Friday, October 21, 2016

25 Questions that say Welcome Back

Welcome back Miami
What is their body of work?

Miami is one of the most amazing stories in the MAC.  Look, for decades they were a consistent football power.  They were the cradle of coaches.  They had Big Ben.  Since then?  A long, hard slog of very poor football.  Since 2003, three winning seasons.  Since 2010, 14-53, including an 0-12 season.  They just have fallen off the mountain.  They are on a one-game winning streak, after beating Kent last week...they lost all the rest, including their FCS game.  Historically they have owned BG.

How many seniors and juniors on the two-deep?

They have 18, which is possibly the youngest team I have ever seen us play.

Who are their statistical leaders?

Nick Dowd is #15 in FG%.
Billy Bahl is #1 in passing yards per completion and #7 in yards per attempt.

What is their turnover ratio?

They are -4 for the year.  (BG?  -13)


 How is their QB play?

They've had a lot of struggles.  They have used 3 guys.  They got Gus Ragland back from injury and he is slated to start.  He started the Kent game and was 10-21 for 181 yards, 2 TD and 0 INT while being their leading rusher with 36 yards.  He now appears to be the man.  Billy Bahl had most of the other reps and was about the same level of efficiency.

What is their scoring and yards per play?

They are a poor offensive team.  They are 124th in the nation in points per game and 9th in the MAC in 5.1 yards per play.

Can they run the ball?

Not to date.  They are last in the MAC with 2.7 yards per rush--and 2nd to last in the country.

Do they pass the ball?

They are 6th in pass efficiency.  The big thing has been yards.  Completion percentage is 54%, not good, and they have 12 TDs over 6 INT.  They do have over 15 yards per completion, which would indicate a high risk, high return pass game.  WR James Gardner leads the team with 26 catches at over 17 per reception.

How is their run/pass balance?

They run on 56% of their plays, which is a strong commitment to the run, especially when you are that bad at it.

Do they convert on 3rd Down?

No.  The only team worse than they are in the MAC is BG.

Do they score in the red zone?

No.  Twenty trip, 8 TD and 7 FG.  3.85 per trip.

Do they protect the quarterback?

No.  MAC-worst 26 sacks, 11.6% of all passing attempts.


Topline: Scoring and yards per play.

They are much better on defense.  They are #2 in the MAC in yards allowed per play and #6 in points allowed.

Do they defend the run effectively?

They allow 3.9 yards per carry, which is #4 in the MAC.  They give up a lot of total yards rushing per game, but they get run on a lot...because...see below.

Can they be passed on?

They are #2 in pass efficiency defense in the MAC.  They allow only 58% completions, 9 TDs and 7 picks, which are good.  They allow 11.5 yards per catch, which is not great but not awful.

Do they get off the field on 3rd down?

Middle of the pack, #7 in the MAC.

Do they defend in the red zone?

Yes.  They are very good.  In 27 opponent trips, they have 7 outright stops and 15 TDs and 5 FGs.  That's 3.3 points per trip.

Do they pressure the QB?

They have 13 sacks, which is in the middle of the pack

Special Teams:Punting?

They are 8th in the MAC in net punting.  No blocks, one big return, but not for a TD.

Punt Return?

They have zero punt return yards.


They have used a couple.  Dowd is the current one.  He's 6-7 and his only miss is over 50.


They are 10th in the MAC.  Teams start on the 30.

Kickoff Return?

They start on the 25, which is well below average.

Miscellaneous: Overall atmospherics and intangibles.

Well things are looking better.  BG needs a win in this one.  This is a winnable game.  Also, it is a lose-able game.  Miami has a strong defense that could challenge a BG offense that has only had one good game, and then you have to wonder if our defense can actually stop their offense.  How many people will be there?  What willll the environment be like?  I'm sure how guys will be hungry for a HUNGRY--but Miami probably feels the same way.

You gotta get this one.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

ICSTR, Go for it on 4th edition

If you read this blog, you know that I started in 2009 using my own system for evaluating special teams play for Bowling Green.   You can read the full introduction and see the scoring system here, should such a thing interest you.  The basic idea is that you get positive points for good plays outside the middle area of the bell curve on the right and negative points on the left.  The system doesn't care if you get to the 26 or 28 on a kickoff or if you make a short FG...make a long FG or miss an easy one, now we're talking.

