The NIU Huskies are headed into another December preparing for another MAC Championship game. They’ll play in Detroit for the sixth straight time Friday night.
They’ll face Bowling Green. The Falcons will have a huge advantage at the quarterback position. The Huskies are down to their fourth string quarterback due to injuries. Bowling Green has one of the best quarterbacks in the nation in Matt Johnson.
Johnson leads the nation in passing yards with 4,465. That’s the second-highest single season total in MAC history behind Ben Roethlisberger’s 4,486 yards. Johnson is also second in the nation with 42 touchdown passes.
The Huskies know all too well what he can do. In the 2013 MAC Championship game he threw five touchdown passes against them in a Bowling Green victory.
Johnson reflected on that game in a teleconference Monday.
“Yea I remember that game like it was yesterday. It was an unbelievable feeling to be able to do what we did. We were going up against a nationally ranked team. We were going up against a Heisman contender. It was the ultimate team win.”
Johnson missed all of last season including Bowling Green’s MAC Championship game loss to NIU with a hip injury. So he and the Falcons knows the highs and lows of playing in Detroit.
“We have experience success before, so we know what it’s going to take to win that game, but we’ve also experienced defeat before in that,” says Johnson. “We know what we have to do to be able to come out on top because we’re going to get their best shot.”
“I’m sure they know us extremely well from film study and we’re going to know them extremely well from film study, and it’s going to take four quarters of a battle for us to win this game.”