Northern Illinois tops Ball State, stays in BCS contention

Brian Kersey

Northern Illinois had a great second half defensive effort to top Ball State to stay in the race for a BCS bowl bid alongside Fresno State.

Midweek MACtion proved entertainingly as expected between Ball State and No. 15 Northern Illinois, and it was the Jordan Lynch led Huskies who took care of business to win 48-27 and remain in the hunt for a BCS bowl game. The score was not as indicative as how close the game was as it was tided at 27 apiece to start the fourth quarter.

The Fresno State team, plus their fans, were watching this game to see how good Northern Illinois compares to them, but the fans more than likely were tuning in to see Northern Illinois fall to Ball State which would give the Bulldogs very few worries about possibly being jumped by the Huskies.

Lynch led Northern Illinois with his usual great play and ended the night with a pair of passing and rushing touchdowns to go along with 345 yards in the air and 123 on the ground. His second rushing touchdown of the night was a 16-yard rush with less than two minutes left to seal the win.

The final score looked like a blowout since Northern Illinois' Joe Windsor picked off Ball State's Keith Wenning for a 49-yard pick-six,

Just to show how good Lynch is for Northern Illinois watch this play that looks like he is going down, but on this third-and-long play where Lynch broke free and got the first down. Via @Bubbaprog.

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Then there is this too:

This was an impressive win for Northern Illinois since Ball State was 9-1, but the Huskies defense did give up a lot of points and yards. Give credit to Northern Illinois in the second half as they did tightened up their defense and only allowed three points in the second half.

My assumption is that Fresno State has a big enough gap over Northern Illinois in the BCS standings, and if the Bulldogs win out they will still stay ahead of Northern Illinois to earn their first-ever trip to the BCS.

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