Basically, BG continued its good, but not great special teams play.  Obviously, punting remains a strength, as we can see here...all but one of BG's positive plays was on a punt.  BG struggled mostly on the pooch kick and the kick after the Zimmerman penalty, as well as one Davidson punt and giving up the 2xp.  BG +4 for the game.

UT was only +2.  They punted well, too, had a big punt return, and got points for those two kickoff returns and the 2XP.  On the negative side, they missed an XP, put a kick OB, and gave up that fake punt.  They were +2 for the game.

One hidden part of special teams is what BG's FG kicking is doing to the team.  Obviously, we try almost no field goals.  BG has gone for it on 4th 30 times, which is the highest in the country.  The next highest is 20.  BG has tried 6 FGs.  In the MAC, only Akron has tried fewer.

Here is how it broke out.

BG Positive (+8)

Punt inside 20 (+1)
Punt inside 20 (+1)
82 yard punt (+2)
Kickoff touchback (+1)
Successful fake punt (+3)

BG Negative (-4)

26 yard net punt (-1)
UT KOR to 44 (-1)
UT KOR to 40 (-1)
2 XP against (-1)

UT Positive (+8)

Kickoff touchback (+1)
Net punt 49 (+1)
Punt inside 20 (+1)
Punt inside 20 (+1)
26 yard PR (+1)
KOR to 44 (+1)
2xp (+1)
KOR to 40 (+1)

UT Negative (-6)

KO OB (-1)
Missed xp (-1)
34 yard net punt (-1)
Allow fake punt (-3)

Monday, October 17, 2016

Jinks Presser

OK, Mike Jinks was back in the presser room today.  It was a much better environment.  I mean, he said we were turning the corner the week before...and, well, I'm not sure we HAVE turned the corner, but, people seem to think we did and everything is back on track.  I'm not sure we're there yet.  So far, we've played one complete game out of 7 and succeeded only against the low standards of the earlier parts of the season.  UT did win the game.  Those program-record losses are still out there.

Don't get me wrong.  Things look a lot better than they did the week before.  BG played a very solid game and the schedule ahead is very forgiving.  It is very well within the realm of possibility that BG could finish 6-6 and make a bowl game.  We can revisit the turning the corner conversation as the season plays out.

Just as an example, he talked about Joe Davidson in glowing terms that Davidson deserves.  Also, he said that everyone needs to talk him into coming back.  But when he talked about the fake punt, he said that "He might have single-handedly changed the course of the season around."  I mean, I know what he means---it might end up that way--but Coach also later said "we are 1-6" and I guess it is a little early to be looking for where it all turned around.

A bowl game is the goal he has set for the team.  He talked about it in the presser.  He is putting BG into a playoff like run through the last 5 games.  Gives the guys something to play for...unless they lose.  Anyway, I'm for it.  And it is possible, are other things.

Coach gives good presser, I will give him that.  He had some interesting things to say today.

He seemed to really enjoy the Glass Bowl environment as a guy who loves football, which you have to appreciate.  He mentioned before that this was really his first rivalry game as a coach so he felt it was a great environment.

We need to play better in the 2nd and 3rd quarter.  Just have to be in a better position entering the 4th.

He says he sees improvement from the whole team, players and coaches, which I thought was an interesting way to put it.

He noted the two big penalties and said they were indicative of how far we have to do as a team.  The Banks penalty was just playing without confidence and the Zimmerman penalty on the TD was just (costly) youthful exuberance.

"I felt comfortable with the process.  I've seen it work.  Some people may not think so, but I've got an idea of what we want this thing to look like."

Just my aside, the key is can it be gotten there, not is there an idea.  Everyone is sure there's a idea.

Hitting the long passes changed the "dynamic" of the team.  It forced UT to decide whether to load the box, it opened up underneath routes as well as the run.  We can use some of the "air raid type stuff."  He went on to say that QB is "essential" and that he saw a different look in his team's eye with the offensive improvement, which should have led someone to ask....well, what took you so long to get Morgan into the games?

But didn't.

He noted that we are not playing at full tempo, which he says has helped the defense and I would imagine the offense as well.

He said he was most proud of Morgan checking from pass to run 3 of 4 times, something I would assume a gunslinging QB is reluctant to do.

He says our biggest improvement has been at WR, which is interesting.  He has been hard on them.  Drops are way down.  He says that is all confidence.

