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Published: Sunday, 10/7/2001

Meyer making most of BG's 2-QB talent

BY STEVE JUNGA
BLADE SPORTS WRITER
Bowling Green's Kurt Gerling, right, celebrates his third-quarter touchdown reception with David Bautista, center, and Dennis Wendel yesterday at Bowling Green. Bowling Green's Kurt Gerling, right, celebrates his third-quarter touchdown reception with David Bautista, center, and Dennis Wendel yesterday at Bowling Green.
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A quarterback rotation without a quarterback controversy?

That's what first-year Bowling Green head coach Urban Meyer is trying to negotiate this season. With the Falcons off to a 4-1 start behind contributions from junior Andy Sahm and sophomore Josh Harris, so far it's working.

Sahm is perhaps the better passer while Harris gives the defense trouble with his strong running ability. Sahm starts, and Harris comes in soon thereafter. The rest depends upon who has the hot hand or hot feet.

``I think it's great,'' Meyer said. ``I love what we're doing. Josh Harris had great drives today. Andy Sahm, I don't think played very good today. He did OK, but he had some wide-open guys. If a guy's real hot, we'll stay in there with him. If he's not, and we're looking for answers, Josh Harris gives you big-play potential and he'll be in there.''

Sahm led BG's first scoring drive of the game and later guided the Falcons to a field goal. He was 21-of-34 passing for 173 yards and one TD in yesterday's 24-7 homecoming win over Kent State.

But he seemed to slow after Harris took his turn behind center.

``I missed a couple wide-open passes and that's not me at all,'' Sahm said. ``I was really frustrated about that. We threw well at times and we struggled at times. Today wasn't a great day for me personally. We just had trouble sticking the ball in the end zone. I just need to refocus and get ready for next week, learn from my mistakes.''

Although Sahm didn't display it yesterday, he feels being replaced can have its advantages.

``When you're off the field, you can look at the defense more and see what they're doing in different situations,'' Sahm said. ``It gives you a clue for the next time you go in, what to expect. At times you can lose rhythm, but if we're moving the ball on offense it doesn't matter at all if I'm playing or he's playing. I'm excited when Josh is making those big runs.''

Harris entered the game on BG's third possession and led a 52-yard TD drive. He ran four times for 40 of those yards, including a one-yard TD sneak. He later threw a TD pass. Harris was 6-of-8 passing for 41 yards, and ran 13 times for 73 yards.

``I've been concentrating a lot on reading defenses,'' Harris said. ``When I see openings, I can go. When everybody executes, the chains move. When everybody does what they're supposed to do, it allows the play to work.''

Sahm and Harris seem to be content with their shared duties, even to the point of exchanging helpful hints.

``We're always together in meetings, and during practice I'll say, `Do this, or this will help you,''' said Sahm, who added jokingly ``and he'll try to teach me how to run faster. I don't think it's going to help. We try to help each other. We want each other to do the best they can.''



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