BGSU football noter: Falcons have a bye this week (10-14-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Monday, 14 October 2013 17:54
After a bye this weekend, the Bowling Green State University football team enters the homestretch of its season.
The Falcons, 5-2 overall and 3-0 in the Mid-American Conference, have five conference games remaining starting with arch-rival Toledo on Oct. 26 in Perry Stadium. Kickoff has been set for 2:30 p.m.
‘‘The bye week comes at a good time. We are, right now, a little banged up; we’ve got to get some guys healthy,’’ BG head coach Dave Clawson said on Monday. ‘‘We have had seven straight games, and we have a lot of guys who are playing, but they are playing at 70 percent, 80 percent. It’s been seven tough games. It’s been seven physical games.
‘‘It’s going to help our guys to get away from it for a couple of days; get into the treatment room, and try to get ourselves as close to 100 percent as you can be going into week eight of a Division I football season,’’ Clawson added.
The Falcons are heading into their bye week after dropping a 21-20 decision to Mississippi State.
‘‘I don’t think our guys are mentally exhausted,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘I’m sure they will enjoy the break. After seven straight weeks, it’s nice to have a little bit of a breather mentally, and not have to go right back to a game-plan after a rough game like that.
‘‘Mentally our guys are in a really good spot right now,’’ he added.
The Falcons are in the weight room Tuesday, and will work on fundamentals Wednesday and Thursday with Friday being an off day. Preparation for Toledo begins Saturday.
‘‘Sometimes during the course of a season, when you start game-planning, you’re much more tied into what the opponent does, the adjustments you have got to make. If you’re not careful the fundamentals of the position can get away from you,’’ Clawson said.
‘‘We’re fortunate that we’re 3-0 in the conference, but we want to win them all,’’ Clawson added. ‘‘Ideally we’d be 7-0 right now. I think we’re a better football team right now than we were seven weeks ago, but as we finish up here in the MAC with five straight games we still need to improve.’’
GATES: Per NCAA rules, BG’s Jerry ‘BooBoo’ Gates is eligible to play in the game against Toledo.
Gates was ejected in the first half of the Mississippi State game for targeting a player.
‘‘If that hit would have occurred at the beginning of the third quarter, he would have to miss the first half of the next game (Toledo),’’ Clawson said.
JOHNSON: BGSU quarterback Matt Johnson has been named the MAC East offensive player of the week. It’s the third time he has been honored this season.
Against Mississippi State, Johnson was 20-of-34 passing for 224 yards, and he rushed for 29 yards on six carries, including a 2-yard scoring play.
A Falcon has earned the MAC East offensive player of the week award five times in the first seven weeks of the season.
NUMBERS: Bowling Green is 33rd in the nation in total offense, averaging 467.0 yards per game, and 34th in total defense, allowing 355.1 yards per game.
FIELD GOALS: Opponents are 0-of-5 on field goals against the Falcons, so far this season.
Meanwhile BG’s Tyler Tate is 8-of-11 on field goals, missing twice against Indiana and once against Mississippi State.
BG-UT: The BG-UT game can be viewed on ESPN3.

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