Central quarterback shows why he’s the best

Dan LeFevour showed again Saturday afternoon why he is considered by many to be the best quarterback in
the Mid-American Conference.
He threw for 147 yards and two touchdowns in Central Michigan’s 24-10 win over Bowling Green at Perry
Stadium.
But more importantly, LeFevour played a key part in CMU’s three-pronged running attack, finishing with
128 rushing yards on 22 carries. Running back Carl Volny came off the bench to run for 74 yards on 11
carries and receiver Antonio Brown proved the outside running threat with 42 yards on six carries,
including a 4-yard TD run.
“Anytime you play a dual-threat quarterback it’s a big challenge,” said BG senior safety Jahmal Brown.
“We missed a lot of tackles today, and we had a few mistakes. When you play a team as good as Central
Michigan you know to limit those mistakes.
“The big thing with LeFevour, you see his stats and you see him on film, but you don’t really realize the
size (6-feet-3, 238 pounds) that he has until you see him in person,” Brown added. “He’s a big guy and
he runs hard. It wasn’t so much his elusiveness, it was just the fact he was big and we had guys
underestimate his strength. That’s what hurt us. He has the vision. He has the ability to stop, cut back
and make people miss.”
LeFevour is the sixth opponent to rush for more than 100 yards in a game against the Falcons this fall.

“We have not really defended the run well all year,” BG head coach Dave Clawson said. “We’re a little
under-sized up front, we’re not getting off blocks and we’re missing too many tackles. The film is out
there and people see it.
“With a player like that if it comes down to a 1-on-1 play in space, he makes a lot of people look bad.
That’s what he does. That’s why he’s so good,” Clawson added.
While the Chippewas were able to generate a running attack, the Falcons were hampered in the quarters
when they were going against the wind by the inability to run the ball. Willie Geter led the Falcons
with 42 yards on 11 carries with a long gain of 13 yards. The Falcons had only 20 rushing yards in the
game.
Sheehan was 35-of-55 passing for 341 yards with one touchdowns and one interception.
“Today was a day when you were going against the wind you had to have some balance. You had to have a
little bit more of a running game,” Clawson said.
BARNES: Freddie Barnes continues to put his mark on the Bowling Green record books.
Barnes finished with 14 receptions for 172 yards and one touchdown in the loss to Central Michigan.
With his sixth reception against CMU, Barnes moved past Charles Sharon (2002-05) as Bowling Green’s
leader in career receptions. Sharon made 232 catches. Barnes now has 241 receptions.
Barnes has 99 receptions this season which ties the single-season mark set by Cole Magner (2003).
With his 172 receiving yards Barnes became the fourth Falcon to have over 1,000 receiving yards in a
season with 1,054 yards this season. The leader is Magner with 1,138.
Barnes is also fourth all-time in career receiving yards with 2,574.
NORSIC: Fifth-year senior Matt Norsic was BG’s place-kicker Saturday after winning the job in practice
from Jerry Phillips. Phillips still kicked off for the Falcons.
Norsic missed a 26-yard field goal, but made a 40-yarder.
“This week in practice Matt was clearly kicking more consistently and better than Jerry the whole week,”
Clawson said. “If you are promoting competition in your program, you can’t have a guy out-kick somebody
every day and then not give him an opportunity.”
PRESSURE: Even with Tyler Sheehan throwing for 341 yards for the Falcons, the Chippewas made things
difficult for him with their four-man rush. Sheehan was sacked twice and CMU had five quarterback
hurries.
“They got a little more pressure today than we have seen,” Clawson said. “We did not hold up against the
four-man rush as well as we have the rest of the year, especially in the last month.”
The Falcons were playing with a makeshift offensive line with Shane Steffy starting at center, Scott
Lewis at left guard and Blaec Walker at left tackle.
“Certainly they (CMU) did a good job in coverage and they were dropping seven guys … It allowed the
four-man rush to develop,” Clawson said. “There were certainly a couple of times that I think Tyler is
used to having maybe a fraction of a second or a second longer than he had. Part of that is missing our
left side and part of that is that Central Michigan is good.”
HONORS: It was a big weekend for former Falcon athletes.
Travis Downey (track and field), an Otsego High School graduate; Cornelius Cash (men’s basketball); Ron
Mason (hockey coach); Sara Puthoff (women’s basketball) and Scott Vallow (men’s soccer) were inducted
into the Bowling Green athletic Hall of Fame. They were recognized at halftime of the football game.
Also recognized during the game were former members of Bowling Green’s baseball and lacrosse teams, both
of whom held reunions over the weekend.
NEXT: Bowling Green is now idle until a Nov. 3 game at Buffalo.