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  NOV 21 MAC EAST DIVISION SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: PaSean Wimberly, Bowling Green, RB, Junior, Toledo, Ohio (Whitmer),...Wimberly blocked his third punt of the season in the second quarter and it went into the end zone and was recovered by BGSU for a touchdown. It is the second time this season he blocked a punt that was recovered for a touchdown. The block against UT for a touchdown put BGSU up 21-0 and helped set the tone for BGSU. Is tied for No. 1 in the nation with three blocked punts. - MAC Football

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  NOV 21 MAC EAST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Odieu Hiliare, Bowling Green, WR, Senior, Belle Glade, Fla. (Glades Central HS),...Hiliare helped Bowling Green win its rivalry game at Toledo, 42-35. It was BGSU's first win at Toledo since 2008. Hiliare caught eight passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns in the win. The 246 receiving yards rank No. 3 all-time on BGSU's single-game ledger and No. 11 all-time on the MAC's single-game list. The 246 receiving yards are also tied for the second-most in the nation this season. Hiliare made three receptions of 50 or more yards (50, 54, 59) and five of his eight receptions went for 25 or more yards. His first touchdown was on a 25-yard pass to put BGSU up 7-0 in the first quarter. Hiliare would score his second touchdown on a 59-yard strike in the fourth quarter that put BGSU up 34-21 late. - MAC Football

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  Matt McDonald passed for a career-high 392 yards and four touchdowns - including a 42-yarder to Ta'ron Keith with nine seconds left in the game - and Bowling Green rallied last in a wild finish to beat Toledo 42-35 on Tuesday night. McDonald drove Bowling Green (6-5, 5-2 Mid-American Conference) 72 yards in six plays on the game-winning drive, using just 38 seconds. His touchdown strike to Keith came on third-and-10. Tucker Gleason threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jerjuan Newton and scored on a 1-yard quarterback keeper in a 5-minute span prior to McDonald's heroics to give Toledo (7-4, 5-2) a 35-34 lead. Gleason set up his scoring run by hitting Newton for a 29-yard gain on fourth-and-7.

The Rockets trailed 34-21 after McDonald fired a 59-yard scoring strike to Odieu Hiliare with 5:09 left to play. McDonald completed 19 of 35 passes with one interception for the Falcons, who became bowl eligible for the first time since 2015 with the win. Hiliare finished with a career-best 243 yards on seven receptions. His yardage total is the third highest in program history behind Freddie Barnes' 278 against Kent State in 2009 and Roger Lewis' 261 against Memphis in 2015. McDonald and Hiliare teamed up for a 25-yard score to open the scoring in the first quarter. The Falcons led 21-0 early in the second quarter after PaSean Wimberly blocked a punt by Jonathon Batzke that Patrick Day recovered in the end zone. Gleason had a 5-yard touchdown run and a 4-yard scoring toss to Micah Kelly to get the Rockets within 27-14 at halftime. Gleason completed 22 of 40 passes for 329 yards with three touchdowns and two picks. He also carried 17 times for 106 yards and two scores. The two teams combined for 938 yards of offense - 721 of them through the air. - Bowling Green/AP College Football


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  NOV 7 MAC EAST DIVISION SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ta'ron Keith, Bowling Green, RB, So., DeLand, Fla. (Mainland HS),...Made a career-long 83-yard kick return against WMU that set up what ended up being BGSU's game-winning touchdown. BGSU didn't score again in the 13-9 win. It marked the 16th time in program history, and the first since 2011, that BGSU won a game with 13 or fewer points. - MAC Football

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  Harold Fannin Jr. had a rushing touchdown, Mason Lawler made two field goals and Bowling Green held off Western Michigan 13-9 on Wednesday night despite turning it over three times. Ta'ron Keith returned the second-half kickoff 83 yards and Fannin scored three plays later from 8 for a 13-0 lead. The Broncos pulled within four points on a field goal with 5:28 remaining in the fourth quarter and forced a three-and-out to get it back with four minutes left. Western Michigan used eight plays to get to the Bowling Green 19 but lost three yards on fourth down.

