|Falcons ready for Miami (11-05-13)|
|Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Tuesday, 05 November 2013 10:39|
It's been a month since the Bowling Green State University football team has won a game.
The Falcons hope to change that tonight at Miami. Kickoff is at 8.
''We're anxious to play another football game,'' BG head coach Dave Clawson said Monday. ''We've only played one game in the last three and a half weeks.''
Bowling Green won at UMass on Oct. 5, but since then have played only twice losing at Mississippi State, 21-20 and at home to Toledo, 28-25. The Falcons are 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the Mid-American Conference.
''With the sport of football, more work goes into every game than any other sport,'' Clawson said. ''When you get into the season, you get into a nice rhythm (playing every Saturday).''
The Falcons had a two-week break between the Mississippi State and Toledo games, and then a 10-day break between the Toledo and Miami games.
''The guys are just anxious to get out there, kick it off, and be on national TV,'' Clawson said.
Miami is 0-8, 0-4. The RedHawks made a coaching change at the beginning of October as Don Treadwell, 8-21 overall, was let go, and former Miami player Mike Bath became the interim head coach.
''The hardest thing to do when you have a season like they are having, is keep the guys playing hard, and they are clearly doing that. Their guys are playing with great effort,'' Clawson said. ''On defense you see people pursuing to the football.
'I give a lot of credit to their coaching staff. You turn on the film, and you kind of hope they are not (playing hard), because we are playing them,'' Clawson added.
Bath said he wants the RedHawks to take things one week at a time.
''We are going to do everything we possibly can to put ourselves in a position to get to be 1-0 that week,'' Bath said Monday. ''We're not worried about anything else ... We are just trying to build on the past and the lessons we have learned.''
Under Clawson, the Falcons are 3-1 against Miami.
''A lot of the guys they are playing with are guys that we've tried to recruit here. We know they are talented football players,'' Clawson said. ''It's a program we have great respect for. In the history of Bowling Green football, the importance of the Miami game is not lost on our players.''
QB: The RedHawks will be without starting quarterback Austin Boucher. Boucher was 89-of-184 (48.4 percent) passing for 1,036 yards and seven touchdowns with eight interceptions this season.
Bath said that both redshirt sophomore Drew Kummer and redshirt freshman Austin Gearing will play against the Falcons.
''Both young men had good weeks of practice,'' Bath said. ''You could see the growth each and every snap with those young men this week.''
TV: The BG-Miami game will be televised on ESPNU with Mark Neely (play-by-play) and David Diaz Infante (analyst) calling the action.
QUOTABLE: BG's Alex Bayer on tonight's TV game - ''It's a chance to play in front of the whole nation. Fans of college football have no choice, but to watch us, whether they want to or not.''
NEXT: Bowling Green hosts Ohio next Tuesday with kickoff at 7:30 p.m.
It's BG's final home game of the season.
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