DEKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois sophomore tailback Joel Bouagnon ran for four touchdowns while the Huskie defense held visiting Presbyterian to just 127 net yards on the way to a 55-3 season-opening non-conference victory Thursday night.

The victory extended Northern Illinois' home winning streak to 27 games, the longest active run in the nation.

The Huskies (1-0) piled up 635 yards total offense and 26 first downs as tailback Akeem Daniels rushed 15 times for a game-high 118 yards.

Northern Illinois built a 34-0 halftime lead and vaulted ahead with three more touchdowns in the third quarter, including Bouagnon's fourth of the night on a 1-yard run with 11:31 left in the third quarter.

Presbyterian, which dropped a season opener for the seventh time in eight seasons, avoided a shutout with Brandon Morrow's 31-yard field goal with six seconds left in the third quarter.

It was Northern Illinois' first game without 2013 Heisman Trophy finalist quarterback Jordan Lynch.

Three quarterbacks -- redshirt junior Matt McIntosh, redshirt sophomore Drew Hare and Western Michigan transfer Anthony Maddie -- shared equal billing on the pregame depth chart and each played several series.

Northern Illinois (1-0) has won 25 of its last 27 games and owns a 47-10 record since 2010. Presbyterian fell in its opener for the second straight year and seventh time in eight seasons.

Northern Illinois scored on its first three possessions as Huskies quarterback Matt McIntosh threw a 39-yard touchdown strike to Da'Ron Brown, kicker Tyler Wedel added a 32-yard field goal and Bouagnon scored his first career touchdown on a 1-yard run with 1:12 left as Northern Illinois led 17-0 after one quarter.

Bouagnon found the end zone again early in the second quarter on a 23-yard untouched run up the middle as the Huskies made it 24-0.

Bouagnon's third touchdown run capped a 13-play drive and opened a 31-0 Huskies lead late in the first half as rain began to fall onto the Huskie Stadium turf.

Wedel added a 26-yard field goal in the waning seconds to make it 34-0.

Blue Hose slotback Jeremiah McKie's 61 yards on four first-half returns helped him top 2,000 all-purpose yards for his career but there were few positive landmarks achieved by Presbyterian.

NOTES: Presbyterian has the fewest students of any NCAA Division I program (1,300), but the Blue Hose aren't afraid to play above their weight class. In addition to Northern Illinois, they travel to NC State and Ole Miss for nonconference games this season. ... The late field goal helped Presbyterian avoid a shutout, which has happened only once in their last 83 games, a 58-0 loss at Vanderbilt in 2012. ... Presbyterian opens its home season next Saturday against Bluefield in its first home night game in 24 years. Northern Illinois travels to Northwestern for the first meeting with the Wildcats since 2005. ... The Huskies have games scheduled every day of the week but Sunday and Monday this season.