He does not fear an emotional letdown.  "No, sir. We're 1-6."

Wagner began to ask about the burning of redshirts.  Coach said he wanted to redshirt all of them.  For example, Bush got banged up and they had to put Tyrik Jones in and Jones, it turned out, was better than some of the older guys.  You could not have told him, he says, that he would have to play Zimmerman at "142 pounds."  The third one is Cam Jeffries...shouldn't have played this year.  And you never want to play a o-lineman but Tabor has had to start twice.

Then, in what became relatively funny, Wagner continued to name guys off...Terence Stephens, (coach would take that one back), McBride...Pickrom.  At this point, Coach said it was making his stomach hurt.

You don't want to plan 8-10 freshman.  He said it is a setback.  You have numbers you want at each position.  For example, you want 16 scholarship WRs.  We have 8-9.  It will take two recruiting cycles to get that fixed.

Davidson and Morgan win MAC POTW awards

Here are the write ups from the away....maybe it isn't "cool" to mention in the special teams award, but Davidson also ran for a 24-yard run on a fake punt and a key first down.  Morgan is certainly deserving as well...hopefully the first of many such awards.

Davidson was granted the special team award for the second consecutive week. Against Toledo, he punted seven times for 309 yards and a 44.1 average. Four of the seven punts were downed inside the UT 20 yard line. Overall, he ranks fourth nationally and first in the MAC in average (47.5). Fifteen of his 42 punts this season have gone at least 50 yards, and 16 of them have been downed inside the opponents' 20.

Davidson's fourth punt of the game, in the second quarter, traveled 82 yards and stands as the longest punt in the NCAA this season. The punt was critical, as BGSU was pinned at their own two yard line, and it forced Toledo to start the ensuing drive at their own 16. He also had a 62-yard punt in the game and now owns six punts of 60 or more yards in the last four contests. He has at least one in six of the Falcons' seven games and each of the last five in 2016.

Morgan's first career weekly MAC award follows his third career start. He torched the Toledo secondary for 335 yards and five touchdowns, including 166 yards and three touchdowns in the fourth quarter. That performance helped BGSU overcome a two-touchdown deficit to tie the game at 35 in the final minutes. Those are the most passing yards by a Falcon quarterback since Nov. 4, 2015 and the most passing touchdowns since Oct. 24, 2015.

In just three career starts, Morgan has already made Bowling Green history. With efforts of 250, 253 and 335 yards, he is the first freshman Falcon quarterback to throw for 250 or more yards in three straight games. His totals of 1,041 yards and eight touchdowns are already in the top ten of the MAC, even though he has started fewer than half of BGSU's games.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Past and Future Opponent Land

Ohio State (6-0)  Beat Wisconsin in OT
North Dakota (5-2) Beat Southern Utah 45-23.  #18 FCS team entering game.
Middle TN (4-2) Lost 44-43 to WKU on a blocked PAT in 2 OT
Memphis (5-1) Beat Tulane 24-14
EMU (5-2) Won @OU
OU  (4-3) Lost to EMU
Miami (1-6) Beat Kent 18-14
NIU (1-6) Lost to CMU
Akron  (4-3) Destroyed by WMU
Kent (2-5) Lost to Miami
Buffalo (1-5) Lost to Ball State


FBS:  13-21
P5:  4-10
FCS:  9-4

West:  5
East:  0

"Rivalry" Loss: Last Word, Special Teams...DAVIDSON

So, mostly, there are two words to say about special teams:


This dude is an absolute beast.  He's probably the best player on our team.  He has a complete game.  He bombed an 82 yarder, which I believe is the longest kick in FBS football this year.  He took two more and nailed them inside the 20 from short range--maybe a rarer skill.

And, he kept the Falcons alive with a 24-yard run on a fake punt when he successfully evaded a defender in the open field to get the first down.  BG was down 2 scores at the time and a punt is just deadly.  Instead, BG keeps the ball, scores and ends up later tying the game.  He's a good athlete and a great punter...a real weapon, especially with our growing pains defense.

Other special teams note is on the pooch kicks, which have a lot of people upset this morning.  First, while the announcers were bellowing about the "pooch" kick that came after the penalty on the Zimmerman TD (he won't do that again, don't worry)...the kick was kicked from the 20 and fielded on the 20....that wasn't a pooch kick.

