A victory would give Northern Illinois its best start since becoming a major college program in 1969. The 2003 team was 7-0 before a 34-18 loss at Bowling Green.
BIG TIME RUSH —Lynch and running back Cameron Stingily are among national leaders in combined rushing yards by two players from the same team. They've collected 1,658 yards on 271 carries and have a combined 14 touchdowns. Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon and James White lead with 1,684 yards.
HEISMAN HOPEFUL — Lynch showed up this week for the first time in a Heisman Trophy straw poll in the wake of his record-setting rushing performance against Central Michigan. He was a distant fifth, well behind leader Marcus Mariota of Oregon. The Northern Illinois senior set an NCAA mark for yards rushing by an FBS quarterback with 316 yards on 32 attempts.
BACK IN BCS — The Huskies went to the Orange Bowl last season and debuted at No. 18 in the last week's first BCS poll. They weren't so fortunate in 2003. "Ten years ago at this time on this every week, NIU was ranked No. 10 in the BCS," Carey said. "They ended up 10-2 and didn't go to a bowl game . That was a travesty, it was unbelievable."
ON A ROLL — Northern Illinois has won 23 straight games at Huskie Stadium, both school and Mid-American Conference records. The last loss came Sept. 26, 2009, a 34-31 setback to Idaho. Only nine fifth-year seniors remain from that team while 96 current players have never experienced a home loss. The Huskies also have 13 straight road wins, the second-longest current run behind Oregon's 18.
REED REMEMBERED — Eastern Michigan players and staff were expected to attend a Friday wake for slain junior wide receiver Demarius Reed, killed in a Oct. 18 shooting in Ypsilanti, Mich. Police have made no arrests and an investigation continues. Reed, a Chicago native and Simeon Academy graduate, would have made his second career home state appearance on Saturday.
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