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(updated 2:1a p.m.) Falcons rout Miami, 45-3 PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Wednesday, 06 November 2013 03:14
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BG’s D.J. Lynch (left)  and Bryan Thomas make a tackle against Miami. (Photos: Mike Smith/MAC Report Online)
OXFORD - Miami was just the tonic the Bowling Green State University football team needed.
After frustrating losses to Mississippi State and Toledo, the Falcons rolled past the RedHawks, 45-3, Tuesday night. The win keeps the Falcons in the chase for the Mid-American Conference East title, and also makes BG bowl-eligible.
The Falcons are 6-3 overall and 4-1 in the MAC, heading into next Tuesday's home game with Ohio. Miami is 0-9, 0-5.
"We finally played a complete game,'' BG head coach Dave Clawson said. "It was a game we had to get."
"We really came out with­­ the­­ mind-set that it's pretty much win or go home," BG quarterback Matt Johnson said. "It's a one-game season for us every week, and we just have to take care of business against whoever we are playing."
After slow starts in recent games, the Falcons scored first against Miami and held a 24-3 at the half.
"We did different things in practice," Clawson said. "We switched our practice schedule a little bit."
Bowling Green played well on both sides of the ball against Miami.
The offense rolled up 30 first downs, 447 total yards, and five different players scored offensive touchdowns.
"The thing about the offense, is that we were extremely efficient,'' Clawson said. "Up until our backups went in, we never punted. Every time the offense was out there, with the exception of an interception, we drove the ball, and we got points."
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BG’s Herve Corby (right) is pursued by Miami’s Tucker Fox on a 17-yard reception.
Defensively, the Falcons allowed some yardage in the early going, but kept the RedHawks at bay. Miami had only 228 yards of total offense, including 143 yards in the final three quarters.
Bowling Green forced five fumbles, recovering three, and had four sacks.
"When they are able to generate turnovers and give us a short field, and we're able to capitalize on it, that's huge for us," Johnson said about the defense.
The RedHawks used two quarterbacks in the game with Austin Gearing mainly running the option, and Drew Kummer in for pass plays.
''We had a very vanilla game plan ... We didn't do a lot of scheming against them," Clawson said about the defense. "Part of the plan was to make them sustain drives, and in some cases I think they stopped themselves.
"Once we got a lead, I thought we took over and controlled the line of scrimmage," he added. "We wanted to keep the ball in front of us, and make them drive it."
The Falcons scored first on an 8-yard pass from Johnson to Shaun Joplin.
Miami's Kaleb Patterson kicked a 51-yard field goal in the final minute of the first quarter, to cut BG's lead to 7-3.
Bowling Green then got a 29-yard field goal from Tyler Tate, a 2-yard TD run from William Houston, and an 18-yard scoring pass from Johnson to Alex Bayer to make it 24-3 at the half.
"It felt good today, getting that fast start," said BG running back Travis Greene. "We were consistent on third down ... In the first half everybody was doing what they had to do, and we were making plays."
The Falcons added three more touchdowns in the third quarter - a 1-yard run by Johnson; an 11-yard fumble return by Jerry 'BooBoo' Gates; and Chris Pohlman's 38-yard TD reception from Johnson which closed out the scoring.
The Falcons now face Ohio.
"We're still in the race and the level of competition gets higher next week,'' Clawson said.
"We still have everything in front of us," Gates said.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 11:04
 

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