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  10/21/21 - Nate NeedhamrSr/2022, Bowling Green, 6-1, 199 (DS#999 K) + More +

  OCT 18 MAC EAST DIVISION SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Nate Needham, Bowling Green, PK, Senior, Chesterton, Ind. (Chesterton),...Recorded a career-high four field goals and a career-high 14 points scored in a narrow loss at NIU. Connected on field goals of 23, 49, 42, 42 on a day when winds were whipping between 17 and 30 MPH. Made a 49-yard field goal with seven seconds left in the second quarter to make it a one-possession game. He is one of 13 FBS players who is perfect on the year, but his 13 made field goals ranks No. 1 in the nation among those who are perfect. A perfect 9-of-9, he leads the nation with nine field goals from 40+ yards. His 13 made field goals in a row ranks No. 6 in the nation among active streaks. - MAC Football

(DS#999 K) rSr/2022 K Nate NeedhamBowling Green
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  10/05/21 - Nate NeedhamrSr/2022, Bowling Green, 6-1, 199 (DS#999 K) + More +

  OCT 4 MAC EAST DIVISION SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Nate Needham, Bowling Green, PK, Senior, Chesterton, Ind. (Chesterton),...Booted a 52-yard field goal at Kent State last time out. The career-long field goal by Needham is the longest in the MAC this season, tied for 12th longest in the nation and his second field goal of 50+ yards this year. He is one of five FBS players with multiple 50+-yard field goals this season, joining Cade York (LSU), Harrison Mevis (Missouri), James McCourt (Illinois) and Gabe Brkic (Oklahoma). Needham Also connected on a 42-yard field goal at Kent State to keep BGSU in the game in the first half as the Falcons trailed 13-6 at the intermission. Also hit on both his PAT opportunities, the second putting BGSU up for the first time in the game late in the third quarter, 20-13. - MAC Football

(DS#999 K) rSr/2022 K Nate NeedhamBowling Green
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  09/27/21 - Matt McDonaldrSr/2022, Bowling Green, 6-2, 210 (DS#86 QB) + More +

  SEPT 27 MAC EAST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Matt McDonald, Bowling Green, QB, Senior, Newport Beach, Calif. (Mission Viejo),...McDonald rushed for two touchdowns, accounting for all of BGSU's scores in the upset of Minnesota. The BGSU win halted Minnesota's 21-game winning streak against non-conference teams, which was the longest in the nation heading into the week. McDonald navigated the BGSU offense against the nation's No. 14 defense, which has only allowed 255 yards of total offense over the last 120 minutes of football. His first touchdown of the game snapped Minnesota's streak of 87:24 of game time without allowing points. Tailing in the late in third quarter, 10-7, led BGSU on an 8-play, 65-yard drive to take the lead for good. His rush on a 4th and 1 opportunity from the BG 43 went for 18 yards. Four plays later BG was in the end zone and on top for good. The 18-yard rush was BG's longest of the game. Lost 32 yards rushing via sacks. - MAC Football

(DS#86 QB) rSr/2022 QB Matt McDonaldBowling Green
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  09/27/21 - Matt NaranjorSr/2022, Bowling Green, 5-10, 196 (DS#46 P) + More +

  SEPT 27 MAC EAST DIVISION SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Matt Naranjo, Bowling Green, P, Senior, Skokie, Ill. (Niles North),...Naranjo Helped flip the field multiple times in BGSU's upset at Minnesota. The win snapped Minnesota's 21-game winning streak against non-conference teams. Averaged 44.1 yards per punt, had two pinned inside the 20-yard line and set a Huntington Bank Stadium record with a 77-yard punt against the Gophers. - MAC Football

(DS#46 P) rSr/2022 P Matt NaranjoBowling Green
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  09/27/21 - Brock HornerSo/2024, Bowling Green, 6-1, 229 (DS#999 ILB) + More +

  SEPT 27 MAC EAST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Brock Horne, Bowling Green, LB, Sophomore, Romeo, Mich. (Romeo),...Horne was a key cog in helping Bowling Green upset Minnesota and holding the Gophers to 241 yards of total offense, while also forcing six three-and-outs. The BGSU win halted Minnesota's 21-game winning streak against non-conference teams, which was the longest in the nation heading into the week. The 241 yards of total offense was the fewest yards Minnesota has gained at home since a 2017 meeting with Wisconsin. The 241 yards of total offense was the fewest yards Minnesota gained at home against a non-""Power 5"" school since 2009 against South Dakota State. Horne led BGSU with nine tackles, 1.0 sack and 1 forced fumble. His sack pushed Minnesota out of field goal range early in the game, forcing the Gophers to punt. Forced a fumble with the ball in BGSU territory. The Falcons covered up the ball and stopped another Minnesota drive. - MAC Football

(DS#999 ILB) rSo/2024 ILB Brock HorneBowling Green
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  09/25/21 - Matt McDonaldrSr/2022, Bowling Green, 6-2, 210 (DS#86 QB) + More +

  Quarterback Matt McDonald ran for a pair of scores, and two late interceptions by the Bowling Green defense sealed the win as the Falcons shocked heavily-favored Minnesota, 14-10, on homecoming Saturday. The loss snapped Minnesota's streak of 21 straight non-conference wins, the longest streak in the country entering Saturday's game. The Gophers' last non-conference loss was Sept. 3, 2015 against TCU. It also marked Minnesota's first loss to a non-Power 5 conference opponent since losing to North Dakota State on Sept. 24, 2011. "Give Bowling Green a lot of credit," said Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck. "I know how excited they are, and they deserve it and they earned it. We did not deserve to win that football game whatsoever." Bowling Green came to Minneapolis as 31-point underdogs but used a strong defensive effort to slow down the Golden Gopher offense.

