|BG-Miami notebook: BG survives strange play to post win (10-13-12)|
|Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Saturday, 13 October 2012 21:44|
There have been plenty of strange happenings in the Bowling Green-Miami football series dating back to the 1970s. Miami got most of the breaks as things usually went wrong for the Falcons.
Saturday at Perry Stadium, it was a different story. PHOTO GALLERY
There was only one really strange play and although that ruling went against Bowling Green, the end result was a Falcon touchdown as BG posted a 37-12 win.
The victory was the third in the row this season for the Falcons, now 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the Mid-American Conference. Miami falls to 3-4, 2-1.
It was BG’s first win over Miami at home since 1997.
“They all came to play today; they all knew the importance of this game,” BG head coach Dave Clawson said about his team.
Late in the third quarter after BG had taken a 24-12 lead, Anthony Farinella’s kickoff was bobbled around by Miami and the ball appeared to be pushed into the end zone where Bowling Green made the tackle.
Many thought the ruling would be a safety for the Falcons, but the call was a touchback and Miami’s ball at the 20-yard line.
“They (the officials) were trying to do a good job of explaining it. I’m not quite sure I understand, but that’s probably more on me than them,” Clawson said. “They said he never possessed the ball in the field of play.’’
On the first play from scrimmage after the ruling, BG’s Jerry ‘BooBoo’ Gates picked off a Zac Dysert pass and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown. With the PAT, the Falcons were in command with a 31-12 lead with 1:46 left in the third quarter.
“I felt like coming out in the second half, Dysert was throwing off his back foot. He didn’t want to get hit anymore,” Gates said. “The interception was a heart-breaker, a stab in the heart.’’
SAMUEL: BG Anthon Samuel continued his strong work rushing for a career-high 171 yards on 22 carries against Miami. He added three catches for 25 yards, including a 7-yard scoring reception.
“It’s a great feeling to get a career high,” Samuel said. “I still want that 200 (yards), but for right now I’ll take the 171. It’s a great feeling, but the better feeling is to win.
“Anything I can do to contribute to the win is OK with me.’’
Samuel’s previous career best was 141 yards at Idaho in the first game last season.
Samuel now has nine 100-yard games in his 16-game career and has rushed for 100 or more yards in four of his last five games.
With the career day, Samuel has jumped into the 20th spot on BG’s all-time rushing list with 1,509 yards. He passed Phil Polak (1,435), Chris Bullock (1,434), Godfrey Lewis (1,431) and Bob Ramlow (1,384) on Saturday.
JONES: Chris Jones has now had at least one sack in six straight games as he finished with 2 1/2 sacks and one additional tackle for loss against Miami.
“Just by watching the film we knew as a defensive line we could get after him (Dysert) once we stop the run, and we did,” Jones said. “When you stop the run, it makes a team one-dimensional ... That gets us triggered and ready to go.’’
Jones has 24 1/2 sacks, third on BG’s career list.
Jones’ efforts has elevated the play of the entire defensive line.
“Chris Jones, he’s an animal in there,” BG linebacker Paul Swan said. “Any quarterback in the country would be worried about playing against him and the rest of our whole D-line for that matter.’’
BG INJURIES: Linebacker Dwayne Woods (back) did not play against Miami, snapping a streak of 30 straight starts.
Swan moved into Woods’ middle linebacker spot and D.J. Lynch got the start at the other inside linebacker spot.
Wide receiver Jermal Hosley (knee) is out for the rest of the season. He will be able to receive a medical redshirt after playing in only two games this fall.
Running back Jordan Hopgood did not dress.
Tight end Alex Bayer had to leave the game with an unspecified injury in the first half. He did not play in the second half and Clawson said he would know more about Bayer’s condition this week.
ATTENDANCE: The announced crowd of 17,071 was the largest of the season at Perry Stadium.
NEXT: Bowling Green plays UMass Saturday in Foxborough’s Gillette Stadium with kickoff at noon.
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