The Bowling Green Falcons were in dominant fashion again this weekend with a 73-20 win over Central Michigan in week five of MAC play.
Central Michigan made an early mistake by fumbling the opening kickoff and Bowling Green made them pay with a try and a conversion for an early 7-0 lead.
Despite their rebuttal score by wing Taylor Wolf, Central Michigan couldn't get any closer to the number one in the conference for the rest of the day. The reason proved to be the pace of the game and the firepower that Bowling Green brings to the table.
“They went score for score with us for the entire first half,” Bowling Green’s Roger Mazzarella said. “The wrinkle was we scored two or three times for their every one try.”
Bowling Green put two more on the board before Central’s No. 8 Patrick Keady smashed his way through at the 14-minute mark for a 21-12 lead. The Falcons put two more on the board before CMU’s Nathanial Rodino scored for CMU’s last try of the day 35-17 lead.
By the second half, the Falcons had completely closed out the game with four unanswered scores and conversions to take a commanding lead. Center Dominic Maur led the Falcons in scoring with four on the day and doing it the hard way, all on long runs. Central Michigan added a penalty kick from outside center David Sands to get CMU to 20, but that was their last score of the day.
Fullback Mitch Sora scored on a pair of long runs and prop Dan Szente once again looked like solid from his position. Not only did Szente score on a run in which he looked to have the speed of a back, but he hit on all ten of his conversions and even added a penalty kick.
Also scoring on the day was hooker Mike Brown, scrumhalf Mike Powell and wing Nolan Cavano for the Falcons.
At the final whistle, the scoreboard read a lopsided 73-20 with Bowling Green proving to be a forced to be reckoned with not only for the MAC Championship but throughout DI-AA.
“We saw some flashes of good rugby this afternoon, but need to be more consistent,” CMU coach Andrew Stead said. “We need to be able to adjust when we see a lot of points put on the board by any of our opponents.
Central Michigan will shake this weekend off to get on the road next against Dayton while Bowling Green will have a bye week before getting ready Dayton for their second to last home game of the year.