Scores

Final

Bowling Green 24

(9-3, 7-1 MAC)

Buffalo 7

(8-4, 6-2 MAC)

Coverage: ESPNU

1:30 PM ET, November 29, 2013

UB Stadium, Buffalo, NY

1 2 3 4 T
BGSU 3 0 14 724
BUFF 0 7 0 07

Top Performers

Passing: M. Johnson (BGSU) - 230 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: T. Greene (BGSU) - 30 CAR, 129 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: S. Joplin (BGSU) - 6 REC, 149 YDS, 1 TD

Bowling Green beats Buffalo to claim MAC East

Associated Press
Bowling Green vs Buffalo Highlight
Matt Johnson pass complete to Shaun Joplin for 23 yards for a TOUCHDOWN.
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Bowling Green will meet No. 18 Northern Illinois in the Mid-American Conference championship game after securing the MAC East division title Friday with a 24-7 win over Buffalo at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Travis Greene rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown, Matt Johnson threw for one touchdown and passed for another, and the Falcons' defense held Buffalo to season lows in points and yards (236).

Bowling Green (9-3, 7-1 MAC) managed just seven first downs on its first seven possessions, but scored touchdowns on consecutive drives in the third quarter to take control of the game.

Shaun Joplin caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Johnson to put Bowling Green in front 10-7 early in the third quarter, and Green's 14-yard touchdown run capped a 93-yard drive and extended the Falcons' lead to 17-7 with 2:05 left in the quarter.

Johnson scored on a seven-yard run after completing a 62-yard pass to Joplin (six receptions, 149 yards) to set the final score with 8:18 left in the game.

Branden Oliver's 2-yard touchdown run put Buffalo (8-4, 6-2 MAC) in front 7-3 midway through the second quarter. The Bowling Green defense had not allowed a touchdown in its previous 12 quarters.

Bowling Green took an early lead on Tyler Tate's 40-yard field goal with five minutes left in the first quarter.

Game notes


Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack tied Jason Babin's FBS career of 75 tackles for loss with 2 1/2 against the Falcons. . Bowling Green last won a division title in 2003 when it was a member of the MAC West. . The Falcons have outscored opponents 128-14 in third quarters this season. . This was the first college football game played at Ralph Wilson Stadium since Oct. 27, 1979, when Syracuse hosted Miami while the Carrier Dome was being built.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BGSU
BUFF
1st Downs1615
Total Yards490236
Passing230221
Rushing26015
Penalties6-433-25
3rd Down Conversions6-175-17
4th Down Conversions1-31-3
Turnovers22
Possession34:3125:29

Passing Leaders

Bowling GreenC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Johnson11/262308.811
BuffaloC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Licata21/452214.901

Rushing Leaders

Bowling GreenCARYDSAVGTDLG
Greene301294.3133
Johnson10727.2156
BuffaloCARYDSAVGTDLG
Oliver18462.619
Team1-1-1.000

Receiving Leaders

Bowling GreenRECYDSAVGTDLG
Joplin614924.8162
Bayer14848.0048
BuffaloRECYDSAVGTDLG
Neutz66611.0015
Lee55010.0016

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBGSUBUFF
FG04:52Tyler Tate 40 Yd 30
SECOND QUARTERBGSUBUFF
TD07:13Branden Oliver 2 Yd Run (Patrick Clarke Kick) 37
THIRD QUARTERBGSUBUFF
TD08:07Shaun Joplin 23 Yd Pass From Matt Johnson (Tyler Tate Kick) 107
TD02:05Travis Greene 14 Yd Run (Tyler Tate Kick) 177
FOURTH QUARTERBGSUBUFF
TD08:18Matt Johnson 7 Yd Run (Tyler Tate Kick) 247