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2008 Bowling Green Falcons
Conference MAC East
2008 Record 6-6 (4-4 MAC)
Head Coach Gregg Brandon
Offensive Coordinator Troy Rothenbuhler
Matt Campbell
Defensive Coordinator Mike Ward
Previous Season Next Season
2007 2009


The 2008 Bowling Green Falcons represents Bowling Green State University, which will celebrate its 90th season of collegiate football in the 2008 season. The team's head football coach is Gregg Brandon. The Falcons play their home games at Doyt Perry Stadium in Bowling Green, Ohio.

PreseasonEdit

Shortly after the 2007 season, the Falcons lost backup quarterback, Anthony Glaud and wide receiver, Zach Charles to transfer as the pair made their way to defending MEAC champion Delaware State, because of lack of playing time.[1] On May 12, the Football Writers Association of America announced that Bowling Green senior defensive lineman Diyral Briggs was placed on their watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, awarded to the nation's top defensive player.[2] At the MAC football media day, the Falcons were voted as the preseason favorites to win the East Division crown, garnering 17 first place votes and 206 total votes, just edging out rival, Miami (OH) who had 7 first place votes and 202 total votes.[3][4][5]


ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30* 12:00pm at #25 Pittsburgh Heinz Field • Pittsburgh, PA ESPNU W 27-17  45,063
September 6* 7:30pm Minnesota Doyt Perry Stadium • Bowling Green, OH ESPNU L 42-17  23,184
September 13* 8:00pm at Boise State Bronco Stadium • Boise, ID KTVB L 20-7  32,335
September 27* 4:00pm at Wyoming War Memorial Stadium • Laramie, WY the mtn. W 45-16  17,411
October 4† 4:00pm Eastern Michigan Doyt Perry Stadium • Bowling Green, OH BCSN L 24-21  16,217
October 11 6:00pm at Akron Rubber Bowl • Akron, OH W 37-33  17,119
October 18 12:00pm Miami (OH) Doyt Perry Stadium • Bowling Green, OH ESPN Plus L 27-20  15,411
October 25 4:00pm at Northern Illinois Huskie Stadium • DeKalb, IL L 16-13  17,163
November 1 2:00pm Kent State Doyt Perry Stadium • Bowling Green, OH
(Battle for the Anniversary Award)
W 45-30  10,411
November 8 2:00pm at Ohio Peden Stadium • Athens, OH W 28-3  15,018
November 21 6:00pm Buffalo Doyt Perry Stadium • Bowling Green, OH L 40-34 2OT 13,284
November 28 3:30pm at Toledo Glass Bowl • Toledo, OH (Battle of I-75) ESPN Classic W 38-10  11,264
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches Poll released prior to game.

Coaching staffEdit

The Bowling Green Falcons have seen numerous changes in the coaching staff. Offensive Coordinator Mick McCall left the team to take the same position at Northwestern[6], while former Buffalo head coach, Jim Hofher, was named Quarterbacks Coach, Troy Rothenbuhler was named Passing Game Coordinator, Matt Campbell was named running game coordinator, and Doug Phillips was named recruiting coordinator.[7]

Name Position Years at
BGSU
Gregg Brandon Head Coach 6
Troy Rothenbuhler Assistant Head Coach
Wide Receivers
Passing Game Coordinator
6
Mike Ward Defensive Coordinator 17
Stephen Bird Wide Receivers 2
Matt Campbell Offensive Line
Running Game Coordinator
2
Jim Hofher Quarterbacks 1
Adam Gonzaga Defensive Backs 2
Deion Melvin Linebackers 2
John Hunter Running Backs 3
Doug Phillips Defensive Ends 2
Stan Watson Defensive Assistant 1
Adam Salon Offensive Assistant 2
Aaron Hillmann Strength and Conditioning 8

Game notesEdit

PittsburghEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Bowling Green 0 14 6 7 27
Pittsburgh 7 10 0 0 17


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The Falcons opened the 2008 campaign against nationally ranked Pitt at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in front of 45,063 and a national television audience on ESPNU. The Falcons came in as 13-point underdogs against the Panthers, who had previously been 25-2 against the MAC and 24-0 at home against the conference. Pittsburgh showed their poise early on in the game scoring on their first offensive drive of the game with a 11 yard run by running back LeSean McCoy to cap off an eight play, 71-yard drive that took less than four minutes to complete. Pitt would extend their lead in the early in the second quarter with 4 yard touchdown pass to Derek Kinder from quarterback Bill Stull, making the score 14–0 in favor of Pitt. The Falcons would answer back against the Panthers on the following possession, marching down the field 73 yards in eight plays, capped off with a five yard pass to Jimmy Scheidler from wide receiver Freddie Barnes, cutting Pitt's lead to 14–7. Scheidler would bring in his second touchdown reception of the game six and a half minutes later on a three yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tyler Sheehan, which tied the game at 14–14. Pitt would answer back on the following possession as their Lou Groza Award candidate kicker Connor Lee booted 36 yard field goal as time expired in the first half, giving Pitt the halftime lead 17–14.

