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Published: 10/4/2004

BG racks up records in rout over Temple

BY JOHN WAGNER
BLADE SPORTS WRITER

PHILADELPHIA - Now that the dust has finally settled following Bowling Green's 70-16 rout of Temple on Saturday, record-keepers have a chance to assess the damage done to the record books.

By halftime the Falcons already had set a school record for total offense in a half with 442 yards. BG's 42 first-half points fell one shy of the school record set against Toledo in 1959.

When the game was over, the Falcons' 70 points scored was the fourth-highest total in school history and the most since BG hung 72 points on Ohio two seasons ago.

Individually, placekicker Shaun Suisham tied the MAC record with 10 extra points against the Owls. The school record of 19 made and 22 attempted belongs to Carl Bachman, who reached those totals in the Falcons' 151-0 victory over Defiance in 1921, 31 years before the school joined the MAC.

Suisham also set a school record for points scored in a career with 285, one more than quarterback Josh Harris scored from 2000-03. Suisham now is 11th on the MAC's all-time scoring list and needs just four points to vault into eighth place.

Quarterback Omar Jacobs threw four touchdown passes, which tied for second-most in school history, and tailback P.J. Pope scored four times - three times on the ground and once on a pass from Jacobs - tied for second-best in BG annals.

And while this is only Lincoln Financial Field's second season, Bowling Green set three team and two individual records for the stadium. BG's 70 points, 42 first-half points, and 367 passing yards were all stadium records; Jacobs' 367 passing yards and Pope's four touchdowns scored also were stadium records for an individual.

MANY HAPPY RETURNS: While both the offense and defense were clicking against Temple, BG also got good production from its special teams.

The Falcons gained 69 yards on five punt returns, with Charles Sharon running for 36 yards on four returns, including a 27-yarder, while Steve Simonton hauled one punt back 33 yards in his first return.

As a team the Falcons rank third in the MAC in that category with 17.6 yards per return. Sharon ranks sixth in the league with 15.4 yards per return.

On kickoff returns, B.J. Lane had three for 80 yards, including a 33-yard return. Currently he ranks second in the MAC with an average of 25.1 yards per return.

Bowling Green's two cover teams also performed well. Suisham kicked off 11 times and had two touchbacks, while the kickoff cover team allowed just 18.9 yards per return. The Falcons also didn't allow a single yard on a punt return, with punter Nate Fry pinning Temple on its own 12-yard line after a fourth-quarter kick.

As a result, on eight of the Owls' 14 drives they started on their own 20-yard line or worse, and four more drives began inside the 23. The average field position for the start of the Falcons' 13 drives was their 42, 20 yards better than Temple's average field position.

"We challenged our special teams all week, because there's so much hidden yardage in the kicking game," BG coach Gregg Brandon said. "We have good special teams players. And I thought we covered kicks excellently today."

WHERE THE BIG BOYS PLAY: With Saturday's game at Lincoln Financial Field, the Falcons now have played at least one game in an NFL facility in each of the past three seasons.

BG lost to South Florida at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa in 2002, then beat Northwestern at Detroit's Ford Field in the Motor City Bowl last season.

The Falcons are scheduled to host Wisconsin at Cleveland Browns Stadium in 2006.

Contact John Wagner at: jwagner@theblade.com or 419-724-6481.



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