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Huskies quarterback Jordan Lynch ran 17 times for 119 yards Gillette Stadium. | Jim Rogash/Getty Images

Huskies quarterback Jordan Lynch ran 17 times for 119 yards at Gillette Stadium. | Jim Rogash/Getty Images

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Northern Illinois 21 21 7 14 — 63

Massachusetts 6 7 6 0 — 19

First Quarter

Mass—FG Levengood 42, 11:28.

NIU—Lynch 6 run (Sims kick), 8:03.

Mass—FG Levengood 46, 5:35.

NIU—Lynch 25 run (Sims kick), 4:16.

NIU—Lynch 19 run (Sims kick), :10.

Second Quarter

NIU—Stingily 6 run (Sims kick), 14:09.

Mass—Woodley 1 run (Levengood kick), 9:41.

NIU—Brescacin 66 pass from Lynch (Sims kick), 9:33.

NIU—Lewis 15 run (Sims kick), :31.

Third Quarter

NIU—Lynch 11 run (Sims kick), 10:21.

Mass—FG Levengood 44, 6:03.

Mass—FG Levengood 40, 2:37.

Fourth Quarter

NIU—Beebe 81 pass from Hare (Sims kick), 9:02.

NIU—Hare 47 run (Sims kick), 5:31.

A—10,061.

TEAM STATISTICS NIU UMass

First downs 27 15

Rushes-yards 49-354 45-155

Passing 258 169

Comp-Att-Int 12-17-0 10-25-2

Return Yards 19 0

Punts-Avg. 2-44.0 6-40.0

Fumbles-Lost 2-2 4-1

Penalties-Yards 1-15 5-40

Time of Possession 25:46 34:14

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—N. Illinois, Lynch 17-119, Stingily 8-58, Hare 2-52, Bouagnon 9-39, Smith 6-21, Sebastiano 1-20, D.Brown 1-17, McIntosh 2-17, Lewis 1-15, Team 2-(minus 4). UMass, Woodley 38-163, S.Harris 2-15, Wegzyn 4-(minus 4), Team 1-(minus 19).

PASSING—N. Illinois, Lynch 10-13-0-160, Hare 2-4-0-98. UMass, Wegzyn 10-25-2-169.

RECEIVING—N. Illinois, Lewis 4-45, Semisch 2-30, Smith 2-26, Beebe 1-81, Brescacin 1-66, Maxwell 1-10, Eakes 1-0. UMass, Sharpe 5-65, Davis 2-27, Long 1-31, Mills 1-25, Beck 1-21.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS (9-0)

Aug. 31 at Iowa W, 30-27

Sept. 14 at Idaho W, 45-35

Sept. 21 Eastern Illinois W, 43-39

Sept. 28 at Purdue W, 55-24

Oct. 5 at Kent State W, 38-24

Oct. 12 Akron W, 27-20

Oct. 19 at Central Michigan W, 38-17

Oct. 26 Eastern Michigan W, 59-20

Nov. 2 at UMass W, 63-19

Nov. 13 Ball State 7 p.m.

Nov. 20 at Toledo 7 p.m.

Nov. 26 Western Michigan 6 p.m.

Updated: December 4, 2013 6:45AM



FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Northern Illinois’ first-half drive chart went like this.

Six-yard touchdown run by Jordan Lynch. Twenty-five-yard touchdown run, Lynch. Nineteen-yard touchdown run, Lynch. Six-yard touchdown scamper by Cameron Stingily, 66-yard pass from Lynch to Juwan Brescacin, punt and 15-yard Tommylee Lewis touchdown run on a reverse.

NIU scored at will in the first half of its 63-19 win at UMass, taking a 42-13 lead into halftime and not looking back. The Huskies, 17th in the BCS standings, improved to 9-0 overall and 5-0 in Mid-American Conference play with the victory, their 22nd consecutive conference win. NIU’s starters were out of the game in the third quarter.

Lynch finished the day with 119 rushing yards, averaging seven per carry. He had five total touchdowns, despite playing just one series in the second half.

NIU’s offensive line has been one of its main strengths all season, and Lynch had plenty of time to throw all game. UMass (1-8, 1-4 MAC) had just one sack, and it was because of coverage in the secondary.

Lynch and the tailbacks had plenty of space to run through. On Lynch’s 19-yard touchdown run, he literally went untouched into the end zone, running through a big hole straight up the middle.

“We were able to go into the sideline and make adjustments right away after the first series. We can see things so easily,” guard Jared Volk said. “Knowing that someone’s back there like Jordan and Cam, and all those guys, we know they’re going to make plays if we can just get them a little crease.”

The Huskies lost starting left tackle Tyler Loos with a broken left leg and a dislocated ankle in the second half. Loos broke his right leg last year and missed the final three games of the season. He also missed the 2011 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Loos was scheduled to stay in the New England area to have surgery. A member of NIU’s sports medicine staff is staying with him, and he’s expected to be back in DeKalb early next week.

NIU has some time off before taking on Ball State on Nov. 13.



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