BiG TWITTER POST: Falcons O rolls to 660 yards, scores on 5 straight possessions while D limits Murray State to 312 yards & 1 TD in 48-7 win at Doyt
BiG OVERVIEW: The game was close for a quarter, as Bowling Green scored the lone points of that period by driving 63 yards on eight plays in its second drive of the day, a drive capped by Matt Johnson’s four-yard TD pass to Chris Gallon (Tyler Tate hit the right crossbar with his PAT kick). Johnson was intercepted on the next drive, and Murray State drove to the shadow of the goal before Paul Senn forced a fumble that Paul Swan recovered on the BG 1. The Falcons promptly drove 99 yards to score, with Travis Greene finding the end zone from eight yards out. On its next possession BG drove 69 yards in five plays to score on Johnson’s seven-yard run. Then just before half the Falcons got the ball on their own 3 but drove the length of the field, scoring on a 1-yard TD pass from Johnson to Gallon with just seven seconds left in the half. Bowling Green covered 68 yards on just four plays in their first drive of the third quarter, while Andre Givens scoring on an eight-yard run. Murray State avoided the shutout with an 83-yard drive capped by a two-yard TD run by Jaamal Berry, but the Falcons got that score back on a 61-yard scoring drive that ended when William Houston scored from a yard out. BG had one final scoring drive, covering 80 yards in six plays and finishing off with James Knapke’s 17-yard scoring toss to Ronnie Moore.
BiG PLAY: Bowling Green led just 6-0 when Matt Johnson threw an interception that gave Murray State the ball on its 47. Five plays later the Racers had moved the ball to the Falcons’ 5 and seemed poised to score a TD that might give them the lead. But as Racers QB Maikhail Miller tried to run into the end zone, Paul Senn stripped the ball and Paul Swan recovered it on the BG 1. The Falcons kept the lead, and when the offense rumbled 99 yards in 11 plays to score a touchdown BG started to pull away.
OFFENSIVE BiG MAN: There is a surplus of candidates here, but let’s give the nod to the conductor of the offense. Sophomore quarterback Matt Johnson completed 19-of-22 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran the ball five times for 40 yards (and zero negative-yardage plays). Johnson led the Falcons to TDs on six of the eight possessions he directed. … Honorable mention goes to sophomore running back Travis Greene carried the ball 17 times for 134 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a pair of passes for 34 yards. … Freshman wide receiver Ronnie Moore tied for team lead with five catches and was second with 63 receiving yards while grabbing a touchdown. Moore also ran the ball once for eight yards. … Also let’s give a nod to the offensive line as a unit as BG didn’t allow a sack, had 282 yards rushing and 378 yards passing. The Falcons had just two plays that went for negative yards in the game.
DEFENSIVE BiG MAN: Unlike last week, when I hesitated to honor a defensive player after the Falcons gave up 42 points and 601 yards, you can give this award to just about anyone on the defense and be right. … Let’s split this honor between the team’s two cornerbacks, Aaron Foster and Cameron Truss, who both played well against Murray State’s fine set of receivers. Each finished with three tackles, but the stat that matters is this: The Racers’ fine receiver, Walter Powell, caught just three passes for 17 yards – none longer than six. … Among those receiving honorable mention is junior linebacker D.J. Lynch, who finished with a team-high eight tackles, including a half tackle for loss. … Junior safety Jude Adjei-Barimah had six tackles, including two tackles for loss and one sack. … Junior defensive lineman Kendall Montgomery had five tackles, a big number for a defensive lineman.
SPECIAL TEAMS BiG MAN: The choice here is sophomore kickoff specialist Anthony Farinella, who averaged 58.8 yards on his eight kickoffs, including a whopping four touchbacks. The first and the last were “pooch” kickoffs that traveled just 38 and 42 yards, respectively, meaning the other six averaged the maximum of 65 yards. Of the eight kicks, only two resulted in Murray State starting a drive beyond their 25 (once on the 26 and the other on the 32. … There weren’t many BG returns, and the return numbers weren’t great.
BiG NUMBERS: There were a lot of big numbers for the third week in a row, and fortunately for the Falcons the big numbers were almost all on BG’s side. The Falcons finished with 660 yards of total offense, split between 282 yards rushing and 378 yards passing. BG had 32 first downs, and the Falcons possessed the ball for 35:35 (nearly 60 percent of the game). But here are the big numbers that served the Falcons best: of their 10 drives, seven covered at least 61 yards. What’s more, three went at least 80 yards, including a 97- and 99-yard drive.
BiG QUESTION: The Falcons return to Mid-American Conference play by hosting Akron at the Doyt Saturday. Can BG put together another strong effort? The offense has been inconsistent in terms of game-to-game – not great versus Tulsa and Indiana, great versus Kent State and Murray State. Can the Falcons post another strong offensive performance for the second week in a row?