DEKALB — All Jordan Lynch had left to accomplish was completing a pass to himself.
That didn’t happen but the Northern Illinois quarterback tied his career-high with four touchdown passes, while rushing for another and even catching a 17-yard touchdown pass in less than three quarters of work as the Huskies throttled Eastern Michigan 59-20 Saturday afternoon.
Lynch tallied 223 yards on 16 of 20 passing and picked up 99 rushing yards on 18 carries.
Maybe he didn’t top last week’s performance when he set an FBS quarterback record with 316 rushing yards against Central Michigan but Lynch continued to entertain and dominate for the Huskies (8-0, 4-0 Mid-American Conference).
No. 23 NIU won its 24th straight home game in front of 20,185 fans at Huskie Stadium.
Lynch’s efforts were necessary as lead tailback Cameron Stingily missed the game with an undisclosed injury and backup Keith Harris Jr. is lost for the season with an ankle injury.
Tommy Lee Lewis, technically a wide receiver, picked up any slack as well. He connected with Lynch on a pass in the end zone at the start of the second quarter for a 28-3 lead. Lewis was just as effective in other ways with 81 yards on four carries, including a 54-yard dash, and picking up 94 yards on seven receptions.
Freshman running back Joel Bouagnon, from Aurora Christian, made his college debut, gaining 14 yards on four carries and adding a 10-yard touchdown reception.
The Huskies outgained the Eagles 606-333 in total yards. Eastern Michigan (1-7, 0-4) switched quarterbacks, turning from Brogan Roback to Tyler Benz.
Eastern Michigan played just its second game since receiver Demarius Reed, a Chicago native, was shot and killed. The Huskies observed a moment of silence before the game and wore No. 2 stickers on their helmets.
The Eagles attended his wake in Chicago on Friday.
The Huskies welcomed back from injury linebacker Michael Santacaternia, kicker Mathew Sims and receiver/ punt returner Angelo Sebastiano.