Bowling Green State University WR Shaun Joplin (9) makes a catch for a touchdown against Buffalo CB Najja Johnson (22) during the second quarter at Columbus Crew Stadium Columbus.
THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH
COLUMBUS --The Bowling Green State University football team claimed a 21-7 victory over Buffalo at Crew Stadium today.
The Falcons, who improved to 8-4 overall and 6-2 in the Mid-American Conference, were led by John Pettigrew's 93 yards and one touchdown on 29 carries. Matt Schilz completed 18-of-30 passes for 228 yards and one TD, a 48-yard strike to Shaun Joplin.
Buffalo (4-8, 3-5 MAC) scored in the fourth quarter on a 4-yard run by Alex Dennison with 9:59 left in the final quarter. The Bulls finished with just 197 yards of total offense, including just 29 yards rushing.
BG lead Buffalo 21-0 after three quarters at Crew Stadium today.
The Falcons got a third-quarter touchdown when Matt Schilz scored on a 7-yard run with 4:14 left in the period.
Bowling Green scored twice in the second quarter, on a 1-yard TD run by John Pettigrew and a 48-yard touchdown strike by Schilz to Shaun Joplin with 1:56 left in the half.
Through three quarters the Bulls have just 69 yards of total offense against the Falcons defense, including just 21 yards rushing.
BGSU leads Buffalo 14-0 at halftime at Crew Stadium today.
The Falcons first touchdown came on a 1-yard fourth-down run by John Pettigrew with 5:26 left in the second quarter, capping a 12-play, 62-yard drive. Shaun Joplin then caught a 48-yard touchdown strike from Matt Schilz with 1:56 left in the half.
The BGSU defense has limited the Bulls to just 53 yards of total offense on 24 plays, including just 22 yards passing.
BGSU was involved in a scoreless tie after the first quarter of its game against Buffalo at Crew Stadium.
Defenses dominated the first period, although the Falcons did have 74 yards passing -- to offset minus-2 yards rushing. The Bulls had just 24 yards of total offense in the first quarter, including just seven yards passing.