The game would become a story of two halves as the Falcons came out and as the Falcons defense slowed down the powerhouse McCoy and forced Pitt to two fumbles and an interception. Bowling Green would take their first lead of the game with an 8 yard run by wide receiver Anthony Turner with 3:53 left in the third quarter. The preceding extra point was blocked by Pitt and the Falcons took the lead of 20–14. Early in the fourth quarter the Bowling Green defense caused Pitt's third fumble and seemed to return it to the end zone for an apparent game-winning touchdown, but due to an inadvertent whistle, Bowling Green was stripped of the touchdown, but still took over possession of the ball at Pitt's 11-yard line. The Falcons would make good on their field position scoring on an 11-yard run on a quarterback draw by Sheehan which increased the Falcons' lead to 27–17. Pitt continued to attempt to mount a comeback but after Lee's missed field goal of 42 yards at 3:58 left in the fourth quarter blew the wind out of Pitt's sails and Stull being intercepted in the end zone by Kenny Lewis with 1:26 left in the game officially put Pitt away. The Falcons improved to 1–0 on the season and had their second consecutive season opening victory over a BCS Conference opponent (having defeated Minnesota 32–31 in overtime the year before), although being outgained by the Pitt offense 393–254. Sheehan lead the Falcons in the passing game completing 24 of 40 attempts for 163 yards, 1 touchdown, and an interception, followed by Barnes who was 2 of 2 for 27 yards and a touchdown. The Falcons' running game was led by Chris Bullock who had 7 rushes for 44 yards, followed by Turner and Sheehan who each had a rushing touchdown. Bullock also led the receivers with 7 receptions for 49 yards along with Scheidler who had 3 receptions for 30 yards and two touchdowns. Jamal Brown led the Falcons defense with 14 tackles, followed by Antonio Smith's 12. Smith, Lewis, and Enrique Dozier each forced fumbles, with Lewis, Dozier, and Angelo Magnone each recovering a fumble and Lewis snagging the lone interception for the Falcons defense. The Falcons were able to sack Stull four times, twice by Bronko Nagurski Trophy candidate Diyral Briggs and once each by Smith and Dozier.[8][9]

MinnesotaEdit

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Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Minnesota 7 7 7 21 42
Bowling Green 0 10 7 0 17



Boise StateEdit

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Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Bowling Green 0 0 0 7 7
Boise State 6 14 0 0 20



WyomingEdit

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Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Bowling Green 7 17 14 7 45
Wyoming 0 10 0 6 16



Eastern MichiganEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Eastern Michigan 0 7 10 7 24
Bowling Green 7 0 7 7 21



AkronEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Bowling Green 0 14 0 23 37
Akron 7 14 6 6 33



Miami (OH)Edit

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Miami (OH) 7 7 3 10 27
Bowling Green 3 7 10 0 20



Northern IllinoisEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Bowling Green 3 3 7 0 13
Northern Illinois 3 0 7 6 16


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Kent StateEdit

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Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Kent State 0 0 15 15 30
Bowling Green 7 21 3 14 45



OhioEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Bowling Green 7 7 14 0 28
Ohio 0 0 3 0 3



BuffaloEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Buffalo 0 0 7 20 40
Bowling Green 0 14 7 6 34


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ToledoEdit

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Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Bowling Green 14 3 14 7 38
Toledo 0 0 3 7 10



StatisticsEdit

TeamEdit

Team Opp
Scoring 51 79
  Points per Game 17.0 26.3
First Downs 59 65
  Rushing 24 29
  Passing 31 33
  Penalty 4 3
Total Offense 950 1130
  Avg per Play 4.5 5.3
  Avg per Game 316.7 376.7
Fumbles-Lost 9-6 6-4
Penalties-Yards 14-109 12-103
Team Opp
Punts-Yards 15-653 16-634
  Avg per Punt 43.5 39.6
Time of Possession/Game 28:53 31:07
3rd Down Conversions 18/48 18/41
4th Down Conversions 5/5 4/6
Touchdowns Scored 7 11
Field Goals-Attempts-Long 1-4-26 1-2-36
PAT-Attempts 6-7 10-10
Attendance 23,184 77,398
  Games/Avg per Game 1/23,184 2/38,699

Scores by quarterEdit

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
Opponents 20 31 7 21 {{{RTotal}}}
Bowling Green 0 24 13 14 {{{HTotal}}}


OffenseEdit

RushingEdit

Name GP Att Gain Loss Net Avg TD Long Avg/G
Bullock, Chris 1 7 45 1 44 6.3 0 36 44.0
Turner, Anthony 1 8 21 5 16 2.0 1 8 16.0
Barnes, Freddie 1 5 16 2 14 2.8 0 11 14.0
Sheehan, Tyler 1 6 16 20 -4 -0.7 1 11 -4.0
TEAM 1 2 0 6 -6 -3.0 -3.0 0 -6.0
Total 1 28 98 34 64 2.3 2 36 64.0
Opponents 1 35 157 28 129 3.7 1 27 129.0

