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Updated: Saturday, October 19, 2002 11:21 PM EDT
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(23) Bowling Green 48, Western Mich 45 (ot)
WESTERN MICHIGAN BRONCOS
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BOWLING GREEN FALCONS
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BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (Ticker) -- After waiting 17 years to get back into the rankings, Bowling Green's stay in the top 25 was nearly a short one.

Quarterback Josh Harris rushed for a five-yard touchdown in overtime as the 23-ranked Falcons rallied for a 48-45 Mid-American Conference victory over Western Michigan to remain unbeaten.

Harris carried 30 times for 96 yards and two touchdowns and also completed 20-of-39 passes for 254 yards and three scores.

"We had been running the ball effectively the entire game," Harris said. "Our line did an excellent job making holes."

P.J. Pope carried 16 times for 73 yards to supplement the Bowling Green running game.

"I think we topped last week with one of the greatest team wins that I have ever been a part of," said Bowling Green coach Urban Meyer, referring to his team's 45-35 win at Central Michigan.

Bowling Green (6-0, 3-0) trailed, 35-21, midway through the third quarter before scoring the next three touchdowns. Western Michigan (2-5, 1-1) tied the contest with 2:29 left in the fourth on Philip Reed's fourth touchdown of the game.

Reed carried 30 times for 140 yards, marking just the fifth time in the last 16 games that Bowling Green has surrendered over 100 yards on the ground.

Western Michigan quarterback Chad Munson completed 18-of-39 passes for 326 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown to Kendrick Moseley in the second quarter.

Bowling Green did not get its first lead until 5:35 into the fourth quarter when Janssen Patton returned an interception 12 yards for a touchdown.

"It was a little high, got tipped in the air, the guy caught it and ran it in for a touchdown," Munson said.

The Falcons also scored on a trick play as wide receiver Cole Magner tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to D'Monn Baker with 4:53 left in the third. Magner has thrown five passes this year, completing three for touchdowns.

Bowling Green is ranked in both polls for the first time in school history. The Falcons last earned a ranking in 1985, when they were 20th in the Associated Press poll.

The Broncos had not lost to the Falcons since 1992, going 5-0-1 in the series over that span.

Bowling Green has won nine straight games, dating to the end of last year, and each of its last eight night games at Perry Stadium. The Falcons are 10-2 all-time in night games at home.


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