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NIU leads Purdue 10-7 after 1st quarter

WEST LAFAYETTE – Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch has been all the Purdue staff said he was, and the Huskies lead Purdue 10-7 after a quarter at Ross-Ade Stadium.

Lynch, a 6-foot senior, is 10 for 11 passing and has also run for 14 yards on three attempts. While the mobile quarterback has been contained some by the Boilermakers, he got off a 15-yard touchdown throw to redshirt junior wide receiver Da'Ron Brown to put NIU in front in the first quarter.

The Huskies opened the scoring on their first drive with a 44-yard field goal from senior kicker Mathew Sims. But the Purdue offense, ranked No. 121 among Football Bowl Subdivision teams entering today, has shown life against the No. 115 NIU defense.

Fifth-year senior quarterback Rob Henry connected with junior running back Akeem Hunt, who made a couple nifty moves and broke two tackles for a 44-yard touchdown on a screen play. Hunt has 82 yards of total offense to himself, while Henry has run four times for 23 yards, showing Lynch isn't the only dual-treat option at The Furnace today.

NIU is driving in its own red zone as the second quarter begins.