Northern Illinois and Army met on Saturday in what turned out to be an extremely entertaining affair. Both teams would pile up the offense, combining for more than 1,000 yards of total offense. In the end, the high-scoring game was decided by a missed extra point in the second quarter.
Army came in with a very simple game plan. They run the triple option, and they run it a lot. They ran it very successfully on Saturday, dominating time of possession and running for 486 of their 494 total yards. Raymond Maples, Trent Steelman and Larry Dixon all rushed for more than 100 yards, with Maples leading the charge with 159.
Northern Illinois has a much more balanced offense, and like Army, they executed well on Saturday. Jordan Lynch had a heck of a game, throwing for 342 yards and four scores while also leading the Huskies' ground game with 125 yards and a touchdown. Martel Moore led Huskies receivers with 134 yards on seven catches and a pair of touchdowns. Tommylee Lewis chipped in with 79 yards on two receptions and a score.
Northern Illinois will host Kansas on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 2:30 p.m. CT. The game is scheduled to be shown on ESPN2.
For more on NIU football, visit Northern Illinois blog Red And Black Attack, plus MAC blog Hustle Belt.