TOLEDO, Ohio — Jordan Lynch rushed for three touchdowns and 161 yards to lead No. 20 Northern Illinois over Toledo 35-17 on Wednesday night, securing a fourth consecutive trip to the Mid-American Conference title game.

TOLEDO, Ohio — Jordan Lynch rushed for three touchdowns and 161 yards to lead No. 20 Northern Illinois over Toledo 35-17 on Wednesday night, securing a fourth consecutive trip to the Mid-American Conference title game.

Lynch's third touchdown, a 1-yard dive into the end zone, capped a 99-yard drive that stretched the lead to 28-17. The Huskies started the fourth quarter backed up against their end zone, clinging to a four-point lead.

Lynch ran for 62 yards on seven carries during the drive, the big play coming when he scrambled out of the end zone to pick up a first down.

The Huskies (11-0, 7-0 MAC) extended their 24-game conference winning streak and are off to the best start in school history.

Lynch was 17 of 22 for 202 yards passing and ran for 161 yards on 28 carries. He is 23-2 as a starter. Juwan Brescacin had eight receptions for 121 yards.

Northern Illinois is still in the hunt for a second straight Bowl Championship Series appearance after playing in the Orange Bowl last season. The Huskies are 16th in this week's BCS rankings. They need to keep winning and move ahead of Fresno State in the standings.

Northern Illinois is the first MAC team to appear in four straight league championship games since Marshall did it six seasons in a row from 1997-2002. The Huskies have won the past two MAC titles.