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Ohio Ready to Battle Bowling Green

Oct. 26, 2007

Ohio-Bowling Green Game Notes

ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio football team is set to battle Bowling Green on Saturday in the team's second trip to Northwestern Ohio in as many weeks, but the Bobcats hope the result will be much different than last time.

Ohio (3-4, 1-3 MAC) is coming off a 43-40 loss at Toledo on Saturday evening. Senior running back Kalvin McRae (Decatur, Ga.) had 182 yards rushing and three rushing touchdowns, while quarterbacks Brad Bower (Burr Ridge, Ill.) and Theo Scott (Long Beach, Calif.) each had a touchdown toss.

Junior tight end Andrew Mooney (Lubbock, Texas) snared four passes for a career-high 82 yards and his fifth touchdown of the season. Defensively, senior linebacker Taj Henley (Richmond, Va.) had a career-high 10 tackles, including two tackles for loss. Ohio was hamstrung throughout the game by turnovers, committing seven total in its fifth loss overall and third in the MAC.

The Falcons, however, are coming off a victory. Bowling Green (4-3, 2-1 MAC) won a 31-20 decision at Kent State Saturday. Freshman running back Willie Geter ran for 203 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown, while sophomore quarterback Tyler Sheehan completed 14-of-25 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Junior receiver Corey Partridge had four catches for 61 yards and a score, while sophomore defensive back Jahmal Brown led the defense with 12 tackles.

The game was fairly evenly matched as the Golden Flashes racked up 382 yards of total offense to the Falcons' 381. However, Bowling Green converted both of its red zone chances, while Kent State managed to dent the scoreboard on just three of its five red zone appearances. There were 18 penalties between the two schools for a total of 147 yards.

Bowling Green is 4-3 on the season, with wins against Minnesota, Temple, Western Kentucky and Kent State and losses to Michigan State, Boston College and Miami. The Falcons went 4-8 in 2006 and finished fourth in the MAC East with a 3-5 record.

Bowling Green will have history on its side this weekend against Ohio, winning the last five match-ups between the two schools but the Bobcat's last win against the Falcons, 23-21 on Nov. 11, 2000, came at Bowling Green's Perry Stadium.

The game will be broadcast on GTN - Time Warner Cable channel 24 - and over the airwaves on WXTQ 105.5 in the Athens area.


Joe Waltasti is an intern in the Ohio media relations office. He can be reached via email at Waltasti@ohio.edu and in the office at 740-593-0054.