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Fourth Quarter: NIU Completes The Domination, Sets Scoring Record

There was not a lot of room for Northern Illinois to improve on a dominant third quarter, but the Huskies found a way to expand the lead even more.

Bowling Green opened the fourth quarter with a play representative of the quarter before it: an unsuccessful fourth-down conversion attempt on the NIU 48. The Huskies responded by going to the ground game to eat up game clock and yards in a bid to salt away the game.

The Falcons nearly caught a break when safety Brian Sutton scooped up a Cameron Stingily fumble, but Sutton fumbled it on the ensuing return and the Huskies recovered, earning a first down for their trouble. Stingily atoned for the mishap later in the drive with a two-yard plunge into the end zone, his second of the game, to extend NIU's lead to 44-10 with 7:38 left in the game.

Clinton Stephens gave the Falcons their first big play of the second half with a 64-yard return of the following kickoff. Bowling Green made the most of the short field when Travis Greene scored on the ground from six yards out, cutting the still-insurmountable lead to 44-17 just under six minute before the game's end.

The Huskies took over after Bowling Green kicked off deep, and Stingily broke 100 yards on the ground for the evening with a few clock-burning runs. NIU took the ball down to the Bowling Green 2 with run after run, and freshman tailback Jordan Huff punched in a two-yard score with just 48 seconds left, setting the final score at 51-17. The Huskies' 51 points were a MAC Championship record.