BGSU Accepts Invitation to GMAC Bowl
Falcons to play in Mobile, Alabama on Jan. 2, 2008 in the GMAC Bowl
Dec. 1, 2007
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Bowling Green State University has accepted an invitation to play in the GMAC Bowl against a Conference USA foe. The game is scheduled for Sun., Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. (CST) at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. The opponent will be released when it becomes available.
"We are excited to be part of the GMAC Bowl again," said BGSU Athletic Director Greg Christopher. "The invitation is a great reward for our players and coaches. On behalf of the university, I want to thank the GMAC Bowl and we look forward to representing BGSU and the Mid-American Conference."
This year, the Falcons boast one of the most potent offenses in the MAC, ranking third in points scored (32.1), fourth in total offense (416.9) and first in pass offense (286.8). In addition, the Falcons own the second-best pass defense in the MAC, allowing just 207.7 yards a game and are third in turnover margin (+4).
BGSU also boasts one of the most exciting players in the league in sophomore quarterback Tyler Sheehan, who can be found all over the MAC statistical leaders. The Cincinnati, Ohio native became just the fourth quarterback in school history to throw for over 3,000 yards in a season, finishing the regular season with 3,123 yards and 23 touchdowns. In MAC rankings alone the first-year starter is third in the MAC in passing yards per game (260.2), second in touchdown passes (23) and third in total offense (270.8). He also has three rushing touchdowns on the year, and is the only quarterback in the nation to have two receiving touchdowns this season.
The Falcons also, own the lone trio in the country to have a passing, rushing and receiving touchdown for their career. Joining Sheehan are junior Anthony Turner and sophomore Freddie Barnes. Turner, who has seen action at quarterback, running back and wide receiver this year, has 14 passing, 15 rushing and one career receiving touchdown. Barnes, who opened the 2006 season as the Falcons' starting quarterback has one career passing, nine rushing and receiving touchdowns.
"We are very excited about going to Mobile," said BGSU head coach Gregg Brandon. "To be returning to a Bowl game says a lot about this senior class, and how they wanted to be remembered."
This is the eighth bowl bid, and third in the last five years, for BGSU who defeated Memphis 52-35 in the 2004 GMAC Bowl, Northwestern 28-24 in the 2003 Motor City Bowl. BGSU also won the 1992 Las Vegas Bowl, the 1991 California Raisin Bowl and played in the 1982 and 1985 Raisin Bowls and 1961 Mercy Bowl.
Sideline tickets ($45) or endzone seats ($15) may be purchased in person at the BGSU Athletic Ticket Office, by phone at 877-BGSUTicket, or online at BGSUFalcons.com. By purchasing tickets through BGSU you are guaranteeing yourself seating among Falcon fans. "One of the reasons BGSU was an attractive choice for the GMAC Bowl was our great fan following," said Christopher. "We hope to see a repeat of 2003 and 2004, when Falcon fans traveled in tremendous numbers to the bowl games. Mobile is a great post-holiday destination and we look forward to making the city "Bowling Green South" for a week in January."
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2. By phone by calling 1-877-BGSU-TICKET
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