Obviously, sometimes it was a pooch kick.  Those seem to have come in the 4th q.  BG's first 3 kickoffs BG had were a successfully defended one and 2 touchbacks.  The rest of them came in the 4th Q....I don't know if they didn't think he could get the ball out of the end zone with the wind or what, but of the 3 kickoffs, UT started on the 44, 40 and 34, which is obviously not optimal for a team struggling on defense and trying to make up a deficit.

I don't mind pooch kicks.  A good pooch kick comes down at about the 25 and the guys is tackled right away.  Nothing wrong with that.  Our kicks were shorter and the guy was decided not tackled right away in two cases.  In the end, though, with the way the UT offense moved the ball in the last drive, whether they started on the 25 or 34 was not really the issue.

Will Watson seemed to stabilize the return game, which would be a big help.  We did not try a FG.

"Rivalry" Loss: The defense

Here's what the defense did...hold UT to their season averages.  Those are big numbers...but by holding them to their average on the year, they gave us a chance to win.

UT is #3 in the FBS in yards per play at 7.5.  Against BG, they got 7.4.  Their 42 points were right on the season average.

Just for whatever it is worth, the last two times we played an explosive offense like this, we made history in a bad way.

So, no, the defense is not great.  But they are improving and they do get stops and they are holding their own.  Coach Jinks and Coach Eliano seem to be working hard on this...they are making adjustments, going to fewer down lineman, more zones, trying to help protect our youth and experience.  Beyond the "what took you so long" question, this is a good development.  If they continue to improve...well, I don't think we have another explosive offense on our schedule.

One funny note.  When listening to Coach Jinks in the presser...he has an ability to switch here as he switches from football technobabble to Texas Cowboy...he said something like "When Eastern was in 20 PER and three guys to the surface side...we were a little light in the britches."  Hilarious.

One key addition was getting Will Watson back.  With him, BG was able to take the pressure off our younger players in the secondary.  It will continue to help.  (He also handled BG's kick returns, providing an experienced hand at that, too.)

The other was Tyrik Jones.  I was literally scouring the internet...WHO THE HECK IS TYRIK JONES?  FYI (or FMI), he is a recruited walk-on for Florida that we got late.  (In fact, we have significant contributors who came to BG after signing day.)  Anyway, he was a skilled player in Florida, and he's another walk-on getting time on BG's defense.  He had 9 tackles, 2.5 TFL and 2 sacks.

So, back to UT's "average" game.  They ran for 5.1 yards per carry.  BG did a good job with Kareem Hunt, holding him to 4 yards per carry and a 14-yard long.  Terry Swanson had 112 yards on 12 carries, most of which came on a big 63-yard run that was almost one-third of UT's rushing output.  Doesn't minimize can't allow those kinds of plays.

Woodside is good.  He completed 76%, 14 yards per completion.  He had 4 TDs and one pick.  He's just a very efficient QB and if he had been healthy I think they would have beaten NIU and made the MAC final.  BG didn't have any particular success defending him, but they did it well enough for the game to be tied with 3 minutes left.

UT was 6 of 14 on 3rd down, which is good but actually less than their average.  And BG sacked Woodside 3 times...two by Jones and one by Lunsford.

Anyway, you can't talk about the defense without saying that when UT needed a TD, they gashed us for 61 yards on four plays and put the game away.  In that situation, at that time of the game, we were no match for them.

The thing with the defense was that it was hard to tell if they were much better against EMU and OU, who are not highly effective offensive teams.  BG's defense is not ready to stop an offense like UT but they didn't lose all the battles, either, and if they continue to improve and stay healthy, we could see things get better in the second half.

"Rivalry" Loss #2: The Offense

The first difference coach noted was that "we scored some points."

And yes, the biggest difference on the Falcon team is that they finally got some offensive productivity.  That's been sorely missing and the biggest issue in why the Falcons have been unable to win to date.  With a productive offense, everything on our remaining schedule looks different.

BG had 7 yards per play, by far their best offensive performance of the season.  They ran the ball effectively and passed it, were 6 of 14 on 3rd/4th down, scored TDs on all four red zone trips and made explosive plays.  It was a completely different team and gives us a chance to win.

The biggest difference is James Morgan.  He was highly touted when he came here, and he is making dramatic improvements each week.  He played an excellent game against Toledo.  With Morgan, Elijah Cunningham already here and then two highly touted young men on the verbal wire, the QB position is looking very solid.

