Created:Saturday, August 31, 2013 11:47 p.m.CDT
Updated:Sunday, September 1, 2013 1:35 a.m.CDT

NIU Notes: Lynch moves the ball with his arm


IOWA CITY, Iowa – Last season, Jordan Lynch completed only six passes in Northern Illinois' loss to Iowa at Soldier Field.

The senior QB looked like a much different player Saturday afternoon. The running lanes weren't there, but Lynch finished the day with 275 yards through the air and three touchdowns, going 24 of 41.

Lynch, starting his 15th game as a Huskie, felt he had good chemistry with his receivers.

"I think so," he said. "That's why we worked all summer and all fall camp, build that chemistry, and that's what I think we have going so far."

Last season, it was Lynch's running game that gave the Hawkeyes trouble. This time, he moved the ball with his arm.

"We had a lot of respect for them a year ago, maybe even more so this year with Lynch being a veteran player," Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz said. "He's a tough, competitive quarterback. We knew that coming in and have nothing but respect for them and their entire program."
Carey earns first win:
NIU head coach Rod Carey was hoping his first career victory as a head coach would come in the Orange Bowl.

He got the win a little later than he would have liked, but it didn't come in a bad spot.

"It's good. It feels good," Carey said with a laugh. "It feels good."
Lewis injured:
Unfortunately for NIU, wide receiver Tommylee Lewis left the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury, and didn't return. He did plenty of damage when he was in the game, catching five passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns.

Carey wasn't sure what his status was following the game. Luckily, the Huskies have a bye week before heading out to Idaho Week 3.

Three true freshmen get action: Wide receiver Aregeros Turner, linebacker Austin Smaha and safety Mycial Allen were the three Huskie true freshmen to see the field Saturday. Turner had one catch for three yards while Smaha and Allen played on special teams.

Another big kick for Sims: Mathew Sims' 36-yard field goal with four seconds left is the third game-winning kick of the senior's career.

He's not hit seven straight, which included a 47-yarder in the first quarter and a 25-yard kick in the third.

"Just another kick, just another win for our team," he said. "Obviously I learned a long time ago I have to treat every kick the same. So, I looked at it the exact same as every other kick."

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