The Military Bowl, presented by Northrop Grumman, brings the San Jose State Spartans to Washington, D.C. to face off with the Bowling Green Falcons. The Spartans bring a high powered passing attack that has driven the Spartans to their 10-2 record. Bowling Green will have to find a way to disrupt that San Jose State offense and the key will be defensive tackle Chris Jones.
Jones was named the MAC player of the year after turning in one of the best defensive seasons in the country. He recorded 19 tackles for loss and finished third in the nation with 12.5 sacks on the season. He was the anchor for the top-rated defense in the MAC and the No. 7 overall defense in college football, allowing just 289.7 yards per game.
Big No. 91 will have to have another disruptive game for the Falcons as they try and slow down the Spartan passing attack, led by David Fales. The junior college transfer finished seventh in the nation with 3,798 passing yard and was tied for the WAC lead with 31 touchdown passes. That passing attack ranked eleventh in the country, averaging 327.5 yards per game, as it pushed the offense to over 35 points per game.
The pressure of winning this game for Bowling Green will be squarely on the defense. The Falcons’ offense finished eleventh in the MAC, averaging only 373.9 yards per game. Running back Anthon Samuel led the offense with 966 yards rushing and a team-high 10 touchdowns, though only two of them came in the final six games of the season.
For Bowling Green to find success, the defense will have to step up and disrupt San Jose State’s offense. To do that, they will need their defensive leader, Chris Jones, to be a rampaging menace in the middle and make Fales uncomfortable when he drops back to pass. If not, it will be a long night for Bowling Green.