Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch Breaks FBS Single-Game QB Rushing Record

Sean FryeFeatured ColumnistOctober 19, 2013

Oct 12, 2013; DeKalb, IL, USA; Northern Illinois Huskies quarterback Jordan Lynch (6) rushes for a touchdown against the Akron Zips during the first quarter at Huskie Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
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Northern Illinois signal-caller Jordan Lynch re-established himself as one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the country on Saturday with a record-breaking performance on the ground. 

In the Huskies' 38-17 win over the Central Michigan Chippewas, Lynch rushed for an FBS-record 316 yards by a quarterback. He added three scores on the ground, as well as 155 yards and a touchdown through the air. 

The Heisman Trophy candidate racked up his yards on 30 carries, averaging 9.9 yards per touch. 

He came into Saturday ranked 11th in the country in total offense with 324.8 yards per game. He also ranked third among quarterbacks in the nation with 102.7 rushing yards per game. But with BYU quarterback Taysom Hill averaging just five more yards at 107 per game, Lynch is sure to take the top spot in that category after Saturday. 

What was more impressive about Lynch's monster showing is that it came in a game where the Huskies struggled to pull away and maintain their perfect season. 

The Chippewas led the game 14-7 through the first quarter and trailed just 24-17 early in the fourth. 

But a three-yard touchdown run by Lynch with just over six minutes to play buried the Chippewas and allowed Northern Illinois to keep its BCS hopes alive. 

Lynch could go just as crazy next week on the ground, as the Huskies face the Eastern Michigan Eagles. The Eagles rank 120th out of 123 FBS teams in rush defense, giving up over 260 yards per game.