BiG TWITTER POST: Falcons allow 601 yards and 21 plays of at least 10 yards while offense fails in Red Zone, scores just 3 points in 42-10 loss at Indiana
BiG OVERVIEW: Indiana took the opening kickoff and drove to BG’s 1, but the Falcons kept them out of the end zone. After a three-and-out by the Falcons, IU got the ball near midfield and scored three plays later on a 1-yard run by Tevin Coleman. BG put together a nice drive, but Tyler Tate missed a 47-yard field goal. The Falcons forced a punt on the Hoosier’s next series, and BG’s Paul Senn took the ball off the Indiana kicker’s foot and returned it 56 yards for a TD. On the next drive the Falcons again stopped the Hoosiers on fourth-and-goal from the 1, Bowling Green drove 72 yards to set up a 45-yard field goal by Tate. Indiana fumbled the ensuing kickoff and BG recovered on the Hoosiers’ 31, but the Falcons failed on a fourth-and-1 play. From that point the Indiana offense blasted off: Coleman scored on a 43-yard run and Nate Sudfeld threw an 8-yard scoring pass to Kofi Hughes to make it 21-10 at the half. Sudfeld threw a 33-yard scoring strike to Cody Latimer on IU’s first drive of the second half, Sudfeld scored on a 1-yard run to cap a long drive that bridged the final two quarters, and after a BG fumble Tre Roberson scored on a 3-yard run.
BiG PLAY: Bowling Green led 10-7 after kicking a field goal on the first drive of the second quarter, then recovered a fumble on Indiana’s ensuing kickoff return. With the ball on the Hoosiers’ 31, BG had a false start penalty and two incompletions before Matt Johnson threw a 14-yard pass to Shaun Joplin that set up fourth-and-1 from Indiana’s 36. The Falcons went for it, but the offensive line failed to pick up a blitz, and Johnson was quickly sacked for a 5-yard loss. After that play the Hoosiers drove 73 yards on eight plays for a TD, then got the ball back and covered 80 yards on just six plays for another touchdown before halftime that started the 35-point avalanche that buried the Falcons.
OFFENSIVE BiG MAN: Despite posting 409 yards of total offense, there were struggles on offense against the Hoosiers and not a lot of worth candidates. Let’s give the nod to sophomore wide receiver Chris Gallon, who caught eight passes for 82 yards. He led all receivers in catches and was second on the Falcons in yards. Three of his catches went for at least 10 yards, and five of his eight receptions resulted in a first down. … Receiving honorable mention is senior wide receiver Shaun Joplin, who caught seven passes for 104 yards, leading the Falcons in receiving yardage. Joplin had five catches for at least 10 yards and collected three first downs, but he also had a fumble and had three catches (two on third down and one on fourth down) that came up a yard short of the first down. … Sophomore quarterback Matt Johnson completed 25-of-44 passes for 248 yards while running the ball eight times for a net of 12 yards.
DEFENSIVE BiG MAN: You hesitate to honor a defensive player on a team that gave up 42 points and 601 yards. … Let’s give this honor to junior linebacker D.J. Lynch, who led the team with nine tackles, including five solo stops, and 1.5 tackles for loss. … Receiving honorable mention is senior safety Josh Pettus, who finished with six solo tackles, including two for loss. … Junior safety Ryland Ward had eight tackles, six of them solo stops. … Senior linebacker Paul Swan had eight tackles, including three solo tackles and a half tackle for loss. … Senior defensive tackle Ted Ouellet had five tackles, including four solo stops and one sack.
SPECIAL TEAMS BiG MAN: Who else could it be but junior linebacker Paul Senn, who blocked a punt and returned it 56 yards for a touchdown – a play that ESPN’s SportsCenter called its “Play of the Day.” Senn also recovered a fumble on a kickoff return by the Hoosiers, which should set him up for potential national special-teams honors. He also had three tackles -- all for losses totally seven yards -- on defense. … Freshman Ronnie Moore had a 30-yard kickoff return, but he also fumbled his other kickoff return and had to fall on the 5 early in the fourth quarter. … Sophomore kickoff specialist Anthony Farinella averaged 63.0 yards on his three kickoffs, but he didn’t have any touchbacks and the Hoosiers averaged 24.0 yards per return.
BiG NUMBERS: There were a lot of big numbers for the second week in a row, but this week that wasn’t a good thing. There will be more in the Sunday Morning QB look at the contest, but here are a few to chew on: Of the 74 players Indiana ran on Saturday, 21 gained at least 10 yards (28.4 percent, or better than one in four). Worse, the Hoosiers has 12 plays gain at least 20 yards (16.2 percent, or roughly one in six). Worst of all, Indiana did most of that damage in the first three quarters, with 19-of-60 plays for at least 10 yards (31.7 percent, or roughly one in three) and 10-of-60 for at least 20 yards (16.7 percent, or precisely one in six).
BiG QUESTION: The Falcons bounce back from the humbling loss to the Hoosiers? Saturday’s game against Murray State may not be as easy as first imagined, since the Racers have scored 124 points in its last two games, both victories. What’s more, the Racers run a spread offense at an up-tempo pace. Sound familiar?
WANT MORE? Click here to read The Blade game story from Saturday’s game. Click here to read the notebook from contest, which featured Paul Senn and his blocked punt as well as other notes. Click here to read Dave Hackenberg's column from the contest.