PassingEdit

Name GP Effic Att-Cmp-Int Pct Yds TD Lng Avg/G
Sheehan, Tyler 1 97.5 24-40-1 60.0 163 1 22 163.0
Barnes, Freddie 1 378.4 2-2-0 100.0 27 1 22 27.0
Total 1 110.9 26-41-1 61.9 190 2 22 190.0
Opponents 1 102.9 29-51-1 56.9 264 1 18 264.0

ReceivingEdit

Name GP No. Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
Bullock, Chris 1 7 49 7.0 0 22 49.0
Partridge, Corey 1 3 34 11.3 0 18 34.0
Scheidler, Jimmy 1 3 30 10.0 2 22 30.0
Pronty, Tyrone 1 3 24 8.0 0 9 24.0
Barnes, Freddie 1 3 21 7.0 0 11 21.0
Parks, Marques 1 2 13 6.5 0 7 13.0
Turner, Anthony 1 2 7 3.5 0 4 7.0
Hutson, Ray 1 2 5 2.5 0 4 5.0
Wright, Chris 1 1 7 7.0 0 7 7.0
Total 1 26 190 7.3 2 22 190.0
Opponents 1 29 264 9.1 1 18 264.0

DefenseEdit

Name GP Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Interceptions Fumbles Blkd
Kick
Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds BrUp QBH No.-Yds Avg TD Long Rcv-Yds FF
Brown, Jahmal 1 11 3 14 0-0 0-0 1 0 0-0 0.0 0 0 0-0 0 0
Smith, Antonio 1 9 3 12 2-13 1-8 2 0 0-0 0.0 0 0 0-0 1 0
Haneline, John 1 5 2 7 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0.0 0 0 0-0 0 0
Mahone, P.J. 1 4 3 7 0-0 0-0 1 0 0-0 0.0 0 0 0-0 0 0
Lewis, Kenny 1 5 1 6 0-0 0-0 1 0 1-0 0.0 0 0 1-0 1 0
Dozier, Erique 1 4 2 6 0-0 1-0 2 1 0-0 0.0 0 0 1-0 1 0
Briggs, Diyral 1 4 2 6 2-9 2-9 0 3 0-0 0.0 0 0 0-0 0 0
Sanderson, Jerett 1 4 0 4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0.0 0 0 0-0 0 0
Ream, Michael 1 2 2 4 1-3 0-0 0 3 0-0 0.0 0 0 0-0 0 0
Johnson, Andrew 1 0 2 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0.0 0 0 0-0 0 0
Williams, Roger 1 2 0 2 1-2 0-0 0 0 0-0 0.0 0 0 0-0 0 0
Fells, Eugene 1 0 1 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0.0 0 0 0-0 0 0
Magnone, Angelo 1 0 1 1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0-0 0.0 0 0 1-6 0 0
Parks, Lewis 1 1 0 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0.0 0 0 0-0 0 0
Baker, Adrian 1 1 0 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0.0 0 0 0-0 0 0
Alvarado, Kevin 1 0 1 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0.0 0 0 0-0 0 0
Basler, Cody 1 1 0 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0.0 0 0 0-0 0 0
Rice, Jason 1 0 1 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0.0 0 0 0-0 0 0
Total 1 53 24 77 6-26 4-17 7 9 1-0 0.0 0 0 3-6 3 0

Special teamsEdit

Name Punting Kickoffs
No. Yds Avg Long TB FC I20 Blkd No. Yds Avg TB OB
Iovinelli, Nick 8 361 45.1 79 1 1 2 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
Vrvilo, Sinisa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 300 60.0 0 0
Total 8 361 45.1 79 1 1 0 2 5 300 60.0 0 0
Name Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Yds Avg TD Long No. Yds Avg TD Long
Partridge, Corey 2 2 1.0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0
Williams, Roger 0 0 0.0 0 0 2 42 21.0 0 21
Barnes, Freddie 0 0 0.0 0 0 1 16 16.0 0 16
Total 2 2 1.0 0 8 3 58 19.3 0 21

References Edit

  1. Autullo, Ryan (January 19, 2008). BG places bar higher: Outright title is goal, Falcons' Brandon says. Toledo Blade.
  2. "Briggs Named To Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List", BGSUFalcons.com, 2008-05-12. Retrieved on 2008-05-18. 
  3. Falcons Picked as East Division Preseason Favorites. BGSUFalcons.com (July 29, 2008).
  4. Chippewas Favored To Claim Third Straight MAC Title. Mid-American Conference (July 29, 2008).
  5. Fulton, Maureen (July 30, 2008). Central, BGSU favored to win MAC; Rockets tabbed for 4th in West. Toledo Blade.
  6. "McCall Named Offensive Coordinator at Northwestern", BGSUFalcons.com, 2008-01-17. Retrieved on 2008-03-02. 
  7. "Hofher Named Quarterbacks Coach at BGSU", BGSUFalcons.com, 2008-02-15. Retrieved on 2008-03-02. 
  8. Autullo, Ryan (August 31, 2008). BG's good news: Falcons surprise No. 25 Pittsburgh. Toledo Blade.
  9. Zeise, Paul (August 31, 2008). Pitt loses opener to Bowling Green, 27-17. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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