Remember those good vibes from the Bowling Green Falcons week 1 victory vs Morgan State? Well, those were quickly forgotten as the Falcons traveled west of the Mississippi for a game against the Kansas State Wildcats of the the Big 12.
The Falcons were drubbed 52-0, while being out-gained 521-140 in total yards in front of a large crowd in Manhattan, Kansas.
Bowling Green was playing without star back Andrew Clair, who dressed and did not play in the defeat. The injury is reportedly minor and he is expected to play in week 3 against Louisiana Tech.
It was déjà vu all over again for Bowling Green as the Wildcats torched the Falcons defense. The Falcons defense had been a problem a year ago but early returns were for an improved unit after they shut down Morgan’s State offense.
Kansas State would finish with 333 yards rushing with a robust five rushing touchdowns.
After securing a field goal on their first drive, the Wildcats saw reserve back Jordan Brown break a 50 yard run to go up ten nothing.
Following a James Gilbert touchdown run late in the first quarter, any chance of a Bowling Green come back was lost as BG didn’t recover the ensuing kickoff and the Wildcats would march down to make in 24-0.
Kansas State would have four first half rushing touchdowns.
The Falcons would wind up down 38-0 at the half but would allow just 14 second half points as the Wildcats held themselves back some.
K-State’s Skylar Thompson gave BGSU fits all game, finishing 10 of 13 for 151 yards and two TD’s.
Former Ball State back James Gilbert continued his successes in Manhattan as he scored two touchdowns, finishing with 103 yards on just eight carries. Three Wildcat backs went for over fifty yards.
Malik Knowles looks like a name to remember for K-State. The shifty wide-out had five receptions for 99 yards and two touchdowns.
For Bowling Green, Darius Wade was just 8 of 19 passing for 79 yards. He would also lose a fumble via a strip sack.
Davon Jones was a bright spot without Clair playing, finishing with 48 yards on eight carries which was good for 5.9 average.
Rodell Rahmaan, a transfer from Urbana, had one reception for 34 yards which led the Falcons. Shifty back Bryson Denley had three receptions for 23 yards.
Defensively, Brandon Perce continued his strong start to the season with eight total tackles. Jamari Bozeman added eight as well as eight Falcon defenders had five or more tackles.
Punter Matt Naranjo had a busy day with nine punts, including two downed inside the 50 and two of 50 plus yards.
The Falcons will be back home Saturday for a five PM kickoff on their homecoming tilt against Louisiana Tech. The Buldogs are 1-1 as well after losing to Texas last week and beating FCS Grambling State 20-14 Saturday.