The Bowling Green Falcons were eager to make a statement entering their contest with the Ohio Bobcats on Tuesday night. Bowling Green had dropped two of their last three and was exploited defensively in those games. However, before a home crowd, the Falcons’ defense proved up to the task as it shut down the Bobcats offense and allowed Bowling Green to cruise to the 49-0 victory.
The Falcons were focused from the opening kickoff, as Bowling Green forced 5 Bobcat punts and one turnover in opening a 35-0 halftime lead. The Falcons were able to stuff the line of scrimmage and hold the Bobcats to 50 total yards in the first half. The defensive line did an excellent job of filling rushing lanes and forcing Ohio into third down and long situations. The Bobcats managed 2.7 yards per play in the first half and were thrown out of their game plan by the physicality of the Falcons defense.
Bowling Green held Ohio to 172 total yards for the game and slammed the door on a Bobcat offense that was averaging 30.2 points per game entering this contest. More impressively, was the solid play of the linebackers and secondary in run support. The Falcons held the Bobcats to 1.9 yards per rush and allowed 3.5 yards per pass play. Bowling Green forced two key turnovers that led to points before the home crowd.
The Falcons harassed Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton into making quick decisions and throwing into double coverage. Tettleton finished the evening completing 15-27 passes for 93 yards and one interception. His quarterback rating for the game was 8.3.
The shutout was the first for the Bowling Green defense on the season.
Bowling Green moved to 7-3 on the season and Ohio dropped to 6-4.