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2017 Week 7 MAC Football Recap: Ohio Bobcats Pull Away Late Against Bowling Green

Bobcats ground attack proves to be too much and pulls out the win, 48-30.

NCAA Football: Ohio at Northern Illinois Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The game was close early, with the Falcons leading after the first quarter 6-0 on a couple of Jake Suder field goals. The Bobcats were in scoring range and A.J. Ouellette ran it in at the start of the second.

Andrew Clair had a couple of long runs before finally punching it in from the three on the following drive, and the Falcons were back on top. The Falcons were unable to capitalize on a Nathan Rourke interception, but a few possessions later the Bobcats took a James Morgan pick to the house.

The Falcons got a field goal after another Rourke interception. The Bobcats went 82 yards and took the lead at the half, 21-16.

After the teams traded multiple punts to start the 3rd quarter, a James Morgan TD pass to Hunter Folkertsma gave the Falcons the lead.

Nathan Rourke responded immediately with a 75 yard touchdown run that seemed to break the will of the Falcons a bit. After another touchdown by the Bobcats, the game was seemingly over as they then quickly turned a James Morgan fumble into a 41-23 lead.

The Falcons weren’t done, however, and a James Morgan to Scott Miller 69 yard pass put Bowling Green within striking distance and they scored. They quickly forced a Bobcats punt and were only down 11 with 8 minutes and change to go.

The Bobcats defense held on a 4th and 4, and that was effectively the ball game.

Only 19 yards separated the teams, and the Bobcats only managed 105 yards through the air. The 4 BG turnovers were too much for the Falcons to overcome.

Nathan Rourke had a good day on the ground, rushing for 143 yards and 3 scores on 8 carries. A.J. Ouellette had 123 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 24 carries, and Dorian Brown had 71 yards on 10 carries.

The Falcons also had a good day on the ground. Andrew Clair had 148 yards on 18 carries and a pair of touchdowns.

The Falcons Scott Miller had a great game receiving, catching 6 passes for 95 yards. Andrew Meyer was impressive for the Bobcats, going 84 yards on just three receptions.

The two teams combined to only complete 24 passes out of 65 attempts.

I am confident Rourke is going to be a great player in the future for the Bobcats. I have no idea what to think of Morgan. Sometimes I watch him and think he is an NFL talent. Other times, sometimes on the same drive, I think they should change his position.