To get to their second straight BCS Bowl, all Jordan Lynch and the Northern Illinois Huskies had to do was defeat the Bowling Green Falcons and take home the MAC Championship once again. A win might also secure Lynch a trip to New York for the Heisman Trophy presentation next weekend.
One of those definitely won’t happen, while the other is in very serious jeopardy after Bowling Green routed Lynch and the Huskies in the MAC title game in Detroit on Friday night, 47-27.
It was a breakout night for BGSU quarterback Matt Johnson on the biggest MAC stage of the year as he torched the NIU defense for 393 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions on 21-of-27 passing.
In what might be an even better statistic, five different players caught those scoring tosses on the night, and two receivers finished over the century mark in yardage. Ronnie Moore finished up with 145 yards on four catches, while Alex Bayer totaled 124 on seven.
To complete the offensive onslaught, Falcons running back Travis Greene finished the night with 133 yards on 26 carries, and also added a score of his own.
With the loss, that second trip to the BCS will not be happening for this group, and Lynch’s status for the Heisman ceremony is in serious trouble now.
Lynch was his usual self on the ground tonight with 126 yards on the ground with two touchdowns.
But, his passing is what put his team against the wall. The senior threw two interceptions and just one touchdown on 21-of-40 passing. He probably needed a complete night running and passing on the national stage, and unfortunately he didn’t come through.