|Defense coming off big game (09-24-13)|
|Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Tuesday, 24 September 2013 08:28|
Almost overlooked in the 48-7 thrashing of Murray State last Saturday was the effort of the Bowling Green State University defense.
The line played well; the linebackers were active, and the secondary was effective.
Murray State was 24-of-34 passing, but had only 146 receiving yards, an average of 6.1 yards per play.
Walter Powell, who came into the game with career numbers of 160 receptions for 2,053 yards and 23 touchdowns, was limited to three catches for 17 yards by the Falcons.
''Certainly going into the game the key was limiting big plays ... and for the most part we did that,'' BG head coach Dave Clawson said. ''The Powell kid is a very dangerous player; he made plays against everybody.''
BG's starting cornerbacks - Cam Truss and Aaron Foster - each had three tackles, and backup Will Watson had four tackles.
''Cam Truss really played well. It was a very good bounce back game for him,'' Clawson said. ''We did a good job of limiting (Powell's) space.
''Aaron Foster played well; he did not get tested as much.''
Clawson added that the pass rush was improved from previous games. The rush eliminated some of the opportunities for the deep throws.
''Overall, I thought our secondary played better,'' Clawson said. ''There are times the pass rush gets there. But what you watch are film - are guys open?
''For the most part we were where we needed to be, and there were pretty tight cushions.''
FORD: With the absence of Gabe Martin, BG's leading tackler last season, due to a leg injury, Justin Ford stepped into the void and played well as the rover.
Ford, a 6-foot-1, 204 pound, redshirt junior, has seen limited action so far as a Falcon.
''He was very solid,'' Clawson said. ''We maybe didn't get some of the production we sometimes get at that position, but Justin was in the right place, his eyes were where they needed to be. He did a nice job blitzing for us.
''For his first start, he played very well ... He played a lot more snaps than he has ever played. He got a little fatigued, maybe more mentally than physically,'' Clawson continued. ''Overall I think he proved he's a guy we can count on.''
JOHNSON: For the second time in the first four weeks of the season, BG's redshirt sophomore quarterback Matt Johnson has been named the Mid-American Conference's East offensive player of the week.
Johnson was 19-of-22 passing for 244 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Murray State. Johnson's .864 completion percentage was the fifth-best single-game mark in program history as the Falcons rolled up 660 yards of total offense, the most for the team since 2004.
''With every game (he) learns more,'' Clawson said about Johnson. ''I just like how accurate he was, how efficient he was, and how he ran the offense.
''Part of that is the things that you don't see,'' Clawson added. ''There is the amount of time he's spending in the film room; how focused he is with the game plan; the way on a Tuesday practice that he helps run the offense. Those are the things that's he doing exceptionally well too.''
MORALE: With the runaway win over Murray State, the Falcons were able to get a lot of players some game experience, and that helped the esprit de corps of the team.
''With 105 guys on a football team, and you go through tight games ... just from a locker room and a morale standpoint it's great to get guys in there who have worked very hard for one, two, three or four years, and reward them with game reps,'' Clawson said. ''The other advantage is that you have got some younger guys, that are an injury away from having to be the starter, in the game.
''To get guys real reps in a game, in front of a crowd, is very valuable to your program, not only for this year, but the future of your program.''
A total of 61 players participated in the game, according to information provided by the BG athletic communications department.
TV: The Akron at Bowling Green game will be aired exclusively on ESPN3. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. in Perry Stadium. Michael Reghi and Rocky Boiman will call the action.
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