- First, in case you missed the note in Sunday's paper or the tweet from late Saturday night: This game will be broadcast on ESPNU on Tuesday, Nov. 5 starting at 8 p.m. The game between Buffalo and Ohio will be broadcast on ESPN2 -- and starts at the same time.
- There was no two-deep released by Bowling Green Monday, since there are several extra days of preparation involved. Two players in particular who bear watching for the Falcons are junior rover Gabe Martin and junior wide receiver Jared Cohen, both of whom suffered leg injuries in the game against the Rockets.
- Here are a few final quotes from Saturday's loss ... I was never able to fit them into any of the stories I wrote, but I feel they are worth seeing. First, a few quotes about the pain the BG coaches and players felt about losing to their arch-rivals on Saturday ...
“I feel awful for our senior class,” coach Dave Clawson said. “We’ll have to regroup, and I have confidence that we will. We still have a lot to play for, so we’ll have to rally the troops and move forward. ... But this is heartbreaking. The difficult losses stick with you more than the exhilarating wins. This one hurts – it really does."
More from Clawson: “Our guys invested a lot in this game. It means a lot to us – it’s a really important rivalry. It really bothered our seniors that they have not won this game. It’s heartbreaking, it really is. There’s nothing I can say to them to make them feel better about it. This one hurts. It really, really stings. We’re going to have to rally back. We have a good football team. A lot of the things we want to accomplish as a football team are still very much attainable. But our ability to bounce back and show mental toughness is going to be challenged.”
From senior offensive lineman Dominic Flewellyn: “You know half the people over there – it’s like losing to your friend. Losing to them four times in a row, it really bothers you.”
From senior linebacker Paul Swan: “This is one of the toughest losses in my life. I know it’s going to sting a little bit, but our bigger goals are still ahead of us. ... “This is heart-breaking. The only other time I cried after a game was back in high school my senior year in basketball. This was such a let-down. It tore me apart. A lot of guys care about this team, and we really thought this was going to be the year [we would beat Toledo]. But it just didn’t come to fruition.
“We thought we were going to win when our offense scored and we were up four. We were thinking now is our time. But that didn’t happen.”
- By the way, props to Flewellyn and Swan for coming into the post-game press conference. The Falcons had just lost to their arch-rivals, and it would have been easy to hide in the lockerroom and not speak to the media after the game. These are clearly stand-up guys who deserve credit for their actions in this instance.
- Swan talked a bit about Toledo's last two offensive plays, the third-and-26 and the fourth-and-nine that resulted in the game-winning score ... “I think the coaches made some really good adjustments for us,” Swan said of the defense's play in the second half. “We came out in the second half and played a lot better than we were in the first. But that last drive, we had a third-and-26 and a fourth-and-nine. We have to get off the field. That just can’t happen. ... We wanted the game in our hands. In that last game we let things get out against us. They just chipped away and chipped away, and we couldn’t get off the field. And that killed us.”
- Never found a way to wedge this Matt Campbell quote into any of the stories I wrote, but it's worth repeating here ... "Shoot, that drive before half, I certainly give [BG] a lot of credit," Campbell said. "Their quarterback [Matt Johnson] is a tough hombre, too. He's a young guy that made some good plays, got out of some negative yardage plays, and made some plays with his feet. You gotta definitely give credit to them. They're a good football team. It's not like those guys aren't going to respond."
- I had a couple of Toledo fans chastise me for not giving Toledo any credit for the win. They are right to the point that they felt I represented the Rockets as a terrible team that BG should have trashed (I didn't think I did, but if they felt I did, well ...). To that point, a quote giving UT credit for the victory:
“Our guys competed hard and played with great effort, but we didn’t execute as well as we needed to, especially early in the game,” Clawson said. “But when you play against a good football team, some times they have something to do with that, too. … Some of the things, like the penalties and dropped balls, are things that we control. We’re going to focus on making ourselves better and preparing to try and win a MAC Championship in November. … We’re going to attack that with a vigor and an energy, and I know our players will respond.”
- Clawson was asked after Saturday's game if he thought having a bye before the contest was a factor, especially in the slow start. “There’s no excuses,” Clawson said. “We had ample time to prepare for these guys. I thought we had good plans going in, and they played better than us -- and made more plays. They had a week after a physical overtime game against Navy. So credit to them to get their team ready for coming in here and playing the way they did.”
- Finally, Clawson was asked Monday about any positives from the Toledo contest. “Our guys, down 21-0 against a good football team, just kept battling and playing hard,” he said. “We executed better, we converted third downs, we made plays in the red zone on offense and got into a good groove on offense in the second half. When two good teams meet, it’s a matter of making plays. And they made a few more than us.