Morgan completed 66% of his passes and had 13.4 yards per completion, which is very good.  There were five touchdown passes and he was sacked only twice.  He threw only 1 pick in 38 passes....fumbled once on a sack attempt where he probably got a little sidewise.  Having said that, this is the kind of game he is capable of producing.  He just can make big throws and has really improved.  He still made mistakes--one of which had Coach Jinks pounding on his shoulder pads on the sideline--but by and large he is much improved and still can get better.

BG also ran the ball well, with 4.9 yards per rush.  Coppet was great, 105 yards on 17 carries, with is 6.1 yards per.  Cleveland had over 5 yards per carry...62 yards on 11 carries.

And we saw what we saw last year...a team that puts the defense on its heels and lets them choose whether you move the ball running or passing...we got some pace going.  Our offense needs successful plays to work.  It was a completely different experience.

Scottie Miller had a great game, with 8 catches, 149 yards and 3 TDs.  Ronnie Moore only caught 3...I don't know if they were keying on him and creating space for other guys or what.  But, with Miller getting that kind of success, they might have to start keying on him and that could open up other things.  Redding had a couple nice plays and Deric Phoutavong got back into the mix with 2 4th quarter grabs.

BG gave up only 2 sacks and one pass rush fumble (which got out of bounds).

It was about execution...throws in the right place, balls caught, blocks made, running backs hitting the right holes...and if that continues the rest of the year has a completely different tint to it.

"Rivalry" Loss #1: Big Picture

It is a measure of where this season is that it feels so good not to be completely humiliated by your arch rival.

And yet, that's where we are.  Coaches will say there are no moral victories--and there are not--but after the "debacle" that the first season has been, fans were terrified about this game.  UT is a good team capable of dropping a huge number on the team that was out there against Memphis.  That did not happen...and the game was tied with 3 minutes left to play.

There are no moral victories, and this wasn't one.  UT took the ball over with about 3 minutes left in a tied game and made 61 yards on their first four plays from scrimmage to ensure they would end up with their seventh straight win in the "rivalry"

The team is improving.  This is really the first game of the year where I felt the Falcons had a game plan that was designed to win and executed effectively for the entire course of the game.  I feel like we are making talked after the game about going to fewer down linemen, going to a nose tackle, playing more zone coverage, etc...and it does seem to be improving.

Here's the thing.  Coach Jinks said after the game that BG's "worst" defense in the country was skewed by "two games."  Which is true...the two worst games in the history of the program.  Those don't go away and you deliver that kind of result, it isn't dismissed as "two games."

Having said that, I think we are seeing signs that answered the biggest concern everyone had, which is whether the Jinks selection was some kind of monumental gaffe...put another way, whether Mike Jinks has the ability to deliver a MAC Championship to the Doyt.

The question is not answered yet.  It will take more than one better-played loss.  But I think you are seeing signs that he can coach.  We have seen (with very preliminary results) that recruiting is good.  We have seen he and his DC make strong adjustments week to week.  Did their inexperience lead them to have the wrong plans in the first place---that's probably true---but the team is improving with mostly the same players (Will Watson and Tyrik Jones excepted).

And the offense is finally playing like we need.  James Morgan is improving fast.  In fact, if there was a gaffe this year, it might have been not having him in the game sooner.

Coach said he will never play nine freshmen again.  "We want to build this thing the right way."  "We want to recruit holistically."

One other note.  You gotta watch Jinks' presser after the game.  You get a sense of the intensity he brings to the job.  On Mondays, he is so cool and confident and business-like.  After the game...WOW.  He's like a caged animal.  His eyes are darting around, he's talking in short sentences, he answers questions when they are 1/3 asked, he's pounding the podium.  He is intense.  It is well worth a watch.

Here's the thing.  Yesterday was not a moral victory.  It was another bitter defeat.  But it was also at least a sign of hope.

Friday, October 14, 2016

25 questions about throwing out the record book

What is their body of work?

UT is good.  Real good.  They have been among the top teams in the MAC, and only were kept out of the MAC title game by an inability to beat NIU.  This year, the big game will be WMU.  Obviously, no secret here, they've owned BG for the past six years, even as BG had two of the program's most successful teams.  This year, they are 4-1 with only one loss---a very close loss @BYU.  They are 3 TD favorites in this game and should be.

