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BG-Miami notebook: Several Falcons have strong games PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 03:36
OXFORD - After the Miami film is reviewed, it's going to be tough for the Bowling Green State University football staff to make decisions on who gets a game ball.
The Falcons had numerous top-level performances in the first must-win game of November, posting a 45-3 victory over the RedHawks Tuesday.
* Quarterback Matt Johnson was 20-of-26 passing for 252 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. He also rushed for a touchdown.
"We just came out and executed. In the weeks previous, there was always one play a drive that stalled us out," Johnson said.
"(Against Miami) it started up front with the offensive line. They gave me a lot of time in the pass game, and they gave 'Trav' (Travis Greene) a lot of holes in the run game," Johnson added.
* Greene rushed 14 times for 112 yards, and in the process became the first BG running back to go over 1,000 yards in a season since P.J. Pope rushed for 1,098 yards in 2004. Greene has rushed for 1,018 yards this season with at least three games remaining.
"It feels good," Greene said, with a  big grin on his face, about reaching 1,000 yards.
Anthon Samuel, his high school teammate and a Falcon running back in 2011 and 2012, fell just short of 1,000 in both years of his BG career.
When asked if he was going to send Samuel a text on the bus ride back to Bowling Green Greene said: "I'm going to go call him right now."
He is the 11th Falcon all-time to surpass 1,000 yards rushing in a season, and he is the 37th player to surpass 1,000 career rushing yards in school history.
"He's opened everybody's eyes on the team and in the MAC (Mid-American Conference)," Johnson said. "The things that he does are sometimes jaw-dropping."
* Playing just up the road from his hometown of Middletown, Jerry 'BooBoo' Gates recovered two fumbles, returning one for an 11-yard touchdown.
"It was a bubble (screen) and my rover (Justin Ford) made a great tackle, and the ball fell out; it was just right there," Gates said. "I just picked it up ... and walked it in."
Gates has now scored four different ways for the Falcons - an interception return, a kickoff return, a punt return, and a fumble return.
PT: With the big win, there was playing time for the backups in the second half.
"This time of the year, you want to keep guys healthy,'' BG head coach Dave Clawson said. "It's not a beauty contest; we're not in the BCS trying to get voters to vote for us. It's a matter of winning games, and keeping our best players healthy.
"We really emptied the bench in the third quarter; it's great those kids got to play."
BOWLS: With it's sixth win of the season, Bowling Green is bowl-eligible.
"In our league, who knows what that means," Clawson said. "Certainly that's a minimum goal of our program."
QUICK HITTERS: Gates and Paul Swan now have over 200 career tackles each ... Shaun Joplin went over the 1,500-yard mark in career receiving with a 6-yard TD catch in the first quarter ... Heath Jackson made his first career start and finished with four receptions for 38 yards ... Chris Pohlman scored the first TD of his career, making a nice catch-and-run on a 38-yard pass from Johnson ... William Houston scored his eighth touchdown of the season ... The 42-point final margin was the biggest in the history of the BG-Miami rivalry. The previous high was 31 points in a 41-10 BG win in 1984.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 11:04

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