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Better Know: Bowling Green

bowling-greenSaturday is going to tell Ball State fans one of two things. With a win, their first of the season, it’s going to tell more than a few people that this team isn’t nearly as bad as people are making them out to be. It’s going to tell people that Stan Parrish is not in fact Satan incarnate. It’s going to tell people that there is still some fight left in this dog.

A loss, however, tells a much different story. It tells of a team that is guaranteed a losing season for the first time since 2006. It tells of a coach who will alienate a large portion of whatever piece of the fanbase still stands behind him. It will tell us all that sunny days, for the moment, are on hold in terms of the football future in Muncie. Let’s hope a loss doesn’t happen… because frankly, that’s a story I have no desire to tell, read, or be witness to.

Time to take a little looksie at Bowling Green…

Team: Bowling Green
Head Coach: Dave Clawson
Record: 2-4 (1-1 MAC)
Series: 19-8-1, BG leads BSU
Last Meeting: 2005, a 40-31 BG victory

BG Odds and Ends:
. . . The Falcons are 2-4 overall and 1-1 in the Mid-American Conference
. . . BG opened the season with a 31-14 home win over Troy and tallied a 36-35 win at Kent State Saturday
. . . In between victories, the Falcons lost at Missouri (27-20), at Marshall (17-10), at home to Boise State (49-14) and at home vs. Ohio (44-37)
. . . Bowling Green scored the winning touchdown at Kent State Saturday with five seconds left in the game
. . . Tyler Sheehan has completed 192-of-296 passes for 1,960 yards with 11 touchdowns and four interceptions
. . . Willie Geter leads the team with 51.0 rushing yards per game, while Freddie Barnes has 722 receiving yards with a team-high five touchdowns.

Bowling Green Head Coach Dave Clawson:
. . . Coach Clawson (Williams College ‘89) is in his first season as Bowling Green’s head coach and in his 10th year as a collegiate head coach
. . . Clawson came to BG after spending the 2008 season as the offensive coordinator at Tennessee
. . . He has compiled a 60-53 career head coaching record, including stints at Richmond (2004-07) and Fordham (1999-2003).

For the BG Slant, Check Out:
Falcon Blog: A fellow participant in the CBSSports Blogpoll and MAC Blogger Roundtable, BJ knows exactly what a blog should be and executes it well. Pro BG? Of course. Grounded in rationale thought, stat work and reasonable expectations and opinion? Absolutely. A must read this week.

Ay-Ziggy-Zoomba: A BG message board and site that is well visited and popular. It’s a fan board primarily, so it’s different than a website or blog, but in terms of MAC fan messageboards, it’s one of the best. The news and commentary front page is one of the best around as well.

BG Fun Facts
. . . BG has won five straight meetings against BSU. The last Cardinal victory came on October 19th, 1996 in a 16-11 game.


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