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How Fast is #FalconFast? Pretty Damn Fast

We learned that #FalconFast was really fast against Indiana, but how fast?

Dino Babers is the mastermind behind the #FalconFast offense.
Dino Babers is the mastermind behind the #FalconFast offense.
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In the MACtionary #FalconFast was described as being a speed so fast it makes light feel jealous.

The concept for #FalconFast came from new coach Bowling Green Falcons head football coach Dino Babers. Babers is a disciple of Baylor's coach Art Briles.  He spent several season's on Briles staff learning the up-tempo offense before branching out on his own prior to thee 2012 season. Babers had success running the fast paced offense at Eastern Illinois where he ran around 85-95 plays a game and maxed out at 112 in a  game against University of Tennessee-Martin.

Following the Falcons' 2013 MAC Championship win and the loss of head coach Dave Clawson to Wake Forest, BG hired Babers, and his crazy fast offense, thus igniting a wave of excitement in Bowling Green, Ohio. With Matt Johnson, Travis Greene and several other offensive weapons back, there were high expectations for this Falcons' offense under Babers.

In week 1 #FalconFast got off to a slow start at Western Kentucky, but against Indiana in Week 3 fans finally got a taste of Babers' offense at its best in a 45-42 thrilling win over Indiana.


The Falcons got off 113 offensive plays plays off against Indiana. In comparison the NFL's Rams and Buccaneers combined to get 112 in their Week 2 game.


The record for most plays by one team in a single game held by Houston in 2012 and BYU from 2013. It's worth noting that the Falcon's had four field goal attempts and a punt. If the Falcons were able to turn three of those special teams plays into fourth down conversions, they'd have the record.


The most plays run in a single game in Art Briles' tenure at Baylor.


The number of passes that James Knapke attempted in the game while completing 46 of them. Both of these are a new Bowling Green record.


The Falcons had got there 113 plays in only 31 minutes and 20 seconds. This averages out to 3.6 plays per minute or 1 play every 16.6 seconds.


On the Falcons last drive they had 12 plays in 1 minute and 50 seconds. They ran an average of 1 play every 9.1 seconds on that drive.


Freshman wide receiver Roger Lewis had 16 receptions on 24 targets playing in this offense on Saturday. This is the most receptions in a game in BGSU history for someone not named Freddie Barnes.

The crazy thing about this performance was that it was orchestrated by James Knapke in just his second career start at quarterback. As Knapke gets more comfortable in this offense we could see #FalconFast break several more records. This offense is incredibly fast, and it can get even faster.

MAC defenses, get ready.