-- Northern Illinois University pulled away in the second
half with 24 straight points to take a 51-17 win over Bowling
Green State University in the 2014 Marathon Mid-American Conference
Championship game. NIU was playing in its fifth straight MAC championship
game at Ford Filed.
This year’s MAC title tilt was a rematch of last season’s
championship game, when BGSU bested 14th ranked NIU, 47-27.
the game, NIU Head Coach Rod Carey said, “This was our best
game at the right time. These kids set out what they wanted to
do back in January and it’s because of their hard work that
we’re here. You don’t get here without hard work.”
statistics for NIU were 552 total yards while converting 10 of
19 third down attempts for first
downs. They also forced four turnovers by BGSU. The Falcons didn’t
have the dominant defense that last season’s squad demonstrated.
still a game at halftime with NIU up, 20-10. NIU started to pad
its lead with the steady play of sophomore quarterback Drew Hare.
Hare ended up passing for 218 yards on 29-49, with two TD’s
and one interception. He also rushed for 65 yards on 12 carries.
He was sacked twice.
ran for 334 yards on 51 carries with four rushing scores. Senior
running back Cameron Stingily added 116 rushing yards for NIU
on 15 attempts and two TD’s. He had a long of 43 yards.
Another senior, Akeem Daniels, gained 77 yards on 12 carries.
has six teams Bowl eligible: Northern Illinois (11-2), Bowling
Green (7-6), Toledo (8-4), Western Michigan (8-4), Central Michigan
(7-5), and Ohio (8-6). The Bowl pairings will be announced Sunday
evening on television.
awards included P.J. Fleck of Western Michigan as being named
Coach of the Year. Western Michigan running back Jarvion Franklin
was named both MAC Freshman of the Year and also MAC Offensive
Player of the Year. Franklin set the MAC single-season rushing
record with 1,525-yards and scored 24-rushing touchdowns. Miami
senior defensive back Quinten Rollins was named the MAC Defensive
Player of the Year.Ball
State kicker Scott Secor was named the Special teams Player of
the Year and Toledo’s offensive lineman Greg Mancz was awarded
the Vern Smith Leadership Award Winner.
Conference also announced a four-year contract extension to continue
playing its championship football game at Ford Field. The MAC
will host its Marathon MAC Football Championship Game in Detroit
through the 2019 football season. It is a neutral site for all
the conference teams.
are pleased to extend our relationship with Ford Field for another
four years,” said MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher. Ford
Field and the city of Detroit have been outstanding partners in
hosting our football championship game. The facility is among
the best in the country and provides our student-athletes and
fans with a premiere championship experience.”
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