Monday, October 18, 2004

BGSU 51 Ball State 13

Game story

There's really not much to say about this one. Bowling Green came out and pounded the Cardinals into submission early in the game, then coasted the rest of the way.

It was good to be back at Doyt Perry Stadium to see the Falcons in action again. It had been five weeks since the last home game, so I was going through a bit of withdrawal. Fortunately, three of the final five games are at home, so there won't be another break like this one for the rest of the season.

There were only two things about the game that weren't so great, and they were likely related. The weather was a little rough, being cold and windy, and drizzling rain for most of the first half. Weather never really bothers me at a football game, but apparently the same can't be said for a lot of people, because the crowd was a little sparse. Official attendance was 16,669. We should draw better than that, especially for Homecoming. Other than the weather, I can't understand why people wouldn't come out. The team is fun to watch, and tickets are cheap ($14 each--try to get into any other Top 25-caliber program's game for that much).

I'm still a little troubled by BG's problems stopping the run. As long as we're keeping teams from scoring, it isn't a huge problem, but it's something I really hope the coaches are looking to fix. Letting a bad team like Ball State run the ball well against us is a bad sign for better teams we'll face down the road. However, I can take solace in the fact that we run an offense that is capable of putting up enough points to overcome some defensive shortcomings. After all, an opposing team can't run the ball as much if they have to try to keep up with us.

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