Updated: 8:53 p.m., Falcons roll past EMU to set up showdown with Buffalo (11-23-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Saturday, 23 November 2013 19:55

YPSILANTI, Mich. — Yes the Bowling Green Falcons scored seven touchdowns in a 58-7 thrashing of Eastern Michigan Saturday.
However, you can mark this victory up to a smothering defensive performance by the Falcons.
The victory sets up a showdown with Buffalo for the Mid-American Conference East title and a spot in the MAC championship game. The Bowling Green at Buffalo game is next Friday, and the winner advances to the title game. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

‘‘Obviously we’ve got a big one this Friday in Buffalo, and I had really hoped our guys would show up, play hard and be excited to play,’’ BG head coach Dave Clawson said about the EMU game. ‘‘To me we looked like a team that was excited to play today.’’
Bowling Green’s defense did not allow a touchdown while holding EMU to four first downs and 65 total yards. The Eagles were 1-of-17 passing for four yards.
‘‘The defense was just unbelievable, just suffocating,’’ Clawson said.
Clawson said the defensive game plan was to stop the run.
‘‘We wanted to make them one-dimensional; we wanted to force them to throw the football,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘Our defensive line, our linebackers, and our secondary played really well today.’’
The Falcons also generated three turnovers, including a 37-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Will Watson. Freshman Isaiah Gourdine, and redshirt junior Ryland Ward each made an interception.
‘‘As well as we have played on defense this year, that has been the one negative; we have not generated a lot of turnovers,’’ Clawson said.
The Bowling Green defense has not allowed a touchdown in three consecutive games, and has not allowed points in 11 consecutive quarters.
‘‘It was just total effort ... I think we wanted it more,’’ Ward said. ‘‘It was just a basic game plan and executing.
‘‘It was good to see Isaiah Gourdine get his hands on the ball. We give him a lot of slack for being a freshman,’’ Ward added.
On offense, the Falcons produced six touchdowns and three field goals while rolling up 560 total yards.
‘‘We were pretty much vanilla on offense. We didn’t install a lot of new stuff this week. We wanted to run our base stuff, and run it well,’’ Clawson said.
The Falcons led 17-7 after the first quarter with Ronnie Moore scoring twice on passes of 74- and 22-yards from Matt Johnson.
‘‘It was very important that we got 17 (points) against the wind in the first quarter. Then we could open things up in the second quarter, going with the wind,’’ Clawson said.
Bowling Green added 17 more points in the second quarter, including Moore scoring for the third time on a 34-yard pass from Johnson.
Moore finished the game with seven receptions for 161 yards.
‘‘He’s a dynamic playmaker, and he’s getting more and more comfortable every week in the offense. ... Every week we give him a little bit more, and a little bit more,’’ Clawson said.
Bowling Green scored 17 more points in the third quarter, including the second touchdown of the day for Travis Greene. BG added a fourth-quarter score on a 44-yard run by William Houston.
The Falcons finished with 296 yards rushing on 46 carries, the most in Clawson’s five seasons with the Falcons.
‘‘These are good games for morale,’’ Clawson said.
Clawson pointed out the positives of Houston and Andre Givens getting opportunities to carry the ball, James Knapke playing quarterback, and Izaah Lunsford, Gourdine, and Watson making plays on defense.
‘‘These are very important for the future of our program,’’ Clawson said. ‘‘Those guys are going to play down the line, and we may need them next week.’’
Bowling Green is now 8-3 overall and 6-1 in the MAC. Eastern Michigan is 2-9, 1-6.

Bowling Green    17    17    17    7    —    58
E. Michigan    7    0    0    0    —    7
First Quarter
BG—FG Tate 30, 10:44. Drive: 8 plays, 63 yards, 4:16.
EMU—Kurtz 10 interception return (Mulder kick), 6:36. Drive: none.
BG—Moore 74 pass from Johnson (Tate kick), 6:10. Drive: 2 plays, 74 yards, 0:19.
BG—Moore 22 pass from Johnson (Tate kick), :07. Drive: 9 plays, 61 yards, 3:54.
Second Quarter
BG—FG Tate 34, 10:39. Drive: 6 plays, 38 yards, 3:14.
BG—Tra.Greene 28 run (Tate kick), 5:46. Drive: 1 plays, 28 yards, 0:08.
BG—Moore 34 pass from Johnson (Tate kick), 1:34. Drive: 8 plays, 49 yards, 3:20.
Third Quarter
BG—Tra.Greene 2 run (Tate kick), 9:41. Drive: 8 plays, 56 yards, 4:12.
BG—FG Tate 29, 4:47. Drive: 7 plays, 34 yards, 3:27.
BG—Watson 37 fumble return, 3:21 (Tate kick), 3:21. Drive: none.
Fourth Quarter
BG—Houston 44 run (Tate kick), 5:59. Drive: 3 plays, 58 yards, 1:27.
BG    EMU    
First downs    24    4
Rushing    15    3
Passing    9    0
Penalty    0    1
Rushes-yards    46-296    26-61
Passing    264    4
Comp-Att-Int    13-26-1    1-18-2
Avg. gain per play    7.8    1.5
Sacks-yards lost    5-30    2-20
Punts-Avg.    3-32.0    11-33.7
Punt returns    0-0    0-0
Kickoff returns    2-43    4-77
Fumbles-Lost    0-0    1-1
Penalties-Yards    8-60    2-14
3rd-down conversions    3-10    1-12
4th-down conversions    1-1    0-0
Red zone conversions 4-4        0-0
Time of Possession    39:23    20:37
RUSHING—Bowling Green, Tra.Greene 15-126, Houston 7-84, Givens 11-61, Coppet 3-29, Moore 2-18, Knapke 1-(minus 7), Johnson 7-(minus 15). E. Michigan, Brumfield 9-29, Greene 9-23, Benz 1-15, Hill 5-7, Roback 2-(minus 13).
PASSING—Bowling Green, Johnson 13-23-1-264, Knapke 0-3-0-0. E. Michigan, Roback 1-12-1-4, Benz 0-5-1-0, Iannotti 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING—Bowling Green, Moore 7-161, Joplin 2-23, Tra.Greene 2-5, Burbrink 1-58, Bayer 1-17. E. Michigan, Q.Jones 1-4.

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 November 2013 11:21

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