Kirk Irwin

Bowling Green Rolls Tulsa

Bowling Green hosted Conference USA favorite Tulsa at Doyt Perry Stadium in a key season-opening battle. After a grind of a first half, the Falcons dominated the Golden Huricane to a 34-7 victory.

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Everything went right for Bowling Green

In that everything went right.

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Bowling Green Routs Tulsa in Season Opener

By giving Tulsa all the #MACtion it could possibly want, the Bowling Green Falcons served notice to a nation-wide audience that BGSU should be taken seriously in 2013. Very seriously.

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Bowling Green vs. Tulsa: FINAL

Now THAT is how you show the world what #MACtion is all about.  In perhaps the most visible and important MAC game of the night, the Bowling Green Falcons rolled in all phases of the game and allowed only a garbage-time touchdown to Tulsa on the way to an impressive 34-7 win.

Up next for Tulsa is a home game with Colorado State, while Bowling Green plays a huge conference game next Saturday against a potentially Dri Archer-less Kent State.

We'll have a complete recap of this game later tonight, but use this as a take-away...

Tulsa accumulated 51 rushing yards in the entire game, and only 273 yards overall.  Fifty of those came on their garbage-time touchdown drive.

Bowling Green's defense is for real, and the rest of the MAC needs to notice.

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Bowling Green vs. Tulsa: 4th Quarter Update

This game is really titling in Bowling Green's favor, now.  The Falcons scored a touchdown following the second half kickoff on a 75-yard drive.  Then, at the end of the third quarter, Tulsa tried a fake punt -- and failed -- from their own 16.  The Falcons quickly turned that into another touchdown, and early in the fourth, Bowling Green leads 20-0.

The most shocking stat of this game?

Through three quarters, the vaunted Tulsa running game had 52 yards on 22 carries.  Overall?  The Golden Hurricane had just 212 yards through three.

(And an up-to-the-second update:  Tulsa just went for it on 4th-and-13 with 12 minutes to go from the BGSU 44.  Their pass was incomplete.  This one is very, very close to being O-V-E-R.)

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Bowling Green vs. Tulsa: Halftime Update

The Bowling Green Falcons lead the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, 6-0, after two quarters.  To say that the score is surprising would be a major understatement -- I think most people believed this would be a high-scoring affair.

Tulsa had their opportunities but could cash none of them in.  They missed a mid-range field goal in the first quarter, then failed on two red-zone attempts in the second quarter, with a fumble and another missed field goal.

Meanwhile, Bowling Green cashed in their two opportunities by converting on both of their field goal attempts.  The only downside to the last one is that Falcons' head coach Dave Clawson left a timeout on the field before halftime.  With under 30 seconds left, Matt Johnson completed a pass for a first down inside the 20.  Rather than call one of his two timeouts, Clawson decided to have Johnson spike the ball to kill the clock.  After an incompletion on second down, Johnson hit a pass in the middle of the field, but short of the first down, with six seconds left.  Clawson immediately called a timeout, and BGSU kicked a field goal on fourth down.

Of course, if Clawson had called timeout after the earlier completion, the Falcons would have had one final play with those six seconds in which to try and score a touchdown.  Let's hope those four points don't come back to haunt Bowling Green.

Here are some first-half stats:

Total yards: BGSU 197 (45 plays), Tulsa 162 (36 plays)

First downs: BGSU 13, Tulsa 6

Time of possession: BGSU 18:13, Tulsa 11:47

Penalties-yards: BGSU 1-5, Tulsa 4-25

Passing: BGSU - Johnson 6/16, 84 yds, 1 INT; Schilz 1/4, 12 yds, Tulsa - Green 9/20, 116 yds

Rushing: BGSU - Greene 14-43; Johnson 6-43, Tulsa - Douglas 8-18; Green 5-14; Watts 2-9

Receiving: BGSU - Gallon 2-20; Joplin 1-21, Tulsa - Watts 4-34, Garrett 3-29

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Bowling Green vs. Tulsa: 2nd Quarter Update

The Bowling Green Falcons lead Tulsa 3-0 early in the second quarter.  Except for one 37-yard pass, the Falcons have done a wonderful job keeping the Tulsa offense in check.

Meanwhile, the Matt Schilz experiment lasted all of two series.  Matt Johnson replaced him midway through the first quarter and immediately led BGSU on the only scoring drive of the game thus far.  He's 4-for-8, while Schilz was just 1-for-4 and looked decidedly uncomfortable against Tulsa's rush.

If you need any example of how little faith Dave Clawson apparently placed in Schilz, you only need to look to the Falcons' first drive.  On a 3rd-and-5 inside the Tulsa 40, Clawson called a draw that went absolutely nowhere, rather than give the ball to Schilz to try to pass for a first down.

Not sure where this is going to lead, but it doesn't look good for the incumbent.

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Bowling Green vs. Tulsa: Pregame Update

With just 60 minutes left until kickoff of tonight's game between the Falcons and Golden Hurricane, we have a status update regarding availability of two Bowling Green players.

Backup wide receiver Jermal Hosley and backup safety Josh Pettus will both miss tonight's game for the Falcons.  According to the Twitter feed of Falcons' beat writer John Wagner of the Toledo Blade (@jwagnerblade), Hosley is out with a knee injury, while Pettus will miss the game due to a violation of team rules.

While Hosley's absence does hurt the depth chart at receiver, the loss of Pettus is much more important, given that BGSU had already lost Darrell Hunter (injury) and DeVon McKoy (transfer) from the secondary.  Going up against an offense like Tulsa's is difficult enough without losing a veteran presence in the defensive backfield.

Stick with Hustle Belt throughout the game for score, stat and injury updates.  Game time is 7:00pm, and the game will be carried live by ESPNU, as well as online on ESPN3.

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Tulsa's Nelson Ineligible Versus BGSU

The Golden Hurricane has lost one of its key defensive players less than 48 hours before their season opener against Bowling Green. Can the Falcons take advantage of Tulsa's adversity?

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Bowling Green vs. Tulsa: Game Preview

This is a key non-conference battle for two teams with conference championship aspirations. It also appears to be a classic example of the proverbial match between an immovable force and an irresistible object. Which side will blink first?

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