|BGSU football noter: Falcons hope to learn from mistakes made at IU (9-18-13)|
|Written by By JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Wednesday, 18 September 2013 16:29|
Good teams learn from defeats.
Dave Clawson hopes the Bowling Green Falcon football team can put the lessons learned in a 42-10 loss last week to Indiana to good use this week.
The Falcons host Murray State Saturday with kickoff at 3:30 p.m. in Perry Stadium. Both teams are 2-1.
‘‘The key this week was getting things cleaned up fundamentally, just having better attention to detail in those critical situations,’’ Clawson said.
Clawson said he took approximately 30 clips of film, covering offense, defense and special teams, to illustrate problems the Falcons had against Indiana.
‘‘They were certainly things we were capable of doing, but we didn’t do them,’’ Clawson said.
Clawson said the Falcons have good, veteran players and he expects them to bounce back this week.
Taylor Royster, a defensive tackle for the Falcons, said it wasn’t hard for the defense to get ready for practice this week.
‘‘We know we can play better than that; we just didn’t execute the way we were supposed to,’’ Royster said. ‘‘We know what we have to do, and we focus on that going out to the practice field.’’
RUNNING GAME: After two solid games running the ball, the Falcons were held to 136 yards against Indiana.
‘‘At Indiana, we got a lot of cheap yardage at the end ... so it looked better than it really was,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘When we had to run the ball in the first half, we didn’t.’’
Clawson said the Falcons have an offensive line that allows the team to run the ball. He praised the play of redshirt freshman left tackle Jacob Bennett against IU.
‘‘It’s getting better. It’s not where we want it to be,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘In the last four years, every year I think we have improved in the run game. I expect to be an improved rush offense again next year.’’
Travis Green is leading the Falcons with 276 rushing yards and one touchdown on 57 carries.
NEW SCORERS: In the first three games of the season, Bowling Green has scored 10 touchdowns, with nine of them coming from players who had not scored for the Falcons prior to the start of 2013.
THIRD DOWN: Bowling Green went into the Indiana game allowing opponents to convert 12-of-30 third-down opportunities in the first two games.
The Hoosiers turned in several big plays, and went 8-of-13 on third down for the game.
‘‘We were awful on third down,’’ Clawson said.
INJURIES: The injuries are adding up for the Falcons.
Running back Fred Coppet (hip) and rover Gabe Martin (leg) are doubtful for Saturday. They were both injured in the Indiana game.
Also safety Josh Pettus (knee) is questionable.
Meanwhile defensive end Charlie Walker (knee) is probable. He was hurt in the season-opener against Tulsa.
‘‘He’s practiced ... feels better, looks better,’’ Clawson said about Walker.
Clawson is hopeful that cornerback Darrell Hunter (wrist) can come back at some point this season.
Cornerback Diontre Delk could be out for the season after undergoing surgery on his arm.
HACKWORTH: Nate Hackworth, an All-Wood County wide receiver and 2013 graduate of Otsego High School, has joined the Falcons as a walk-on.
TV: Saturday’s game is on ESPN3 with Dave Weekley and John Gregory calling the action.
NEXT: Bowling Green hosts Akron next Saturday with kickoff at 2:30 p.m.
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