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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 9:00 PM


Associated Press


DEKALB, Ill. — Jordan Lynch threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores to help No. 20 Northern Illinois beat Ball State 48-27 on Wednesday night.

Lynch threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Da'Ron Brown to break a tie with 5:49 left and the Huskies (10-0, 6-0 Mid-American Conference) ran the nation's longest active home winning streak to 25. They also have won 23 straight conference games.

Lynch added a 16-yard touchdown run with 1:26 to go and defensive end Joe Windsor scored on a 49-yard interception return with 46 seconds left.

Lynch was 26-of-32 for 345 yards and ran for 123 yards on 20 carries. Brown had 12 receptions for 209 yards, also catching a 58-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.

The victory preserved Northern Illinois' hopes for a second straight Bowl Championship Series appearance. They played in the Orange Bowl last season and are 15th in the BCS rankings.

Keith Wenning completed 35-of-49 pass for 324 yards for Ball State (9-2, 6-1). Willie Snead had 12 catches for 121 yards and a touchdown and Jahwan Edwards ran for 156 yards and a score.

The loss ended the Cardinals' 7-game winning streak and 11-game MAC run.

Last Updated on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 9:19 PM

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