Bowling Green (8-3, 6-1) will travel to Buffalo (8-3, 6-1) on Friday, Nov. 29 at 1:30 pm ET to play for the East Division Title. Both teams are tied at 6-1 in the East Division as the game will be played at Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the NFL's Buffalo Bills. The game will be broadcast live to a national television audience on ESPNU.
Bowling Green Notes:
Diving Into 8-3 and 6-1
• In jumping out to an 8-3 start, Bowling Green defeated a pair of teams (Tulsa and Kent State) that each won 11 games a year ago.
• The Falcons handed Kent State its first regular season MAC loss since Nov. 25, 2011 at Temple.
• Bowling Green has started a season 8-3 for the first time since the 2004 team that advanced to the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
What A Win Would Mean
• A win on Friday would make the Falcons 9-3 for the first time since 2004. That 2004 team finished the regular season 8-3, but improved to 9-3 with the GMAC Bowl win over Memphis.
• With a win on Friday, the Falcons would finish MAC play at 7-1 for the first time since 2004.
• A win over the Bulls would be the third straight for the Orange and Brown in the series.
• Bowling Green would win the East Division with a win over the Bulls on Friday. The last division title for the Falcons came in 2003, when they won the MAC West Division.
Breaking The MACtion Mold
• When fans hear the phrase #MACtion, most think of the offensive fireworks by Mid-American Conference schools featured in weeknight games on national television. But Bowling Green has broken that mold with a stifling defense.
• The Falcons return nine starters in 2013 from a defense that ranked sixth in the country in total defense in 2012, allowing just 296 yards per game.
• Through the first 11 games of the season, the Falcons lead the MAC in scoring defense (14.4), total defense (302.1), rushing defense (145.7), passing defense (156.4), pass defense efficiency (109.4), first down defense (16.0), and red zone defense (56.0) .
A Dominant Stretch
• Bowling Green has been dominant over the past three games, not allowing a touchdown on defense while outscoring opponents 152-10.
• During the past 14 quarters of play, the Falcons have outscored opponents 170-17.
• Bowling Green allowed just 65 total yards on Saturday at Eastern Michigan, the best performance in the Dave Clawson era.
• The Falcons forced three turnovers while allowing just four passing yards, also the best under Clawson.
10 Points In Three Games
• BGSU has allowed just 10 points over the past three games, and just three of them while the defense was on the field.
• The last time that the Falcons allowed 10 points or less in a three game stretch came in 1972, when the Falcons surrendered just seven points over a three game span.
45 Points In Three Straight Games
• The Falcons have exploded offensively as of late, scoring at least 45 points in three consecutive games. The last time a Falcon team had a three-game stretch which they scored at least 45 points in each game came in 2002.
• BGSU has scored 40 points in five different games this season, the most since the Falcons scored 40 points in seven straight games during the 2004 season.
Bulls Quick Notes
• The last college football game played at Ralph Wilson Stadium was between Syracuse and Miami (FL) on Oct. 27, 1979.
• A win over Bowling Green would be the Bulls’ ninth – tying the school record for wins in a season.
• Buffalo’s first ever MAC win was against Bowling Green in 2000. It was also the Bulls’ only home win against the Falcons (1-4).
• Joe Licata is the only MAC quarterback to have thrown a touchdown pass in every game this season.
• Branden Oliver is 21 yards shy of breaking his own single-season rushing record of 1,395 yards set in 2011.
• Branden Oliver is 111 yards shy of becoming just the 13th player in MAC history to rush for 4,000 yards.
• Khalil Mack is 2.5 tackles for loss shy of the NCAA record for career tackles for loss.
• Joe Licata’s next completion will make him just the eight quarterback in school history with 200 completions in a season.
• Alex Neutz is 51 yards shy of becoming just the third player in school history with 3,000 receiving yards.
• Ralph Wilson Stadium will be the sixth NFL stadium the Bulls will have played in. UB has also played in Gillette Stadium, Heinz Field, Lincoln Financial Field, Ford Field and the Metrodome.
Bulls Host BG in Clash at the Ralph
The University at Buffalo football team will host Bowling Green at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Friday for the MAC East title and a trip to the MAC Championship game. Buffalo is 8-3 overall, 6-1 in the MAC and is coming off a 44-7 win at Miami (OH) last Tuesday night. UB was led by Khalil Mack who had eight tackles, three sacks and three forced fumbles in the game. Bowling Green is 8-3 overall, 6-1 in the MAC and is coming off a 58-7 win at Eastern Michigan on Saturday. The Falcons are led by running back Travis Greene who has rushed for 1,293 yards and nine touchdowns on the season. Bowling Green leads the all-time series, 7-3. The Falcons won the last meeting, 21-7, at Columbus Crew Stadium last season.
One Down, One to Go
Khalil Mack had a career-high three forced fumbles in the first half alone of UB’s win over Miami last Tuesday to break the all-time NCAA record for career forced fumbles. The senior linebacker now has 16 career forced fumbles, passing five players that held the previous record of 14. Mack has one more NCAA record in his sights as he is 2.5 tackles for loss shy of that NCAA career record as well. Mack currently has 72.5 career tackles for loss, trailing only Western Michigan’s Jason Babin (2000-03) who had 75.
Friday’s game will mark the final home game for arguably the greatest senior class in school history. Prior to the game, the Bulls will honor 21 young men playing in their final home game. Among the seniors are running back Branden Oliver (UB’s career rushing leader), Khalil Mack (school record holder for sacks and tackles for loss), Alex Neutz (school record holder for receiving touchdowns), Najja Johnson (three shy of the school record for passes defended) and Jasen Carlson a three-year starter and team captain on the offensive line.