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Falcon football looking for success at home (09-08-11) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Thursday, 08 September 2011 08:54
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Bowling Green head coach Dave Clawson signals to his defense during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Idaho Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, in Moscow, Idaho. (AP Photo/Dean Hare)
Now it's time to defend the turf at Perry Stadium.
After posting an impressive 32-15 victory at Idaho to open the season, Bowling Green hosts Morgan State Saturday with kickoff at 7 p.m.
"The measure of a good team and a good program is playing well at home and defending your home turf," BG head coach Dave Clawson said.
Bowling Green was 1-4 at home in 2010 after going 3-3 in 2009's home games, Clawson's first season as head coach.
"We played very poorly at home (in 2010). That's something we've got to get rectified," Clawson said. "You really want to show the home crowd, the people that buy the season tickets, and your own students that you take tremendous pride in representing Bowling Green State University.
"I certainly hope we get off to a good start this year and that our guys show up ready to play with that same energy and emotion we showed a week ago."
INJURIES: Kyle Bryant, a 6-feet-5, 305 pound, redshirt sophomore, was scheduled to start at left tackle for the Idaho game. However, a broken hand forced him to miss the game.
"Kyle Bryant has practiced the last three days," Clawson said Wednesday. "He's looked better every day.
"It's going to be a game time decision."
If Bryant does not start, or is unable to play, Ben Bojicic will remain at left tackle, Dominique Wharton at left guard and Chip Robinson at center.
Adrien Spencer, a senior backup cornerback, is battling a hamstring injury.
"He's been out there practicing a little bit. I would say right now, we're hoping he can go. But it's probably 50-50," Clawson said.
CLASSES: There has been a whirlwind of comments on the Internet this week concerning Toledo head coach Tim Beckman's thoughts on members of his football team having to attend class until noon on weekdays when there is a home game that night.
Beckman is a former assistant coach at Bowling Green.
When asked about players going to class on game days, Clawson said he was unaware that it was even an issue.
"As far as I know, it's been a rule," Clawson said about class attendance. "We have always required that our players go to class the day of the game.
"When I was hired here by our athletic director Greg Christopher, he told me ... there was a MAC (Mid-American Conference) policy that you had to go to class that day.
"I guess I was a little big caught off-guard that it was a new rule because to me the rule always existed."
PAYDAYS: Bowling Green is paying FCS-opponent Morgan State $290,000 for Saturday's game.
For BG's game at West Virginia on Oct. 1, the Falcons will be receiving $850,000. Of that total, $775,000 is coming from West Virginia and the other $75,000 is coming from Ohio State.
The Falcons were originally scheduled to play Ohio State this season, but the Buckeyes asked for the game to be changed so they could schedule a contest to be televised on ESPN, according to Christopher in an email reply.
As part of the agreement to make the change, Ohio State is making up the difference between what West Virginia is paying BG and what the Falcons would make for going to Columbus.
The BG-Ohio State game has been rescheduled for 2016, Christopher said.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 September 2011 09:24
 

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