(Saturday, September 18th)
Final Score: Bowling Green 44, Marshall 28
Bowling Green, OH (Sports Network) - Quarterback Matt Schilz ran for one touchdown and threw for another as the Bowling Green Falcons defeated the Marshall Thundering Herd, 44-28, in a non-conference affair at Doyt Perry Stadium.
Schilz converted 19-of-25 passes for 181 yards and survived four sacks, while Willie Geter ran for 100 yards on 31 carries in the win for Bowling Green (1-2) while also grabbing five receptions for 86 yards. Tyrone Pronty caught three balls for 69 yards and one touchdown.
Marshall (0-3) was led by a terrific performance from running back Andre Booker, registering 121 yards and one touchdown on just seven carries (17.3 ypc). Brian Anderson converted 20-of-44 passes for 191 yards and a score, but he was also picked off four times in the disappointing outing.
The Falcons were off to a hot start, striking on the initial drive of the game as Schilz hooked up with Kamar Jorden for a five-yard touchdown toss as Bowling Green led 7-0 out of the shoot.
The only other score in the opening quarter came when Dwayne Woods picked off Anderson for a 78-yard interception return to pay dirt, pushing the Falcons to a 14-0 advantage.
BGSU continued to put the pressure on Marshall in the second quarter by taking advantage of yet another interception from the hands of Anderson, this time the throw was picked by Jovan Leacock. The Falcons only needed 16 yards to reach the end zone, and did so as Schilz capped off the drive with a one-yard touchdown dash giving Bowling Green the 21-0 advantage.
Marshall was finally able to stop the bleeding on its next drive, as Andre Booker raced 68 yards for the touchdown, making the score 21-7 in favor of the Falcons.
However, Bowling Green struck again later in the quarter on a two-yard touchdown run by Jordan Hopgood as the Falcons moved out to a 28-7 lead.
The Herd was able to bring the tally to 28-14 before halftime as Anderson was able to connect with Antavious Wilson on a six-yard touchdown strike with one second remaining in the second stanza.
Marshall took over in the third quarter, receiving two separate one-yard touchdowns runs from A.J. Graham and Martin Ward as the battle moved on to the fourth quarter tied at 28-28.
Bowling Green decided to return the favor in the final quarter, starting with a 27-yard field goal from Bryan Wright to take a 31-28 lead.
The Falcons then jumped to a 37-28 advantage after Aaron Pankratz completed a 31-yard touchdown to Tyrone Pronty. The drive was only good for six points as Wright missed on the extra point.
BGSU continued to take full control of the showdown when Jerry Gates took an interception in for a score from 29 yards out as the Falcons held off the Thundering Herd by a 16-point margin at home.
The Falcons were able to convert 50 percent (9-of-18) of their third-down plays, helping to fend off Marshall which was just 5-of-14 in similar situations.
09/18 23:22:49 ET