In 118 pass attempts this season, James Knapke has tossed nine interceptions, the most of any FBS quarterback through Week 4. Entering Week 5, Bowling Green isn’t planning on allowing the senior quarterback to add to that total.
In a brief statement Thursday morning, BGSU head coach Mike Jinks announced that redshirt freshman James Morgan will start at quarterback Saturday against Eastern Michigan. Morgan replaced Knapke in the loss to Memphis last week after the starter tossed three interceptions.
Morgan himself hasn’t been averse to turnovers, however, as he has thrown three in 46 attempts.
After Matt Johnson went down with a season-ending injury in the 2014 opener, Knapke took over as the starter and threw for 3,173 yards, 15 and 12 interceptions. A healthy Johnson (shut it, 12-year-olds) reclaimed his job in 2015, but Knapke took over again in 2016 as Johnson’s eligibility expired.
Not only are Knapke’s interceptions the most in the country, but his pass efficiency rating of 88.4 is the worst of the 121 FBS quarterbacks listed on the NCAA.com stats page.
As you are no doubt aware, tomorrow marks the 15th anniversary of one of the darkest days this country has ever faced.
To commemorate and honor those souls lost in New York City, Washington D.C. and Shanksville, as well as the military that continues to keep us safe, teams all across the country used the Week 2 game-day stage to wear helmets and uniforms — and gloves and cleats — in remembrance of 9/11. Below are but a few of those:
(Writer’s note: schools or fans, if I’m missing any — and I’m sure I am — forward them to me at John.Taylor AT nbcuni.com and I’ll add them.)
It wasn’t the start either J.T. Barrett or Ohio State hoped to have, but, suffice to say, the redshirt junior found a way to very loudly bounce back.
The quarterback’s second pass of the season was intercepted by Bowling Green’s Brandon Harris and returned 63 yards for a touchdown to give the Falcons an early 7-0 lead in Columbus. After that, and with the exception of another pass that should’ve been picked and could’ve been another Pick Six, it was all Barrett.
Barrett, who inexplicably lost his starting job to Cardale Jones last season before rightfully regaining it, tossed four first-half touchdown passes in helping to lead the Buckeyes to a 35-7 halftime lead over the MAC school. All four of those touchdowns went to four different receivers, and it marked the fifth four-touchdown game of his career. That breaks the school record previously held by Troy Smith.
Barrett also added a late touchdown run to push the lead out to four touchdowns.
In addition to the touchdowns, Barrett also passed for 244 yards in completing 66 percent of his 21 pass attempts. Barrett also added 30 yards on six carries for good measure as well.
Mike Weber, making his first career star, led both teams with 84 yards on the ground. All-purpose back Curtis Samuel led the team with 94 receiving yards, while also adding 67 yards on the ground
It wasn’t just the offense and its 456 yards as the defense held the Falcons’ potent attack to just 166 total yards while also producing one highlight turnover.
It wasn’t all puppy dogs and rainbows for the Buckeyes, unfortunately, as starting defensive lineman Tracy Sprinkle went down with a right knee injury in the first quarter of the contest. Sprinkle has already been ruled out for the remainder of the game, and the tackle could be sidelined for an extended period of time.
Less than an hour before Bowling Green kicks off its 2016 season against its former head coach and his Ohio State Buckeyes, the MAC school has revealed some significantly damaging news involving its secondary.
In a press release, BGSU announced that Will Watson has been suspended for the first six games of the 2016 season. Other than the punitive measures “stemming from an infraction during the 2014 season,” no reason for the half-season suspension was given.
The cornerback will not only miss today’s game in Columbus, but games against North Dakota State (Sept. 10), Middle Tennessee State (Sept. 17), Memphis (Sept. 24), Eastern Michigan (Oct. 1) and Ohio (Oct. 8) as well. The senior will be eligible to return for the Oct. 15 game against Toledo.
Watson was dismissed from the BG football program by then-head coach Dino Babers and did not play at all during the 2015 season. New head coach Mike Jinks subsequently reinstated the defensive back.
“Will has done everything we have asked of him during my tenure in order to satisfy our requirements for reinstatement to the program,” the coach said in a statement. “We look forward to his impact on the program during the second half of the season.”
Watson played in 35 games from 2012-14. He was listed as a starting cornerback prior to the suspension.
The jokes pretty much write themselves on this one.
The GoDaddy Bowl has changed its name to the Dollar General Bowl effective immediately, it was announced Wednesday.
“Having a title sponsor in today’s world is just fantastic,” bowl president Jerry Silverstein told AL.com. “There are a lot of bowls out there, and for Mobile to get the recognition from a national sponsor, to want to participate in the event we have here, just leads to the national stage of what we try to produce here in Mobile.”
The new sponsor was celebrated in a very, uh, Dollar General way.
Heading into its 18th season, Dollar General Bowl will be the sixth different name and third separate title sponsor for the Mobile, Ala., based game. It was born in 1999 as the Mobile Alabama Bowl, then changed to the GMAC Mobile Alabama Bowl a year later. The name stuck as simply the GMAC Bowl from 2001-10, before the name switched to the GoDaddy.com Bowl in 2011. The “.com” was dropped before the 2014 game.
Representatives from the Sun Belt and MAC will compete in the 2016 game for the eighth consecutive season on the night of Dec. 23 (8 p.m. ET, ESPN). Georgia Southern took last year’s game by a 58-27 score over Bowling Green. The Sun Belt has claimed three of the last four Dollar General Bowls over its northern adversaries.