Top 25 football: Lynch leads No. 20 N. Illinois past Ball State
DeKalb, Ill. • Jordan Lynch threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores to help No. 20 Northern Illinois beat Ball State 48-27 on Wednesday night.
Lynch threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Da'Ron Brown to break a tie with 5:49 left, and the Huskies (10-0, 6-0 Mid-American Conference) ran the nation's longest active home winning streak to 25. They also have won 23 straight conference games.
Lynch added a 16-yard touchdown run with 1:26 to go, and defensive end Joe Windsor scored on a 49-yard interception return with 46 seconds left.
Lynch was 26 of 32 for 345 yards and ran for 123 yards on 20 carries. Brown had 12 receptions for 209 yards, also catching a 58-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.
The victory preserved Northern Illinois' hopes for a second straight Bowl Championship Series appearance. They played in the Orange Bowl last season and are 15th in the BCS rankings.
Keith Wenning completed 35 of 49 pass for 324 yards for Ball State (9-2, 6-1). Willie Snead had 12 catches for 121 yards and a touchdown, and Jahwan Edwards ran for 156 yards and a score.
The loss ended the Cardinals' seven-game winning streak and 11-game MAC run.