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BGSU Football defeats MAC East foe Ohio University 49-0

Steven W. Echard Photo Editor

BG Football celebrates together after a touchdown in their 49-0 win over Ohio University Tuesday night at the Doyt.

The BG football team went out with a bang in the final home game of the season with a 49-0 victory against the Ohio University Bobcats.

“I thought the guys came out ready from the get-go,” head coach Dave Clawson said. “This was a big win.”

The Falcons started off the game with two-consecutive drives with touchdowns that totaled three plays.

The first touchdown came from running back Travis Greene, who ran the ball in from 11 yards out following a 43-yard pass from quarterback Matt Johnson to wide receiver Shaun Joplin.

On their second drive of the game, Johnson threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Heath Jackson on the first play of the drive.

Ohio was held to four plays on the following drive and BG took the ball back after the Bobcats were forced to punt the ball.

BG drove the ball down the field to set up running back Willie Houston’s first of two one-yard touchdown runs, which put the Falcons up 21-0 after 15 minutes of play.

The Falcons forced the Bobcats to go three-and-out on their next drive and BG began to drive down the field. Following several plays including three that went for more than 10 yards, Houston ran into the end zone for a one-yard touchdown run that made the score 28-0.

Greene would score once more in the second quarter following an interception by Johnson and a fumble by Ohio.

Going into halftime, BG led Ohio 35-0.

The Falcons came out of halftime with their momentum still rolling. After a three-yard run by Greene and a 11-yard pass from Johnson to tight end Alex Bayer, Johnson connected with Bayer for the second-straight play but this time for a 57-yard touchdown.

Senior defensive back BooBoo Gates intercepted a pass from Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton in the end zone at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Gates nearly returned it for a touchdown but was stopped 82 yards into his return.

As fitting, senior quarterback Matt Schilz was put in during the fourth quarter and threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Ronnie Moore. This marked his first passing touchdown of the season and the last score at the Doyt in 2013.

This victory marks the first time that the Falcons shut out an opponent since Oct. 20, 2012 when they shut out the University of Massachusetts Minutemen 24-0 in Foxboro, Mass.

“We’re all centered around the senior thing, but the season isn’t over yet,” Gates said.

The Falcons will be back on the road on Nov. 23 when they travel to Ypsilanti, Mich., to take on the Eastern Michigan University Eagles.

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