|BG-EMU Noter: Moore and Greene respond in cold weather (11-23-13)|
|Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Saturday, 23 November 2013 22:06|
YPSILANTI, Mich. — With the temperatures below freezing and the wind blowing at over 20 miles per hour, it wasn’t a pleasant day weather-wise for the Bowling Green State University football team.
Still the cold didn’t seem to bother Ronnie Moore and Travis Greene, two players from Florida high schools on the Falcons’ roster.
Moore and Greene combined for five touchdowns in BG’s 58-7 victory over Eastern Michigan in Rynearson Stadium.
Moore, a freshman, stepped into a bigger role due to injuries at wide receiver. He responded with a career day catching touchdown passes of 74-, 22- and 34-yards from Matt Johnson. Moore finished with seven receptions for 161 yards.
‘‘I just played my game,’’ Moore said.
On Moore’s first touchdown, he said he got a good block from teammate Shaun Joplin.
‘‘‘Jop’ blocked the dude, a good block, and I just took it to the house,’’ Moore said. ‘‘Once I figured I was in the open field, I just keep going, no stopping.’’
On the third score, it was Greene getting down field to make a block.
Ryan Burbrink moved from the slot to the outside receiver when Heath Jackson could not play against EMU, and Moore moved into the slot.
‘‘Ronnie Moore had to play a bigger role, and he played well,’’ BG head coach Dave Clawson said.
‘‘When he gets the ball he can do special things, he can make people miss and he can pull away from people,’’ Clawson added about Moore.
Moore was used on jet sweeps, and screen passes at the beginning of the year, but he has gotten more playing time as the season progressed.
Moore said his teammates were asking him before the game if he was going to ‘step up’ with Jackson being injured.
‘‘I proved myself today,’’ Moore said. ‘‘I knew all the plays and stuff, so I just went in there and worked.’’
As for the cold weather Moore said: ‘‘I was telling myself as long I keep my hands warm, my feet will hold up.’’
Meanwhile Greene continued his all-conference-type play for the Falcons. A redshirt sophomore, Greene led the ground attack with 126 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries.
Greene’s 126 yards moved him into third all-time for a single season with 1,293 yards. He is 121 short of Dave Preston’s mark for second all-time. He is just 151 away of Fred Durig’s all-time mark of 1,444 yards.
Greene now has three multi-TD games rushing this season, and four overall multi-TD games. Saturday was also the seventh time he has gone over 100 yards in a game this season, and sixth time in MAC play.
HOUSTON: William Houston has become the power back for the Falcons inside the 5-yard line. In BG’s first 10 games of the season, Houston had scored 10 touchdowns — eight on 1-yard runs, and two on 2-yard runs.
On Saturday, Houston got the opportunity to show he can successfully run the ball from other spots on the field.
A freshman, Houston rushed for 84 yards, including a 44-yard TD run, on seven carries. His totals for the season going into the EMU game were 79 yards on 35 carries.
QUICK HITTERS: Redshirt senior quarterback Matt Schilz lined up at wide receiver several times in the fourth quarter ... Johnson’s 264 passing yards put him at 2,572 for the season, and he is 38 yards away of moving into the top 10 for a single season ... Tyler Tate converted a career-high three field goals and 7 PATs in the game, for a career-high of 16 points in a game ... Saturday’s win was the Falcons’ biggest win since Oct. 1, 2005, a 70-7 victory over Temple ... The Falcons have now scored 45 or more points in three straight games for the first time since 2002 ... It was the fifth time BGSU has scored 40-or-more points this season ... BG running back Fred Coppet had to leave the game with an upper body injury. He had three carries for 29 yards before the injury.
|Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 10:21|
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