6:00 PM ET, November 15, 2003
Perry Stadium, BOWLING GREEN, OH
Harris directed four time-consuming drives of at least 67 yards each for touchdowns in the second half of No. 25 Bowling Green's 42-33 victory Saturday.
It almost wasn't enough to stop Cribbs.
The Falcons led 35-14 early in the fourth quarter, but Kent State (4-7, 3-4) kept coming back, relying heavily on its speedy quarterback. Cribbs ran for 196 yards and passed for 239.
"He's amazing -- a phenomenal athlete," Harris said. "You can't even begin to believe the things he does."
Harris threw for 324 yards and three touchdowns.
"It wasn't pretty, but it's a `W' -- a big one, too," Bowling Green coach Gregg Brandon said.
The Falcons (8-2, 5-1 Mid-American Conference) have a chance to play in their first conference title game since the MAC split into two divisions in 1997. But they still must win at Ball State next week and against Toledo.
Bowling Green then would host the MAC championship game and get another shot at No. 23 Miami of Ohio, which already has secured its spot.
The RedHawks dominated Bowling Green 33-10 just more than a week ago.
The Falcons scored touchdowns the first four times they had the ball in the second half Saturday after a listless opening half.
Harris finished 24-of-35 passing and ran for two scores. It was the fourth time this season he's thrown for more than 300 yards. He came in averaging 323 yards of total offense per game, fourth-best in the nation.
In his third year as a starter, Harris has become more comfortable with Bowling Green's complex offense. He has thrown for 2,769 yards -- more than all of last season -- with two games to play.
Harris capped the final march with a 5-yard touchdown run that put the game out of reach with 1:21 left.
Cribbs' scrambling and passing on the run kept the Falcons' defense off balance the entire game.
He had to be carried off the field after taking a shot to his left knee on a 2-point conversion attempt with 2 seconds remaining. Kent State had just scored to make it 42-33.
There was no word after the game about how serious the injury was.
It was no moral victory for Kent State.
"I'm sick of losing," Golden Flashes coach Dean Pees said. "We tried to rally, but we just came up short. They played their hearts out."
Harris threw a 91-yard touchdown pass to Charles Sharon that gave the Falcons a 14-0 lead with 13:10 to go in the second quarter.
Bowling Green led just 14-7 at halftime despite dominating the first two quarters.
The Falcons missed two field goals and fumbled twice -- the second being the most costly.
P.J. Pope lost the ball 1 yard from the goal line late in the second quarter with the Falcons on the verge of taking a 21-point lead.
Kent State put together an 80-yard drive just before the end of the half, with Cribbs running for 49 yards. Kevin Beverly scored on a 6-yard run that cut it to 14-7 with 48 seconds left.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||10-19||9-13|
|4th Down Conversions||2-3||1-1|
|TD||6:20||JOSH HARRIS 6 YD RUN (SHAUN SUISHAM KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 75 yards.
|TD||13:10||CHARLES SHARON 91 YD PASS FROM JOSH HARRIS (SHAUN SUISHAM KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||0:48||KEVIN BEVERLY 6 YD RUN (TRAVIS MAYLE KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||12:00||STEVE NAVARRO 6 YD PASS FROM JOSH HARRIS (SHAUN SUISHAM KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 67 yards.
|TD||8:20||KEVIN BEVERLY 6 YD RUN (TRAVIS MAYLE KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 71 yards.
|TD||3:26||P.J. POPE 17 YD RUN (SHAUN SUISHAM KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 75 yards.
|TD||11:58||CRAIG JARRETT 7 YD PASS FROM JOSH HARRIS (SHAUN SUISHAM KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 70 yards.
|TD||9:12||KEVIN BEVERLY 4 YD RUN (FAILED 2PT RUSH)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 73 yards.
|TD||5:01||JOSHUA CRIBBS 1 YD RUN (TRAVIS MAYLE KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 32 yards.
|TD||1:21||JOSH HARRIS 5 YD RUN (SHAUN SUISHAM KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 70 yards.
|TD||0:02||DARRELL DOWERY JR. 19 YD PASS FROM JOSHUA CRIBBS (FAILED 2PT RUSH)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 71 yards.