|Falcon football hopes for strong finish (10-29-13)|
|Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Tuesday, 29 October 2013 09:35|
With a strong finish to the season the Bowling Green State University football team can still win the Mid-American Conference East title, and a berth in the MAC championship game.
The Falcons are 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the MAC after a heart-breaking 28-25 loss to Toledo last Saturday.
BG is idle until next Tuesday’s game at Miami.
Also on the schedule next month is a Nov. 12 home game with Ohio (3-1 in the MAC), a Nov. 23 game at Eastern Michigan, and a Nov. 29 game at Buffalo (4-0 in the MAC). Buffalo hosts Ohio next Tuesday.
‘‘We’re going to need to move past this one (the UT loss), and start looking forward to Miami and November,’’ BG head coach Dave Clawson said Monday. ‘‘We’re still in position to win the MAC East, but we’ve got some tough games ahead of us ... We just need to regroup, improve, and get our guys focused on the task at hand.’’
Clawson said the goal of finishing strong in November, should be motivation enough for the Falcons.
‘‘Right now we’re 3-1, and we have four games left; these games are championship football games for us,’’ Clawson said.
‘‘Our focus is getting our football team better, preparing for Miami, and trying to win the MAC East. Those are the things that we can control,’’ Clawson added. ‘‘We’re one of six teams (left) in the conference that still have a chance to win this thing (a MAC championship). We’re going to attack it with vigor and energy, and I know our players will respond.’’
ONE POSITIVE: BG had a nightmare start against Toledo, as the Rockets took a 21-0 lead. The Falcons rallied to gain a 25-21 edge, but the Rockets scored the eventual game-winner with 1:22 left in the game.
‘‘Our guys ... kept battling, kept playing hard. We executed a lot better. We converted third downs, and we made plays in the red zone on offense,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘Our offense really got in a good groove in the second half.’’
SCHEDULE: The Falcons took Sunday off, and lifted weights on Monday.
There are meetings and a light practice scheduled for today.
The game plan for Miami will be introduced on Wednesday, and the preparation begins in earnest on Thursday.
FIELD GOAL: BG’s opening possession against Toledo ended with a fourth down incomplete pass from the UT 23-yard line.
The Falcons were driving to the south end of Perry Stadium, and with Saturday’s stiff wind, the call was to go for it on fourth down.
“We did not feel we could kick a field goal against the wind unless we were inside the 17- or 18-yard line,” Clawson said. “Unless we were inside the 20, we were going to go for it.”
PUNTS: Zac Murphy, Miami’s punter, is getting plenty of work as the RedHawks are 0-8 overall and 0-4 in the MAC.
In Saturday’s 41-16 loss to Ohio, Murphy punted seven times, averaging 52.7 yards. He had punts of 73 and 65 yards.
For the season, Murphy has punted 45 times, averaging 48.1 yards per punt. A total of 15 of his punts have gone 50 yards or longer, and 11 have landed inside the 20-yard line.
TV: The game with Miami has been moved from ESPN2 to ESPNU. Kickoff is at 8 p.m.
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