Monday, November 01, 2004

BGSU 41 Eastern Michigan 20

Jacobs guides Falcons' romp

Before we left for the game, I made a score prediction to Brandi of 43-20 in favor of the Falcons. I turned out to be pretty close. Eastern Michigan has the look of a program on the rise, but they aren't quite ready to be in the upper echelon of the MAC just yet.

In the press coverage of this game, words such as "romp," "domination," and "blowout" have been used fairly frequently. Despite the fact that BG won by three touchdowns and the outcome of the game was never really in doubt, I think such strong language might be at least a little bit off the mark. The defense did manage to shut down a pretty potent rushing attack, but in doing so they gave up a ton of passing yards. The Falcons were gashed for long passing plays on a couple of occasions, and Eastern Michigan was also able to convert on several fourth down attempts. I would have preferred if we were able to shut them down a little more handily.

Still, I can't complain too much. A win is a win, and it was a pretty entertaining game. In fact, the play of the night was turned in by the defense, when defensive end Mitch Crossley stepped in front of a lateral pass and intercepted it with one hand, then rumbled in for a touchdown from thirty yards out. The offense was able to get the ground game going with tailback P.J. Pope going over 100 yards, and Omar Jacobs had another 300+ yard passing day as well. As long as the offense continues to click the way it has been for the past several weeks, that will be enough to cover if the defense has an off day as they appeared to on Saturday.

The only real complaint I had from the game was the attendance. There were just over 10,000 people there, and I can't understand why more people didn't show up. BG is probably the best college football team in Ohio right now, and tickets are extremely reasonably priced. Our game didn't conflict with any of the other major games going on that day, and the weather was nice. Hopefully our next (and final) two home games will draw better, as our hopes for playing in a bowl game at the end of the season may hinge on it.

BG's next game will be this coming Saturday, November 6 at 1:00 p.m. against the Western Michigan Broncos.

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