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(updated 1:45 a.m.) Falcons steamroll Ohio, 49-0 PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:28
BG quaterback Matt Johnson (11) runs the ball on Ohio's Ben Russell (right). (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
A fast start to the game, an explosive offensive effort and a dominating defensive performance.
That’s what the Bowling Green State University football team put together Tuesday night on the way to a 49-0 win over Ohio at Perry Stadium.  PHOTO GALLERY
Combined with Toledo’s 51-41 win over Buffalo, the Falcons and the Bulls are tied for first place in the Mid-American Conference East Division at 5-1. BG is 7-3 overall with two league games remaining.
The Falcons wanted to start fast against the Bobcats, and 3:11 into the game it was 14-0.
‘‘The guys really came out ready to play from the get-go,’’ BG head coach Dave Clawson said. ‘‘It was a really good feeling the last 48 hours. The guys were locked in and we carried it to the field.’’
It was 21-0 after the first quarter and 35-0 at the half, as BG worked the play-action pass to start the game and then mixed in the run.
‘‘Ohio is a team that likes to out-number the run; they get their safeties very involved in the run game,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘We went into the game telling the offensive line and telling the perimeter players, that we are going to have some opportunities in play-action to make big plays and we had better hold up in protection. If we get our shots, we had better hit them.’’
The strategy worked.
BG’s first play of the game was a 43-yard play-action pass from Matt Johnson to Shaun Joplin. That pass set up a score on the next play, an 11-yard run by Travis Greene.
On BG’s second possession, Johnson connected with Heath Jackson on a 32-yard TD, also on play-action.
Both touchdowns were set up by poor punt plays by Ohio.
Long-time radio personality and sports broadcaster Dave Horger was on the radio again Tuesday at Perry Stadium. Horger and Mark Miller broadcast the second quarter of the BGSU vs. Ohio football game. Now retired Horger was the play-by-play voice of Falcon football for 12 years, and he also worked BGSU men’s basketball games.
‘‘When the defense is playing at a high-tempo like they were, and they are able to get us the ball back on a three-and-out or a turnover, and the offense can turn good field position into points, that will get you off to a fast start,’’ Johnson said. ‘‘We were able to capitalize on both those things.’’
For the game, BG’s offense rolled up 460 yards, 207 on the ground and 253 through the air.
Greene rushed 22 times for 149 yards and two touchdowns.
‘‘My role was, when I got the ball, to make something happen,’’ Greene said.
Johnson was 12-of-17 passing for 229 yards and two scores with one interception.
‘‘The offensive line gave me a lot of time,’’ Johnson said. ‘‘When they do that, no matter if it’s play-action or a regular drop-back pass, it makes the pass game pretty easy.’’
Jackson was BG’s leading receiver with five catches for 74 yards, including a tough catch in coverage for his touchdown.
‘‘He was able to go up, make a good play, and score,’’ Johnson said. ‘‘He’s turned into a very reliable option.”
After the two quick touchdowns to start the game, William Houston scored twice on 1-yard runs, and Greene scored on a 16-yard run to make it 35-0 at the half.
In the third quarter, a wide-open Alex Bayer scored on a 57-yard catch-and-run from Johnson. In the fourth quarter, Matt Schilz threw a 24-yard TD pass to Ronnie Moore.
Meanwhile, BG’s defense was stuffing the Bobcats at every opportunity. The Falcons allowed only 172 yards, including 50 in the first half.
‘‘We got a pass rush which helped. Getting a lead helped, making them a little bit one-dimensional and we covered them well,’’ Clawson said.
A big key to BG’s defensive success was being able to mix defenses, Clawson added.
Ohio did move the ball in the fourth quarter, with BG’s starting defensive unit on the sidelines, but the second-team defense held the Bobcats out of the end zone.
‘‘It was very important for our defensive guys to get a shutout,’’ Clawson said.
Cameron Truss led BG with seven tackles, including six unassisted tackles, while Jerry ‘BooBoo’ Gates had five tackles and an interception he returned 82 yards.
‘‘We wanted to stop the run, and get them on their heels early,’’ Gates said. ‘‘Once they get their offense going, they like to go fast. Once we get them off-schedule, they slow down and they start to panic.’’
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 11:55

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