(DEKALB, Ill.) — Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch may have officially thrown his name into the Heisman Trophy discussion after leading Northern Illinois to a 33-14 win over Western Michigan.
Lynch continued his remarkable season Tuesday night, as he threw for just 39 yards but did the real damage with his legs. Lynch had 321 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries.
In route to Northern Illinois’ first unbeaten regular season in 50 years, Lynch became just the fifth quarterback in FBS history with 20 passing touchdowns and 20 rushing touchdowns in a single season.
Three out of the previous four players to accomplish the feat won the Heisman.
“Jordan Lynch is the best player in college football, and that’s no disrespect to anyone else,” Northern Illinois assistant coach P.J. Fleck said. “The reason is he makes every single guy around him better. He is what Northern Illinois is about. …And with all the pressure, he continues to perform.”
There have been five instances this season where a player has run for 300 yards or more. Lynch has two of them.
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Jill Martin, CNN