Scouting Report: Bowling Green

Bowling Green is off to a 2-0 start and has already won a conference game. What has made the Falcons successful so far? Read more for our full scouting report.

Each week, we will provide a short scouting report of Indiana's football opponent. Here's our look at Bowling Green.

FIRST LOOK: Bowling Green, out of the MAC conference, is 2-0 to start the season after a 34-7 win over Tulsa and a 41-22 victory over conference foe Kent State. The Falcons returned most of their starters from a team that went 8-5 and 6-2 in the MAC last season. Bowling Green lost to San Jose State in the Military Bowl last December.

A BALANCED ATTACK: Unlike Navy last week, Bowling Green has a very balanced offensive attack. The Falcons have passed for 520 yards and rushed for 452 yards.

BUT A LACKLUSTER DEFENSE: Indiana will certainly have plenty of opportunities to score against the Bowling Green defense. The Falcons allowed 22 points to a a Kent State team that scored only 17 in a win against Liberty in its season opener. Expect the Hoosiers to put about another big number in this one.

KEY PLAYERS:

QB Matt Johnson: Johnson, a sophomore, has thrown for 508 yards on 30-of-48 passing in two games with two touchdowns and one interception. Johnson, 6-foot-0 and 222 pounds, is an inexperienced player who attempted only 28 passes a season ago. But his numbers against Kent State last week were awfully impressive: 19-of-25 for 357 yards and two scores.

RB Travis Greene: Greene is the Falcons' primary option in the rushing game. He's carried the ball 46 times in the first two games for 233 yards and a touchdown. The 5-foot-10, 184-pound back ran for 145 yards in last week's win over Kent State.

WR Shaun Joplin: Joplin has caught a team-high eight passes for 153 yards thus far this season.

WR Ryan Burbrink: Burbrink, 5-foot-8 and 195 pounds, has caught only four passes this season, but one went for 92 yards and a touchdown.

RB William Houston: This freshman is quite a load to handle. He's Bowling Green's short yardage back, and he's quite good at that role. Houston, 6-foot-0 and 262 pounds, has carried the ball only 12 times for 26 yards, but he has four rushing touchdowns to lead the team.


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