DETROIT (AP) — Matt Johnson was motivated by the hype surrounding Jordan Lynch and wanted to be the best quarterback in the Mid-American Conference title game.
Johnson was without a doubt better than Lynch on Friday night.
Johnson threw four of his career-high five touchdown passes in the first half to help Bowling Green rout No. 16 Northern Illinois 47-27 to win the MAC championship and knock the Huskies out of a spot in a marquee bowl.
"There was a lot of talk about Jordan Lynch being up for the Hesiman," Johnson said. "It's well-deserved, but I did take it a little personal."