Falcons Await Their Prey

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 Boise State 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 Boise State 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 game.  

Middle 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.

Roger 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.
Boise State averages 427.3 yards and 39.3 points per game.  The Broncos finally got their ground game going last week against Fresno State 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 think about.  
Defensively,
Boise State allows 14 points a game but that is deceiving.  The Broncos allowed 34 last week to Fresno State .  

 
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.  

Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. Mountain time and the game is a complete sellout.



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