Falcons fine-tuning over break

It has been a long break for Bowling Green. Perhaps it’s been a few days too long.
After their bye week last Saturday, the Falcons are in the midst of another bye week as they’re idle
until a Mid-American East showdown at Akron on Nov. 4.
A win over the Zips (4-4, 2-2) means Bowling Green, which leads the East division by one game, (5-3, 3-1)
is in the driver’s seat for a second straight appearance in the MAC championship game.
But in order to do that, the Falcons have had to use their time off wisely. So it’s been a period for
Bowling Green to fine-tune some aspects of its game.
The Falcons entered the break after a 26-14 loss to Western Michigan.
"We took last week as a week to work on ourselves," Bowling Green coach Dino Babers said.
"We got out (on the practice field) a couple of times and worked on ourselves.
"I think we’re OK with where we’re at," he said. "We’re in first place in the East. We had
a setback the last time we were out, but based off what went on this week, maybe the best situation you
can be is in a bye in the conference with all the parity that’s going on and all the guys that are
knocking off each other."
Babers said that they worked on every facet of the game over the last week, hoping to get nagging
mistakes corrected.
"Structured or conceptual things that are not as fine-tuned as I would like them, and to make sure
we go back … and try to get a higher quality of execution on game day," Babers said.
The Falcons also set their sights on getting healthy for the final November push.
Linebacker DJ Lynch’s start in the Western Michigan game was his game action first since being injured
against Virginia Military Institute in week two. Wide receiver Ronnie Moore left the game against
Western Kentucky with an apparent lower-leg injury. He was wearing a protective boot on his left foot
after the game. And quarterback James Knapke appeared shaken up after being hit in the second half.
The status of Moore and Knapke are unknown.
"The biggest thing with our football team is getting healthy and the getting the opportunity to play
that breakout game, that game where the offense and the defense and the kicking game is all functioning
on the same day at a high level," Babers said. "We’re urgently waiting for that game to
happen."
FAMILY TIME: Baber said that he also took advantage of the bye last week by going to watch his daughter
play volleyball. She’s a redshirt sophomore at Texas A&M.
"This weekend I got an opportunity for my third daughter to play college volleyball for the very
first time since I’ve been on this planet," he said. "She’s been a college volleyball player
for three years at Texas A&M and I actually got a chance to go watch her play."