Matt McDonald was 23-of-31 passing for 161 yards for Bowling Green (5-4, 4-1 Mid-American Conference), which won its third straight conference game. Bowling Green led 6-0 at halftime after holding Western Michigan to four first downs and 91 total yards. Western Michigan (3-6, 2-3) scored for the first time with 3:11 left in the third when Corey Crooms caught a short pass over the middle and eluded the Bowling Green safety for a 39-yard touchdown. Crooms finished with eight catches for 151 yards. - Bowling Green/AP College Football


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  OCT 24 MAC EAST DIVISION SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sami Sir, Bowling Green, Punter, Freshman, Melbourne, Australia (Essendon Keilor College),...Helped flip the field for the Falcons all game. Had three of his six punts (42.2 avg.) pinned CMU inside its own 10-yard line. A fourth punt was looked to be downed inside the five-yard line before the coverage team knocked into the end zone for a TB. Perfectly hung a punt that the coverage team forced a fumble that BGSU recovered and scored a field goal. - MAC Football

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  Demetrius Hardamon returned a fumble 45 yards for a touchdown as Bowling Green collected four takeaways in a 34-18 win over Central Michigan on Saturday. The Falcons (4-4, 3-1 Mid-American Conference) recovered three fumbles, pushing their season total to 12, and also had an interception by Walter Haire that led to a touchdown. Bowling Green scored first and led throughout. The Falcons scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, including Hardamon's touchdown after Kari Brooks' sack, to pull away. Brooks had three of the Falcons' six sacks. Matt McDonald threw a pair of touchdown passes to Tyrone Broden on his way to an 18-of-21 day for 253 yards for Bowling Green. Odieu Hilliare had 105 yards receiving and Jaison Patterson 101 rushing. Jase Bower threw for 185 yards, including a touchdown, and ran for 109 more for the Chippewas (2-6, 1-3). - Bowling Green/AP College Football

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  OCT 17 MAC EAST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Demetrius Hardamon, Bowling Green, OLB, Junior, Beavercreek, Ohio (Beavercreek),...Hardamon helped lead a team defensive effort in a win over Miami. He Notched five tackles, four of which were solo in the win. Hardamon had a career-high 3.0 tackles for loss and a career-high 2.0 sacks (BGSU had 4.0 sacks). One of his sacks was a strip sack with BGSU recovered. He help spearhead a BGSU defensive effort that held Miami under 200 yards of total offense. - MAC Football

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  Ta'ron Keith scored the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, the Bowling Green defense allowed just 189 total yards and the Falcons defeated Miami of Ohio 17-13 on Saturday. Keith's 19-yard run with 11:31 remaining gave the Falcons their first lead since the second quarter as they capitalized on a short Miami punt, driving 55 yards in six plays. Trailing 13-7 in the fourth quarter the Falcons (3-4, 2-1 Mid-American Conference) reached the red zone on three consecutive possessions, making a field goal, missing a field goal and finally taking the lead on Keith's touchdown run. Bowling Green's defense then forced a three-and-out and a turnover on downs on Miami's two remaining possessions.

The RedHawks (3-4, 1-2) had rushed for more than 200 yards in four of their last five games but managed only 98 yards on the ground against the Falcons. Quarterback Aveon Smith led Miami in rushing with 55 yards and he completed 9 of 17 passes for 91 yards. Miami's only touchdown came on a 19-yard pass from Smith to Miles Marshall, giving the RedHawks a 10-7 lead at halftime. Jaison Patterson had 94 yards rushing on 18 carries for the Falcons and Matt McDonald completed 16 of 29 passes for 149 yards. Harold Fannin Jr. had a short touchdown run. Miami had won eight of the past nine meetings at Bowling Green. - Bowling Green/AP College Football


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  Matt McDonald threw for 247 yards and three touchdowns, and Bowling Green beat Akron 31-28 on Saturday in a Mid-American Conference opener for both teams. Bowling Green took a 24-14 lead with 1:15 left before halftime when Akron fumbled inside its 5-yard line on a punt return and McDonald found Christian Sims one play later. Bowling Green went on a seven-play, 88-yard drive to take a 31-21 lead after McDonald's 18-yard connection to Odieu Hiliare in the corner of the end zone.

