12/06 22:45 CST Bowling Green tops No. 16 Northern Illinois 47-27
Bowling Green tops No. 16 Northern Illinois 47-27
By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT (AP) -- Matt Johnson threw four of his career-high five touchdown
passes in the first half and Bowling Green routed No. 16 Northern Illinois
47-27 on Friday night for the Mid-American Conference title, ending the
Huskies' shot at playing in a marquee bowl game.
The Northern Illinois (12-1) loss improves the chances of Baylor or Oregon
being an at-large team in a BCS bowl game.
Jordan Lynch ran for 126 yards and two TDs for the Huskies to break his own
single-season record for yards rushing by a quarterback in major college
football, but he didn't take advantage of an opportunity to impress Heisman
The Falcons (10-3) won a MAC title for the first time since 1992 - just months
after Johnson was born.
Lynch was 21 of 40 for 219 yards with a TD and two interceptions, including one
in the fourth quarter that set up Johnson's fifth TD that put Bowling Green up