DeKALB, Ill -- Senior quarterback Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois managed to accomplish something in Saturday's game against Eastern Michigan that had eluded him throughout his career.
Lynch led the Huskies to a BCS bowl game last season, became the first player in FBS history to pass for more than 3,000 yards and run for more than 1,500 yards in a single season in 2012, and set an FBS record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 316 yards last week against Central Michigan.
But Lynch had never caught a pass in his illustrious career. In typical Lynch fashion, he made that an unforgettable moment.
Lynch hauled in a 17-yard second quarter touchdown pass, threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead No. 18 Northern Illinois to a 59-20 victory over Eastern Michigan.
Lynch totaled six touchdowns, passed for 223 yards and ran for 99 yards before leaving the game in the middle of the third quarter, lifting his season totals to 1,031 yards rushing, 1,711 yards passing and 17 yards receiving.
Lynch became the first FBS player to run the ball, throw and catch a pass in the same game since Boo Jackson of Ohio in 2010.
The Huskies (8-0, 4-0 in the Mid-American Conference West Division) scored a touchdown on their first three drives to seize a 21-0 lead.
Lynch threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Da'Ron Brown and a 10-yarder to Joel Bouagnon for a 14-0 lead. Lynch scored on a 30-yard touchdown run to cap Northern Illinois's 21-point first-quarter.
The highlight of the second quarter came when Lynch caught a pass from wide receiver Tommylee Lewis for a 17-yard touchdown, giving him a hand in four touchdowns in the first half.
Lynch leaped over three defenders after catching Lewis' pass.
The Eagles (1-7, 0-4) suffered a second straight blowout loss since the death of wide receiver Demarius Reed from multiple shotgun wounds at an off-campus apartment complex on Oct. 18.
The Eagles honored their slain teammate by donning black wristbands and helmet stickers with Reed's No. 2 jersey number.
Eastern Michigan tried to shift things up for a spark by starting freshman quarterback Brogan Roback. Junior Tyler Benz, who had started the first seven games this season, relived Roback in the second quarter.
The Eagles trailed, 45-6, before scoring heir first touchdown when Benz found Tyreese Russell for a nine-yard score with 6:33 left in the third quarter.
NOTES: Before Saturday's game, a moment of silence was held to honor Eastern Michigan wide receiver Demarius Reed, who was found dead on the morning of Oct. 18 from multiple gunshot wounds at an off-campus apartment complex. On Friday, the Eastern Michigan football team and coaching staff attended Friday's visitation and wake for Reed. ... Before Saturday's kickoff, Northern Illinois held the grand opening of the Chessick Practice Center. ... For the first time this season, Northern Illinois did not trail in a game. The Huskies scored the first 21 points.