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Doege shines as Bowling Green blasts Kent State

Fifth straight Falcon win in the rivalry series

NCAA Football: Bowling Green at Northwestern Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Both the Kent State Golden Flashes and Bowling Green Falcons entered Tuesday night’s contest with the hope that a dominant performance would springboard the back half of their season to a much different more hopeful optimism than has been present in their 2017 to date. After a 44-16 Falcon win, hope springs eternal for BG and it’s back to the drawing board for Kent State.

It was an offensive explosion for the Falcons, as QB Jarret Doege threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, Andrew Clair surpassed 100 yards rushing for the fourth straight game and the two freshmen led Bowling Green to a dominant offensive performance en route to their 2nd MAC win (and 2nd overall win) of the 2017 season.

Doege went 14 of 18 for 174 yards, connecting with Datrin Guyton for a 36-yard TD and Teo Redding for a 7-yard score. Clair picked up 111 yards on eight carries, including a 3-yard touchdown to opening the scoring. He is the first back with four-straight 100 yard games for the Falcons (2-3, 2-7 Mid-American Conference) since 2013.

It wasn’t all offense, though, as Nate Locke led the defense with five tackles for loss, the first Bowling Green player to do that in seven years. The Falcons had four sacks, three interceptions and their nation-best 13th fumble recovery. George Bollas completed 16 of 35 passes for 140 yards and ran for 84 with a touchdown for the Golden Flashes (2-7, 1-4).

It was Bowling Green’s fifth straight win over the Golden Flashes and the 60th win in the 85-game series. Bowling Green is back on action November 7th against Buffalo and Kent State returns to action November 8th against Western Michigan.