Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, TN
If the Bowling Green Falcons are going to balance their non-conference record at 2-2, they’ll have to go through Memphis. That means beating a Tigers team that is 2-0 so far this season.
The Tigers have scored 78 points over their two wins, albeit the points came against two teams yet to win a game – Southeast Missouri State and Kansas.
Bowling Green has scored 27 and 21 points after a 77-10 loss to No. 6 Ohio State in the 2016 opener. However, it has also given up 26 and 41 points in the last two games. Outscoring Memphis will be a challenge.
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► While a 2-0 start might not seem all that impressive, it is the first such start for a new Memphis head coach since 1916. The Tigers ran off eight straight last season before losing three in a row. Of course, no small amount of credit for that team’s success would go to Paxton Lynch, now a quarterback with the Denver Broncos.
► Junior Riley Ferguson has taken over at quarterback. He has completed 41 of 64 (64.1%) thus far with five TDs and two interceptions. He has been sacked eight times.
► Twelve players have at least one reception this year. Anthony Miller leads the way with 14 receptions for 196 yards and one score. He has a long of 84 yards.
► Freshman Patrick Taylor (6-3, 216) leads the rushing attack. He had 174 yards on 20 carries.
► Jake Elliott had hit five of six field goals with a long of 50 yards.
► The Falcons fell at home, 41-21, against Middle Tennessee last week. Bowling Green took a 21-14 second quarter lead before MTSU tallied 28 straight points.
► Quarterback James Knapke completed 18 of 32 passes for 129 yards, 0 TDs and 2 interceptions. Knapke has three touchdowns and six interceptions on the season. He has been sacked seven times.
► Scott Miller leads the Falcon receivers with 15 receptions for 227 yards and all three TDs.
► Josh Cleveland tops the Falcon rushers with 228 yards and a score on 35 rushes. He is averaging 6.5 ypc. His top performance was 153 yards and his tD against Middle Tennessee last week.