On the offensive: Northern Illinois' game plan early on against Central Michigan was to attack with short passes. As the second quarter progressed, the Huskies realized all they had to do was run QB Jordan Lynch up the middle. Lynch broke Stacey Robinson's 23-year-old FBS record for most rushing yards by a quarterback, with 316 on 32 carries.
Getting defensive: After getting gouged in the passing game during the first half, the NIU defense became nearly impenetrable. The Huskies needed two turnovers to keep the score tied before the break, then limited the Chippewas to 97 yards in the final 30 minutes. Boomer Mays had seven tackles, including a sack, while Dechan Durante forced a fumble and Jhony Faustin recorded a fumble recovery and interception.
The number: 232. Lynch gained 232 of his record-setting 316 yards after halftime. He had three rushes of at least 40 yards, with a high of 49.
They're still talking about: The absence of Cameron Stingily in the running game during the first half. Stingily, who was averaging nearly 20 carries and 109.3 yards, didn't have a carry until early in the second quarter. He finished with 14 carries and 70 yards.
Looking ahead: NIU tries to extend its school and conference record 23-game home winning streak against Eastern Michigan on Saturday.