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With every game a must-win for Bowling Green in its pursuit of a winning season and a possible bowl game,
the Falcons face another team with nothing to lose Friday.
The Falcons (5-5 overall and 4-2 in the Mid-American Conference) host Akron (2-8, 1-5) at Perry Stadium.
Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPNU.
All four teams BG plays this month currently have losing records. BG has started the month 2-0.
BG will continue to throw the ball as quarterback Tyler Sheehan and wide receiver Freddie Barnes are one
of the top pitch-and-catch combinations in the nation.
Sheehan is 298-of-465 passing for 3,189 yards and 19 touchdowns with only six interceptions.
Barnes is the leading receiver in the nation with 117 receptions for 1,285 yards and 12 TDs. Barnes has
also rushed for two scores.
"Bowling Green is very multiple in the offensive sets that they run. They move Barnes around so much
in attempts to get him the ball. This schematically makes it difficult on defenses," said Akron
head coach J.D. Brookhart. "We will have to be very fundamental in our zones and man coverage and
be aware of where Barnes is at all times. Their quarterback has great trust in his ability to come down
with the ball."
Dave Clawson, in his first year as BG’s head coach, is enjoying working with the two seniors.
"When you get a quarterback and a receiver that have ability and are on the same page, it’s really
fun to coach because you can do different things with them," Clawson said. "They know what
each other is thinking, they know where the holes are in the coverage, and they are good enough and
talented enough to execute it.
"We’re at a point in the season that it’s no mystery what we’re going to do," he continued.
"As we have gone to the air, people have come up with different junk defenses and different ways of
doubling him (Barnes), yet he’s still been consistently productive … With the type of coverages and
attention he’s getting, it’s that much more impressive."
HONORED: BG’s Jerett Sanderson, a senior linebacker, is the MAC East defensive player of the week.
Sanderson and the Falcon defense had their best performance of the season, limiting Miami to 295 yards of
total offense and just 36 yards on the ground in the 35-14 win in Oxford last Thursday.
Sanderson had six tackles, one tackle for loss, an interception, a forced fumble and one pass breakup.
He forced a fumble on the game’s opening play, setting up the first Falcon touchdown of the night. His
interception came in the second quarter at the Falcons’ 5-yard line as the RedHawks were marching to
take the lead in the game. Following the senior’s interception BG scored another touchdown, giving BG 14
points off of two Sanderson forced turnovers.
LEWIS: The status of offensive left guard Scott Lewis, who sprained his ankle in the win over Miami, will
be determined during practice this week.
Clawson hopes that Lewis, who has started the last three games, Brady Minturn and Blaec Walker can rotate
in the left guard and left tackle sports during the game.
NOVEMBER: BG is 9-1 in its last 10 November games.
BOWL RUMORS: sportingnews.com has BG playing Idaho in the Humanitarian Bowl on Dec. 30 in Boise, Idaho.
Other projected MAC teams in bowls were: Northern Illinois vs. Southern Miss, Dec. 26, Little Caesars
Pizza Bowl (Detroit); Temple vs. Marshall, Dec. 29, Eagle Bank Bowl (Washington, D.C.); Ohio vs.
Rutgers, Jan. 2, International Bowl (Toronto); and Central Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee State, Jan. 6,
GMAC Bowl (Mobile, Ala.).