Drew Hare threw for two touchdowns and ran for one, and
The Huskies (11-2) are MAC champions for the third time in four years, and they avenged a loss to Bowling Green in last season's title game, when the Falcons spoiled Northern Illinois' bid for an undefeated season.
Unlike the last couple years, Northern Illinois isn't making a push for one of college football's top bowls, but there is little doubt where the Huskies stand in the MAC. This was their fifth straight appearance in the league title game.
Bowling Green (7-6) came into the game with one of the nation's most fast-paced offenses, but the Falcons were upstaged by Northern Illinois, which finished with 552 yards in 100 plays from scrimmage.
Northern Illinois set a MAC title game record with its 51 points, eclipsing the old mark of 49 by Marshall in 2002 and
The Huskies led, 20-10, at halftime before breaking the game open in the third quarter. Hare threw a four-yard touchdown pass to Juwan Brescacin, and Cameron Stingily's two-yard scoring run made it 34-10.
Hare threw for 218 yards, successfully guiding Northern Illinois to another title after replacing Jordan Lynch, the
Bowling Green's James Knapke was intercepted twice in the first quarter — both times when the ball bounced to the defensive back who picked it off.
Kansas announced Friday that it had hired Texas A&M assistant David Beaty to be its third coach in five years. Beaty spent time at Kansas on the successful staff of Mark Mangino and failed staff of Turner Gill, giving him unique insight into the program's peaks and valleys.
"My family and I are honored and humbled to be back here," said Beaty, who was introduced to the crowd during halftime of the Jayhawks' basketball game against
"I won't sleep until I give you something to be proud of at Memorial Stadium," he said.
Beaty emerged from a cluster of candidates that all had ties to the program, including Clint Bowen, the longtime defensive coordinator who served as interim coach when Charlie Weis fired.
Beaty said that Bowen, a Lawrence native and Kansas alum, has agreed to remain on staff.
Beaty, who had been interviewed over the phone, arrived on campus for a more formal interview and tour of the facilities Friday. The school planned a news conference for Monday.
Seminoles' Williams out of title game
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In addition, linebacker Terrence Smith, who returned an interception 94 yards for a touchdown against the Gators, is questionable because of a knee injury.
Freshman Dalvin Cook, the team's leading rusher with 728 yards off the bench, will start against the