How many seniors and juniors on the two-deep?

They have 29, which is hardly a pretty veteran team.

Who are their statistical leaders?

Logan Woodside is #5 in completion percentage, #2 in passing efficiency, #3 in passing TDs, #7 in passing yards per game, #3 in passing yards per completion, #11 in total offense and #1 in passing yards per attempt.  He is #5 in points responsible for.

Jon'vea Johnson and Michael Roberts are tied for #9 in receiving TDs.

Cody Thompson is #4 in receiving yards per game.

Kareen Hunt is #18 in rushing yards per game.

What is their turnover ratio?

They are -4 for the year.


 How is their QB play?

Hard for it to be much better.  Logan Woodside is one of the most productive QBs in the nation and the most productive in the MAC.

What is their scoring and yards per play?

They are 2nd in the MAC in scoring and #1 in yards per play with 7.5 per play.  That second figure is third in the country.

Can they run the ball?

They are 3rd in the MAC in yards per carry at 4.9.  Feature back Kareem Hunt averages 5.2 yards per carry and leads the MAC at 110 yards per game.

Do they pass the ball?

They are very good.  This is a point of maximum concern, given the issue in BG's secondary this year.  These guys are probably better than Memphis.  They are completing 70% of their passes with 15.9 yards per completion, which is just astounding.  Add in 20 TDs and 3 INT.

How is their run/pass balance?

They run on 59% of their plays, which is a strong committment to the run.

Do they convert on 3rd Down?

They lead the nation at 57%.

Do they score in the red zone?

Yes.  They score at 5.8 points per trip, which is huge.  Also, they have scored 29 TDs and have 22 red zone trips.

Did they protect the quarterback?

How does 3 sacks in 158 attempts (1.9%) grab you?


There's some idea that UT is a poor defensive team.  It is true that their offense is better than their defense, but they are a solid defensive team so far.

Topline: Scoring and yards per play.

They are #2 in scoring defense and #6 in yards per play...we'll see if there is anything in the numbers about that discrepancy.

Do they defend the run effectively?

They are average.  They allow 4.4 yards per play which is 9th in the MAC.

Can they be passed on?

They lead the MAC in pass efficiency defense.  They allow only 47% completions and have only 4 TD passes against and 1 INT.  They allow 13.9 yards per completion, which is high.  Teams do more running than passing against them...56%.

Do they get off the field on 3rd down?

Here's one explanation for why they allow fewer points than their yards per play would suggest.  They are ridiculously effective on 3rd down.  They allow only 19% conversions, which is #3 in the country.

Do they defend in the red zone?

They are good.  They allow 4.7 per trip, which is 13 out of 15 overall attempts, but only 8 TDs.

Do they pressure the QB?

They are pretty good.  When you look at their bulk number, remember that run-heavy play mix.  They get sacks on 8.8% of passing attempts.

Special Teams:


They are 10th in net punting.  They are 11th in allowing return yards.

Punt Return?

They are the middle of the MAC pack.  They do have one score and one block.


He's average.  He's 4 of 8, and 1 of 5 from 40-49.  Long 42, blocked once.


They are really good.  Opponents start at their 21.  He has only 6 touchbacks in 32 KOs, so we are looking at a team that kicks it in play and covers.  Potentially big issue for BG.

Kickoff Return?

They start on the 21, which is well below average.

Miscellaneous: Overall atmospherics and intangibles.

Not great, Bob.  Coach dragged out the old "throw out the record book" trope this week.  BG needs to throw it WAY out.  No other way to put it...nothing we have seen from either team this year suggests BG has a chance to win this game and...well...I think UT is at least as good as Memphis is.  In order for this dreadful streak to turn around, BG is going to need to play in a way that they haven't even gotten halfway to all season.  Could happen.  But it is going to be a serious shock, maybe the biggest shock in the history of this rivalry.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

ICSTR: Special Teams Improvement??

If you read this blog, you know that I started in 2009 using my own system for evaluating special teams play for Bowling Green.   You can read the full introduction and see the scoring system here, should such a thing interest you.  The basic idea is that you get positive points for good plays outside the middle area of the bell curve on the right and negative points on the left.  The system doesn't care if you get to the 26 or 28 on a kickoff or if you make a short FG...make a long FG or miss an easy one, now we're talking.

