MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Stacey Robinson’s name was in the NCAA record book for more than 20 years.
Now, a different Northern Illinois quarterback – Jordan Lynch – is taking his spot.
Robinson used NIU’s wishbone to perfection in a 73-18 thrashing over Fresno State in 1990, rushing for 308 yards. Lynch eclipsed that mark in Saturday’s 38-17 win at Central Michigan, running for 316 yards, breaking Robinson’s FBS record for a quarterback.
Lynch, who was named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation on Sunday, now holds the single-game and single-season FBS record for rushing yards by a quarterback, as he ran for 1,815 yards last season.
The way Lynch put it, anyone could have run through the holes his offensive line opened up. Often, Lynch, who had a career-high 32 carries, was able to get to the second level untouched. Then, he used his speed to break away in the open field.
“They were getting great push. That’s why we got all those rushing yards,” Lynch said. “You could have gave anyone the ball that game. The holes were so wide open. It was nothing that I did, it was mostly the offensive linemen, tight end getting that second and third push.”
Last week, NIU head coach Rod Carey said he was disappointed in the play of his offensive line. Carey didn’t have too much to be upset about Saturday.
In the second half, NIU decided to run right at Central Michigan.
The Huskies threw the ball only five times after halftime, and Lynch had 232 yards on the ground in the second half.
“Defenses kind of have to make a choice and everyone plays us a little different,” Carey said. “And so it takes you a minute to find that out. So you’ve kind of got to take what they’re giving you. Today we found out that they were going to make us run it, so we did.”
Lynch recorded 471 yards of total offense, the fourth-highest total in NIU history and a Kelly/Shorts Stadium record.
The senior averaged 9.9 yards per carry, and the Huskies averaged 8.2 yards as a team behind the veteran offensive line.
“He’s a great player,” Central Michigan head coach Dan Enos said of Lynch. “I’m not taking anything from Jordan Lynch but you don’t just go up there and rush for 300 yards and nobody block.”