The Georgia Tech defense had a tough test last weekend against the Clemson Tigers, this week Nate Woody’s test is bit easier with the Bowling Green Falcons coming to Bobby Dodd Stadium
An up-tempo spread offense, Bowling Green’s offense will look to move fast on Saturday afternoon on against the Yellow Jackets, attacking the defense in various ways. Through the first four games of the year, the Falcons offense has ran 80+ in three of four games including 84 last week against Miami (OH).
The Falcons play break down is about 52.9% passing plays and about 47.1% rushing plays. A rather well balanced offense. Though don’t be surprised if the Falcons use the run game a bit heavier on Saturday as the Jackets have struggled facing opposing rushing games, giving up over 170 yards per game and almost five yards a carry. Former opponents against the Yellow Jackets have deployed similar strategies, running the ball 56% of the time.
As a whole, the Falcons offensive statistics entering Saturday are the following;
- Points Per Game: 25.8
- Total Yards: 334.8
- Passing Yards: 238.5
- PYA: 6.0
- Touchdowns: 11
- Interceptions: 4
- Rushing Yards: 96.3
- YPC: 2.5
- Touchdowns: 2
Now, let’s take a look at each Bowling Green position group;
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The Falcons offensive line is one of the worst in the country by far so far this season. Not only are they averaging less than 100-yards on the ground per game this season but they’ve allowed 15 sacks for 108-yards on the season as well.
Part of the offensive line’s struggles this season could be due to the Falcons tough schedule so far this season but the point remains. This is an offensive line that the Jackets front seven should be able to move with and around, with ease. The Bowling Green offensive line is definitely not a strong suit for the Falcons.
If the Yellow Jackets front seven can’t punish this offensive line then the Jackets have some experience issues on defense.
At quarterback for Bowling Green will be sophomore quarterback Jarrett Doege. Doege has started all four games for the Falcons and has started eight straight games dating back to last season.
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound signal caller has had a strong season for the Falcons in 2018, completing 65.1% of his passes for 891-yards and 10 touchdowns. He is prone to mistakes, however, averaging an interception per game, watch for the Tech secondary to come up with a pick or two on Saturday.
Doege isn’t a threat outside the pocket as he sits in negative territory entering this weekend with -79 rushing yards through a majority of those yards are from Bowling Green’s struggling offensive line.
As noted above, the Falcons are averaging less than a 100-yards on the ground this season and are only picking up 2.5 yards per carry.
Sophomore tailback Andrew Clair is the Falcons starting running back and leading rusher through four weeks. Like the rest of the Bowling Green offense, Clair has struggled this season picking up yards on the ground. Through the Falcons first four games, Clair has 82 rushing attempts for 284-yards and a lone score. Don’t be fooled by Clair’s numbers so far as the sophomore does have the potential after averaging over 7-yards per carry a season ago.
Outside Clair, the Falcons have a stable of running backs that have yet to show anything spectacular this season in production. But in terms of names to watch for they include the following;
- Bryson Denley: 22 carries, 65-yards
- Rico Fyre: 13 carries, 76-yards
- Ra’veion Hargrove: 4 carries, 8-yards
Wide Receivers and Tight End:
The receivers room for Bowling Green this season so far has been strong and there are four primary wide receivers to highlight for this weekend’s game.
Quinton Morris: Bowling Green’s top option, Morris as a sophomore has impressed this season. The big bodied, 6-foot-3, and 223-pound wide out this season has 21 receptions for 266-yards and four touchdowns. He leads the Falcons in all three categories.
Scott Miller: The All-MAC receiver is having a good start to his season with 15-receptions for 242-yards and three scores. He’s as dangerous as a threat as any wide receiver in the Bowling Green offense.
Deric Phouthavong: Another senior wide receiver for the Falcons, Phouthavong has 18 receptions on the season for 178-yards and a pair of touchdowns, career numbers in each category for the senior.
RB Marlow III: No, he’s not a running back but a dangerous wide receiver for the Falcons. He has 15 receptions for 115-yards and a touchdown through four games.
At tight end for the Falcons will be Dorian Hendrix who has one reception for two yards. Back up tight end Brian Sanders has yet to record a reception this season.
Overall, the Falcons have a plethora of talent and strong talent for a MAC program. That being said, so far this season, they’ve left a ton to be desired on the field. Most of those struggles go back to the offensive line. Bowling Green can be a dangerous offense and with the Yellow Jackets defensive struggles it could be a tougher game than on paper for the Jackets.