BGSU rolls past Murray State, 48-7 (9-21-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Saturday, 21 September 2013 19:24
Bowling Green's Heath Jackson (85) is tackled by Murray State's William Higginson (41) as Bowling Green's Ronnie Moore (5), Andre Givens (2) and Murray State's Anthony Hayes (16) look on during their game Saturday afternoon at BGSU. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Murray State was just what the Bowling Green football Falcons needed Saturday.
After a disappointing 42-10 loss to Indiana the previous week, Bowling Green bounced back with an impressive 48-7 victory over the Racers. The Falcons are 3-1 overall.
‘‘We certainly didn’t play well a week ago; we had to bounce back,’’ BG head coach Dave Clawson said. ‘‘We prepared better this week than we prepared for Indiana. PHOTO GALLERY
‘‘The game was clean for the most part until the second half of the third quarter when we got some of the subs in there,’’ he added. ‘‘We got back on track against a team we should do that too.’’
The Falcons were extremely effective on both sides of the ball against Murray State.
‘‘This week we got back to the basics and dominated,’’ BG running back Travis Greene said.
‘‘We just wanted to get both sides of the ball playing good for four quarters. We knew if we could do that we could be a really good team,’’ said BG linebacker D.J. Lynch.
Offensively, Bowling Green rolled up 660 total yards, the most in Clawson’s five years at Bowling Green. The Falcons were just 46 yards away from the school record of 706 yards set against Grand Valley State in 1978.
‘‘I have fantastic tools to work with,’’ BG quarterback Matt Johnson said.
The Falcons rushed for 282 yards, led by Greene’s 133 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.
BG also had the passing game working, with three quarterbacks combining for a 28-of-32 effort for 378 yards and three touchdowns with one interception.
Johnson was 19-of-22 for 244 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
‘‘That’s hard to do against air when you don’t have a defense; that’s hard to do against the scout team,’’ Clawson said about Johnson’s performance.
Defensively, the Falcons bottled up the Racers attack, limiting them to a total of 312 yards for the game, including 117 in the first half. Murray State converted four of 14 third-down opportunities and was in the red zone only three times, scoring once.
‘‘We didn’t change much. We have a veteran group, so we’ve just been running the basic calls,’’ Lynch said. ‘‘Once that first drives comes, and we get a three-and-out we know it’s going to be a good day. Once we start feeling it, it’s hard put points up against us.’’
Bowling Green’s ability to move the ball also helped the defense. The Falcons held a 35:35-24:25 edge in time of possession.
‘‘When we go out there fresh we can make stops, rather than going out there dragging,’’ Lynch said.
Bowling Green scored on its second possession of the game, taking a 6-0 lead on Johnson’s 4-yard pass to Chris Gallon. The PAT attempt hit the upright. Tyler Tate made his next six PATs.
The most visible mistake by the Falcons came on their next possession when Johnson threw an interception that Darria Skinner returned to the MSU 47-yard line.
Murray State moved to BG’s 5-yard line, but Paul Senn knocked the ball away from MSU’s Maikhail Miller and Paul Swan recovered for the Falcons at the 1-yard line.
‘‘When you get down to that goal-line, you just have to bow up and not let them in,’’ Lynch said. ‘‘That’s a huge momentum swing, a crush to their team ... nothing gets better than a turnover in the red zone.’’
After the fumble recovery, the Falcons then took control of the game with a 99-yard scoring drive, using 11 plays and taking 5:19 off the clock. Green scored on an 8-yard run to cap the drive.
Bowling Green added two more touchdowns in the second quarter to lead 27-0 at the break.
Johnson scored on a 7-yard run for BG’s third TD
In the final seconds of the first half, with the Falcons out of time outs, Johnson rolled out to his left and found Gallon for a 1-yard score on a third-down play. The TD finished a 15-play 97-yard drive that used 5:01 of the final 5:08 of the half.
In the third quarter, Andre Givens scored on a 9-yard and William Houston tallied from 1-yard out for the Falcons, around MSU’s only TD of the game.
Third-team quarterback James Knapke closed out the scoring with a 17-yard touchdown pass to Ronnie Moore with 3:01 left in the game.

Murray St.    0    0    7    0    —    7
Bowling Green    6    21    14    7    —    48
First Quarter
BG—Gallon 4 pass from Johnson (kick failed), 7:40. Drive: 8 plays, 63 yards, 3:49.
Second Quarter
BG—Tra.Greene 8 run (Tate kick), 12:13. Drive: 11 plays, 99 yards, 5:19.
BG—Johnson 7 run (Tate kick), 8:31. Drive: 5 plays, 69 yards, 2:12.
BG—Gallon 1 pass from Johnson (Tate kick), :07. Drive: 16 plays, 97 yards, 5:01.
Third Quarter
BG—Givens 9 run (Tate kick), 11:47. Drive: 4 plays, 68 yards, 1:56.
Mur—Berry 2 run (Benton kick), 8:10. Drive: 13 plays, 83 yards, 3:32.
BG—Houston 1 run (Tate kick), 4:56. Drive: 6 plays, 61 yards, 3:08.
Fourth Quarter
BG—Moore 17 pass from Knapke (Tate kick), 2:31. Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 3:01.
Mur    BG
First downs    17    32
By rushing    7    13
By passing    7    18
By penalty    3    1
Rushes-yards    32-166    42-282
Passing    146    378
Comp-Att-Int    24-34-0    28-32-1
Avg. gain per play    4.7    8.9
Sacks-yard lost    2-10    0-0
Punts-Avg.    6-43.2    2-36.5
Punt returns    0-0    2-6
Kickoff returns    3-52    2-29
Fumbles-Lost    1-1    0-0
Penalties-Yards    8-57    7-72
3rd-down conversions    4-14    8-10
4th-down conversions    1-1    0-0
Red-zone conversions    1-3    7-7
Time of Possession    24:25    35:35
RUSHING—Murray St., Berry 9-55, Miller 10-52, Brady 10-44, Holliday 3-15. Bowling Green, Tra.Greene 17-133, Givens 8-47, Johnson 5-40, Hopgood 1-25, Houston 7-24, Moore 1-8, Knapke 1-6, Schilz 2-(minus 1).
PASSING—Murray St., Miller 22-32-0-134, P.Frazier 2-2-0-12. Bowling Green, Johnson 19-22-1-244, Schilz 5-6-0-63, Knapke 4-4-0-71.
RECEIVING—Murray St., Griffin 5-42, Harris 3-19, Powell 3-17, Harness 3-13, Davis 2-26, Rice 2-15, Berry 2-8, Brady 2-(minus 6), Harrington 1-6, Morrow 1-6. Bowling Green, Moore 5-63, Gallon 5-36, Bayer 4-65, Joplin 3-53, Cohen 3-42, Tra.Greene 2-34, Burbrink 2-25, Pohlman 1-33, Hopgood 1-15, Beck 1-9, Givens 1-3.

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