Akron answered with at 41-yard pass from DJ Irons to Alex Adams to cap the scoring with eight minutes left. Seven different Bowling Green rushers combined for 36 carries and 175 yards, led by Jamal Johnson's 13 carries and 70 yards. Hiliare caught four passes for 95 yards and a score for Bowling Green (2-3, 1-0). Irons also threw for three touchdowns for Akton (1-4, 0-1). He passed for 224 yards and rushed for 105 more. Adams made four catches for 96 yards, including two scores. - Bowling Green/AP College Football


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  SEPT 19 MAC EAST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Matt McDonald, Bowling Green, QB, Senior, Newport Beach, Calif. (Mission Viejo),...McDonald led BGSU to a 34-31 win over Marshall as he found Ta'ron Keith in the endzone for the game-winning score in overtime. Marshall was ranked No. 26 in the nation, just a few points away from being in the Top 25. McDonald became the first Falcon since Matt Johnson in 2015 to throw 4+ touchdowns in back-to-back games. He had five last week against Eastern Kentucky. McDonald had scoring passes of 25 and 30 yards in the second quarter, both coming on fourth down plays. He spread the wealth with six receivers having at least 30+ receiving yards. - MAC Football

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  SEPT 19 MAC EAST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Karl Brooks, Bowling Green, Defensive End, Senior, Lansing, Mich. (Lansing Sexton HS),...Brooks led a very balanced defensive effort that caused havoc for the Marshall offense. He notched one sack and fumble recovery. His fumble recovery came inside BGSU's own five-yard line. Brooks also helped BGSU force two Marshall turnovers inside the Falcons' five-yard line. His pass rush helped BGSU hold Marshall to a FG in the first overtime, setting stage for BGSU's game-winning touchdown drive. - MAC Football

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  Matt McDonald found Ta'ron Keith from 2 yards out in overtime to lift Bowling Green to a 34-31 win over Marshall on Saturday. The Thundering Herd came into the game looking to build momentum after shocking Notre Dame, 28-21, to break into the Top 25 for the first time in two seasons. Henry Colombi fired a 51-yard touchdown pass to Corey Gammage in the first quarter to open the scoring for Marshall and followed it with a 78-yard strike to Caleb McMillan to take a 14-0 lead after one quarter.

McDonald got the Falcons on the board with a 25-yard strike to Odieu Hiliare, but Marshall answered with a 5-yard run by Khalan Laborn to take a 21-7 lead. McDonald hit Hiliare from 27-yards out, then found Cavon Croom with a 30-yard strike to even the game at 21-21 at intermission. Bowling Green took the lead when Harold Fannin Jr. punched in from the 1, but Marshall answered on an 8-yard run by Laborn to tie the game and force overtime. The Thundering Herd got the ball first in overtime and Rece Verhoff kicked a 38-yard field goal. - Bowling Green/AP College Football


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  SEPT 12 MAC EAST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Matt McDonald, Bowling Green, QB, Senior, Newport Beach, Calif.,...Threw a career-high five touchdowns, which is tied for third-most in the nation this season and are the most in the MAC. McDonald's six total touchdowns were also a career high. McDonald helped Bowling Green overcome a 14-point deficit in the second half, taking a seven-point lead late. He led BG through seven overtimes, including throwing two touchdown passes and going 3-of-5 on 2-point plays starting in the third OT. McDonald also rushed for a touchdown and a game-high 64 yards. - MAC Football

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  Football people are fond of "the grind" as a byword for the sport's laborious churn. Nowhere is that churn more pronounced than in fall camp, as the sweltering August days seem to bleed into one another. Bowling Green's grind, like every team's, is beginning to inch toward a close. The season opener at UCLA looms just over two weeks away. And several Falcons have begun to assert themselves in practice, separating themselves from the rest of the flock at a critical juncture in the run-up to Sept. 3. "The first guy I gotta mention is Blaine Spires," outside linebackers coach Sammy Lawanson said last week. "He's really taken his game to the next level." Spires is a junior from Youngstown entering his third year with Bowling Green. As a freshman in 2020, he recorded 11 total tackles in five games; in 2021 he bumped that total up to 30 total tackles in 10 games.

Along with defensive lineman Karl Brooks, Spires was involved in one of the most critical defensive stops of the 2021 season. Early in the fourth quarter against Ohio, the two players stacked up Bobcats quarterback Armani Rogers in the end zone for a safety. The points proved essential in a 21-10 Falcons win. "He's just an all-around complete player who has really studied to get better this offseason," Lawanson said. "He's put a lot of good work in the weight room, and it's really showing on the field." - Idaho Statesman


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