If "conference games are the meat and potatoes of the schedule," the Akron Zips and Bowling Green Falcons are about to battle over the first serving of a MAC meal.
Akron lost a heartbreaker last week at Troy, battling back to take a one-point lead late in the fourth quarter, only to see the home team engineer a 97-yard drive to snatch the victory . Meanwhile, Bowling Green slipped to 0-4 for the first tine since 2000 by losing at Middle Tennessee.
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Saturday, Sept. 30 – 6 p.m. ET
Doyt Perry Stadium – Bowling Green , Ohio
● BGSU enters its MAC opener winless after four games for the first time since 2000. The lastest setback was last Saturday at Middle Tennessee, where the Blue Raiders of Conference USA posted a 24-13 victory.
● Through their first four games of the season, the Falcons’ offense is averaging 14.2 points and 330 yards per game.
● True freshman QB Jarret Doege got the start against the Blue Raiders, completing 21-of-35 passes for 283 yards and a touchdown.
● The running game is led by senior RB Josh Cleveland, who has 195 yards on 42 carries with a touchdown. Junior WR Scott Miller leads the receivers with 19 catches for 233 yards and two touchdowns. The offensive line has allowed 11 sacks
● The defense has allowed 35.8 points and 549.0 yards per game. It is led by senior LB Nate Locke and junior LB Brandon Harris. Each have made 34 total tackles
AKRON ZIPS (1-3)
● The Zips dropped their second consecutive game last Saturday, falling to the Troy Trojans (Sun Belt) on the road, 22-17.
● UA battled back from a 16-3 deficit early in the third quarter to take a 17-16 lead with five minutes remaining, only to see the Trojans march 97-yards in nine plays to score the winning points with 1:06 remaining
● Graduate RB Warren Ball had 114 yards on 28 carries and a touchdown, reaching the 100-yard rushing mark for the second time this season
● Senior QB Thomas Woodson went 20-of-40 for 268 yards and a touchdown. Senior WR Austin Wolf made six catches for 71 yards in his first action of the season.
● Junior CB Shawn Featherstone led the defense with 11 total tackles (seven solo)
● UA is 9-15 in MAC openers