Caesars Sportsbook made Minnesota a 31-point favorite against Bowling Green for their week four matchup.
What did the Falcons say? “Hold my drink.”
Bowling Green pulled off the 14-10 upset on Saturday at Huntington Bank Stadium against the Big Ten’s Minnesota Golden Gophers.
The theme of the game? Defense.
The Falcons’ defense held the Gophers to only 241 yards of total offense, while racking up four sacks and creating three turnovers.
In the second quarter, after keeping the score at 3-0, the Falcons scored the first touchdown of the game, thanks to a one-yard touchdown run by quarterback Matt McDonald. The Falcons carried the 7-3 lead into halftime.
In the third quarter, after the Gophers scored on the opening drive of the second half, the Falcons closed the quarter with a second rushing touchdown by McDonald.
With the score at 14-10, that was all she wrote for offense, and in the end, the game.
Two fourth quarter interceptions from Devin Taylor and Jordan Anderson sealed Minnesota’s fate and snapped a 21-game winning streak against non-conference teams for the Gophers.
The afternoon was full of magic, and Head Coach Scot Loeffler expressed how proud he was of his young team.
“I couldn't be more happy for a group of kids who have really been through a lot,” Loeffler said. “We're just going to keep on getting better and improving.”
Minnesota Head Coach P.J. Fleck complimented the Falcons on their performance.
“Give Bowling Green a lot of credit," Fleck said. "I know how excited they are, and they deserve it and they earned it."
In the end, McDonald finished 19/35 for 170 yards, with two rushing touchdowns and one interception. Tight end Christian Sims led the Falcons in receiving with 51 yards on six catches.
For the Gophers, quarterback Tanner Morgan struggled with 5/13 for 59 yards and two interceptions. Their lone bright spot was running back Trey Potts, who finished with 141 yards on 27 carries.
The Falcons (2-2), will attempt to carry their momentum into their first conference matchup Oct. 2 at 3:30 p.m. at Kent State.
The Gophers (2-2) suffered their second loss after Ohio State in week one. They will attempt to rebound next week at Purdue.
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