The Falcons continued to be a juggernaut on offense, as they racked up more than 30 points and over 500 yards for the third time in three games this season. Bowling Green totaled 579 yards on 74 plays from scrimmage (an average of nearly eight yards per play).
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Three of Johnson's scoring tosses went to receiver Roger Lewis. Lewis found the end zone on passes of 62, 62 and 94 yards en route to seven catches for 261 yards. He is the first player in BGSU history with back-to-back games of 200 receiving yards, and his 94-yard touchdown reception was the second-longest in school history.
The Falcons started the game with a bang. On the fourth play of the opening drive, Johnson connected with Lewis deep down the right sideline for the first of their two 62-yard scoring connections. Memphis evened the game 7-7 after the teams traded punts, but BGSU answered the Tigers' score with a 10-play, 75-yard drive. Donovan Wilson capped that with a two-yard run for a 14-7 lead.
Memphis scored on back-to-back drives to claim a 17-14 lead early in the second quarter, but the Falcons stormed back with two touchdowns in the second frame.
On the first, Johnson ran up the middle for a 23-yard score to finish a 91-yard drive. Johnson then found Teo Redding for a nine-yard touchdown pass with just 0:03 left in the half. On that drive, the Falcons went 90 yards in just 1:25.
BGSU took a 27-17 lead into halftime and followed with two long Johnson-to-Lewis passes for scores. That put the hosts in front, 41-34. Memphis then scored the final 10 points of the game, the final three of which came on a 29-yard Jake Elliott field goal midway through the fourth quarter.
Bowling Green’s Ryan Burbrink caught eight balls for 77 yards, and Ronnie Moore added seven catches for 64 yards. Travis Greene was BGSU's leading rusher with 11 carries for 63 yards. Defensively, linebacker Austin Valdez registered a game-high 20 tackles.
For Memphis, Paxton Lynch threw for 386 yards and three scores. The Tigers were led in rushing by Doroland Dorceus, who ran 16 times for 75 yards and a touchdown. Tevin Jones led Memphis with 98 yards receiving and a touchdown.
The Falcons fall to 1-2 on the season with this loss. Their next game will be Saturday (Sept. 26) in West Lafayette, Ind. when BGSU faces the Purdue Boilermakers. The game begins at 12:00 p.m. ET and will be televised by the Big Ten Network.
(Courtesy of BGSU Athletics)