|Falcons hold on to beat Idaho, 21-13 (9-9-12)|
|Written by By JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Sunday, 09 September 2012 00:46|
In recent years, Bowling Green probably would have buckled under the pressure when things did not go as planned in the fourth quarter.
The Falcons then were forced to punt on their next possession, giving the Vandals an opportunity to make it interesting. Idaho had the ball with 3:41 remaining at its own 20-yard line.
However on the first play from scrimmage, BG linebacker Paul Swan stripped the ball away from Jahrie Level after a completed pass and Aaron Foster recovered for the Falcons.
BG then ran the final 3:31 off the clock to preserve the victory.
“It was good to see him punch it out,” Clawson said about Swan’s play.
The BG defense also made two keys stops in the second quarter, holding the Vandals to two field goals. Idaho had the ball inside the 10-yard line on both possessions, but the Falcons held both times.
“Our defense played really, really well and especially on some of those sudden changes,” Clawson said. “Keeping them out of the end zone before the half was really big.
“Our defense battled. We’re getting better on defense,” he continued. “Those guys have worked hard and it’s starting to pay off.”
“Every time you stop them in the red zone and hold them to three points, it’s awesome,” said BG senor defensive tackle Chris Jones.
BG scored first on a 4-yard run by Anthon Samuel with 2:07 left in the first quarter. The drive was jump-started by a 42-yard pass from Matt Schilz to Shaun Joplin.
Samuel also scored BG’s second TD on a 29-yard run with 3:46 left in the third quarter. Schilz was 6-of-7 for 78 yards on the drive and he also scrambled for 12 yards on a third-and-nine play. Chris Gallon caught three passes on the drive for 51 yards, including a 37-yard reception.
The defense set up BG’s third score with a highlight film interception on Idaho’s possession after Samuel’s second TD.
On a Dominique Blackman pass to Najee Lovett, BG’s Jude Adjei-Barimah tipped the intended pass to teammate Darrell Hunter, who tipped the ball again to Adjei-Berimah, who tipped the ball into the air again with Josh Pettus coming down with the interception.
“All those guys showed why they play on defense not offense,” Clawson said with a wry smile. “It was like the ball was greased up or something.”
Three plays later, Schilz found Je’Ron Stokes for a 15-yard touchdown to push BG’s lead to 21-6.
“Those two turnovers in the fourth quarter, that’s the football game,” Clawson said about Foster’s fumble recovery and Pettus’ interception.
“They really did a good job today and it really helped us and saved us from a loss,” Schilz said about his defensive teammates.
BOWLING GREEN 21, IDAHO 13
|Last Updated on Monday, 10 September 2012 09:25|
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