|BG-Akron football noter: Running game sparks Falcons (10-7-12)|
|Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Sunday, 07 October 2012 11:25|
AKRON — There was plenty of soul-searching going on in Bowling Green’s locker room at halftime Saturday.
The Falcons were trailing Akron 10-0 at the break and needed a spark. Bowling Green found that spark for the second half in several different areas and rallied for a 24-10 win.
“You’re not happy if you are down,” said BG’s Jordon Roussos, a senior offensive tackle. “What I kind of put on myself is, as a senior I don’t want this (season) to end badly.
“I knew as a team we were too talented to lose,” he continued. “I think it was just a collective view of we’re not going to let this slip away from us. When we can put that in our minds we can do some special things.
“I was really proud of us, really keeping our chins up and fighting through it and doing whatever was necessary to win the game.”
In the second half, the Falcons dominated the time of possession with a punishing running game and also by taking advantage of good field position.
“We just stayed with the run game and our backs made some people miss,” BG head coach Dave Clawson said. The Falcons rushed for 226 yards on 32 carries in the second half.
Defensively, Bowling Green was able to lock down the Zips
“We went mostly with a three-man rush,” Clawson said about the second half. “We’ve got a good D-line. Those guys were getting pressure with three and if you can get pressure with three, it’s a lot easier to cover people when you are dropping eight.”
Akron had only 36 total yards in the second half.
Akron came into the contest averaging 38.6 points and 497.4 yards of offense per game. The Zips finished with 10 points and 316 yards of total offense.
MONTGOMERY: The Falcons are asking Kendall Montgomery to play both tight end and defensive end.
Against Akron, Montgomery recorded one of BG’s four sacks. The sack, the first of his career, set off a celebration with his teammates.
‘‘Kendall is a big boy, all 6-foot-6, 270 (pounds) of him. I’m really happy for him,” said BG safety Ryland Ward. ‘‘We threw him in (on defense) about a week or two ago. It seems he’s a little rusty, but he has the size and he’s strong. It felt real good seeing my boy get it.’’
BAYER: Tight end Alex Bayer is becoming an offensive weapon for the Falcons.
In his last two games, Bayer has made 10 receptions for 141 yards and two scores.
He caught scoring passes of 60 and 12 yards from Matt Schilz against Akron.
“It’s the (longest) I’ve ever gone for a touchdown. In high school there were a couple of plays I got caught down in the red zone. It was nice to finish a play like that,” Bayer said about the 60-yard score, which came on a screen pass in the third quarter. The TD put the Falcons ahead to stay.
‘‘I was untouched. You have to give the offensive line and coach (Warren Ruggiero, BG’s offensive coordinator) credit for calling that play. They blocked it beautifully and it was just me being able to stay on my feet and make a play.”
Roussos was happy for his teammate, but couldn’t avoid a little dig.
“He’s probably going to need to get a treatment (Sunday), take the lift off,” Roussos said with a big smile on his face.
‘‘I was happy to see him get a couple of touchdowns.” Roussos continued. “He’s a great tight end, a talented player. It was nice to see him get in there, get a couple of TDs and celebrate with him.’’
INJURIES: Running back Jordan Hopgood and wide receiver Heath Jackson did not play against Akron.
Running back Anthon Samuel had to leave the game, and he had an ice bag on his left ankle on the sidelines.
QUICK HITTERS: Cornerback Cameron Truss led the Falcons with a career-high 10 tackles ... Anthon Samuel finished with 117 yards rushing, his eighth career game with over 100 yards rushing ... John Pettigrew had a career-high 81 yards rushing ... Chris Jones now has 6 1/2 sacks for the season and has had at least one sack in five straight games.
500: The Akron win was the 500th in school history.
|Last Updated on Sunday, 07 October 2012 11:38|
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