Jordan Lynch and No. 16 Northern Illinois failed to take advantage of opportunity to impress Heisman Trophy voters and earn a BCS bowl game bid.
Matt Johnson threw four of his career-high five touchdown passes in the first half and Bowling Green routed the Huskies 47-27 on Friday night for the Mid-American Conference title, ending their shot at playing in a marquee bowl game.
''We came out kind of flat,'' Lynch acknowledged.
The Northern Illinois (12-1) loss improves the chances of Baylor or Oregon being an at-large team in a BCS bowl game.
''This game doesn't define us - we're not going to let it,'' Huskies coach Rod Carey said. ''We've got another game, we don't know where yet. We still have a lot to play for.''
Instead of going back to a BCS game and helping the MAC get a big check to split among its schools, Northern Illinois might end up coming back to Detroit in a few weeks for the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.
''We never talked about the BCS,'' Lynch insisted.
Lynch ran f...