The 2012-2013 Bowl Blitz Invitational presented by STAT BOX STORIES continues with the Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumman, which sees the #24 San Jose State Spartans (10-2, 5-1 WAC) take the field against the Bowling Green Falcons (8-4, 6-2 MAC). Jerimiah Etters of The Gaming Tailgate community suited up as the Falcons in their bid to upset a ranked opponent in this patriotic-themed Bowl Game.
Big Game for Bowling Green WR #9 Springs Falcons past Spartans in Military Bowl
Washington, D.C. – On a chilly December day in our nation’s capital, Bowling Green WR #9 stood head-and-shoulders above his peers on his way to a commanding performance on the Bowl Season stage. Thanks to 194 yards of receiving, the Falcons were able to earn themselves a comfortable 36-14 win over the #24 San Jose State squad.
The game began evenly enough, with each team trading short touchdown runs in the first quarter but the Spartans holding a slight edge due to a missed extra point after Bowling Green’s score.
The second quarter, however, changed the complexion of the game completely. Touchdown passes of 30, 27, and 4 yards from QB #7 to WR #9 of Bowling Green turned a 7-6 deficit into a 26-7 lead heading into halftime. The Spartans defense looked overwhelmed on multiple occasions as they attempted to find ways to slow WR #9 down but came up empty.
The Spartans narrowed the deficit to 26-14 early in the third quarter on a 31-yard touchdown pass but the Falcons soon extended the lead thanks to a 44-yard field goal. San Jose State was unable to respond, and by the time Bowling Green WR #9 hauled in his fourth touchdown of the day—a 27-yard pass in the fourth quarter—it was only a matter of time before the game clock would run out and Bowling Green would score the upset over a ranked opponent.
The two quarterbacks had solid days through the air, with each throwing for over 300 yards. Bowling Green K #49 had the misfortune of missing two extra points and leaving those points off of the scoreboard, but thanks to a career day from WR #9 the Falcons did not suffer from those miscues.
Player of the Game: Bowling Green WR #9, who caught 7 passes for 194 yards and four touchdowns to help spark the Falcons to victory.
It was over when… Bowling Green scored their third touchdown of the second quarter—all three coming on passes to WR #9—to take a 26-7 lead just before halftime. Although SJSU would score the first points of the third quarter, they never got back in the game.
Game Ball goes to… SJSU WR #23, whose 9 catches led all receivers for the category. Though he did not catch a scoring pass, he did gain 129 yards through the air.
Stat of the Game: 53. SJSU QB #18 quickly sought out the ice pack after the game was over, having thrown 53 pass attempts over the course of the game. Though he completed 24 of those attempts for 337 yards and a touchdown, he also threw an interception while his counterpart on the Falcons sideline went for 4 touchdowns and no interceptions.
Statistical Tidbits: Each team had 30 rushing attempts for the game, scoring one rushing touchdown each. The Spartans, however, gained only 37 yards on the ground compared to Bowling Green’s 101 yards rushing. … The team’s combined to attempt 5 fourth down conversions, with none of the attempts ending successfully for the offense. San Jose State was responsible for 4 of these attempts. … Each team turned the ball over twice, and each team punted a total of 8 times. … The Spartans held a slight edge in time of possession, holding the ball on offense for 30 seconds more than the Falcons.