|BG can't keep up with No. 8 Boise State|
|Written by By JACK CARLE/Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Sunday, 27 September 2009 00:02|
It took No. 8 Boise State almost a full quarter to hit its stride.
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“It took us (some time) to get comfortable and to get dialed in,” said Boise State head coach Chris Peterson. “Once we started to hit (our) stride, the kids started to make some plays.”
Bowling Green played a solid first quarter, controlling the ball for 10:12 on offense while defensively getting after the high-powered Broncos.
However, BG wasted a great scoring opportunity on the first possession of the game due in part to two false start penalties inside the Boise 15-yard line. BG then missed a 29-yard field goal, thus putting nothing on the scoreboard despite having the ball for the first seven minutes of the game.
“We got some stops early in the game. If our offense can punch one or two (touchdowns) in, now you give yourself a chance to play against a team like that,” BG head coach Dave Clawson said.
Boise State scored three touchdowns in the span of 2 minutes and 33 seconds to start the second quarter. The three scoring drives used only eight plays and covered 162 yards.
“We’ve got some explosive weapons,” Peterson said. “If we get those guys some space, they can usually make some things happen.”
The Broncos added another score before halftime and were up 29-0 at the break. Boise State scored two more touchdowns in the first 1:19 of the second half to increase its lead to 43-0.
Bowling Green put together two five minute-plus scoring drives in the third quarter. The Broncos closed out the scoring with a TD in the fourth quarter.
“We made too many mistakes to compete with a team that plays at that level.” Clawson said. “We probably made more defensive mistakes than we made the first three games combined.
“Offensively our struggles in the red zone continue to hurt us,” Clawson added. “Our turnovers, our mistakes allowed them to be 49 not 24.”
Tyler Sheehan hit Adrian Hodges with a 7-yard pass for BG’s first score and then Sheehan ran 6-yards for the second TD.
“We wanted to prove that we still had some fight in us and that we weren’t just going to roll over and be shut out,” Sheehan said about the two scores. “We just did some real basic stuff and we did it well in the second half and I think that will help us in the future.”
Boise’s offense finished with 529 yards and 23 first downs after having only 57 yards and no first downs in the first quarter. The Broncos averaged 8.8 yards per play. There were only a total of 22 plays on the seven scoring drives.
“That’s what they do,” Clawson said. “When they have 500 yards of offense, it will always be 10 to 12 plays where half their offense came from.”
Defensively, the Broncos pressured Sheehan throughout the game, holding him to 16-of-29 passing for 137 yards. The Broncos got three turnovers, turning two of them into touchdowns, one sack and three quarterback hurries.
“We were really pleased with our defense. Bowling Green does a really good job, very creative. And they have some playmakers,” Peterson said. “It was nice to see (our) guys step up and get some turnovers and some short fields.
“They do a nice job with that ball-control pass game. Sheehan is a very accurate thrower,” Peterson added. “We knew we had to get some pressure on him ... I thought we did a pretty good job of getting some pressure.”
Sheehan was impressed with Boise’s defense.
“Their defense flew around, make plays, got pressure. They were the real deal,” Sheehan said. “Their defense is a defense where they don’t really blow a lot of assignments. It’s real hard to make the real big plays because a lot of big plays that offenses get are off blown assignments.”
Boise State also limited the productivity of BG’s Freddie Barnes, who came into the game as the nation’s leading receiver, averaging 14 catches per game over BG’s first three contests. Boise held Barnes to four catches for 24 yards.
“Anyone who is leading the nation, you don’t have to say a whole lot to our secondary, about focusing on him,” Peterson said. “He was the guy we certainly were paying close attention to and our guys did a good job of making him earn some things.”
Sheehan said that Barnes faced double- and triple-coverage the entire game.
“They know that he’s a big part of our game plan. They know that if they are able to stop that they’ve got a good chance of winning and they did a great job of executing tonight,” Sheehan said.
The Falcons open Mid-American Conference play this Saturday hosting Ohio for Homecoming with kickoff at 4 p.m.
Photo caption: BGSU's Freddie Barnes stretches for pass but can't make the grab Saturday night against Boise State. (Andrew Weber/Sentinel-Tribune)
|Last Updated on Monday, 28 September 2009 08:37|
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