Recap of Idaho, Preview for Toledo

9 Sep

The student section was amazing and pictures can be seen on – I am going to copy and paste the story from the athletic website below that I actually helped write.

Long story short, our defense is pretty darn good. We only allowed 6 rushing yards and we made a few huge stops deep in our territory to force field goal attempts. We did allow a bunch of passing yards however, and it appears that our pass defense may need work. Florida really didn’t have a quarterback that could pass with any sort of consistency. Hopefully this improves, but I’m okay with the effort that our defense has displayed thus far. They seem to tighten up in the red zone and get the job done. If Florida didn’t have so many electric players, we probably would have won that game. And outside of Virginia Tech, we won’t face those type of athletes for the remainder of the season.

It was also nice to see our defense CREATE some huge turnovers that actually meant something. The interception by Pettus resulted in a BG touchdown, and the forced fumble by Paul Swan basically clinched the game for us.

Our offense was effective but penalties killed us. However, the wide receiver concerns seem to be answered, as I predicted. We have so much talent at this position, even if most of the guys were inexperienced heading into the year. Joplin was a beast last night, Stokes had a huge touchdown and seems to be in impact player, and Chris Gallon is going to be one of the best in program history. This dude is 6-4 and has some of the best hands that I have seen at the collegiate level. He reminds me a lot of Calvin Johnson (I am not calling him the best reciever on the planet), in the sense of he goes up and catches the ball at its highest point.

Going back to the defense, Chris Jones is indeed worth all of the hype. He caused problems the entire night and is well worth the NFL draft pick that he will soon become.

Heading into a HUGE game against Toledo next week, we do need to correct some things. We need to limit the offensive penalties, be more smooth on offensive (Which relates back to the penalties), and try to disrupt the two good quarterbacks that we will see next week. We can’t keep relying on defensive stands when we are backed up to our goal line, we need more three and outs and we need to force more incomplete passes.

With that being said, I still like our chances against Toledo. Clawson is going to use last year’s lost to these guys and last week’s sloppy performance as motivation. This game is huge, its probably the difference between a 1-3 start and a 3-2 start. The schedule gets easier after this month, but we need this win badly for a variety of reasons. And loosing three games in a row to that school would just be absolutely brutal on every level.

If we limit the penalties, I think we can put up points and I think our defense can keep up us in the game for 4 quarters.

Here is the recap of the Idaho game that can be found on

Bowling Green, Ohio – In front of a crowd of 16,591, Anthon Samuel scored two touchdowns and the Bowling Green defense held Idaho to six yards rushing in a 21-13 victory Saturday night at Doyt Perry Stadium.

The Bowling Green offense got started on their second drive of the game when Matt Schilz found  junior Shaun Joplin, who finished the game with seven receptions for 117 yards, for 42 yards deep in Idaho territory. The catch was the longest of Joplin’s career. Later on, Travis Greene took an end-around for ten yards to set up Anthon Samuel’s four-yard touchdown rush. The drive lasted 2:07 and covered 67 yards on just five plays.

Bowling Green’s offense then went quiet in the second quarter and the defense took over. Idaho went on a nice 11-play, 77-yard drive that lasted 6:03, but was forced to settle for a 20-yard field goal after defensive tackle Chris Jones sacked Idaho quarterback Dominique Blackman on third down.

The defense held its own again after a fumble gave Idaho a short field to work with. The Vandals threatened to score their first touchdown of the game, but were denied when Ryland Ward broke up a Blackman pass on third down. Trey Farquhar then connected on his second field goal of the game from 22 yards and Bowling Green headed to the locker room with a 7-6 halftime lead.

After Idaho went on a long drive to start the second half, Trey Farquhar pushed his 36-yard field goal attempt wide left and the Falcons kept their one-point lead.

On the ensuing possession, three big plays highlighted the Bowling Green touchdown drive. Quarterback Matt Schilz, who completed 24 of his 35 passing attempts for 283 yards, hooked up with freshman Chris Gallon for 37 yards. Gallon had a huge game in his first outing at the Doyt, as he hauled in six catches for 89 yards.

Schilz then kept the drive alive on third down when he rushed for 12 yards. On third and four, Samuel took a carry and went 29 yards for his second touchdown of the game to give the Falcons a 14-6 lead.

After Josh Pettus picked up his first career interception on a ball that was tipped three times by a pair of Falcons, Je`Ron Stokes caught his only pass of the game when Schilz found the transfer from Michigan up the middle. Stokes eluded a couple of would-be tacklers and finished off the 15-yard reception to give the Falcons a 21-6 lead heading into the final quarter of play.

Bowling Green tried to put the game out of reach before Schilz threw his only interception of the night. Idaho’s Solomon Dixon cut in front of a pass intended for John Pettigrew, and traveled four yards before stumbling down on his own 22-yard line. The Vandals proceeded to go on a seven-play touchdown drive that covered 78 yards in 2:15. Blackman (30-37 for 352 yards), who was playing in his first Division I game, finished off the drive with a 16-yard toss in the corner of the end zone to wide receiver Marquan Major to cut the deficit to eight at 21-13.

After Bowling Green stalled on its next drive, Idaho had one more chance to send the game to overtime. After a completed pass, BGSU captain Paul Swan chased down an Idaho ball carrier and forced a fumble that was recovered by defensive back Aaron Foster on the Idaho 33-yard line. After a key first down run by Pettigrew, the Falcons ran out the clock and secured the 21-13 victory.

Idaho falls to 0-2 on the season. The Falcons improve to 1-1 and will open MAC play on the road next week against their rival Toledo for the Battle Of I-75. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.


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