This was a weird game. We thought State would win relatively easily, all the student left at halftime, the 2nd half was just weird. Then we almost lost the game. Fortunately we won against the eventual MAC champs, 21-20.
MSU had an INT that led to a Bowling Green field goal but still got out to a 14-3 lead with 5 min to go in the 1st quarter. Things stalled a bit but still scored again and led 21-13 at the half. Then the offense really stalled in the 2nd half and the Bulldogs had to hang on for dear life. The Falcons missed a FG on their opening drive of the 2nd half or it really would have been a disaster.
State just could not close the door on BG. Bell missed a 44 yard FG in the 4th quarter and Mullen decided not to attempt on late in the game on a 4th & 3 from the 9 yard line. We didn’t get it which resulted in the defense having to get a stop when BG only needed a FG to win, and they were able to do just that.
On the last play of that defensive stand Will Redmond could have been called for targeting but he was not. The Bulldogs narrowly escaped disaster in this game.
Odd stat- there was a drive in this game where MSU ran 15 plays and punted. The drive started on the 1 yard line and ended on the Bowling Green 45.
MSU’s issue vs. BG: not playing to a standard