeback. | NIU

Martel Moore’s 65-yard scoring scamper on a jump pass from Jordan Lynch started the Huskies’ comeback. | NIU

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Updated: October 24, 2012 6:50AM

DeKALB — Dave Doeren didn’t necessarily want to admit his team has done a good job of rallying, but he couldn’t deny it after Northern Illinois dumped Kansas 30-23 on Saturday.

“I hate to say it, but we’re pretty good at coming back,” the second-year Huskies coach said. “I’d like to get up on somebody and put them in the woodshed once, but we didn’t get to do that today. There was no panic, that’s not going to be part of our makeup.”

A 41-40 victory over Army last week saw NIU score in the final five minutes to take the lead. Against Kansas, the Huskies did it again, tallying 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.

The win was NIU’s 17th in a row at Huskie Stadium.

Things looked bleak for the Huskies (3-1) when junior quarterback Jordan Lynch threw a pass that was picked off by cornerback Tyler Patmon and returned for a touchdown. That gave the Jayhawks (1-3) a 23-13 lead with 14:33 left, but NIU roared back, and it all started with the team’s next play from scrimmage.

Kansas coach Charlie Weis thought it was a broken play. Lynch had dropped the snap, and it looked as if he might take off and run. But he also had the option of throwing, and he hit Martel Moore with a short jump pass that the senior receiver took 65 yards for a touchdown.

“We saw the linebacker had been coming down all day on Tel,” Lynch said. “Tel did a little slant behind him, and I got the option of just running it or throwing it. Tel was open, so I just threw it to him.”

Mathew Sims tied the score at 23 with a 44-yard field goal with 7:58 left, and Leighton Settle gave the Huskies the lead for good when he scored from two yards out with 4:33 to go.

Moore’s touchdown catch came after he had communication issues with Lynch on the interception.

“The miscommunication was a big thing. I just knew I had to come back and help the team out and make a spark,” Moore said. “If I make a spark, then the defense is going to spark up.”

The Jayhawks were able to run on NIU at times, gaining 179 yards on 45 carries.

NIU kept pressure on quarterback Dayne Crist, who went 10-for-26 for 147 yards. Facing a fourth-and-17 from the NIU 29 in the fourth quarter, Crist missed a wide-open Kale Pick down the left sideline.

Weis didn’t want to comment on the performance by Crist, a transfer from Notre Dame, until he watches the film on Sunday.“I don’t assess it on game day,” Weis said. “You can make irrational comments. I do know that there are some throws that he’d like to have back that I’d expect him to make.”

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