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Bowling Green defensive breakdown

By mrasor Published: November 1, 2007

Football
The theme -- Bowling Green is 112th in the nation in run defense, giving up 215 yards per game on the ground. That could be excusable if the Falcons had played run dominant teams like Akron has, but that's not the case with the exception of Michigan State. The Falcons do defend the pass pretty well in terms of yardage (43rd in the nation), but teams just don't throw that often against them.
At the end of the game, Bowling Green doesn't mind if your team scores in the 30s. Its aerial offense has beaten two teams -- Minnesota and Temple -- who scored 31 and 35 points, respectively.
Key players -- The defense's strength lies with its linebackers. John Haneline leads the MAC with 11.4 tackles per game. Erique Dozier, from Garfield High School Akron, plays well in coverage. Loren Hargrove leads the team with 6.5 sacks.
How Akron can score -- Bryan Williams and Alex Allen need to keep Tyler Sheehan and Co. off the field. The way Chris Jacquemain has played, Akron can't win a shootout. I don't want to be a broken record, but Carlton Jackson really needs to play.

    Notes...
    My column recants my rant about choosing the right starting quarterback.
    The Buchtelite's Vincent Dorsey previewed the BG game.
    Bowling Green is a seven-point favorite.
    Zippy leads by more than 800 votes over Cosmo. Vote here.
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