(updated 9:45) Falcons rally for 31-14 win over Akron (9-28-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Saturday, 28 September 2013 18:42
Bowling Green's Travis Greene runs the ball as Akron's Alfonso Horner chases him during their game Saturday afternoon. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)

Trailing 14-3 less than 10 minutes into the game, the Bowling Green Falcon football team did not panic Saturday against Akron.
The offense picked up the pace, the defense buckled down, and the Falcons rallied for a 31-14 victory over the Zips. BG is now 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Mid-American Conference.
“That game was a battle,” BG head coach Dave Clawson said. “I am really proud of the way our team bounced back ... outscoring them in the second half 21-0, and really controlling both sides of the line of scrimmage. ... It was a real gritty effort.’’

The Zips controlled the game early, scoring on their first two possessions, while Akron’s defense sacked BG quarterback Matt Johnson six times in the first half.
The Falcons got a touchdown with 1:41 left in the first half to pull within 14-10, and then played a very strong second half to put the game away.
Offensively, Clawson gave the credit to Warren Ruggiero, BG’s offensive coordinator, for the halftime adjustments,
‘‘When we were dropping back and taking time they (Akron’s rush) were getting there,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘We were more patient in the second half. We moved the launch point. You saw a lot more three-step (drops), you saw a lot more sprint-out.’’
Johnson said he was frustrated with his play in the first half.
‘‘I was missing some open throws,’’ Johnson said. ‘‘Their defensive line was coming off the ball hard, kind of disrupting things for us; so we just had to adjust with our play-calling.’’
Defensively, in the second half, the Falcons limited the Zips to six first downs and 97 total yards; 38 on the ground and 59 through the air.
‘‘Mike Elko, our defensive coordinator, made some great adjustments too,’’ Clawson said.
Gabe Martin, BG’s rover, said the Falcons weren’t playing aggressive enough in the first half, and were hurt by two penalties.
‘‘We just had to buckle-down on defense, and get it together,’’ Martin said about the second half. ‘‘I never feel like we count ourselves out; we always feel we have a chance no matter what.’’
Tyler Tate kicked a 29-yard field goal between Akron’s two touchdowns as the Zips led 14-3 after the first quarter.
The Falcons’ pulled to within 14-10 at the half as Johnson hit Shaun Joplin on a slant route for a 22-yard touchdown. Joplin juggled the ball a couple of times, but secured it for the score.
In the second half, William Houston scored on a 2-yard run for the Falcons and teammate Travis Greene scored twice — first on a 30-yard shovel pass from Johnson, and second on an 11-yard run capping an 80-yard drive.
‘‘We came back out, and just executed better than we did in the first half,’’ Greene said.
Greene rushed 24 times for 142 yards, and added four receptions for 71 yards.
‘‘One of the things that we had to do was make more explosive touchdowns,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘Certainly Travis Greene made people miss in space. ... On his touchdowns, it was blocked to a certain point, and then he made a linebacker or a safety miss.
‘‘Those are the plays that we haven’t been getting,’’ Clawson added. ‘‘To see him make those plays was really encouraging.’’
Greene liked getting the ball as much as he did.
‘‘I’m not really tired at all. ... I feel great; I could go play a whole four quarters again,’’ Greene said.
Johnson was 18-of-24 passing for 229 yards and two scores. He was 8-of-8 passing for 123 yards in the third quarter and 3-of-3 for 30 yards in the fourth quarter.
‘‘We ran quick passes, we ran roll-outs,’’ Johnson said about the second half. ‘‘We had to counter what they were beating us with.
‘‘They were getting pressure up the middle, so we rolled the pocket; we threw quick passes.’’

Akron    14    0    0    0    —    14
Bowling Green    3    7    14    7    —    31
First Quarter
Akr—L.Smith 51 pass from Pohl (Stein kick), 12:38. Drive: 3 plays, 67 yards, 0:41.
BG—FG Tate 29, 9:31. Drive: 8 plays, 64 yards, 3:07.
Akr—Pohl 3 run (Stein kick), 5:39. Drive: 12 plays, 72 yards, 3:48.
Second Quarter
BG—Joplin 22 pass from Johnson (Tate kick), 1:41. Drive: 10 plays, 65 yards, 3:12.
Third Quarter
BG—Houston 2 run (Tate kick), 6:47. Drive: 11 plays, 69 yards, 6:30.
BG—Tra.Greene 30 pass from Johnson (Tate kick), 1:41. Drive: 6 plays, 60 yards, 3:06.
Fourth Quarter
BG—Tra.Greene 11 run (Tate kick), 4:49. Drive: 13 plays, 80 yards, 8:01.
Akr    BG
First downs    19    22
By rushing    4    9
By passing    12    12
By penalty    3    1
Rushes-yards    25-97    44-167
Passing    199    229
Comp-Att-Int    22-37-0    18-24-0
Avg. gain per play    4.8    5.8
Sacks-yards lost    0-0    6-28
Punts-Avg.    5-29.2    4-42.5
Punt returns    2-7    0-0
Kickoff returns    3-53    0-0
Fumbles-Lost    0-0    2-0
Penalties-Yards    2-10    5-58
3rd-down conversions    6-13    9-14
4th-down conversions    0-1    0-0
Red-zone conversions    1-2    4-5
Time of Possession    23:57    36:03
RUSHING—Akron, Chisholm 9-28, Pohl 6-26, Bickley 4-24, Jones 3-14, Hundley 2-10, Team 1-(minus 5). Bowling Green, Tra.Greene 24-142, Givens 3-24, Houston 5-16, Moore 1-7, Team 1-(minus 2), Johnson 10-(minus 20).
PASSING—Akron, Pohl 22-37-0-199. Bowling Green, Johnson 18-24-0-229.
RECEIVING—Akron, L.Smith 5-89, Dillard 5-50, Bickley 4-15, D’Orazio 3-25, Goodman 2-21, Lewis 1-5, Hundley 1-(minus 2), Chisholm 1-(minus 4). Bowling Green, Joplin 5-78, Tra.Greene 4-71, Burbrink 3-28, Gallon 3-27, Bayer 3-25.


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