Bowling Green 47, Northern Illinois 27
Bowling Green Postgame Notes
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Northern Illinois Postgame Notes
Northern Illinois Postgame Quotes
DETROIT, Mich. -- Bowling Green won its first Marathon MAC Football Championship since 1992 with a 47-20 win over No. 14 Northern Illinois from Ford Field. Bowling Green improved to 10-3 on the year and ended the Huskies undefeated season with a 12-1 overall record.
Falcons sophomore quarterback Matt Johnson was 21-of-27 passing for 393 yards and five touchdowns, which set a new Marathon MAC Football Championship Game record for touchdown passes in a single game.
Bowling Green opened the scoring on the opening drive of the game with a five-play, 75 yard drive capped by a 28-yard touchdown pass by quarterback Matt Johnson to tight end Tyler Beck for the early, 7-0 lead.
Northern Illinois responded with an 11-play, 73-yard drive as quarterback Jordan Lynch found receiver Juwan Brescacin for a one-handed grab in the back of the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown pass to tie the game, 7-7.
Bowling Green regained the lead as kicker Tyler Tate capped a five-play, 67-yard drive with a 26-yard field goal for the 10-7 lead.
The Falcons added to their lead as Johnson found a wide open Ronnie Moore for a 36-yard scoring strike to open a 17-7 lead with 2:32 left in the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, Northern Illinois cut the lead to seven as Mathew Sims nailed a 51-yard field goal with for the 17-10 deficit. The Huskies added another field goal by Sims, this one from 45-yards, for the 17-13 deficit with 11:22 left in the second quarter.
Bowling Green marched 88 yards down field in nine-plays as Johnson once again found an open receiver in the end zone, this time it was receiver Heath Jackson for a 22-yard scoring connection and a 24-13 Falcons lead with 5:39 left in the half.
Johnson threw his fourth touchdown pass of the half as he found tight end Alex Bayer for a 12-yard touchdown pass for a 31-13 lead with 13 seconds left in the first half.
The Huskies took the opening kickoff of the second half and marched 64 yards in seven plays as Lynch’s eight-yard touchdown run cut the Falcons lead, 31-20.
Bowling Green's Tyler Tate nailed a 52-yard field goal with 14:44 left in the fourth quarter to open a 34-20 lead. The 52-yard field goal by Tate tied a MAC Championship Game career long field goal.
Following an interception thrown by Lynch, the Falcons turned the pick into another touchdown as Johnson's shovel pass to Travis Greene extended the Bowling Green lead to 40-20 with 10:17 left in the fourth quarter.
Late in the fourth quarter, Bowling Green added a 16-yard touchdown run by Greene for the 47-20 lead with 2:44 left in regulation.
Northern Illinois added a two yard touchdown run by Lynch with 14 seconds left for the the 47-27 final.