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Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Saturday, 07 December 2013 08:20
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Bowling Green football coach Dave Clawson waves in excitement while celebrating with Jerry "BooBoo" Gates (24) in the final seconds of a MAC Football Championship game against Northern Illinois at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
DETROIT — Friday’s 47-27 victory over Northern Illinois in the Mid-American Conference championship game culminated a long journey for Bowling Green head coach Dave Clawson, who is in his fifth year with the program, and his first two recruiting classes, which provided the heart and soul of the championship team.
In 2010, the Falcons were 2-10.  PHOTO GALLERY
Now, Bowling Green is 10-3 with a MAC championship trophy for the trophy case, rings for the players and staff, and a bowl game invitation coming in the near future.
“There is nothing better than you can ask for. We talked about it all week, from where my class has come from starting with a 2-10 record and gradually got better and it all came together,’’ fifth-year senior tight end Alex Bayer said. ‘‘Guys have been stepping up all year, it is not over yet, but there is no better feeling.”
For Clawson, he cited building a program the right way has led to BG’s success. The Falcons are 18-8 overall the last two seasons.
“We have good players ...These are a lot of the same players, that three years ago, we were 2 and 10 and they were calling them the ‘swiss cheese 11’.
‘‘Sometimes, it takes time to build a program. It takes getting the right team on board and the right coaches,’’ he continued. ‘‘And even a couple years ago, we saw what some of these young players could be, and the credit goes to them that they kept working, they kept doing the things necessary to become better football players.
‘‘I’m proud of these guys in every respect. Our GPA has never been higher; our APR score is a new record ... They’ve done what we’ve asked them to do. They’ve bought in and we’ve always believed they’d do that, this would be the result.
‘‘So again, you guys (media members) are all shocked. We thought we were going to win. We really did. We would have been absolutely crushed if we didn’t win this game. We came into this game truly believing that we were the better team, and that we were going to win.”

BGSU 47, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 27
BGSU    17    14    0    16    —    47
N. Illinois    7    6    7    7    —    27
First Quarter
BG—Beck 28 pass from Johnson (Tate kick), 12:27. Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards, 2:33.
NIU—Brescacin 14 pass from Lynch (Sims kick), 9:08. Drive: 11 plays, 73 yards, 3:14.
BG—FG Tate 26, 6:49. Drive: 5 plays, 67 yards, 3:14.
BG—Moore 36 pass from Johnson (Tate kick), 2:32. 5 plays, 76 yards, 2:35.
Second Quarter
NIU—FG Sims 51, 14:51. Drive: 9 plays, 48 yards, 2:34.
NIU—FG Sims 45, 11:22. Drive, 6 plays, 37 yards, 1:45.
BG—H.Jackson 22 pass from Johnson (Tate kick), 5:39. Drive: 9 plays, 88 yards, 5:34.
BG—Bayer 12 pass from Johnson (Tate kick), 0:13. Drive: 8 plays, 51 yards, 0:52.
Third Quarter
NIU—Lynch 8 run (Sims kick), 12:23. Drive: 7 plays, 64 yards, 2:29.
Fourth Quarter
BG—FG Tate 52, 14:50. Drive: 10 plays, 39 yards, 5:32.
BG—Tra.Greene 6 pass from Johnson (kick blocked), 10:17. Drive: 4 plays, 20 yards, 2:41.
BG—Tra.Greene 16 run (Tate kick), 2:44. Drive: 10 plays, 50 yards, 5:22.
NIU—Lynch 2 run (Sims kick), 0:14. Drive: 11 plays, 79 yards, 2:26.
A—21,106.
BG    NIU
First downs    27    29
Rushing    10    13
Passing    17    15
Penalty    0    1
Rushes-yards    40-181    42-235
Passing    393    219
Comp-Att-Int    21-27-0    21-40-2
Avg. gain per play    8.6    5.5
Sacks-yards lost    1-6    2-17
Punts-Avg.    1-48.0    1-42.0
Punt returns    0-0.0    0-0.0
Kickoff returns    2-42.0    6-132.0
Fumbles-Lost    1-1    0-0
Penalties-Yards    8-60    4-20
3rd-down conversions    4-10    8-15
4th-down conversions    2-2    0-1
Time of Possession    34:26    25:34
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING—Bowling Green, Tra.Greene 26-133, Johnson 10-33, Moore 1-11, Hopgood 1-5, Houston 1-1, Team 1-(minus 2). N. Illinois, Lynch 26-126, Stingily 12-74, Lewis 4-35.
PASSING—Bowling Green, Johnson 21-27-0-393. N. Illinois, Lynch 21-40-2-219.
RECEIVING—Bowling Green, Bayer 7-124, H.Jackson 6-58, Moore 4-145, Tra.Greene 2-23, Beck 1-28, Joplin 1-15. N. Illinois, Brescacin 6-71, Lewis 6-37, Spencer 5-63, Williams 2-23, Beebe 1-20, Stingily 1-5.
Last Updated on Saturday, 07 December 2013 09:59
 

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