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Lynch throws 2 TD passes, runs for 2 scores to help No. 20 N. Illinois beat Ball St. 48-27

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    Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, left, runs over Ball State safety Dae'Shaun Hurley for a 16-yard touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, in DeKalb, Ill. Northern Illinois won 48-27. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes) (The Associated Press)

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    Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Ball State on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, in DeKalb, Ill. Northern Illinois won 48-27. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes) (The Associated Press)

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    Northern Illinois wide receiver Da'Ron Brown (4) celebrates with Juwan Brescacin (11) after a touchdown reception against Ball State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, in DeKalb, Ill. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes) (The Associated Press)

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    Ball State wide receiver Jordan Williams (8) makes a catch in front of Northern Illinois cornerback Marlon Moore (21) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, in DeKalb, Ill. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes) (The Associated Press)

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    Ball State coach Pete Lembo runs out onto the field during the first half of his team's NCAA college football game against Northern Illinois on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, in DeKalb, Ill. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes) (The Associated Press)

Jordan Lynch threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores to help No. 20 Northern Illinois beat Ball State 48-27 on Wednesday night.

Lynch threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Da'Ron Brown to break a tie with 5:49 left, and the Huskies (10-0, 6-0 Mid-American Conference) ran the nation's longest active home winning streak to 25. They also have won 23 straight conference games.

Lynch added a 16-yard touchdown run with 1:26 to go, and defensive end Joe Windsor scored on a 49-yard interception return with 46 seconds left.

Lynch was 26 of 32 for 345 yards and ran for 123 yards on 20 carries. Brown had 12 receptions for 209 yards, also catching a 58-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.

The victory preserved Northern Illinois' hopes for a second straight Bowl Championship Series appearance. They played in the Orange Bowl last season and are 15th in the BCS rankings.

Keith Wenning completed 35 of 49 pass for 324 yards for Ball State (9-2, 6-1). Willie Snead had 12 catches for 121 yards and a touchdown, and Jahwan Edwards ran for 156 yards and a score.

The loss ended the Cardinals' seven-game winning streak and 11-game MAC run.