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BGSU football notebook: Answer is the same, Johnson is BG's quarterback (9-10-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 07:49
The question keeps being asked, but the answer is the same — Matt Johnson is the starting quarterback for the Bowling Green Falcons.
Johnson made his first career start last Saturday in a key early-season Mid-American Conference game at Kent State.
He’ll be behind center this week when the Falcons, 2-0, play at Indiana, 1-1. It is the first meeting between IU and BG.
Johnson was 19-of-25 for 357 yards, with touchdown passes of 7 and 92 yards, in BG’s 41-22 victory over Kent State. He is the Mid-American Conference East offensive player of the week.
‘‘He managed the offense well. He made plays with his feet. He was extremely accurate in throwing the football,’’ BG head coach Dave Clawson said, adding that of Johnson’s six incomplete passes, three were drops by the receivers. ‘‘He played with a lot of poise in the pocket; he made plays outside the pocket.
‘‘For the first game as a starter, Matt played extremely well,’’ Clawson continued. ‘‘We’re certainly excited how he progressed from week one to week two.’’
Now, the challenge for Johnson is to play well every week.
‘‘It’s very hard to be good on offense when you don’t get good quarterback play,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘Certainly, there’s going to be a lot of challenges we face moving forward.’’
Johnson’s passing and the running game produced 576 total yards, the most in Clawson’s four-plus years as head coach.
Five different players scored touchdowns, including Travis Greene and Jared Cohen, who each scored the first touchdowns of their BG careers.
‘‘A lot of different players contributed,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘We had guys in backup roles step in there and make plays when their number was called.’’
Johnson found seven different receivers with Shaun Joplin (six catches for 113 yards) and Ryan Burbrink (two catches for 101 yards), both going over 100 yards.
The last time two Falcon receivers had over 100 yards in the same game was Oct. 19, 2009 against Ball State. Freddie Barnes (10 receptions for 160) and Chris Wright (six receptions for 104) were the receivers and Tyler Sheehan was at quarterback.
‘‘Our receivers played very well,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘Right now, we are spreading the ball around pretty good, and I hope that’s something that we continue to do.’’
MANNING: In addition to his MAC award, Johnson was named one of eight Manning Award stars of the week.
Fans can go to their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153207552585459.1073741838.297090315458&type=1&l=5cfaa5932c to vote for Johnson as the best quarterback performer from the past weekend. The top vote-getter will be announced as the Manning Award Player of the Week.
RED HOT:  After two games, Bowling Green is 11-of-11 in red zone opportunities with seven touchdowns and four field goals.
EARLY: In Mid-American Conference games played on Sept. 7 or earlier, the Falcons are now 7-0 after the win over the Golden Flashes.
TRIVIA: The Johnson to Burbrink 92-yard touchdown was the third-longest touchdown pass in Falcon history.
What former Bowling Green High School player was involved in the longest TD pass for the Falcons?
The answer is Dave Dudley. Dudley caught a short pass from Mark Miller and turned it into a 96-yard touchdown against San Diego State in 1976.
TV: The BGSU-Indiana game will be televised on ESPNU. Tom Hart and John Congemi will call the action.
Kickoff is at noon.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 10:00
 

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