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Bowling Green Uses Third Quarter Surge to Beat Idaho, 21-13

BOWLING GREEN, OHIO — The Bowling Green Falcons scored two touchdowns in 1:15 of the third quarter to break open a close game and propel the Falcons to a 21-13 home opening win over Idaho. It was business as usual for Coach Dave Clawson, who raised his record in Doyt L. Perry Stadium openers to 4-0. The Falcons are now 1-1, following a solid effort in a loss to Florida last week, and the Vandals fell to 0-2.

(courtesy BGSU athletics)

Dominique Blackman, held out of the Vandals’ week one 20-3 loss to Eastern Washington, passed for 352 yards on 30 of 37 passes, but the Falcon defense — tackle Chris Jones would finish with 2.5 tackles for a loss — stiffened in the red zone, forcing Idaho to settle for three field goal attempts, missing one.

The two teams combined for 635 yards passing — Bowling Green’s Matt Schilz was 24 of 35 for 283 yards — but only 96 yards rushing, and hurt themselves with 22 penalties for 172 yards.

The Falcons scored on their second possession of the game, going 67 yards in five plays. Schilz connected on a 42 yard pass to a double-covered Shaun Joplin on first down to the Vandals’ 25, and four plays later, Anthon Samuel bounced off the middle of the line and scooted in from four yards out. Samuel set a Falcon freshman record last year with 844 yards rushing. Joplin finished with seven catches for 117 yards.

The Vandals’ deepest advance in the first half was their own 41 until late in the second quarter. They went 77 yards in 11 plays to get on the board on a 20 yard Trey Farquhar field goal with 1:48 left. The Falcons’ decision not to settle for a 7-3 lead at the half backfired when Schilz fumbled on his own 32. Farquhar added a 22 yard field goal with :15 left to cut it to 7-6 at intermission. Ryland Ward of Columbus Brookhaven High School forced the field attempt by breaking up Blackman’s third down pass at the Falcons’ 5 yard line.

QB Matt Schilz (courtesy BGSU)

Farquhar has the second most field goals in Idaho history, but missed a 36 yard attempt on the opening drive of the second half, ending a 12 play drive at the Falcons’ 19.

That’s what kick-started the Falcons’ two-TD outburst. They went 80 yards in nine plays, capped by Samuel’s second TD run, 29 yards on a draw play. Another 37 yards in the drive came on a reception by Chris Gallon on the left sideline.

The Falcons executed the tip drill on the next play, with three defenders batting a Blackman pass before Josh Pettus gathered it in at the Vandals’ 28. Three plays later, Schilz hit Je’Ron Stokes with a short pass over the middle, and Stokes took it in from 15 yards.

RB Anthon Samuel (courtesy BGSU)

The Vandals cut it to 21-13 with 6:22 left in the game, going 78 yards in seven plays, capped off by Blackman’s 16 yard lob to Marquan Major in the left corner of the end zone. The drive was set up by an interception by Solomon Dixon at their own 22. They got the ball back with 3:41 left, but on the first play, Jahrie Level lost the ball after his tenth catch of the game, on a hit by Paul Swan at his own 33.