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(updated 9:55 p,m.) Falcons down UMass, 28-7 for third straight win (10-5-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Saturday, 05 October 2013 19:23
Bowling Green's Ryland Ward (15) intercepts the ball in the end zone as teammate Jerry Gates and Massachusetts' Rob Blanchflower (87) look on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, during the second half. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Another slow start didn’t deter the Bowling Green State University football team Saturday.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Falcons took control of the game and went on to post a 28-7 victory over UMass, before a Homecoming crowd of 13,799 at Perry Stadium. PHOTO GALLERY
It was the third straight win for the Falcons, now 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the Mid-American Conference.
‘‘We know that every game is a ring game. If we lose, there’s a chance we don’t get to play in Detroit (for the MAC championship),’’ BG senior Dominic Flewellyn said.
A 51-yard touchdown pass to Ronnie Moore midway through the second quarter jump-started the Falcons.
On the scoring play, quarterback Matt Johnson and running back Jordan Hopgood carried out a good play-action fake. Johnson said Chris Gallon, the primary target, was covered and he found Moore, a freshman speedster, open.
‘‘The line was able to give me great protection, and I was able to scan the rest of the field,’’ Johnson said. ‘‘Ronnie caught the ball maybe a yard beyond the line of scrimmage, but he was able to make a couple of guys miss. He’s obviously fast enough to get to the end zone.’’
Flewellyn, BG’s starter at left guard on the offensive line, was happy to see Moore score.
‘‘I was glad, because I was tired any ways,’’ Flewellyn said with a big smile on his face.
BG head coach Dave Clawson was also pleased to see an explosive play.
‘‘We haven’t gotten a lot of explosive plays like that, and that was just a guy making a play,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘Once that happened, our offense got untracked a little bit.
‘‘I thought as the game went on, we wore them down,’’ Clawson added. ‘‘You’re certainly proud that we have a football team that gets stronger as the game goes on.’’
It was the first of three TD passes for Johnson, who was 2-of-7 passing for 10 yards in the first quarter, and 9-of-13 for 156 yards the rest of the way.
‘‘Throughout the game, myself and the entire offense, gets a little more in rhythm, a little bit calmer,’’ Johnson said. ‘‘I was able to hit some easy passes, some short passes, and then we started taking some shots down the field.’’
All three scoring passes went to backups at their position.
Tyler Beck caught a 23-yard scoring pass and Heath Jackson had a 9-yard TD pass.
‘‘All three of those guys deserve a lot of credit, because none of them are the one (starter) in their position,’’ Johnson said. ‘‘When they were inserted into the game, they knew exactly what to do.
‘‘Beck ran a good route on his touchdown ... Heath was wide open, he just ran a good route,’’ Johnson added,
Clawson said all three touchdown passes were set up by BG’s running attack.  Led by Travis Greene’s 160 yards, the Falcons rushed for 232 yards on 43 carries.
‘‘Towards the middle of the game, we started coming off the ball a little more; being a little more physical,’’ Flewellyn said. ‘‘We just executed better; communication got a little better.’’
BG’s other touchdown was scored on a 1-yard run by William Houston. It was the seventh TD of the season for the freshman.
While the offense took some time to get started, the defense was solid, allowing only 192 yards and 3-of-12 third-down conversions through the first three quarters. UMass finally found the end zone with 4:34 remaining in the game with BG’s backups on the field.
‘‘We played well on defense all day,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘We were going to play a little bit vanilla, we were going to make them earn it, and chunk their way down (the field).
‘‘We didn’t believe they could beat us, if we kept things in front of us,’’ he added.
Ryland Ward, who finished with four tackles and BG’s first interception of the season, said the defense does what it has to do, to help the team.
‘‘Our game plan every week is to come out and put a zero on the board for the other team,’’ Ward said, adding that the late score by UMass was upsetting.
UMass    0    0    0    7    —    7
Bowling Green    0    14    14    0    —    28
Second Quarter
BG—Moore 51 pass from Johnson (Tate kick), 7:51. Drive: 7 plays, 91 yards, 3:17.
BG—Houston 1 run (Tate kick), 1:15. Drive: 11 plays, 70 yards, 4:57.
Third Quarter
BG—Beck 23 pass from Johnson (Tate kick), 10:10. Drive: 5 plays, 56 yards, 2:35.
BG—H.Jackson 9 pass from Johnson (Tate kick), 5:10. Drive: 5 plays, 55 yards, 2:26.
Fourth Quarter
Mass—Sharpe 24 pass from Wegzyn (Lucas kick), 4:34. Drive: 10 plays, 71 yards, 6:02.
Mass    BG
First downs    15    21
By rushing    8    8
By passing    6    10
By penalty    1    3
Rushes-yards    32-184    43-232
Passing    96    216
Comp-Att-Int    11-25-1    13-22-0
Avg. gain per play    4.9    6.9
Sacks-yards lost    0-0    3-19
Punts-Avg.    8-36.5    5-42.2
Punt returns    0-0    1-7
Kickoff returns    2-36    0-0
Fumbles-Lost    0-0    0-0
Penalties-Yards    8-62    2-20
3rd down conversions    4-13    5-12
4th down conversions    1-1    0-1
Red zone conversions    0-0    2-3
Time of Possession    27:37    32:23
RUSHING—UMass, Wilson 20-119, Wegzyn 6-40, Doyle 5-23, Woodley 1-2. Bowling Green, Tra.Greene 22-160, Givens 4-60, Hopgood 2-13, Coppet 4-10, Moore 1-3, Houston 2-1, Team 2-(minus 3), Johnson 6-(minus 12).
PASSING—UMass, Doyle 4-17-0­—20, Wegzyn 7-8-1—76. Bowling Green, Johnson 11-20-0—166, Schilz 2-2-0—50.
RECEIVING—UMass, Sharpe 3-38, Blanchflower 3-16, Beck 2-20, Wilson 1-9, Davis 1-7, Miller 1-6. Bowling Green, H.Jackson 4-33, Moore 3-91, Joplin 2-25, Beck 1-23, Bayer 1-20, Burbrink 1-13, Gallon 1-11.
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