|BG blocks out the noise (11-01-13)|
|Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Friday, 01 November 2013 09:13|
You have to block out the noise.
That's the credo for Dave Clawson, the head football coach at Bowling Green State University.
It comes in handy after a tough loss to an arch-rival, especially after a game such as Toledo's 28-25 win over the Falcons last Saturday.
''There are times people are patting you on the back and telling you how great you are, and you can't believe that when it happens,'' Clawson said. ''When you lose a tight game, it doesn't change your whole program. We're never going to let one game define us. If you do that, you live on a roller coaster.
''I've been doing this long enough that when you win a game things aren't as good as everybody tells you. And when you lose a game, it's not as bad.''
The Falcons, 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the Mid-American Conference East, get back on the field in a Tuesday night game at Miami, 0-8, 0-4.
''Our goals are in front of us, and it's back to making it a one-week season. Right now we're in the Miami season,'' Clawson said.
''We can't take a second loss in the conference,'' he added. ''Our focus has to be all-in on Miami.''
MARTIN: The Falcon defense will be without 2012 first-team all-conference pick Gabe Martin for the rest of the season. Martin suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury on the final defensive possession against Toledo.
''My heart is broken for Gabe,'' Clawson said. ''You're talking about one of the best football players on our team; one of the hardest workers; one of the best leaders. When a player of the caliber, and that type of character gets hurt, we feel terrible for him.''
Martin led the team with 70 tackles last season, and he had 36 tackles this season
Justin Ford, Brian Sutton, Jude Adjei-Barimah, and true freshman Isaiah Gourdine are in the mix to fill in for Martin at rover. The rover position is a hybrid linebacker/safety spot.
All four players have seen action this season, with Gourdine playing on special teams.
''We have other players who are certainly capable of doing the job ... I like the other guys at that position, and I believe in them,'' Clawson said. ''Are they as talented and gifted and dynamic as Gabe? No. Gabe Martin's a special player.''
Jerry 'BooBoo' Gates, a first-team all-conference pick at safety last season, started his Falcon career as a rover, but Clawson said there was never any plan to move Gates back to that position after the injury.
''There are different things we can do at rover, to maybe protect the position a little bit. As a high safety, that position has to do a lot of things in our defense, and 'BooBoo' is one of the best,'' Clawson said. ''That move just doesn't make sense for us right now.''
NIGHTTIME: The Falcons have only three night games on their 12-game schedule this season, and they are a morning practice team.
To help get ready for Tuesday's night game with Miami, the team is holding evening practices, tonight, Saturday and Sunday.
''The way our schedule is that most of our coaches, and hopefully at least half of our players are asleep by the time the fourth quarter starts in this game,'' Clawson said. ''What we have to do is adjust our body clock a little bit ... We have just got to get our players on more of a night routine going into this game.''
The Falcons also play at night on Nov. 12 against Ohio at Perry Stadium.
1,000: BG's Travis Greene has rushed for 906 yards this season.
With 94 more yards, he would become the Falcons' first 1,000-yard rusher since P.J. Pope gained 1,098 yards on 178 carries in 2004.
There have been only 11 seasons with a 1,000-yard rusher for the Falcons. Five of those were from 1971-75, and there have only been five since then.
Greene is on pace to rush for 1,359 yards during the regular season, which would rank third all-time for the Falcons.
Fred During is BG's career leader rushing for 1,444 yards in 1951.
SERIES: Miami leads the all-time series with Bowling Green, 44-22-5. The Falcons have won two straight from the RedHawks, and Clawson is 3-1 against Miami.
TV: The BG-Miami game will be televised on ESPNU with Mark Neely (play-by-play) and David Diaz Infante (analyst) calling the action. Kickoff is at 8 p.m.
NEXT: Bowling Green hosts Ohio on Nov. 12 with kickoff at 7:30 p.m.
It's BG's final home game of the season.
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