Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch finally got his time to shine as NIU completed spring practice with its annual spring game Saturday afternoon, with the first-team Red squad defeating the White, 31-6.
Lynch looked poised throughout the afternoon, completing 29 of 44 passes four 402 yards and four touchdowns. He did throw two interceptions. Lynch thew touchdowns to Leighton Settle, Martel Moore, Luke Eakes and Akeem Daniels.
Both Eakes and Daniels caught nicely-thrown balls down the sideline for their touchdowns.
"Jordan I thought threw some really nice deep balls," said NIU coach Dave Doeren, talking with reporters outside the Yordon Center after the game. "He hit Luke Eakes in stride on a wheel route, he hit Akeem in a tight window down the sideline, he threw a back shoulder fade to Martel.
"I think the questions people wondered about his arm strength got answered today. He threw the ball extremely well."
The Huskies didn't get much consistency at running back, something Doeren said he was disappointed in. Daniels was NIU's leading rusher with nine carries for a team-high 29 yards. Lynch had four carries for 11 yards (the defense wasn't allowed to hit him), and Settle had two for 5 yards for the Red squad. Jamal Womble had two carries for 4 yards, with Cameron Stingily carrying the ball three times for minus-1 yard.
"At running back I thought all those guys struggled," Doeren said. "We practiced a lot better at running back than we played today, that was probably my biggest disappointment."
On defense, Frank Boenzi and Joe Windsor each had sacks for the first team.
"We wanted our starting defense to play well and they definitely accomplished that," Doeren said. "I thought they were outstanding today. We wanted to see us tackle well, and we did."
Moore finished the day with four catches for 18 yards. Ashford had three for 54 and Eakes three for 77 yards.
NIU's leading receiver yardage-wise was Tommylee Lewis, who caught seven balls for 98 yards.