|Falcons, Ohio set sights on East title (11-12-13)|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Tuesday, 12 November 2013 10:24|
A battle to stay alive in the Mid-American Conference East football race takes place tonight at Perry Stadium.
Kickoff is at 7:30 for the Ohio (6-3, 3-2) at Bowling Green (6-2, 4-1) contest. Buffalo (7-2 overall) leads the division at 5-0, and plays at Toledo tonight.
BG is coming off a convincing 45-3 win over Miami while Ohio suffered a tough 30-3 loss at Buffalo.
The Bobcats were never able to recover from an incorrect call by the officials which gave Buffalo a safety. The safety allowed the Bulls to take control of the game in the second half.
''Even though we've got guys on our football team that have done a lot of things here in terms of winning games, going to bowl games, and winning bowl games, we're still playing with an awful lot of young guys,'' Ohio head coach Frank Solich said Monday. ''Obviously, a call shouldn't effect a game dramatically ... but our guys kind of lost a little steam coming off of that.
''We just never really gathered it back up, and that's something that you cannot have happen,'' he continued. ''We did address that (after the game). We need our senior leadership to step up; those are the times that senior leadership should play a huge role ... We want to make sure that doesn't happen again to our ball club.''
SPECIAL TEAMS: BG posted a 26-14 win at Ohio last season, due in large part to its special teams play.
The Falcons blocked two punts, and there were two other bad snaps on punts for Ohio. The Falcons generated 19 points, two touchdowns, a field goal, and a safety, from the miscues.
''That phase of the game was certainly paramount in terms of the final outcome, and what that game was all about,'' Solich said about the special teams play last year.
INJURIES: For Ohio, senior wide receiver Donte' Foster and cornerback/kickoff returner Devin Bass are both questionable for the game. Safety Thad Ingel will not play.
MAC HONORS: BG's Jerry 'BooBoo' Gates and Tyler Tate received MAC player of the week honors after the win over Miami.
Gates, a senior safety, recovered two fumbles, including one that he returned for a touchdown. It was the fourth different way that Gates has scored a touchdown in his career (fumble recovery return, interception return, kickoff return, and punt return), the first Falcon in program history to accomplish that feat. Gates also added four tackles in the game.
Tate, a sophomore place-kicker, was perfect in seven kicks at Miami, tying his career high with six PATs. Tate also added a 29-yard field goal. He is 10-of-13 on field goals this season.
PETTUS: Josh Pettus has been added to the list of Falcon seniors being recognized before tonight's game.
A total of 18 seniors are being introduced.
NEXT: BG visits Eastern Michigan Nov. 23 with kickoff at 1 p.m.
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