The Bowling Green State University Falcons (6-5, 5-2 MAC) and Ohio University Bobcats (8-3, 6-1 MAC) face off Tuesday at Frank Solich Field at Peden Stadium for their regular season finales.Bowling Green is coming off a 42-35 win over Toledo at Glass Bowl last Tuesday.
Matt McDonald was 20 of 36 for 395 yards with four touchdowns and an interception. Jaison Patterson ran 15 times for 49 yards. Odieu Hiliare caught eight passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns. Ohio won for the sixth straight game last Tuesday, beating Ball State 32-18 at Scheumann Stadium.
Kurtis Rourke threw for 203 yards and a touchdown. Sieh Bangura carried 23 times for 148 yards and two touchdowns. Jacoby Jones caught five receptions for 87 yards.
The Falcons won the only meeting between the teams last season, a 21-10 victory in November. Matt McDonald tossed one touchdown for Bowling Green, as Austin Osborne scored once.
TALE OF THE TAPE
The Falcons are averaging 24.7 points per game for the season, 89th in FBS, and they are facing a Bobcats defense that has surrendered 30.7 PPG (105th). Meanwhile, Ohio has scored 33.6 points a game this season, 34th in the nation, and Bowling Green is allowing 32.8 PPG (115th).
The Falcons rank as one of the nation’s worst teams in rushing yards per game (105.6, 117th), while they are 59th in passing yards (237.5). The Bobcats are 131st in passing yards allowed per game (312.3) and 60th against the run (143.8). Ohio has been one of the nation’s top passing teams, averaging 304.6 passing yards per game (14th), while ranking 86th in rushing yards (138.1).
Bowling Green’s defense has been beatable through the air, as the Falcons are 110th in the nation in passing yards allowed per game (263.3). Against the run, the Falcons are 85th (160.7).
Through 10 games, Matt McDonald has thrown for 21 touchdowns (5 INT) and 242.2 yards per game to lead Bowling Green in passing. In four away games this season, he has 10 TDs (2 INT) and an average of 255.0 yards passing.
Jaison Patterson leads the team in rushing with an average of 49.4 yards a game over 11 games. He has one touchdown on the ground. Odieu Hiliare is the Falcons’ leading receiver with 63.3 yards a game and six TDs. Kurtis Rourke has 25 passing touchdowns (4 INT) with 296.0 yards per game through 11 games to lead Ohio.
In five home games this season, he has thrown for 18 TDs (1 INT) and an average of 365.2 yards. Sieh Bangura has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 87.6 yards a game through nine games.
He has 12 total touchdowns, 10 rushing and two receiving. Sam Wiglusz has been the primary target in the Bobcats’ aerial attack. He has 10 touchdowns and a 72.2 yard per game average through 11 appearances.
HOME AND AWAY
Ohio is looking to remain unbeaten at home this season in five games.
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