Week one was some good and a lot of bad for the Bowling Green Falcons. The offense rolled up 557 yards of total offense but the defense and special teams were bad as Tennessee rolled to a 59-30 win. This Saturday at noon, the Falcons take on the Big Ten's Maryland Terrapins in College Park.
Bowling Green has had some success against Big Ten teams in the recent past beating the likes of Northwestern, Purdue and Minnesota. Maryland is entering its second year in the Big Ten and easily handled Richmond in their season opener last week, 50-21.
The high flying Falcon offense is expected to hold its own against the Terrapins but the defense will again most likely determine the outcome.
Quick Game Info
Game time, date: This game is on Saturday, September 12, 2015; kickoff is scheduled for 12:00 pm (EST).
Location: The two will meet up at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Maryland.
TV: This game will be available on Big Ten Network.
Radio: Available on the Falcon Radio Network. Click here to listen online at BGSUFalcons.com.
Online streaming: BTN2GO.com. Click here to watch.
Players to Watch
Matt Johnson (QB, BGSU) - All he did last week against a SEC defense was go 27 for 49 for 424 yards and two touchdowns and no interceptions. Not bad for your first live game action in over a year. Johnson was named the MAC East Offensive Player of the Week for his performance.
Gehrig Dieter (WR, BGSU) - With Bowling Green having such a deep receiving core, it seems Johnson can have a different go-to guy each week. Tennessee seemed to be focused on Roger Lewis so all Dieter did was make seven catches for 133 and a touchdown last weekend.
Ronnie Moore (WR, BGSU) - Moore sat out the first half of the Tennessee game serving a suspension stemming from a "targeting hit" called on him during the Falcon's Camellia Bowl victory last December. Moore made the most of limited time against the Volunteers with 95 yards on five catches. Moore seems primed for a big season if he can stay healthy.
William Likely (DB, Maryland) -William Likely broke one of the longest-standing Big Ten records last Saturday by returning eight punts for an astounding 233 yards. He could be in for another big day returning kicks against the Falcons, whose punt coverage unit was terrible last week. Likely is also a pretty good defensive back for the Terrapins as well.
Brandon Ross (RB, Maryland) - Ross notched his sixth career 100-yard performance with a career-high 150 yards on the ground against Richmond. The senior must have been salivating when he watched the film of Bowling Green's defense against Tennessee this week. He should have plenty of room to run against a young and inexperienced Falcon defense.
Quinton Jefferson (DL, Maryland) - After missing most of the 2014 season due to injury, redshirt junior defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson made his return against Richmond by totaling 2.5 tackles for loss (17 yards). He also led the Terps with two sacks on the afternoon. Maryland's defense held Richmond to just two third down conversions on 12 attempts.