The win moves the Falcons to 2-2 on the season, and also marks BGSU's second win over the Big Ten Conference this season. Head coach Dino Babers is now 3-1 over the Big Ten during his tenure at Bowling Green. The loss drops Purdue to 1-3 on the year.
Redshirt-senior quarterback Matt Johnson completed 43-of-59 passes for 402 yards, marking the fourth straight game that he's thrown for over 400 yards this season. Johnson is the first quarterback in school history to have four, 400-yard career passing games.
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Redshirt-junior Gehrig Dieter hauled in a game-high 10 catches for 96 yards. Junior Ronnie Moore caught nine passes for 74 yards and a touchdown, while Greene had six catches for 75 yards. Sophomore Roger Lewis caught six passes for 49 yards. Senior Derek Lee caught five passes, while fellow senior Ryan Burbrink snatched four.
Defensively, Trent Greene registered a team-high 11 tackles. Redshirt-sophomore Austin Valdez had nine tackles to go along with a game-sealing interception. Redshirt-junior Taylor Royster had seven tackles, including two sacks. Sophomores Nilijah Ballew and Ben Hale registered seven tackles, and 1.5 tackles for loss. Redshirt-junior Terrance Bush recorded a sack, while redshirt-senior Zach Colvin notched a tackle for loss.
With 7:08 remaining in the ballgame, Purdue started a drive inside of its own 10-yard line. Quarterback David Blough – who completed 29-of-39 passes for 340 yards on the day – later hooked up with D.J. Knox for 26 yards, setting up the Boilermakers with a first-and-10 at the BGSU 17.
The Falcons stood tough, however, allowing Purdue to gain just two more yards on the drive. Purdue then attempted a 32-yard field goal, but it sailed wide right, setting up BGSU's game-winning touchdown drive.
After finding Dieter for eight yards on first down, Johnson's next pass fell incomplete. On third-and-four, Johnson scrambled for six yards to keep the drive alive. Two plays later, Greene rushed for 12 yards, and a personal foul on Purdue gave the Falcons a first-and-10 at the Boilermakers' 39-yard line.
Johnson went on to make another huge play with his legs, running for 13 yards on third-and-eight. Another personal foul penalty was tacked on to the end of the play, moving BGSU down to the Purdue 12. Greene gave the Falcons a 35-28 lead on the very next play.
Valdez intercepted Blough with three seconds left in the game to secure the victory for BGSU.
Bowling Green elected to receive to start the ballgame, and drove 78 yards over 14 plays to take a 7-0 lead. After a 16-yard pass to senior tight end Derek Lee, Greene rushed up the middle for an 11-yard score. The Falcons would get a stop on Purdue's ensuing drive, but a high snap allowed the Boilermakers to start in Bowling Green territory.
Purdue then ran 13 plays, covering 40 yards en route to a fourth-down rush that tied the game at 7-7. The fourth-down conversion was Purdue's second of the drive.
Wilson scored his second-career touchdown – a two-yard rush – to give the Falcons a 14-7 lead. The Falcons covered 75 yards over 12 plays in 3:07. But Purdue answered again, tying the game at 14-14 on a 45-yard touchdown pass.
Johnson threw his second interception of the season midway through the second quarter, but the Falcon defense answered the bell. After Royster made a stop on third-and-goal, Purdue missed a 19-yard field goal, setting the Falcons up with a first-and-10 at the PU 20. Seven plays later, aided by three Dieter catches for 30 yards, Wilson found the end zone yet again – this time from one-yard out. Bowling Green took a 21-14 lead into the half.
Johnson completed 23-of-29 passes in the first half for 243 yards, while Greene led the rushing attack with 40 yards on 10 touches. Dieter paced the receiving game, as he had seven catches for 76 yards. Lewis and Burbrink had four catches each, respectively.
Bowling Green will open Mid-American Conference play next Saturday, Oct. 3 against the Buffalo Bulls in Amherst, N.Y. Kickoff is scheduled 3:30 p.m.
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