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Bowling Green wins MAC East with 24-7 win over Buffalo, faces N. Illinois for conference title

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.

Johnson scored on a seven-yard run to set the final score with 8:18 left.