KENT, Ohio (Ticker) -- No. 18 Bowling Green looks to stretch the nation's second-longest winning streak to 11 games Saturday when it visits Kent State in a Mid-American Conference contest.
The Falcons (7-0, 4-0 MAC West) remained one of eight unbeaten teams in Division I-A by posting a 38-20 victory over Ball State last week.
With quarterback Josh Harris nursing a sprained right ankle, running back Joe Alls returned to the lineup after missing two games with a separated shoulder and rushing for 109 yards.
Freshman P.J. Pope chipped in with 81 yards on the ground and scored a pair of touchdowns, matching his total for the season entering the contest.
Harris, who came in averaging 299 yards of total offense, completed 19-of-32 passes for 195 yards and a pair of scores but was held to just 24 yards rushing.
However, even with Harris at less than 100 percent, the Falcons gained 451 total yards, although the 38 points were a season low. Bowling Green had been averaging 49.3 points per game, the highest mark in Division I-A.
The Falcons are pointing toward next week's contest against Northern Illinois, which could decide the MAC West title. Bowling Green does not play Marshall, which leads the MAC East and returned to the top 25 this week.
Kent State (3-5, 1-4 MAC East) is coming off a 42-21 setback to the Thundering Herd, its third straight defeat.
Sophomore quarterback Joshua Cribbs needs just 50 yards rushing and 96 through the air to reach 1,000 in both categories for the second straight year. The only other player to accomplish that feat twice in Division I-A history is Beau Morgan, who did it for Air Force in 1995 and 1996.
Cribbs is averaging 135.7 yards per game on the ground, putting him on pace to finish the year with 1,492 yards. Morgan holds the single-season Division I-A record for rushing by a quarterback with 1,494 in 1996.
Bowling Green leads the all-time series, 49-15-6. The Falcons have won the last two meetings, including a 24-7 victory last season.