Northern Illinois gets past Akron to remain undefeated

Northern Illinois gets past Akron to remain undefeated
October 13, 2013, 1:00 am
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Associated Press

DE KALB — Despite struggling on offense, Northern Illinois still found a way to win.

The 23rd-ranked Huskies used their defense and kicking game to beat Akron, 27-20, on Saturday night after the offense went 1-for-15 on third down conversions.

"(We) missed opportunities on offense and third downs and just didn't move the ball the way we wanted to and put our defense in a real tough spot most of the game," said Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey. "But our kicking game and our defense, boy did they respond to get two stops at the end to ice the game away."

The Huskies defense shut down two Akron drives in the final 3:52 to secure the victory.

The offense, meanwhile, had enough to engineer five scores as the Northern Illinois extended its home winning streak to 23 straight, the nation's longest current run.

Quarterback Jordan Lynch threw for two touchdowns and ran for another.

Lynch was 16-of-35 for 220 yards passing and ran for 83 more, Cameron Stingily rushed 21 times for 80 yards and a touchdown while Tyler Wedel added field goals of 42 and 21 yards for the Huskies (6-0, 2-0 MAC East).