Sep 01, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Northern Illinois Huskies quarterback Jordan Lynch (6) rushes the ball against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE
Northern Illinois looks to control the Kansas running game as the team's play Saturday.
Northern Illinois looks to win its third straight game and avenge a close loss to Kansas last season when they play the Jayhawks at 2:30 p.m. CT on ESPN3.
Last season, Kansas scored a touchdown with just :12 seconds remaining to beat Northern Illinois 45-42. The Jayhawks come into this year's game as losers of two straight, being defeated by both TCU and Rice. Kansas opened the season with a win over South Dakota State.
Northern Illinois opened its season with a 1-point loss to Iowa in a game the Huskies led most of the way and has since won its last two games, beating Tennessee-Martin and Army.
On the offensive side of the ball, Kansas relies on its running game. Tony Pierson and Taylor Cox have combined for 526 rushing yards this season. The Northern Illinois defense gave up 486 yards rushing in last week's 41-40 win over Iowa.