MAC Football Championship to Feature Nationally Ranked TeamsNovember 30, 2012
DeKALB, Ill.- The 2012 Marathon Mid-American Conference Football Championship Game will feature two 11-1 teams. Both Kent State and Northern Illinois are nationally ranked. The Friday contest at Ford Field in Detroit will be showcased on ESPN2 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Nothing beats being there live and in person.
This contest will mark the 16th annual championship game for the MAC and will mark the ninth neutral site game at Ford Field.
Northern Illinois will be making their third consecutive trip to Detroit as West Division Champions. Last season, Northern Illinois claimed their first conference football championship in 28 years (since 1983) with a 23-20 win over Ohio.
This is the first MAC East Division Championship for Kent State and it is the program’s best record in 90 years.
Kent State junior Dri Archer leads the nation in kick return average, is fifth in all-purpose yards and tied for ninth in scoring. He is Kent State’s single season record holder in touchdowns with 21.
Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch is a dual-threat. Lynch has set a new NCAA record for most consecutive 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback with 10. The rugged senior needs 92 yards to break the record for most rushing yards in a season by a QB. He has been named the 2012 winner of the MAC’s Vern Smith Leadership Award, the league office announced yesterday.
Kent State Head Coach Darrell Hazell was named 2012 Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year. Under Hazell’s leadership the Golden Flashes have won 15 of their last 17 games.