Minnesota's fans booed their team at numerous points in the game, while Falcons players jumped on the field in celebration after the upset was complete. "I couldn't be more happy for a group of kids that have really been through a lot," said Bowling Green head coach Scott Loeffler. "We've got the 24-hour rule. We're going to celebrate for 24 hours, and then we're going to get back to the office." The Gophers had the ball with a chance to take the lead late in the fourth quarter after Bowling Green failed to fall on a muffed punt by Minnesota's Trey Potts. But one play after recovering the fumble, quarterback Tanner Morgan lofted a deep interception into the hands of Devin Taylor with 2:13 remaining. Morgan threw another pick with 17 seconds remaining. The Gophers' passing game struggled all day against the Falcons. Morgan was just 5-of-13 for 59 yards. - Bowling Green/AP College Football


(DS#86 QB) rSr/2022 QB Matt McDonaldBowling Green
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  09/18/21 - Matt McDonaldrSr/2022, Bowling Green, 6-2, 210 (DS#86 QB) + More +

  Matt McDonald threw for a touchdown and ran for another and Bowling Green ended a 10-game losing streak with a 27-10 win over FCS-level Murray State on Saturday. The Falcons (1-2), who went 0-5 in the pandemic shortened 2020 season, dominated the second half behind McDonald, outscoring the Racers 17-0. Bowling Green took the opening drive of the second half and went 71 yards in 13 plays, capped by McDonald's plunge over the right side.

Another lengthy drive led to Nate Needham's second field goal in the closing seconds of the third quarter. A third long drive, capped by McDonald flipping a 5-yard clincher to Taron Keith, wrapped it up in the middle of the fourth quarter. McDonald finished 22 of 28 for 221 yards with an interception. Bowling Green had 210 yards in the second half to 83 for Murray State and a 2-to-1 advantage in time of possession. Damonta Witherspoon scored the Racers' touchdown on a 6-yard run in the second quarter. Murray State finished with 201 total yards. - Bowling Green/AP College Football


(DS#86 QB) rSr/2022 QB Matt McDonaldBowling Green
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  09/14/21 - Matt McDonaldrSr/2022, Bowling Green, 6-2, 210 (DS#86 QB) + More +

  SEPT 13 MAC EAST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Matt McDonald, Bowling Green, QB, Senior, Newport Beach, Calif. (Mission Viejo),...McDonald passed for a career-high 308 yards against South Alabama. The 308 yards was the best by a MAC quarterback in Week No. 2. After South Alabama took its first lead of the game, immediately led the offense on a 3-play 83-yard drive to retake the lead on a 33-yard scoring strike to Andrew Bench (1st career reception). - MAC Football

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  09/09/21 - Matt McDonaldrSr/2022, Bowling Green, 6-2, 210 (DS#86 QB) + More +

  BGSU is coming off a 38-6 season opening loss in front of 80,000 fans at Tennessee that saw the Falcons shut out the Volunteers in the second quarter, trailing by just one possession, 14-6, at halftime. "There were some great moments," Loeffler said. "The second quarter in particular, I think all three phases played superior together, and we did some really good things. I thought defensively we tackled better, but still giving up a few too many big plays. "Offensively, we struggled running the football. I thought we threw the football and protected fairly well. I thought (senior quarterback) Matt McDonald played well along with (linebacker) Darren Anders on the other side of the football." McDonald completed a career-high 25 passes, surpassing his previous best of 17 against Buffalo in 2020.

His offense did so well in the second quarter, they controlled the pace and kept Tennessee's offense off the field. "We kind of got in and out of different tempos and throwing out of the pocket - a lot of sprint outs. They were easy 'gimmes,'" McDonald said. "I looked over during that drive and I saw their defensive line exhausted, and they had to sub out. It was a cool sight to see. "It's something that this team has to build on. The sky's the limit for this team. We've just got to build off this and become more confident going forward," McDonald continued. - Sentinel Tribune


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  09/06/21 - Darren AndersJr/2023, Bowling Green, 5-11, 235 (DS#47 ILB) + More +

  SEPT 6 MAC EAST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Darren Anders, Bowling Green, LB, Junior, North Olmsted, Ohio (North Olmsted),...Led Bowling Green with 14 tackles, 1.0 sack, 1 FF, 1 FR. Anders was the only player in the nation the first week of the season to notch at least 10+ tackles (14), force a fumble (1), recover a fumble (1) and record at least one sack (1) when he did so at Tennessee. He had the third-highest tackle total in the nation over the weekend and led a defense that held Tennessee close until late in the third quarter. - MAC Football

