|BGSU football noter: Late scoring drive helps Falcons win (9-28-13)|
|Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Saturday, 28 September 2013 20:49|
Leading Akron 24-14 early in the fourth quarter, the Bowling Green State University football team hit the trifecta Saturday afternoon at Perry Stadium.
The Zips had driven to a first-and-goal at the 9-yard line, and then had a third-and-goal from the 1-yard line.
On the third-down play, BG’s Gabe Martin got back into pass coverage and made an athletic play to knock the ball away at the goal-line from tight end Anthony Ritossa, the intended receiver. PHOTO GALLERY
‘‘The play of the game was the third-and-one when he knocked the ball down,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘If they hit that pass it’s a three-point game. ... It was a big-time play by a big-time player.’’
On fourth down, the Zips went for the field goal, but Robert Stein’s 17-yard attempt, hit the left upright and ricocheted away, giving the Falcons the ball at the 20-yard line.
Bowling Green’s offense took over from there, driving 80-yards for an insurance touchdown. The 13-play drive took 8:01 off the clock as Travis Greene’s 11-yard scoring run gave BG a 31-14 lead, which turned out to be the final score for the game.
Martin was in the right place at the right time for the pass breakup.
‘‘Initially I was supposed to cover the fullback to the flat,’’ Martin said. ‘‘(Aaron) Foster took off and covered him for me, and I was kind of in between, trying to figure out what to do.
‘‘I saw the quarterback shuffle his feet, and I just jumped up and got up high enough,’’ he continued. ‘‘I wish I could have picked (intercepted) it, but it worked out in our favor.’’
Then the offense took over. Greene carried the ball nine times for 37 yards, and Andre Givens added an 18-yard run. Givens ran approximately 40 yards on the play, cutting back across the field. He was helped by a nice block from quarterback Matt Johnson.
‘It a huge credit to the offensive line,’’ Johnson said. ‘‘That’s their time. We’re not going to throw the ball 10 times that drive. We’re going to milk the clock. ... Anytime they (the line) are in that situation, they love that pressure.’’
Johnson was 3-of-3 on the game-sealing drive, hitting Ryan Burbrink twice over the middle for a total of 19-yards, and also connecting with Chris Gallon for 11-yards.
MARTIN: Martin did not play last week due to a leg injury, but he saw a great deal of action Saturday. He was a first-team all-conference player and BG’s leading tackler last season.
‘‘Certainly Gabe Martin coming back from his injury was very helpful,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘We are a much better defense, and a much different defense when he plays.’’
Martin was pleased with his play, which included five tackles and the key pass breakup.
‘‘I felt good out there today. I felt like I played at a high level,’’ Martin said. ‘‘I might not be 100 percent, but I’m playing at a high-enough level that I could help my team win.’’
FLIP PASS: It was Johnson’s flip pass to Greene, on a screen play, that will make the highlight reels. The play turned into a 30-yard touchdown, giving BG a 24-14 lead.
‘‘We thought that play could work,’’ Greene said.
‘‘The defensive end was in the way, so I just moved a little bit to my left,’’ Johnson said. ‘‘It was a little bit of an awkward pass. ... If I could get it to a low angle to ‘Trav’ (Greene), I was going to try it; luckily it worked.
‘‘It happened fast; it was just instinct.’’
NEXT: Bowling Green hosts UMass next Saturday at 3:30 p.m. for Homecoming.
|Last Updated on Sunday, 29 September 2013 17:34|
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