|BG-UT noter: Bitter defeat for Falcon seniors (10-26-13)|
|Written by By JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Saturday, 26 October 2013 21:23|
There’s a bitter taste in the mouths of the Bowling Green State University senior football players.
And it’s probably going to be there for a long time.
On Saturday, Toledo beat Bowling Green for the fourth straight time, 28-25, before 21,724 fans at Perry Stadium.
“You know half the people over there – it’s like losing to your friend,” BG senior Dominic Flewellyn said. “Losing to them four times in a row, it really bothers you.”
Paul Swan, a fifth-year senior for the Falcons, said he has cried only two times after an athletic contest.
The first was after the final game of his high school basketball season in the playoffs against a rival.
The second was Saturday evening.
“This was such a let-down. It tore me apart. A lot of guys care about this team, and we really thought this was going to be the year,’’ Swan said. ‘‘But it just didn’t come to fruition.”
For BG head coach Dave Clawson his 2009 team beat Toledo, but the Falcons have not won since.
“I feel awful for our senior class,” Clawson said. “We’ll have to regroup, and I have confidence that we will.
‘‘We still have a lot to play for, so we’ll have to rally the troops and move forward.”
BLAME: The Falcons were hit by five penalties for 34 yards, several by seniors at critical times.
However, Clawson was not looking to place blame on any of his players.
‘‘After a game like that, you have to be very careful with the blame game,” Clawson said. “There’s a lot of different plays. On the first drive we dropped a ball, and (later) we dropped a ball.
“We roughed the kicker on a field goal, and then we had a personal foul. Then we jumped on a fourth-and-one, when we were trying to score a touchdown,’’ he continued. ‘‘We did enough things wrong as a team that we’re not going to put this loss on any one play or any one player.”
Flewellyn was the player hit with the false start penalty at the 1-yard line.
I knew the cadence, but I guess I got over-anxious,” Flewellyn said. “I just jumped.
“People were telling me you can’t put this on one play, but I knew that play was tough for us. It was for three points instead of seven.”
Flewellyn added that the play was going to be run to his side of the line.
JACKSON: BG’s Heath Jackson is a redshirt junior receiver who had appeared in seven career games before Saturday.
With injuries to Chris Gallon and Jared Cohen, Jackson got the opportunity to play, and he made the most of it.
Jackson finished with seven receptions for a game-high 72 yards. Three of his seven catches resulted in a first down.
“Heath played well; he made some big catches for us,” Clawson said. “He’s probably going to play a lot more going forward.”
Jackson came into the game with seven career receptions for 65 yards.
NUMBERS: BG’s Travis Greene finished with 96 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. Greene has now rushed for 906 yards this season.
Falcons’ quarterback Matt Johnson was 17-of-26 passing for 208 yards, and he rushed 14 times for 29 yards and a touchdown. Johnson has thrown for 1,827 yards this season.
Matt Campbell, UT’s head coach, called Johnson a ‘‘tough hombre.’’
NEXT: The Falcons, now 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the Mid-American Conference, travel to Miami on Nov. 5 with kickoff at 8 p.m.
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