A talented Bowling Green team gave #19 Missouri all they could handle. In fact, they played them much better on the road than WAC contender Nevada did at home. The Falcons have their eyes set on #7 Boise State when the two teams square off tomorrow night.
The Bowling Green Falcons lie in
waiting for BoiseState to fly in for an inter-conference matchup tomorrow night.
New head coach Dave Clawson has
his Bowling Green team playing hard.After an
impressive season-opening win over Troy, the Falcons had #19 Missouri down 20-6 before surrendering three consecutive touchdowns to the Tigers.
Third-year quarterback Tyler Sheehan is a weapon that cannot be ignored.Sheehan will be making his 29th consecutive start today.Sheehan has 6,994 passing yards and 47 touchdowns thrown to his credit.Sheehan is 11th nationally with 309.3 yards through the air
this season.Last week, Sheehan
broke school records with 43-of-62 passing against Marshall for 383 yards.
Sheehan is currently the career
completion percentage record holder, hitting 65.1 percent of his passes.Sheehan is ahead of the career mark of Omar Jacobs (64.4%), who BoiseState has already faced.
Sheehan's main target has been
junior Freddie Barnes, who leads the nation in receptions through three games.After hauling in a school-record 15 against Troy, he got loose in the Missouri secondary for 10 receptions and then broke his own record with 17 catches
last week against Marshall.Sheehan was named
Mid-American Conference Player of the Week for his effort, the sixth time the
Falcon signal caller has been so honored.
Barnes needs just 48 catches to
break the school career receptions record of 232.
Running back Willie Geter has the
talent to keep defenses honest, having rushed for 178 yards on 38 carries (4.7
average).Geter penetrated the Tiger
defense for 99 yards and a touchdown on just 20 carries.
Bowling Green's defense was born anew
this fall with eight new starters.The
newcomers have fit into Clawson's system and have
allowed just 20 points and 334 yards per game.They are especially tough against the pass, allowing just 178.3 yards per
linebacker Cody Basler tops the Falcon defense with 27 tackles, four for loss,
and two sacks.
Roger Williams is the school record holder for kickoff return yards with 1,487.
Williams became the all-time leader for kick return yards in a career following
the Troy contest. He is also just
one return away from etching his name atop another school record (kick returns).
Williams, who suffered a broken finger early in 2008 was limited as a return
man, but made a name for himself in 2007 when he set school records in returns
(39) and yards (954), while also returning a kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown in
the GMAC Bowl, the first-ever in that bowl's history. BoiseState averages 427.3 yards and
39.3 points per game.The Broncos
finally got their ground game going last week against FresnoState and average just under 200
yards a game.Quarterback Kellen Moore has not been as prolific as last season, but only because he isn't being
used as much.Moore is throwing for 230.7
yards a game, about 80 yards less per game than Bowling Green.
Jeremy Avery (93 yards per game) will have to take charge in the backfield now that his
fellow back D.J. Harper is out for the season.Doug Martin will return to the offense and will give defenses more to
Defensively, BoiseState allows 14 points a game
but that is deceiving.The Broncos
allowed 34 last week to FresnoState.
Bowling Green is no stranger to facing
Top 25 opponents.The Falcons have a
4-3 record against ranked opponents since 2003.They have beaten #12 Northern Illinois (34-18) and #16 Purdue in 2003 (27-26) and #25 Pittsburgh (27-17) last season.They also played then-#4 Ohio State close in 2003, falling 24-17, lost to
#14 Miami of Ohio 49-27 in 2003, suffered a 40-24 defeat to #2 Oklahoma in 2004
and lost to #1 Ohio State 35-7 in 2006.
is set for Mountain time and the game is a complete sellout.