Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE
Northern Illinois defeated Toledo to win the MAC West title and clinch a spot in the MAC championship game thanks to an impressive performance from quarterback Jordan Lynch.
The Northern Illinois Huskies clinched their third straight Mid-American Conference West title with a 31-24 win over the Toledo Rockets on Wednesday night. NIU was led to victory by quarterback Jordan Lynch, who put up impressive numbers. Lynch was 25-for-36 with 407 yards, three touchdowns and one interception; he also ran the ball 30 times for 162 yards.
The Huskies (10-1, 7-0) only loss this season came in the season opener to the Iowa Hawkeyes, who beat NIU 18-17. Northern Illinois currently holds the longest home winning streak in Division I, at 21 straight games. Toledo (8-3, 5-2) has now lost back-to-back games after cracking the top 25.
NIU is now ensured a spot in the MAC championship game against either Kent State or Bowling Green, depending who wins Saturday's matchup between the two schools. The MAC championship will be played on Nov. 30 in Detroit. The Huskies will close out the regular season against Eastern Michigan on Nov. 23.