UMass Suffers 24-0 Homecoming Loss To Bowling Green
Oct. 20, 2012
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Bowling Green scored twice in 51 seconds late in the third quarter to break-open a one-possession game and claim a 24-0 win over Massachusetts on Homecoming at Gillette Stadium Saturday.
The Minutemen remained winless on the year in seven tries overall and all four Mid-American Conference games. BGSU improved to 5-3 and 3-1.
BGSU totaled 282 yards of offense with 188 through the air. Matt Schilz completed 21-of-36 passes and threw a pair of touchdowns.
The UMass defense had done a solid job holding the BGSU attack in check prior to the third-quarter scores, limiting the Falcons to 156 yards and eight first downs.
Schilz put BGSU on the board midway through the first quarter with a screen pass to Shaun Joplin that went for 16 yards on a third-and-seven situation.
The Falcons had another chance to add to their lead late in the first half but were stopped at the UMass 26 when Darren Thellen broke up a Schiltz pass attempt on fourth down.
BGSU went to a no huddle attack on its third possession of the second half and had progress against the UMass defense. The Falcons capped off a seven play, 74-yard drive with a two-yard pass from Schilz to tight end Alex Bayer. The drive took just 2:10 and gave BGSU a 14-0 lead with 3:42 left in the third.
On the ensuing UMass possession, Dwayne Woods picked off Wegzyn and returned it 48 yards for a touchdown giving BGSU a 21-0 lead. The Minutemen had positioned themselves in good field position following a 38-yard kickoff return by Jordan Broadnax to the UMass 42.
Tyler Tate converted a 42-yard field goal for BGSU following a Doyle interception by BooBoo Gates that was returned near midfield.
UMass will return to road play next week, traveling to Vanderbilt. Kickoff at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville is set for 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time and the game will be televised on Fox Sports Net.