Bowling Green Aerial Assault Grounds CMU, 38-14

Central Michigan University amassed more than 400 yards of total offense Saturday, but it wasn't enough to stop Bowling Green State University quarterback Omar Jacobs and the high-powered Falcons, which cruised to a 38-14 Mid-American Conference win at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

Someday soon perhaps, Central Michigan head coach Brian Kelly's offense will be clicking like Bowling Green's was Saturday afternoon at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

Falcon quarterback Omar Jacobs completed 31-of-42 passes for 387 yards and tied a stadium record by throwing four touchdown passes in leading BGSU (3-2, 1-1 MAC) to a 38-14 win over CMU (2-3, 1-1 MAC).

"First and foremost, Bowling Green is an outstanding football team," Kelly said. "In terms of the players they're putting on the field, that's what we're trying to do at CMU."

"We felt we could have success throwing the football on them and we did," BGSU head coach Gregg Brandon said. "We're putting a lot of offense in Omar's hands. His completion percentage and efficiency is fabulous."

The two teams traded touchdowns early, before Jacobs put the game away with three consecutive touchdown passes to wide receiver Steve Sanders.

"Those were set plays and a lot of them were open for me," Sanders said.

Bowling Green running back P.J. Pope opened the scoring with a one-yard TD run midway through the first quarter that capped a nine-play, 93-yard Falcon drive.

The Chippewas tied the score 7-7 with 14:48 remaining in the second quarter on a 25-yard reverse by wide receiver Jemmy Jasmin.

Jacobs responded on the Falcons next series by throwing the first of his four TD passes, a 25-yarder to Sanders. The Falcons took a 21-7 lead into halftime as Jacobs and Sanders hooked-up once again, a 16-yard TD pass that capped a nine-play, 74-yard drive.

Central Michigan running Jerry Seymour had another outstanding day. He rushed 28 times for 155 yards to lead a balanced CMU attack. The Chippewas gained 401 yards in total offense against the Falcons, including 210 yards on the ground and 191 through the air.

All of that offense wasn't enough though, because the Falcons amassed 510 yards in total offense, including 123 yards rushing.

"They didn't beat us physically," Seymour said, "it was just a couple plays in the first half, some poor execution on our part."

Bowling Green opened the scoring in the third quarter as Jacobs connected with Sanders on a four-yard TD pass in the left corner of the end zone for a 28-7 BG lead.

Central Michigan quarterback Kent Smith responded with 3:43 remaining in the period by scoring on a four-yard scamper around right end to make the score 28-14.

The Chippewas could get no closer though as Jacobs completed his fourth TD pass in the fourth quarter, a 10-yard strike to wide receiver Cornelius McGrady. Bowling Green placekicker Shaun Suisham tallied the final points of the game ona 35-yard field goal with 4:32 remaining.

"We needed to play near flawless football today to have a chance," Kelly said. "We played hard but that's just not good enough against a good football team like Bowling Green."

Smith, who sustained a head injury in the first half, returned to finish the game. He completed 17-of-30 passes for 181 yards.

Central Michigan plays its next two games on the road, beginning with Northern Illinois next Saturday in DeKalb, and at Toledo the following week.

The Chippewas return home Oct. 30 against arch-rival Western Michigan University.


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