It’s time once again for our favorite simulation recap: NCAA FOOTBALL 2014 PREDICTS THE FUTURE!
It’s been a rough season for our CPU overlord, as last week’s epic result in the WMU-Buffalo game made life imitate art, rather than vice-versa. My trusty PlayStation 3 currently stands at -161 in the over/under points prediction and 1-3 in determining the winner.
This week, we kept the choice artificially deflated to two games, due to many of the other schools having matched up previously in simulated battle: Bowling Green vs. Ohio and EMU vs. Army. SPOILER ALERT: The winner was the first one.
This leaves Akron, Ball State, Eastern Michigan and Kent State as the only squads left yet to be simmed.
Let’s get to recapping:
James Morgan and his two passing touchdowns led the offensive onslaught for the Bowling Green Falcons as they took victory at The Doyt over in-state rival Ohio University by the final score of 27-9.
Both teams exchanged punts to start the game, but Bowling Green took charge of the game 7-0 with 17 seconds left in the first quarter thanks to a four-yard Donovan Wilson touchdown run.
The Falcons would score again after forcing an Ohio field goal miss from 59 yards out early in the second quarter on a Morgan-to-Javaris Pough 14-yard strike to double the lead for the homestanding team.
Ohio would run the ball down the heart of the BGSU defense on the next possession, with Nathan Rourke leading the charge with a 24-yard rush to put the Bobcats within scoring territory. But the Falcons stuffed the passing lanes and Ohio settled for the first of Louie Zervos’ three field goals in the game, a 51-yarder, to make the score 14-3 with 1:49 left to go in the first half.
BGSU responded in kind, scoring a 41-yard field goal off the leg of Jake Suder to end the half at 17-3.
Ohio received the ball to start the second half and marched into Falcon territory once again, but just could not get the ball moving once they crossed into enemy territory, settling for a field goal to make the score 17-6 after a major 8-yard sack on Rourke and three straight passes that went for negative yards.
BGSU would strike the blow that ultimately proved to be too much for the Bobcats to overcome on a 34-yard Morgan-to-Teo Redding connection to put the score at 24-6 late in the third quarter.
Both teams would exchange field goals to make the final score 27-9.
Morgan finished the day 37-of-42 for 363 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for BGSU, keeping the ball in the Falcons’ possession with short, immediate throws the Bobcats had a hard time defending. His counterpart Rourke went 17-of-31 for no touchdowns or interceptions and added 12 carries for 40 yards (including sack totals.)
For BGSU, it was the Donovan Wilson Show at running back, as he was the only Falcon to record a carry, finishing with eight carries for 28 yards and 11 receptions for 57 yards out of the backfield. Ohio’s AJ Ouellette finished with 16 carries for 50 yards.
Redding led the way for all receivers with 162 receiving yards and a touchdown, while Datrin Guyton finished second on the team (anhd the game) with eight receptions for 64 yards. Ohio’s leading receiver was Cameron Odom, who secured 4 receptions for 48 yards in what was an offesnive struggle for the Bobcats.
Three different BGSU Falcons tied for the game total for most tackles with 7 (all solo) between Fred Garth (two tackles for loss), Nate Locke (three tackles for loss and a sack) and Brandon Harris (tackle for loss.) Ohio’s Jalen Fox also tallied the impressive 7 total tackles stat.
Jamal Hudson was the player of the game for the Ohio defense, snagging an interception to go with five tackles (all solo) and two tackles for loss. Kylan Nelson, Trent zSmart and Cleon Alouese each collected a sack for Ohio.