clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Bowling Green Falcons vs. Maryland Terrapins: Johnson with 491 yards passing in 48-27 win

New, 4 comments

For the ninth straight year, a MAC school has beaten a Big Ten team.

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

As if Matt Johnson's performance last week against Tennessee wasn't enough, after putting up 491 yards of offense through the air, the Falcons took down the Maryland Terrapins 48-27 on the road.

For the game, Johnson went 35-for-55 including six touchdown passes: two to Roger Lewis, one to Robbie Rhodes, Ryan Burbrink, Derek Lee and Gehrig Dieter. Both Lee and Rhodes' touchdown receptions were their firsts as Falcons.

Johnson and Lewis were having an absolute field day together as they connected 15 times for 200 yards.

Overall, BGSU dominated with their offense. The Falcons totaled 692 total yards of offense, just 14 shy of breaking the school record set in 1978 against Grand Valley (compared to Maryland's 361 offensive yards). The team also picked up 35 first downs compared to Maryland's 16. BGSU was also, overwhelmingly, had possession of the ball for 37:57 while Maryland had it for just 22:03. Let's keep going with these comparisons. On third downs, Bowling Green was 8-for-18 while Maryland was 3-for-12.

Maryland had the lead 13-6 going into the locker rooms at halftime too, but when you turn the ball over four times (three interceptions and a fumble), it's hard to build on and sustain any kind of lead in the second half.

Fred Coppet and Travis Greene both helped out on the rushing attack. Led by Coppet with 109 yards, the two combined for 174 rushing yards on 33 carries. Travis Greene was able to punch in a touchdown in the third quarter to even things up at 20 a piece.

Tyler Tate had a rough day missing both of his field goals, but at least he made all six of his PATs.

With this win, the MAC has now beaten a Big Ten school for the ninth straight season dating back to 2007.