The Bowling Green Falcons blew past yet another MAC opponent by clobbering Dayton 46-12 to continue prove they are the team to beat.
It was not pretty at first as Bowling Green seemed to get out to another notorious slow start. Despite getting on the scoreboard first via center Dominic Mauer for a 7-0 lead, the Falcons struggled to find a rhythm through most of the half and allowed Dayton to gain a bit of hope.
A few minutes later, Dayton's Joseph Bracken showed great patience from his scrumhalf position and found a gap in the Bowling Green defense to tie the game after a conversion, 7-7.
“Though we had a lot of possession in the first half, we were plagued with a lot of dropped passes and disrupted rhythm,” BGSU’s Roger Mazzarella said.
But Bowling Green eventually found that rhythm and started to pull away with their plethora of talent as they have done so many times throughout their perfect season. With about 15 minutes left in the half, the Falcons used their patience and found ways to get onto the scoreboard.
Starting with No. 8 Mike Ziegler and ending with fullback Ryan Koenig, the Falcons found the try zone three times to take a commanding 24-7 lead into the half and a lot confidence.
The break didn’t help Dayton as Bowling Green scored three more times from flanker Frank Viacourt, wing Nolan Cavano and scrumhalf Mike Powell to make the score 41-7. Dayton did get one in before time ran out when flanker Sam DeLuca to make it a reasonable 41-12.
However, Bowling Green’s Mike Treon scored the last try of the match for the final of 46-12. After the match, Mazzarella mentioned Bowling Green was their own worst enemy and confidence was a big part of how they got on track.
“We had all kinds of opportunities, we just kept dropping the ball,” he said. “The passes were good; the concentration of the receivers left something to be desired. No panic though, just a need to see the ball into the hands before looking for places to run.”
“Dayton is a big team, there’s a reason why they were undefeated coming into the match and will be tough to beat the rest of the season,” Mazzarella mentioned.
Bowling Green will welcome in a fresh Ohio Bobcat that has been on a roll at home for their last home advantage of the season. Dayton, also waiting on the Central Michigan decision, will go on the road for the last time next weekend against Northern Illinois before playing their final two games at home.