Northern Illinois loses 47-27 to Bowling Green

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 7, 2013 at 12:17 am •  Published: December 7, 2013

DETROIT (AP) — Jordan Lynch and No. 16 Northern Illinois failed to take advantage of opportunity to impress Heisman Trophy voters and earn a BCS bowl game bid.

Matt Johnson threw four of his career-high five touchdown passes in the first half and Bowling Green routed the Huskies 47-27 on Friday night for the Mid-American Conference title, ending their shot at playing in a marquee bowl game.

"We came out kind of flat," Lynch acknowledged.

The Northern Illinois (12-1) loss improves the chances of Baylor or Oregon being an at-large team in a BCS bowl game.

"This game doesn't define us — we're not going to let it," Huskies coach Rod Carey said. "We've got another game, we don't know where yet. We still have a lot to play for."

Instead of going back to a BCS game and helping the MAC get a big check to split among its schools, Northern Illinois might end up coming back to Detroit in a few weeks for the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.

"We never talked about the BCS," Lynch insisted.

Lynch ran for 126 yards and two TDs to break his own single-season record for yards rushing by a quarterback in major college football. When the outcome was still in doubt in the third quarter, Lynch surpassed his yards rushing total from last season — 1,815 — and will have 1,881 yards rushing going into a lackluster bowl game.

He 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 40-20.

After Lynch threw an incomplete pass to turn the ball over on downs on the ensuing drive, he was taunted by Falcons fans: "No more Heisman! No more Heisman!"

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