(DS#47 ILB) Jr/2023 ILB Darren AndersBowling Green
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  08/27/21 - Devin TaylorrSr/2022, Bowling Green, 6-1, 200 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Cornerback Devin Taylor, who spent the 2020 football season at Virginia Tech, is now on the roster at Bowling Green University. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior, a Lansing, Michigan native, played in 10 games for the Hokies, starting the final eight. He finished the season with 55 tackles and two interceptions. Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Taylor played three seasons at Illinois State. - Richmond Times-Dispatch

(DS#999 CB) rSr/2022 CB Devin TaylorBowling Green
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  08/24/21 - Devin TaylorrSr/2022, Bowling Green, 6-1, 200 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  Virginia Tech safety Devin Taylor is no longer with the football team, according to coach Justin Fuente. Fuente made the announcement at his press conference on Wednesday. "I'm not sure what his future plans are, but we will be moving on this season without him," Fuente said. "We wish him the best in his future endeavors." Taylor was limited to open fall camp because of a leg injury he suffered at the end of spring. He was competing for the starting spot alongside Devon Hunter at boundary safety. Fuente declined to elaborate on the situation other than saying there was an undisclosed issue that came up recently. "It was something over the last couple of days that we had dealt with and we are moving forward," Fuente said.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder transferred to Virginia Tech in August last year from Illinois State. He earned All-Missouri Valley Football Conference first-team honors in 2019 at corner. He led the league with 24 passes defended and had five interceptions. Taylor ended up moving to safety a few weeks into the season with Tech's secondary dealing with a wave of absences from COVID-19 protocols. He started the team's last eight games at boundary safety and had 55 tackles (36 solo) with two interceptions and four passes defended. - Roanoke Times


(DS#999 CB) rSr/2022 CB Devin TaylorBowling Green
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  08/09/21 - Joey CarrollrSo/2024, Bowling Green, 6-5, 265 (DS#999 OT) + More +

  Offensive lineman Joey Carroll has left the Bowling Green State University football program and entered the portal transfer. Carroll, a St. Francis de Sales graduate, is a sophomore who played in all five games for the Falcons last fall. The 6-foot-6, 270-pound lineman played in three games as a true freshman in 2019 before redshirting. Carroll was moved from tight end to the interior offensive line before the start of the 2020 season. Carroll originally committed to play at the University of Toledo as a junior at St. Francis in April of 2018. Carroll also had offers from Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, and Army, among others. - Toledo Blade

(DS#999 OT) rSo/2024 OT Joey CarrollBowling Green
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  05/11/21 - Davon FergusonrSr/2022, Bowling Green, 5-10, 190 (DS#45 CB) + More +

  A couple of former Kansas football players who left the program months ago finally have come out on the other end of the NCAA's transfer portal. Both defensive back Davon Ferguson and tight end James Sosinski announced their future football plans this week, with Ferguson heading to Bowling Green and Sosinski off to Nevada. Ferguson, a starter in the secondary for the KU defense in each of the first four games of 2020, entered the portal shortly after the season's completion. Even though Ferguson, a junior last year, missed the final five games for the Jayhawks (0-9), he finished sixth on the team with 27 total tackles. In what proved to be his final game in a KU uniform, Ferguson led the Jayhawks with nine total tackles in a loss at West Virginia. Sosinski, who could have potentially returned to KU as a super-senior, also entered the portal in December. - Lawrence Journal World

(DS#45 CB) rSr/2022 CB Davon FergusonBowling Green
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  Since Bowling Green State University football coach Scot Loeffler was Boston College's offensive coordinator, he has kept a close watch on Tommy Guajardo. Boston College was the first Power Five program Guajardo received an offer from when he was a junior at Dearborn High School. When Loeffler took over the Falcons football program in 2019, he heavily recruited the tight end to BG's program. Eventually, Guajardo made the decision to commit to Michigan State University. He redshirted the 2020 season with the Spartans and participated in spring practice earlier this year. Two days after the spring season ended, Guajardo entered the transfer portal. Ten days later, he announced his commitment to BGSU.

"[Loeffler] was the first guy to hit me up when I entered the portal," Guajardo said. "And he [said] I can make an immediate impact. I'll play right away. He knows how good I can play at my position." A few other Mid-American Conference schools reached out to Guajardo, including Kent State and Eastern Michigan, but none of the other programs compared to BG. It was Loeffler's constant pursuit of Guajardo from his junior year at Dearborn to the present that helped him make the quick decision to join the Falcons. "I really do think that the connection that we have is really important," Guajardo said. "They keep coming back. At high school, they keep evaluating me, always come back to say hi to me, always calling me and texting me. I really do think that the connection is really important to me, and trust, too." - Toledo Blade


(DS#999 TE) So/2024 TE Tommy GuajardoBowling Green
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