Northern Illinois got national attention with its offense, then topped Akron last weekend with a lot of help from its defense. The 23rd-ranked Huskies (6-0, 2-0 Mid-American) hope to tip the balance back where it started when they travel to Central Michigan on Saturday.
Northern Illinois converted just one of its 15 third-down attempts, but got a blocked extra-point and interception, as well as a late fourth-down stand to keep itself perfect.
''We certainly didn't play our best, but that had more to do with how Akron played,'' coach Rod Carey said. ''They did a good job on all the little things and we didn't.
''We didn't counter that with our own fundamentals.''
The Huskies are the MAC's most explosive offensive team. Jordan Lynch, who last season became the first quarterback in FBS history with more than 1,500 yards rushing and 3,000 yards passing, has 616 and 1,333 and 17 touchdowns at the halfway point.
Last week's performance made him the 10th quarterback in FBS history to ...