BGSU amassed 581 yards of total offense in just 69 plays, averaging 8.4 yards per play. They were successful both through the air and on the ground. Matt Johnson passed for 365 yards and helped two receivers surpass the century mark, while Travis Greene ran for over 100 and moved within 174 yards of the Falcons' all-time career rushing record.
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Bowling Green was forced to punt after just five plays, and Ohio took the ball and drove into BGSU territory. The Falcons' defense stiffened, however, and when the Bobcats attempted a run on 4th-and-1 from the BGSU 31, the Brown and Orange held firm.
That play appeared to ignite the Falcons, whose offense followed with touchdowns on four consecutive series. Greene had scoring runs of 11 and 10 yards on the first two drives. Ohio's offense then responded with scores of its own, which occurred on runs by A.J. Ouellette and Daz Patterson.
The Falcons took control of the game, however, following the Patterson score. On 3rd-and-15 from the Ohio 48, Johnson scrambled away from pressure and found Ronnie Moore in the middle of the field. Moore outran the Bobcat defense across the field and down the right sideline to give the home team the lead for good.
The BGSU defense forced an Ohio three-and-out following the go-ahead score. Mitch Bonnstetter's punt was partially blocked by Scott Miller and went just 13 yards, setting the Falcons up at the Ohio 43. Four plays later, Johnson lobbed a fade pass to Gehrig Dieter in the left corner of the end zone for another score and a 27-14 lead.
Bowling Green took its two-touchdown lead into halftime and, following an Ohio punt at the beginning of the second half, put the game away. On their third play of the half, Johnson found Dieter again. This time, it was on a deep ball down the left sideline. Dieter had to fight with a defender and bobbled the ball, but he secured it and raced for a 75-yard touchdown. Wednesday marked the first two-touchdown game of Dieter's career.
On their next series, Ohio drove the ball deep into BGSU territory, but on 1st-and-10 from the 24, J.D. Sprague -- coming on for the injured Derrius Vick -- was intercepted by Dernard Turner. He galloped 85 yards for Bowling Green's first pick-six in three years, and the Falcons led 41-14.
Bowling Green added three more scores before the game was complete. Roger Lewis caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Johnson, while Greene added a third score on a 43-yard run. Teo Redding completed the onslaught with a seven-yard pass from James Knapke in the fourth quarter. Ohio posted a field goal and a 44-yard touchdown run by Maleek Irons to finish the scoring.
BGSU earned 399 passing and 182 rushing yards, as well as 29 first downs, despite controlling the ball for just 22:54. The Falcons were 8-for-12 on third down and scored on all five of their red zone trips.
Johnson finished 26-for-35 with 365 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Knapke completed three of his four passes and added a scoring toss. Greene rushed for 106 yards and now has 3,249 for his career. That moves him into second place on BGSU's all-time list. Fred Coppet added 73 yards on 12 carries.
Ten different receivers caught at least one pass for the Falcons. The group was led by Dieter, who hauled in nine passes for 136 yards and two scores. Lewis caught six balls for 102 yards and a touchdown, while Moore posted 83 yards and another score.
BGSU's defense sacked Ohio's quarterbacks three times and had two interceptions (Turner and Brandon Harris).
The Falcons are now just one win away from clinching the MAC East Division championship and a third straight trip to the MAC Championship game. BG, however, faces a tough stretch in the schedule as it closes the regular season with three-straight games against MAC West Division opposition. The run begins next Wednesday night (Nov. 11) at Western Michigan. WMU is 4-0 in MAC play heading into a Thursday (Nov. 5) game against Ball State. The Falcons and Broncos will meet in an 8:00 p.m. start at WMU's Waldo Stadium next Wednesday.
Ohio has one remaining MAC East game before finishing with two against West Division foes. The Bobcats host Kent State Tuesday, Nov. 10. Ball State visits Athens Nov. 17, while the 'Cats travel to Northern Illinois Nov. 24.
(Courtesy of BGSU Athletics/MRO Edit)