The Huskies entered the half trailing for the fourth time this season and the second game in a row. They had outscored their opponents 65-13 in the second half of those first three games and outscored the Rockets 28-7 to close out the game.The second half is there for a reason.
Standing on the “E” in the back of the Toledo end zone with the ball at the NIU 1-yard line, quarterback Jordan Lynch made a statement with a memorable Heisman moment.By the end of the game, most of the fans in the Glass Bowl were wearing red.
Lynch orchestrated a 15-play drive that totaled 104 yards, due to a 5-yard false start penalty. The drive culminated in Lynch diving head-first into the end zone for a 1-yard touchdown to put the Huskies up two scores, 28-17, with 9:42 remaining in the fourth quarter.
On the drive, Lynch ran the ball seven times for 62 yards and converted on three huge third downs.
“We work on it every day in practice, going 99 yards, and we never flinch,” Lynch said. “We believe in the process, we believe in the journey, and we believe in the coaches’ play calling. We knew we were going to go right down and score.”
The fans present have some fun with the Purple and the Orange, both of which are blue as far as conference wins are concerned. Somebody in promotions had signs made up for the team's first post-season destination.
Four years, four trips to the Mid-American title game.
NIU likes to consider Chicago’s Soldier Field its unofficial second home. But judging by how often the Huskies have finished the MAC season in Detroit – now each of the past four years – they should bestow that title upon Ford Field instead.The radio announcers were cracking wise about "Northern Illinois" being painted in the Ford Field end zone.
Call it Huskie Stadium Farther East.
The Green Bay Packers have to take care of business there first.