Halftime Update: Bowling Green 14, UMass 0

Want to know about the first half of this game?

Consider this: the first ten possessions all ended in punts.  Also, the two teams combined for six first downs and 115 yards in the first quarter.

Bowling Green finally got their offense going in the second quarter and scored on their final two possessions to end the half with a 14-0 lead.  The first score came on a 51-yard pass reception by Ronnie Moore.  On the play, Matt Johnson faked a pass to Moore, turned around and faked an end-around to Jordan Hopgood, then turned around again and threw to a wide-open Moore, who weaved through the secondary for the score.  The second touchdown came on a one-yard run by William Houston, who has seven touchdown runs in 2013.  Of those, six are from one yard out.

BGSU outgained 239-127 in the first half and ran 41 plays versus just 25 by the Minutemen.  In the second quarter alone, the Falcons ran 21 plays for 171 yards, while UMass ran just ten for 80 yards.  Well over half of those yards (51, to be exact) came on one Jamal Wilson run.  Massachusetts was just 1-for-7 on third down and had only four first downs, compared to 11 for BGSU.  As for time of possession, the Falcons nearly doubled UMass and ended the half with an edge of 19:40 to 10:20.

Bowling Green's Travis Greene had 16 carries for 118 yards in the first half, while Johnson was 7-for-14 with 109 yards and a touchdown.  His seven completions went to six different receivers; only Moore caught more than one ball.  For UMass, Wilson had 106 yards on 11 carries.  However, quarterback A.J. Doyle completed only three of his 13 pass attempts for just 14 yards.  Bernard Davis is the leading receiver with one catch for seven yards.  Tajae Sharpe also has a catch but for only six yards.

More after the game...

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