DeKALB – Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch didn't think he played well in the first half of Saturday's 37-7 win at Akron.
The offense was angry, according to NIU's junior quarterback, when the Huskies were up by just six points against the Zips at the end of the half.
Lynch's anger was then taken out on Akron cornerback Avis Commack. Lynch helped put the Huskies ahead, 20-7, when he got to the end zone from 15 yards out, putting his shoulder into the Zips corner and basically running him over in the process.
"I saw that I got past the first down marker. Time was an issue, because we only had 19 seconds," Lynch said. "The play before, if you saw I ran out of bounds and was not going to get the first. But this time I could get the first by lowering my shoulder, so I just tried to do anything, lower my shoulder and get the first."
Lynch ended up running for 131 yards, putting him over 1,000 for the season. He's NIU's leading rusher through eight games with 1,049 yards. This despite the fact teams keep stacking the box against the Huskies.
Running the ball 149 times has opened up NIU's junior quarterback to more hits.
Huskies head coach Dave Doeren said any time a quarterback runs the ball as much as Lynch has it can be worrisome. Doeren also mentioned how a lot of the runs aren't necessarily planned for Lynch to carry the ball, they're read-option plays, which the QB has certainly had success on.
"Again, a lot of the hits aren't designed. He drops back to pass and then he scrambles for a 30-yard touchdown," Doeren said. "I mean, you can't say don't drop and pass. A lot of the runs we're handing off or throwing or running based on looks. So out of those 20 times he kept the ball maybe 10 of them we thought he would get it."
Saturday, NIU's tailbacks ran for 148 yards in the victory. Key yards from the group will only take pressure off Lynch in the future if that success continues.
"I thought they did a good job. They averaged 6.1 yards per carry," Doeren said. "They read the zone play the right way. We had a lot of yards after contact."
Doeren has also raved about the group's blocking ability throughout the season. Lynch mentioned how much the group has helped him get into the open field.
"Great. Akeem (Daniels) and Leighton (Settle), and Keith Harris, their cut blocks," he said. "They spring me free most of the time. You know getting to the second level, they're always throwing those extra blocks."