2005 MAC Championship Game
The 2005 MAC Championship Game was played on December 1, 2005 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. The game featured the Akron Zips, winners of the Mid-American Conference East Division, and the Northern Illinois Huskies, winners of the West Division.
|2005 Marathon MAC Championship Game|
|Date||December 1, 2005|
|MVP||QB Luke Getsy (Akron)|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Mike Tirico, Kirk Herbstreit, Erin Andrews|
Down 14 points the fourth quarter, the Zips manufactured a comeback. Northern Illinois led by 6 points with 17 seconds remaining in regulation when Luke Getsy connected with Domenik Hixon on a 36-yard touchdown pass. This and the subsequent successful extra point attempt would prove to be the game winning plays. Their victory earned the Akron football program its first MAC championship and bowl game berth.
|2005 Mid-American Conference football standings|
|Bowling Green x||5||–||3||6||–||5|
|Northern Illinois xy||6||–||2||7||–||5|
|Championship: Akron 31, NIU 30|
- "Akron 31, NIU 30". MAC-Sports.com. 2005-12-01. Retrieved 2009-09-22.
- "Akron and NIU Meet In Football Championship Game" (Press release). MAC-Sports.com. 2005-11-30. Retrieved 2009-09-22.
- "Zips Win First MAC Championship" (Press release). MAC-Sports.com. 2005-12-01. Retrieved 2009-09-22.
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