Northern Illinois wins despite strong showing by EIU

Northern Illinois wins despite strong showing by EIU
September 22, 2013, 12:00 am
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Associated Press

DEKALB — Jordan Lynch accounted for 424 yards of offense in the air and on the ground as Northern Illinois overcame six touchdown passes by Jimmy Garoppolo to pull out a 43-39 victory over Eastern Illinois on Saturday night.

Garoppolo, with 450 yards on 34-of-49 passing, tied Tony Romo’s school career record of 85 touchdown throws.

Garoppolo’s pass to Erik Lora, who had 198 yards receiving, put the Panthers ahead 39-36 with 9:53 remaining.

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NIU’s Keith Harris Jr., who scored twice, rushed eight yards for a touchdown and a 43-39 lead with 8:25 left. The NIU defense then stiffened, and the Huskies ran out the final 5:01.

The Panthers (3-1) had a 20-0 first-quarter lead on three Garoppolo touchdown passes. The Huskies rallied, taking the lead at 23-20 just before halftime.

Cameron Stingily rushed for a career-high 134 yards and two touchdowns for NIU (3-0), which won its 22nd straight home game, best in the nation.