MAC Championship Quarter-By-Quarter Report

Published: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 12:56 a.m.CDT
Caption
Monica Maschak - mmaschak@shawmedia.com Wide receiver Matt Williams faces a tackle after catching a pass in the second quarter of the MAC Championship game against Bowling Green at Ford Field on Friday, December 6, 2013. The Huskies are down, 31-13, at the half.

FIRST QUARTER

Key stat: Bowling Green scored on all three of its first-quarter possessions while running just 14 plays. The Falcons racked up 223 total yards in the quarter.

Key play: After Northern Illinois had tied the game, 7-7, Bowling Green quarterback Matt Johnson found wide receiver Ronnie Moore down the left sideline with room to run. Defensive back Paris Logan swooped in to bring him down, but not before Moore had gained 61 yards to set up a Falcon field goal.

Analysis: The NIU secondary looked lost early on. Bowling Green receivers found themselves wide open multiple times, allowing Johnson to go 6-for-7 for 181 yards through the air.

SECOND QUARTER

Key stat: NIU gave up 31 points in the first half, the most it had allowed all year. The 18-point halftime deficit was also the largest of the season.

Key play: Moments after dropping a near interception, Bowling Green succeeded in picking off Huskie quarterback Jordan Lynch. His pass was tipped into the air by Brian Sutton and reeled in by Ted Ouellet at midfield. The Falcons would turn that interception into a touchdown right before halftime.

Analysis: Bowling Green completely bottled up Lynch and kept him from being productive in the rushing attack. While Lynch struggled, the NIU offense stalled, forcing the Huskies to settle for two long field goals.

THIRD QUARTER

Key stat: Lynch added 50 rushing yards in the quarter to bring his total to 85. The most important run was his 8-yard touchdown scamper.

Key play: With a chance to cut the NIU deficit to eight, Mathew Sims missed a 44-yard field goal. The miss was his second of the game, and the Falcons proceeded to eat up clock after they got the ball back, scoring a field goal to start the fourth quarter.

Analysis: The opening drive of the quarter was huge, as the Huskies stuck mainly with the ground game to cut seven points off the deficit. They weren't able to do much more, however, as Bowling Green possessed the ball very well.

FOURTH QUARTER

Key stat: Bowling Green's 47 points in the game is the most given up by the Huskies all season, and the 20-point final deficit they faced in the quarter matched the largest all year.

Key play: Down 34-20, Lynch tried to throw a bomb into double coverage to wide receiver Tommylee Lewis, and it was picked off by Aaron Foster. Foster took it back 37 yards to the NIU 20-yard line and set up the Bowling Green touchdown that put the game away for good.

Analysis: A rough day for the NIU defense fittingly ended with a 16-yard Travis Greene touchdown run on fourth down. Whether it was through the air or on the ground, the Huskies couldn't do enough to give their high-powered offense a chance to win.

– Luke Srodulski, sports@daily-chronicle.com

Get breaking and town-specific news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from the Daily Chronicle.

Watch Now

Player embeded on all DDC instances for analytics purposes.

Pet of the Week: Sally

More videos

Reader Poll

What type of local music performance did you last attend?
Jazz
Symphony
Rock
Country
I don't do concerts