As the Bowling Green Falcons entered Week 7 of the college football season the team had their sights set on a possible conference championship bid. However, after two straight losses to Mississippi State and Toledo, the Falcons were reeling and looking for answers on both sides of the ball. On Tuesday night, however, led by their balanced offense, the Falcons were able to regroup and score a dominant road victory (45-3) over the Miami (OH) Redhawks.
Bowling Green utilized a balanced offensive scheme to confuse the Redhawks defense. The Falcons were able to accumulate 30 first downs and total 447 yards of offense in wearing down Miami (OH). The physical style by the Falcon offensive line forced the Redhawks to crowd the line of scrimmage. With the Redhawks loading up against the run, Bowling Green was able to throw over the top of their secondary and hit big passes in the play action game.
Falcons quarterback Matt Johnson was 20-of-26 passing (76.9 percent) for 256 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Johnson was able to stand in the pocket and deliver the ball to his receivers on long throws . Of his 20 completions, 11 were of 10 yards or more and two of his touchdowns were of 15 yards or more (18 and 36).
In the second half, the Falcons were able to wear down the Redhawks’ defensive front and seal the victory. Bowling Green had 189 rushing yards on the night and ripped Miami (OH) for 4.6 yards per carry. Bowling Green was able to utilize the clock with their balanced attack as the Falcons were able to hold the ball for 32:29 in time of possession.
The Falcons moved to 6-3 overall and 4-1 in conference play.
Bowling Green will square off against Ohio on Nov. 12. Game time is set for 7:30 pm at home and will be televised on ESPN 3.