A Look at the Falcons

Following a heartbreaking loss to archrival Central Michigan the Bronco football team will travel down to Ohio to take on the Falcons in the MAC Game of the Week. This will be as tough a test as any this week taking on the nation's #4 offense led by one of the MAC's young upcoming star quarterbacks.

The Bowling Green Falcons score 41.3 points per game, good for #4 nationally. They also pass for 321.5 yards per game good for #4 nationally as well. Quarterback Omar Jacobs puts up 344.5 yards per game combined passing and rushing good for #2 nationally.

"This is the fourth year for their offense [system] and they've pretty much got it tooled up the way they want it," said WMU head coach Gary Darnell.

The Falcons also have a flock of six go to receivers led by juniors Charles Sharon and Steve Sanders who both have over 70 yards per game. Senior Cole Magner is the reliable one with 48 receptions on the season, which leads the team in that category. "He is meaner then a junkyard dog," Darnell said about Magner. "I've been to where he's from in Alaska and there's not a lot of soft people where he's from."

The combination of a strong quarterback and receivers has also led to only two interceptions on the season. "A lot of people have a problem understanding this but they're really running an inverted wishbone," said Darnell. "Instead of the halfbacks behind the quarterback they're on the line and instead of pitching back they're throwing short passes forward… because they have the field spread it really loosens up the defense. It's a triple option in reverse."

If that's not enough to motivate the Broncos to bring their ‘A' game against BGSU there is also the fact that the Falcons are on a five-game winning streak while the Broncos are on a seven-game losing streak.

The one area offensively that the Falcons are not as dominant is the rushing game that ranks #69 in the nation led by P.J. Pope with 65.9 yards per game. Don't be fooled though, once quarterback Jacobs along with back-up tailbacks B.J. Lane and Raishaun Stover are added into the picture the Falcons run at a rate of 147.9 yards per game.

The offensive line for the Falcons has been a major reason for their success having only given up five sacks all season giving Jacobs plenty of time to set up his throws.

On defense BGSU is led middle linebacker Jovon Burkes with 60 tackles. Getting into the backfield more often then anyone else in senior Daniel Sayles with six tackles for a loss including a pair of quarterback sacks.

Bowling Green is sure to bring everything they have into the game this Saturday. "We are not saving anything. We have got to score and score often. Whatever it takes to beat Western we will do," said BGSU head coach Gregg Brandon. "Western is a talented team. They have talented players on both sides of the ball."

And don't expect the Falcons to look past WMU either. "Well this is a big game too cause if we don't win this one then those last two games don't mean squat," added Brandon in reference to the Falcons chances at a MAC West title.

Saturday's game is scheduled for a 1:06pm kick-off at Doyt Perry Stadium. The game will be broadcast on the Bronco Radio Network with Robin Hook and Monty Porter calling the action. Comcast Local in Michigan and Chicago as well as Fox Sports Ohio and Empire Sports Net in upstate New York will also pick up the game.

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