It was actually BG's best game in a while.  BG tied OU....both teams were +5.  BG only had one negative play, which means KO returns at least got to the 25 and we didn't miss any makeable FGs.  Meanwhile, BG had three touchbacks on KOs and two points on punts.  Now, OU ended up +5...they had six points alone from their punter sticking BG inside the 10 and their negatives mostly came from a missed FG and a missed XP.

Here is how it broke out.

BG Positive (+6)

Punt inside 20 (+1)
Kickoff touchback (+1)
79 yd net punt (+1)
Kickoff touchback (+1)
KOR to 37 (+1)
Kickoff touchback (+1)

BG Negative (-1)

Penalty on PR puts ball on 10 (-1)

OU Positive (+9)

Kickoff touchback (+1)
45 FG (+1)
Kickoff touchback (+1)
Punt inside 10 (+2)
Punt inside 10 (+2)
Punt inside 10 (+2)

OU Negative (-4)

PR penalty leads to 60 yard net (-1)
Missed xp (-1)
BG KOR to 37 (-1)
Missed 38 FG (-1)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Jinks Presser: It isn't a rivalry until the other team wins

Coach Jinks came out for his presser. His demeanor hasn't changed on Mondays...he's calm, in control, trying to work through the issues facing the team.

He had some interesting things to say about rivalries.  First, he says he hasn't really been a part of one.  He said Texas Tech is so far in West Texas that they don't have any natural rivalries.  Apparently (he did not mention this) Steele didn't either...or San Angelo State.  Anyway, he says he hasn't been a part of games like this and he is looking forward to it.

Toledo is all anyone has talked to him about since he got off the plane.  He noted that in his view it isn't a rivalry until BG wins a game...which it hasn't in a very long time.

Also, he notes, correctly, that we need this.

Here's the word he used to describe the first half of the season:  debacle.

Which is a good one.

He says we aren't that far away.  We shall see.  I hope he's right.

Looking back at OU, he said we were on the road in a hostile environment.  (Wait until Saturday....).  You cannot turn the ball over 3 times and expect to win.  Morgan had one bad pick, and then one where Marquis Zimmerman was tackled and the ball was intercepted.  (Jinks called it "questionable.")  Josh Cleveland fumbled on his first carry in 3 weeks.

He was asked about what you do about the turnovers.   He said that you can do turnover drills, but it comes down to execution.  He likened it to tackle drills.  He says we tackle more than any team in the country.  (Clawson used to say this, too).  The guys know how to tackle, they just have to do it.

He said he was proud of the defense and the staff and that they kept us in the game at OU, and I would agree.  He also said they have simplified the defense and our guys are playing faster and they are protecting the younger players in the back end better and they are keeping plays in front of them.  (Is this evidence they might know what they are doing as coaches?  Asking for a friend).

He said he was very hard on Morgan after the game, but after looking at the tape he thinks Morgan kept the team in the game.  Said he might have avoided six sacks with his feet and then made nice pays when he was outside the pocket.

He mentioned a couple times that he was a QB and therefore is harder on the QB.  He says it is "always the quarterback's fault, period."  But, Morgan has a big arm, can take a shot, is durable.

Other player news.

Robert Jackson has played well over the last couple of weeks

Donovan Wilson is not in the mix right now.  He said  Coppet has separated himself a little bit and will get goal line carries.  Also, they have to get Josh Cleveland on the field for the change of pace, when he is healthy.

Hunter Folkerstema is having a good season in the "20" sets, blocking and pass protection.

Falcon MBB: Nelly Cummings

Bowling Green has a new men's basketball is Nelly Cummings from Lincoln Park High School, Pittsburgh, PA.  He is 6'0", and is reported to be a combo guard who can play the 1 spot or the 2 spot.  He is one of the top players in Western Pennsylvania, and was named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous Five last year.  

Averaged 23.3 points, 4 assists and 2 steals this season for WPIAL Class AA finalist and PIAA semifinalist. An excellent shooter, Cummings had 64 3-pointers this season.
He is apparently a good student, with offers from Brown and Dartmouth, along with Temple and Bucknell.  He also visited Indiana and West Virginia.

He said BG gave him his first offer, recruited him all along, and he is excited about playing closer to home.

Welcome to the Falcons, Nelly.