There have been more than 10,000 college football games played in history.
None of them featured what Northern Illinois senior quarterback Jordan Lynch did on Saturday against Central Michigan.
Lynch rushed for 316 yards; a Football Bowl Subdivision record for a quarterback. He averaged 9.9 yards per his 32 carries on the day.
The previous holder for the rushing record? Northern Illinois quarterback Stacey Robinson in 1990, when he rushed for 308 yards against Fresno State.
As a Heisman Trophy candidate in 2012 and leading Northern Illinois to the first-ever BCS bowl for a Mid-American Conference team last year, head coach Dan Enos knew trying to emulate Lynch in practice was difficult.
“We used (freshman quarterback) Darrien Boone,” Enos said. “He is very athletic and works it. We used Alex Niznak a little bit in situations, too. We had our offense go real fast and use two huddles against them. At the end of the day, Jordan Lynch is outstanding.”
At one point, Lynch lost his shoe dropping back, then took off for a 30 yard run wearing only one shoe.
Aside from his ability to run, Lynch also scored through the air. He passed for 155 yards and threw a nine-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to wide receiver Tommylee Lewis.
Last week, Lynch became the 10th quarterback in FBS history to rush for more than 3,000 yards and pass for more than 4,000 in a career.
To put this in perspective, former CMU quarterback Dan LeFevour was 52 yards shy of 3,000 rushing yards and his career-high rushing game came in 2007 when he ran for 170 yards in the MAC championship game.
While Lynch gained all the stats, Enos believes his team was out blocked on the line of scrimmage.
“Absolutely,” Enos said. “Him and the blocking, he is a great player. I’m not taking anything away from Jordan Lynch. You just don’t go and rush for 300 yards with no blocking; there are people getting blocked if he rushes for that many yards.”
Lynch agreed with Enos’ assessment of the blocking.
“The holes were so wide open; it was nothing I did,” Lynch said.