BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (Ticker) -- Bowling Green hopes it has learned a lesson.
The 22nd-ranked Falcons play their second game as a member of the top 25 Saturday when they host Ball State in a Mid-American Conference contest.
Last week, Bowling Green (6-0, 3-0 MAC West) earned its first national ranking since the end of the 1985 season, but the Falcons may have gotten too caught up in reading their press clippings.
They barely escaped with their unbeaten record intact as quarterback Josh Harris scored on a five-yard run in overtime to give the Falcons a wild 48-45 victory over Western Michigan.
Bowling Green erased four 14-point deficits and did not take its first lead until the fourth quarter. Nose guard Alex Glantzis, who was named MAC West Defensive Player of the Week, blocked a potential game-winning 39-yard field goal at the end of regulation.
Harris retained his hold as the nation's leading scorer at 15.3 points per game. He was responsible for five touchdowns against Western Michigan, passing for three scores and running for two more.
With Oregon losing to Arizona State, Bowling Green's nine-game winning streak is the second-longest in Division I-A behind Miami, which has won 28 in a row.
Although it is unbeaten, Bowling Green trails Northern Illinois by one-half game in the MAC West standings. The teams face off in two weeks.
Ball State (3-4, 1-2) earned its first conference win of the season last week with a 42-17 victory over Eastern Michigan. Andy Roesch completed just 14-of-27 passes for 270 yards, but tied a school record with five touchdown passes.
Ball State's other wins came against Division I-AA Indiana State (23-21) and Connecticut (24-21 in overtime).
Ball State leads the all-time series, 15-8-1, and posted a 35-14 victory last season.