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Bowling Green 27, Murray State 10

Associated Press

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Matt McDonald threw for a touchdown and ran for another and Bowling Green ended a 10-game losing streak with a 27-10 win over FCS-level Murray State.

The Falcons (1-2), who went 0-5 in the pandemic shortened 2020 season, dominated the second half behind McDonald, outscoring the Racers 17-0.

Bowling Green took the opening drive of the second half and went 71 yards in 13 plays, capped by McDonald's plunge over the right side. Another lengthy drive led to Nate Needham's second field goal in the closing seconds of the third quarter.

A third long drive, capped by McDonald flipping a 5-yard clincher to Taron Keith, wrapped it up in the middle of the fourth quarter.

McDonald finished 22 of 28 for 221 yards with an interception.

Bowling Green had 210 yards in the second half to 83 for Murray State and a 2-to-1 advantage in time of possession.

Damonta Witherspoon scored the Racers' touchdown on a 6-yard run in the second quarter. Murray State finished with 201 total yards.

Bowling Green athletics press release


Scoring Summary
First Quarter MurrayBGSU
BGSU TD 11:47 Jaison Patterson 2 yd run (Nate Needham kick) 0 7
Second Quarter MurrayBGSU
BGSU FG 12:03 Nate Needham 43 yd FG 0 10
Murray TD 6:55 Damonta Witherspoon 6 yd run (Aaron Baum kick) 7 10
Murray FG 1:46 Aaron Baum 47 yd FG 10 10
Third Quarter MurrayBGSU
BGSU TD 9:25 Matt McDonald 1 yd run (Nate Needham kick) 10 17
BGSU FG 0:11 Nate Needham 36 yd FG 10 20
Fourth Quarter MurrayBGSU
BGSU TD 7:05 Taron Keith 5 yd pass from Matt McDonald (Nate Needham kick) 10 27
Team Stats
  Murray State Bowling Green
First downs 20 22
  Rushing 6 10
  Passing 7 11
  Penalty 7 1
3rd Down Efficiency 8-16, 50% 7-13, 54%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 33-69 43-118
Passing Yards 132 221
Return Yards 78 25
Completions-Attempts-Int 13-28-2 22-28-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 3--20 2--14
Punts 5 4
Punts-Average 35.6 42.3
Fumbles Lost 1-0 2-0
Penalties - Yards 5-50 12-135
Time of Possession 25:43 34:17
Murray State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
P. Rice 13 28 132 0 2
Bowling Green Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. McDonald 22 28 221 1 1
Murray State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Witherspoon 13 38 2.9 1
R. Castille 8 28 3.5 0
D. Williams 2 11 5.5 0
C. Jones 2 -1 -0.5 0
P. Rice 7 -2 -0.3 0
L. Brooks 1 -5 -5.0 0
Bowling Green Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
N. Mosley 9 48 5.3 0
J. Patterson 14 35 2.5 1
J. Embry 1 16 16.0 0
T. Keith 1 16 16.0 0
T. Stewart 7 12 1.7 0
M. McDonald 7 5 0.7 1
Murray State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
L. Brooks 4 50 12.5 0
M. Honeycutt 2 36 18.0 0
J. Bell 1 16 16.0 0
C. McDowell 2 15 7.5 0
J. Saathoff 2 10 5.0 0
D. Ruff 1 5 5.0 0
D. Witherspoon 1 0 0.0
0
Bowling Green Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Osborne 6 69 11.5 0
T. Broden 6 52 8.7 0
C. Sims 4 50 12.5 0
T. Keith 2 15 7.5 1
C. Croom 2 13 6.5 0
J. Patterson 1 13 13.0 0
L. Gazarek 1 9 9.0 0
Murray State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. McKee 1 21
Bowling Green Interceptions
Player Int Yards
B. Horne 1 12
S. Dabney 1 2
Murray State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Halton 4 152 38.0
Bowling Green Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Naranjo 4 169 42.3
Murray State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. Brooks 1 9 9.0
Bowling Green Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Embry 1 11 11.0
Murray State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
E. Thompson 2 48 24.0
Bowling Green Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Murray State Missed FG
Player Length
Bowling Green Missed FG
Player Length




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