In front of a national TV audience (well, ESPN2 so we use that term loosely) Lynch was his typical self throwing for two touchdowns and running for a pair as well.
"If Jordan isn’t in the conversation for the Heisman I don’t know what people are watching, they were obviously asleep." Northern Illinois head coach Rod Carey said.
Other quarterbacks, Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M, Jameis Winston from Florida State, Marcus Mariota from Oregon and now Bryce Petty from Baylor have been declared the front runners by those in the media who declare such things.
Lynch has been somewhat of an afterthought.
"In my estimation that trophy goes to the best player in the nation." Carey said. "With the performance he had tonight ( 131 yards rushing 2 TD's, 354 yards passing, 2 TD's) , we had a lot of good plays out there from everybody, but from the performance he had tonight he dang sure should be in that conversation.”
Rod Carey has a valid argument went you see that Lynch is right up there with the Heisman front runners.
Total Offense Leaders:
- Garrett Gilbert - SMU 409.4 YPG
- Johnny Maziel - Texas A&M 392.4 YPG
- Derek Carr - Fresno State 388.8 YPG
- Sean Mannion - Oregon State 374 YPG
- Jordan Lynch - Northern Illinois 348.9 YPG
- Bryce Petty - Baylor 346.9 YPG
Lynch's issue is obvious. He plays in Dekalb, Illinois and NIU's conference, the MAC, gets very little attention on a national scale.
Even when Jordan Lynch performs in front of a national TV audience its a Wednesday night.
"He’s fast." Ball State head coach Pete Lembo said. "He’s built like a linebacker, but he’s got tailback speed. He’s got a lot of savvy. I’m looking forward to him getting his degree and moving on."
Northern Illinois has games at Toledo (on a Wednesday night) then hosting Western Michigan to close the regular season before playing in the MAC Championship Game.
At least invite Lynch to New York City in December, the kid deserves it.