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Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 02:59
While there are still meaningful games remaining on the schedule, the Bowling Green Falcon football seniors will have lasting memories of their final game at Perry Stadium.
Bowling Green shellacked Ohio, 49-0 Tuesday, as all 18 Falcons introduced before the game got playing time, including linebacker Tim Love who made a tackle, and quarterback Patrick Brown, who got his first career snap on the last play of the game.
‘‘We wanted to send our seniors out on a good note,’’ said Travis Greene, a redshirt sophomore.
‘‘That was a goal, and that was something that we talked about all week,’’ Matt Johnson, a redshirt junior, said. ‘‘They really built this program ... They were here for the tough times.
‘‘To send these guys out right, offensively and defensively, it means a lot.’’
The seniors are: fifth-year redshirts Alex Bayer, Brown, Jairus Campbell, Ronnie Goble, Jordan Hopgood, Shaun Joplin, Ted Ouellet, Matt Schilz, Brian Schmiedebusch, Paul Swan, and Cameron Truss; seniors Tyler Beck, Dominic Flewellyn, Aaron Foster, Jerry ‘BooBoo’ Gates, David ‘Chief’ Kekuewa, and Josh Pettus. Redshirt junior Love also completed his career.
Kekuewa, a native of Hawaii, gave each senior a lei during the introductions.
‘‘A lot of these guys were part of the first recruiting class,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘It’s a great group ... all of them are right on schedule to graduate.
‘‘Anytime you come to a place, your first recruiting class is always special to you. They commit a little bit on blind faith, believing in you and your staff, and buying into the vision of what you want to do,’’ he continued. ‘‘This group has done that over and over again ... We’re certainly going to miss them.’’
GREENE: Greene finished with 149 yards rushing, his sixth 100-yard rushing game this season. He has 1,167 yards in 10 games, which is the fourth-best single season total in school history.
Clawson said he was impressed last season with how hard Greene worked on the scout team.
When Anthon Samuel left the team, Clawson felt confident in giving Greene the opportunity to play running back, and he has responded.
‘‘Last year on scout, he was making our starting defense,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘He just worked his way into being an every down player for us.’’
GATES: There was never any doubt that Gates was going to return the interception he made in the end zone against Ohio.
He finished with an 82-yard return, which is tied for the third-longest in school history.
“I’m kind of embarrassed that I got caught,’’ Gates said. ‘‘I wish that would have been 100 yards.’’
It was his seventh career interception.
HOUSTON: BG freshman William Houston plowed into the end zone twice against Ohio, once taking a direct snap in the Wildcat formation.
Both touchdowns came from 1-yard out, and Houston has scored 10 touchdowns this season — eight from the 1-yard line, and two from the 2-yard line.
QUICK HITTERS: Heath Jackson continued his strong play for the Falcons with a game-high five receptions for a career-high 74 yards, including a 32-yard TD pass from Matt Johnson. In BG’s last five games, Jackson has 20 receptions for 217 yards and two touchdowns ... Joplin had three receptions and has 101 for his career ... Truss had seven tackles and has 206 for his career, the third Falcon to reach 200 career tackles this season.
NEXT: BG plays at Eastern Michigan on Nov. 23 with kickoff at 1 p.m.
The regular-season finale is Nov. 29 against Buffalo at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the home of the Buffalo Bills, with kickoff at 1:30 p.m.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 10:14

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