Aggies hope to slow down Heisman finalist

LOGAN, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch set NCAA records this year and is a major concern for Utah State in next week's Poinsettia Bowl.
LOGAN, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - If Utah State is going to win its second straight bowl game for the first time in school history, the Aggies are going to have to somehow contain Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch.

"Nobody's matched up with him in two years," said head coach Matt Wells, whose team will face Northern Illinois in the Poinsettia Bowl December 26th. "That's the bottom line."

Lynch broke his own NCAA record this season for most rushing yards by a quarterback with 1,881, the second most by any player in the country this year. Lynch scored 21 rushing touchdowns, but he is far from being a one-dimensional quarterback. Lynch also threw for 2,676 yards, 23 touchdowns and just seven interceptions.

"Anytime you're looking at a man that's rushed for 1800 yards, you'd think he was one of the premiere running backs in the country," Wells said. "It just so happens he's also thrown for 2600 yards and over 60 percent completion percentage. He's a tremendous talent, he's been a great leader and he's a winner. He'll be a tremendous challenge for our defense."

However, Utah State's defense is the strength of the team. The Aggies are 7th in the country in points allowed, and they have faced dual-threat quarterbacks before.

"The biggest similarity I can see is Taysom Hill of BYU," said linebacker Zach Vigil. "He does a phenomenal job running the ball and throwing the ball. So there are similarities in that sense. So, we have seen somebody similar, but I don't know if he's the same exact player."

Led by Lynch, the Huskies won its first 12 games before losing to Bowling Green in the MAC Championship Game. Northern Illinois is 5th in the nation in total offense, averaging 536 yards per game.

"Their entire offense is very talented," said Vigil. "It's not just [Lynch]. It's going to be a great test for our team."

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