Written by Press Release    Sunday, 10 April 2011 01:00    PDF Print Write e-mail
Viviani Boosts BGSU Past Minnesota
Colleges - Men's DI College

Nick Viviani en route to a tryWhat initially looked like a rout in the first half turned into a barn burner in the second, as Bowling Green held on to defeat Minnesota 33 - 26 in the Midwest Territorial Championship game Saturday in Chicago.

It was BG's second victory over a playoff-bound club this spring, having defeated Buffalo 47-5 last month.
 
The Falcons raced out to a 22-0 halftime lead, and then kept nudging the margin ahead enough to keep the golden Gophers in the hole to secure the victory. It was the third time in four years that the Falcons had defeated Minnesota in the championship final.
 
BG flyhalf Nick Viviani put on a clinic for his position, as he reeled off a half dozen long runs, including one for a try. He also converted wing Max Narewski's and center Dominic Mauer's tries, in addition to hitting a 35-yard penalty kick.
 
Minnesota came out with all cylinders roaring in second half and quickly punched in try by wing Andy Iverson, only to see the advantage lost when BG matched it with a try by center Joey Newton after prop Dane Szente did all the hard work from the 50-meter line to the five.
 
Minnesota center Dave Krause put over the first of three more converted Gopher tries. BG's Viviani provided the victory margin with a pair of penalty kicks.
 
"Minnesota could have just folded up the tent completely at halftime, and they certainly deserve a lot of praise for believing in themselves," said BG Rugby Director Roger Mazzarella. "I've been in their position myself enough in the past, and when it works, there is no sweeter victory."
 
The win gave Bowling Green its fourth-straight Midwest championship and a good deal of momentum as they head into hosting the first round of the DI Sweet sixteen in three weeks.