Bowling Green at Buffalo

Bowling Green wins MAC East 24-7 over Buffalo

Associated Press

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) 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.

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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Scoring Summary
BGREENTyler Tate 40 yd FG
BUFFBranden Oliver 2 yd run (Patrick Clarke kick)
BGREENShaun Joplin 23 yd pass from Matt Johnson (Tyler Tate kick)
BGREENTravis Greene 14 yd run (Tyler Tate kick)
BGREENMatt Johnson 7 yd run (Tyler Tate kick)
Team Stats
First Downs1615
Third Down Efficiency6-175-17
Fourth Down Efficiency1-31-3
Plays-Net Yards74-49069-236
Passing Yds230221
Kick Return Yds55121
Punt Return Yds00
Time of Poss.34:3125:29
Individual Stats
BGREEN: Travis Greene 30-129, Matt Johnson 10-72, William Houston 6-47, Jordan Hopgood 2-12
BUFF: Branden Oliver 18-46, Team 1--1, Joe Licata 5--30
BGREEN: Matt Johnson 11-26-230-1
BUFF: Joe Licata 21-45-221-1
BGREEN: Shaun Joplin 6-149, Alex Bayer 1-48, Tyler Beck 1-13, Heath Jackson 1-11, Ryan Burbrink 1-8, Travis Greene 1-1
BUFF: Alex Neutz 6-66, Fred Lee 5-50, Branden Oliver 4-34, Boise Ross 3-30, Devin Campbell 1-30, Alex Dennison 1-6, Mason Schreck 1-5
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Buffalo5th Mid American East0-21-5

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