Bowling Green 47, Northern Illinois 27
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[December 07, 2013]
DETROIT Bowling Green 47, No. 18 Northern
Illinois 27: Matt Johnson set career highs with 393 yards passing and
five touchdowns as the Falcons stopped the Huskies' 25-game conference
winning streak in the MAC title game at Ford Field in Detroit.
Freshman Ronnie Moore amassed 145 receiving yards and a touchdown
while Alex Bayer collected a career-high 124 yards through the air
and another score for Bowling Green (10-3), which claimed its first
conference crown since 1992. Travis Greene rushed for 133 yards and
added two late touchdowns for the Falcons.
Jordan Lynch accounted for 345 total yards (219 passing, 126
rushing) and three touchdowns, but threw two costly interceptions
for Northern Illinois (12-1). The Huskies fell short in their bid to
become the second MAC team to win three straight conference
The Falcons jumped out to a 17-7 advantage at the end of the opening
quarter behind two touchdown passes from Johnson. The Huskies closed
the gap with two long field goals, but Johnson countered with
another touchdown pass and followed a late interception by Lynch
with his fourth TD of the first half on a 12-yard strike to Bayer
with 13 seconds left.
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Lynch capped a 64-yard drive to open the second half to bring
Northern Illinois within 31-20, but Tyler Tate nailed a
career-long 52-yard field goal at the start of the fourth
quarter. Lynch was intercepted by Aaron Foster on the following
possession and Johnson capped off his stellar effort with a
6-yard toss to Greene.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Greene set a school record for rushing yards in a
single season with 1,555, breaking Fred Durig's 62-year-old
Lynch needs 92 more yards to surpass Denard Robinson
(4,495) for the most rushing yards by a quarterback in NCAA
Bowling Green has outscored its opponents 223-44
during its five-game winning streak.
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