NIU wins 4th-straight MAC West title with 35-17 win over Toledo
ASSOCIATED PRESS November 20, 2013 10:29PM
Northern Illinois running back James Spencer (34) is lifted off the ground by offensive linesman Jared Volk (77) after Spencer scored a touchdown in the first quarter against Toledo in an NCAA college football game in Toledo, Ohio, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
Updated: November 20, 2013 10:32PM
TOLEDO, Ohio — Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch ran for three touchdowns and 161 yards to lead the No. 20 Huskies over Toledo 35-17 Wednesday night.
The Huskies (11-0, 7-0 Mid-American Conference) clinched a fourth consecutive trip to the MAC title game and extended their 24-game conference winning streak.
Lynch had been shut down in the first half, but he took over late.
His 1-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter capped a 99-yard drive that stretched the Huskies’ lead to 28-17.
Northern Illinois is still in the hunt for a second straight Bowl Championship Series appearance. The Huskies are 16th in this week’s BCS rankings.
Terrance Owens threw two touchdown passes for Toledo (7-4, 5-2).
Lynch finished with 202 yards passing.