Northern Illinois Beats KU 30-23

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DEKALB, Ill. — Down 10 points in the fourth quarter, the Northern Illinois Huskies stormed back to beat the Kansas Jayhawks 30-23 on Saturday afternoon at Huskie Stadium.

KU led 17-13 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, when Northern Illinois junior quarterback Jordan Lynch threw an interception to defensive back Tyler Patmon at midfield. Patmon returned the interception 54 yards for a touchdown to give the Hawks a 23-13 lead.

Before KansasĀ (1-3, 0-1 Big 12) had an opportunity to seize the momentum shift, things started to fall apart.

After a holding penalty on KU, kicker Ron Doherty missed the extra point, and the score remained 23-13. The missed extra point was the first domino to fall for the Hawks. Nick Prolago’s ensuing kickoff went out-of-bounds, and the Huskies started the next drive on their own 35 yard line.

Lynch and the Huskies (3-1, 2-1 home) answered with authority, delivering a 65-yard TD strike to senior wide receiver Martel Moore to cut the deficit to 23-20.

NIU kicker Matthew Sims nailed a 44-yd field goal to tie the game at 23-23, and KU’s offense went three and out on the next possession. That set the stage for a 7-play 53-yd TD drive to give the Huskies a 30-23 lead.

KU’s last two drives resulted in another three and out, and a turnover on downs.

NIU racked up 455 yards of total offense. Lynch completed 23 of 35 passes for 235 yards, 2 TD’s, and an INT. Lynch also had 22 carries for 134 yards.

The Hawks finished with 329 total yards. KU junior RB James Sims had 18 carries for 91 yards and 2 TD’s. KU senior QB Dayne Crist finished 10-26 for 147 yards.

It was the 17th straight home win for the Huskies, and the 16th consecutive road loss for the Jayhawks.

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