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NIU wins 4th-straight MAC West title with 35-17 win over Toledo

Northern Illinois running back James Spencer (34) is lifted off ground by offensive linesman Jared Volk (77) after Spencer scored

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)

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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.



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