Posted September 22, 2013 on AP on Fox
Jordan Lynch accounted for 424 yards of offense in the air and on the ground as Northern Illinois overcame six touchdown passes by Jimmy Garoppolo to pull out a 43-39 victory on Saturday night. Garoppolo, with 450 yards on 34-of-49 passing, tied Tony Romo's school career record of 85 TD throws. Garoppolo's pass to Erik Lora, who had 198 yards receiving, put the Panthers ahead 39-36 with 9:53 remaining. NIU's Keith Harris Jr., who scored twice, rushed 8 yards for a 43-39 lead with 8:25 left. The NIU defense then stiffened and the Huskies ran out the final 5:01. The Panthers (3-1) had a 20-0 first-quarter lead on three Garoppolo TD passes. The Huskies rallied, taking the lead at 23-20 just before halftime. Cameron Stingily rushed for a career-high 134 yards and two touchdowns for NIU (3-0), which won its 22nd straight home game, best in the nation.
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