User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Lynch leads NIU into Poinsettia Bowl

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Jordan Lynch will make a run at history Thursday night when he suits up for the final time for No. 24 Northern Illinois in the Poinsettia Bowl against Utah State.

Advertisement
Lynch already owns the major college record for yards rushing for a quarterback with 1,881. With 119 yards, he can become the first player to rush for 2,000 yards and throw for 2,000.

''I'm just really proud of him and wish I had him for about 10 more years but we don't,'' NIU coach Rod Carey said. ''This is the last game we get him. That's the biggest thing with him.''

Lynch has passed for 2,676 yards and 23 touchdowns. He's rushed for 22 scores and even caught a touchdown pass in leading the Huskies to a 12-1 record.

''Listen, we ask him to do a lot, and it's not because that's our system. It's because he can,'' Carey said. ''Those are the things that amaze you. He makes the complicated things and the hard things skillwise look easy. That's what amazes you every day. You tell him one time one play and then it's done. It's locked in a vault. That's what is amazing to me.''

That's why Lynch was named to The Associated Press All-America team as an all-purpose player.

Utah State coach Matt Wells knows Lynch has quite the supporting cast in fellow 1,000-yard rusher Cameron Stingily and wide receivers Tommylee Lewis and Da'Ron Brown.

''Jordan Lynch is fun to watch - it's not fun to watch because you understand you're going to have to defend him, but from a quarterback perspective, I've got a lot of respect for him,'' said Wells, who played quarterback at Utah State in the mid-1990s.

''The guy is an 1,800-yard running back, and by the way he's over 60-percent completion and 3-to-1 touchdown-interception ratio. It's amazing, and that's back-to-back years. As you study him and the things that he's done since he's become a starter, he's a flat-out winner,'' Wells said.

''I said to Rod last Wednesday when we were talking, you know, it's almost like it's a once-in-a-lifetime young man to coach because I know he's the face of that program and everything that he's meant to that staff and that program and that city, that university.''

Here are five things to look for when Northern Illinois plays Utah State (8-5):

LYNCH PIN: Lynch accounts for 65 percent of the NIU offense with 1,881 yards rushing, 2,676 passing and 43 touchdowns. He's 24-3 as the starter in two seasons. His eight 100-yard rushing games include two of more than 300 yards.

CONSOLATION PRIZE: The teams are coming off losses in conference championship games. NIU, the Mid-American Conference West Division champion, was routed 47-27 by Bowling Green in the conference title game. Utah State, which edged Boise State for the Mountain West Mountain Division title, lost 24-17 to Fresno State in the league championship game.

SKILL GUYS: Lynch isn't a one-man band. Cameron Stingily has 1,081 yards rushing, giving NIU its first 1,000-yard rushing tandem. Three wide receivers have at least 30 catches each: Tommylee Lewis has 80 catches for 660 yards and three touchdowns, Da'Ron Brown has 42 catches for 689 yards and nine scores and Juwan Brescacin has 30 catches for 469 yards and five TDs.

LINEBACKERS: Jake Doughty and Zach Vigil lead an Aggies defense that has intercepted 16 passes in its last nine games and scored three touchdowns in 2013. Doughty has 140 tackles, two sacks, an interception, one fumble recovery - which he returned 86 yards for a TD against Fresno State - and one forced fumble. Vigil has 115 tackles, two sacks, one interception, two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.

BOWLING: NIU is playing in its sixth straight bowl game and second Poinsettia Bowl. It lost 37-7 to TCU in 2006 Poinsettia Bowl. Utah State is playing in its school-record third straight bowl game. The Aggies are facing a MAC team in a bowl for the third straight year and the fourth time overall. They beat Toledo in last year's Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, lost to Ohio in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl and beat Ball State in the 1993 Las Vegas Bowl.

---

Follow Bernie Wilson on Twitter at http://twitter.com/berniewilson

Copyright 2016 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
Nelson: 4th Quarter Covers - Week 14
Dobish: Betting Recap - Week 14
Alabama meets UW in Peach Bowl
Clemson to face Ohio State in Fiesta
WMU-Wisconsin set for Cotton Bowl
USC, PSU face off in 103rd Rose Bowl
Oklahoma, Auburn to meet in Sugar
Michigan plays in Orange vs. FSU
Cincinnati coach Tuberville resigns
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NCAAFB College Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NCAA FB Hot Streaks
5-2 Run, 10-5 G-Plays, +1,885 TY
11-5 L16, 34-12 Streak, +1,841 TY
3-0 Saturday, 7-1 L8, 12-3 L15
8-1 Win Streak, 14-5 L19 Totals
4-1 Picks, 13-3 G-Plays, +1,653 TY
18-6 L5 Saturdays, 59% +1,543 TY
14-3 Last 17 G-Play Streak
+2,757 NCAA FB Over/Unders TY
7-3 L10 Picks, 13-4 L17 G-Plays
39-14 L5 Saturdays, 48-24 Streak
19-9 L4 Saturdays, 30-16 L46 Run
8-4 Sat., 19-7 GPlays, +2,353 Totals
28-14 L6 Saturdays, 31-15 Streak
14-6 CFB Record L20 Picks
9-4 L13 CFB Guarantees
4-0 Saturday, 7-1 L8, +1,036 TY
4-2 Saturday, 11-4 G-Plays TY
3-0 Week 14 Record
4-1 L5 Guaranteed Plays
11-4 L15 G-Plays, 17-9 L26 Picks
NCAA FB College Football Expert Sports Picks
2016 CFB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Pat Hawkins + 1885
Joe Williams + 1841
Kyle Hunter + 1653
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 480
James Manos + 445
Stephen Nover + 300
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Scott Rickenbach 59 %
Pat Hawkins 58 %
Kyle Hunter 58 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 984
Marc Lawrence + 917
Kyle Hunter + 740
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
NeiltheGreek + 2757
Micah Roberts + 2353
Kyle Hunter + 2001
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Pat Hawkins + 605
Vince Akins + 605
Scott Rickenbach + 557
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership