After rushing for 207 yards and passing for 195 in leading Northern Illinois to a 35-23 comeback victory Saturday over Ball State, Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch (Chicago/Mt. Carmel HS) earned multiple honors Monday, including his third Mid-American Conference West Division Offensive Player of the Week Award.
In addition to the MAC honor, Lynch was named one of eight “Stars of the Week” by the Manning Award and is one of six quarterbacks named an honorable mention choice for the Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week.
His career-best 207-yard rushing day at Ball State included touchdown runs of 12, 29 and 71 yards. He completed 16-of-23 passes, including the 54-yard game-winning touchdown pass to Akeem Daniels with 4:58 to play. His 71-yard run on a quarterback draw came with NIU clinging to a 28-23 lead on third-and-seven from the NIU 29 and clinched the win.
Lynch leads Northern Illinois, ranks second in the MAC and is eighth nationally with 131.5 rushing yards per game. He is the second-leading rusher in the nation among quarterbacks, and ranks seventh in the country, and first in the MAC, in total offense with an average of 340.67 yards per game.
He has scored nine rushing touchdowns and thrown nine touchdown passes on the season. Lynch has run for 100 yards or more in four straight games and in five of the Huskies’ six games this season.
As one of the Manning Award “Stars of the Week,” Lynch is now eligible for the Manning Award Player of the Week, as selected in fan voting on the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page. To vote for Lynch as the Manning Award Player of the Week, like the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Facebook and register your vote for the Huskie signal-caller here.
The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in 2004 in honor of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning and is unique in that it includes the candidates’ bowl performances in its balloting.
The Davey O’Brien Award also conducts fan voting as part of its Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s best college quarterback.
As part of its process, fans can cast their vote for the nation’s best college quarterback daily at www.VoteOBrien.org. The fan vote counts as 5 percent during each round of the voting process.