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Ohio Bobcats vs. Bowling Green Falcons Recap: BGSU Grinds Out 33-13 Win

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Ohio's Homecoming is spoiled by the Bobcats' inability to put points on the board despite racking up plenty of yards.

Mike McGinnis

The Ohio Bobcat's offense floundered when it mattered most against the Bowling Green, resulting in the Bobcats falling to the Falcons by the score of 33-13 on Homecoming weekend.

To look at the statistics would suggest a different game. Ohio was on offense for 2/3 of the game. They outran the Falcons, 127 to 95 yards and out passed them 386 to 260. Ohio had 29 first downs to BGSU's 19. The Bobcats even set a school record for plays run in a game (110).

However, every time Ohio would pull close to scoring, the Falcons' defense would tighten up, and the Bobcats would be forced to kick the ball toward the field goal or the Falcon return man. Frank Solich's team went for it 4 times on 4th down, and failed to pick up an additional set of downs each time. They were also undisciplined as a team: 16 penalties for 153 yards, several of which stalled drives that were on the verge of scoring.

The Homecoming crowd was treated to two strong quarterback performances. BGSU QB James Knapke completed 20 of 39 passes for 260 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. But Ohio QB J.D. Sprague gave one of the stronger performances of his career: 27 of 56 for 325 yards, with an additional 49 yards on the ground (a number that would be even higher if Sprague was not sacked 5 times).

Things were a bit quieter for the other members of the backfield: BGSU RB Travis Green had 50 yards and a touchdown on ten carries, and Ohio's A.J. Ouellette had 45 yards on 16.

BGSU WR Roger Lewis had 100 yards receiving but no touchdowns. Ohio wide receivers Sebastian Smith and Jordan Reid had 86 and 84 yards, respectively.

Bowling Green drove 75 yards and put seven on the board on the game's first drive. On Ohio's first play from scrimmage, J.D. Sprague fumbled. The Falcons recovered and drove 37 yards to go up 14-0. It seemed as though Ohio's homecoming would be an extremely disappointing affair for the home crowd, the 8th largest ever at Peden.

Instead it was only mildly disappointing.Ohio kicker Josiah Yazdani nailed a pair of field goals to make it 14-6, but after he missed his third attempt the Falcons drove 79 yards in three plays to make it 21-6, and the Bobcats would never pull close.