BGSU football noter: Johnson has big game for Falcons (9-21-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Saturday, 21 September 2013 21:54
Matt Johnson put his name into the Bowling Green State University football record book Saturday.
In a 48-7 win over Murray State, Johnson, a redshirt sophomore, was 19-of-22 passing for 244 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.
Johnson’s completion percentage of .864 is the fifth-best in a single game in school history. He passed Steve Swan who was 11-of-13 (.846) against Long Beach State in 1982. PHOTO GALLERY
‘‘He was sharp,’’ BG head coach Dave Clawson said, adding that the interception was the only poor ball he could remember Johnson throwing.
‘‘Everybody seemed to be at the right place at the right time. We just seemed to have all things clicking,’’ Johnson said.
However, Johnson will also remember the three incomplete passes.
‘‘The interception, it dampers on me a little bit,’’ Johnson said. ‘‘It was all on me. Chris (Gallon) ran a great route. I just put it behind him.’’
BACKS: The four running backs the Falcons used in the game combined for 229 yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries.
Travis Greene led the way with 133 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. In BG’s four games this season he has 74 carries for 409 yards and two touchdowns.
‘‘Travis did a nice job of making people miss in the second level,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘Travis broke guys down, made cuts, and made people miss. He made 8-yard plays into16-yard plays.’’
Greene was moved to running back in the spring and has made the most of the change.
‘‘I was comfortable from day one ... and confident,’’ Greene said.
‘‘It was just my job to make people miss, and do what I had to do,’’ Greene added.
BG’s three quarterbacks had eight carries for 45 yards with Johnson rushing five times for 40 yards.
RECEIVERS: BG’s quarterbacks spread the ball around with 11 different receivers having at least one reception.
‘‘That’s what we are. I don’t know this year if we have that one dominating receiver. What we have is a lot of really good ones,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘Because of that, the design of our offense is that we are much more comfortable with the ball being spread out.
‘‘Part of the challenge now is that we have to push those guys to get better ... We have a lot of good ones, we have to push them to become great ones.’’
Ronnie Moore had five catches for 63 yards and Gallon had five receptions for 35 yards. Tight end Alex Bayer also had a nice game with four receptions for a team-high 65 yards.
‘‘The receivers did a great job getting open. They read the coverage, and they knew where they had to be,’’ Johnson said. ‘‘They made my job easier. I just had to play pitch-and-catch, that’s all.’’
LINE: The offensive line was a key to both the running and passing success.
‘‘Our O-line is probably as good as we’ve had since I’ve been here in their ability to do both (pass block and run block),’’ Clawson said. ‘‘We are very strong inside and those (redshirt) freshman tackles are playing well.’’
Johnson praised the line, which did not allow a sack.
‘‘The offensive line did a great job. It gave me a clean pocket,’’ Johnson said.
Johnson added that the line imposed its will on Murray State’s defense line during BG’s scoring drives of 97- and 99-yards, opening up the running attack which allowed BG’s offense to get rolling.
ATTENDANCE: The announced crowd for the Family Weekend and Band Day game was 16,094.
NEXT: Bowling Green hosts Akron in a Mid-American Conference game next Saturday. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m.
Last Updated on Sunday, 22 September 2013 11:41

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