|BG-IU noter: Senn makes big play for Falcons (9-15-13)|
|Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Sunday, 15 September 2013 14:02|
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Paul Senn made his place in Bowling Green State University football history Saturday at Indiana.
A junior college transfer from Riverside (Calif.) Community College, Senn is in his first season with the Falcons. He is a linebacker and special teams performer.
In the opening quarter, the Falcons put on the punt block and Senn was able to grab the ball in mid-kick off the foot of IU’s Erich Toth.
“I wasn’t actually designed to block the punt. ... I saw a chance and I took it,’’ said Senn. “Right when I blocked it, I felt it in my hands, and I just kept running.’’
Senn was credited with a 56-yard return on the blocked punt.
Senn said IU showed a different formation than the Falcons expected.
‘‘We got something a little different, scheme-wise,’’ Senn said,
“We needed big plays against a Big Ten team, and that’s what I was trying to do.”
It was the first blocked punt returned for a touchdown by the Falcons, since Marcus Allen against Central Michigan in 2002.
‘‘We had a good block thing schemed up, and we felt really good we could block one this week,’’ BG head coach Dave Clawson said.
JOHNSON: In his second career start, Matt Johnson had his problems against Indiana. The redshirt sophomore quarterback was 25-of-44 for 248 yards with one interception and no touchdowns.
‘‘I made some decent throws. I also missed some wide-open throws,’’ Johnson said, adding that he was ‘average’ in the game. ‘‘I threw the deep ball pretty poorly.
‘‘Overall I don’t think it was that bad that it hurt us, but I definitely didn’t help us either.’’
After taking a hard hit on a sack by Ryan Phillis in the fourth quarter, Johnson was replaced by Matt Schilz.
JOPLIN: Fifth-year senior Shaun Joplin had his second straight game with more than 100 yards receiving for the Falcons.
Joplin finished with 104 yards on seven receptions against IU after having 113 yards on six receptions the previous week.
This season he has 15 receptions for 257 yards.
TATE: After starting the season 4-of-4 on field goals, BG’s Tyler Tate was 1-of-3 against IU.
The redshirt sophomore made a 45-yarder, but missed from 47 and 33 yards.
QUICK: Indiana’s quick-tempo offense was effective.
On their six scoring drives, the Hoosiers used a total of 35 plays, covering 396 yards, while taking 12:04 off the clock
INJURIES: Gabe Martin, the Falcons’ leading tackler last season, suffered a leg injury in the first half and did not return.
Charlie Walker took part in warmups before the game, but the redshirt junior defensive end did not play.
Freshman running back Fred Coppet suffered an apparent hip injury late in the game and had to be helped off the field.
NEXT: The Falcons return to Perry Stadium this Saturday to face Murray State in the first of three straight home games. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m.
“We got our butts whipped, and we got served a little humble pie,’’ Clawson said about the IU loss. ‘’I don’t know if we have been reading the press clippings about how good we are. But it was a thump today that we have got to rebound from, and I believe we will.”
|Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 05:41|
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