Thursday, November 05, 2015

Sweet Victory #7: The Offense

When it isn't working, it can be painful to watch.

When it is working, it is a thing to behold.

The BG offense that is.  And it has been right where Coach Babers said it would be, humming at full strength with great players who are executing at a ridiculously high level.

The best stat is this.  BG had 8 offensive touchdowns and 3 punts last night.  That's just crushing productivity and essentially puts the game away on its own.

Here are some other nuggets.

BG had 29 first downs in 69 offensive plays.  BG made a first down on 42% of its plays.

BG averaged 6 yards per rush, 10.2 yards per passing attempt and 13.8 yards per pass completion.  Overall, the Falcons had 8.4 yards per play.

These are all video game numbers.

BG was 8 of 12 on third down and didn't have to go for it once on 4th.  They scored TDs on all 5 red zone trips and had no turnovers.

You might be getting used to it, but you shouldn't.  This is show-stopping stuff.

Matt Johnson was 26 of 35 for 74%, 4 TDs and no interceptions.  At 365 yards, that's 14 yards for every completion.  He took only one sack and extended numerous plays with his feet and his ability to move around in the pocket.

In all 10 receivers caught passes for BG.  (James Knapke played for a while as well).  The leader was Gehrig Dieter who was 9 for 136 and 2 scores, which included an outstanding sideline catch for a TD and a 75 yard TD where he won a 50/50 battle with a great play against the defender.  Lewis 6 for 102 and 1 TD, Moore 4 for 83 and 1 TD (that was #7 on SportsCenter) and Teo Redding scored one, too.

As noted above, the running game was also highly effective.  Travis Greene had 106 yards on 13 carries...which is 8.2 yards per carry, and he also scored 3 times.  Fred Coppet had 73 yards on 12 carries, which is 6.1 per attempt.

There's almost no blemishes.  BG's offense was completely dominant last night.  No one is stopping them right now.  It will be interesting to see how WMU, UT and Ball State fare.

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