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NCAA Game Summary - Bowling Green vs. Idaho



(Wednesday, December 30th)

Final Score: Idaho 43, Bowling Green 42

Boise, ID (Sports Network) - Nathan Enderle capped a wild fourth quarter by floating a two-point conversion pass to the back of the end zone for Preston Davis, as head coach Robb Akey's gutsy call in the waning seconds paid off in a 43-42 Idaho win over Bowling Green in a thrilling edition of the Humanitarian Bowl.

Bowling Green had just gone ahead on a 51-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Sheehan to Freddie Barnes with 32 seconds left to play when Idaho embarked on the improbable game-winning drive.

Max Komar returned the kickoff 22 yards to his own 34, and Enderle threw a wobbly pass on first down that was short of its intended target. Davis, though, adjusted and came back to the throw for a diving 50-yard catch to gain the Bowling Green 16.

Enderle's next attempt fell incomplete over the middle but the junior signal- caller regrouped and threw low to a sliding Komar across the goal-line for a 16-yard score with only four seconds to go. After calling a timeout to hash things over, Akey decided to go for the win and got it as Enderle received good protection enough to complete the throw.

Enderle ended 15-of-28 for 240 yards and four touchdowns, while Davis caught four passes for 119 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Komar, a senior and the Vandals' leading receiver this season, was held in check nearly the entire game before making his only catch of the game the most important one.

DeMaundray Woolridge ran for a pair of third-quarter touchdowns and ended with 126 yards on 22 carries for the Vandals (8-5), who were playing in only their second bowl game since the program's inception in 1894.

Idaho defeated Southern Miss in this event back in 1998 and pulled off a remarkable turnaround to gain an invitation to this year's event having notched just three wins over the previous two seasons.

Barnes, a fifth-year senior, logged a remarkable 17 catches for 219 yards and three scores and wound up shattering the Football Bowl Subdivision record for the most receptions in a single season. He had 138 catches coming into Wednesday's game and needed five to break the record held by Manny Hazard, who made 142 grabs in 1989 for Houston.

"Right now it (the record) doesn't mean that much to me. I like winning a lot more than records. It is a great honor to have me and BGSU up there in the record books," said Barnes.

Sheehan threw for 387 yards and four touchdowns with one interception for the Falcons (7-6), whose lone setback in their previous seven games came against eventual MAC champion Central Michigan.

The senior QB completed 33-of-47 throws and ended his collegiate career by completing a TD pass for a 22nd consecutive game. Only Houston's Case Keenum and Texas' Colt McCoy have longer such active streaks.

Willie Geter rushed for a pair of scores and totaled 96 yards on 14 carries while adding an additional 65 yards on five catches.

"My congratulations to Idaho. It was an outstanding game and they made one more play than we did. They played hard until the end," said Bowling Green head coach Dave Clawson. "When you score with (32 seconds left) and the team has 60-70 yards to go you should win the football game. Give credit to them, they made some big plays."

The game was tied at 14 entering the second half and Idaho took its initial possession 70 yards in eight plays to take the lead on Woolridge's eight-yard scoring scamper off right tackle.

After Sheehan was picked off by safety Jeromy Jones on Bowling Green's turn with the ball, Woolridge was back in the end zone four plays later on a 13- yard run for a 28-14 game with 5 1/2 minutes left in the quarter.

Less than two minutes later, though, the Falcons were back within seven. After Jahmal Brown took the kickoff back 33 yards, Sheehan crossed midfield on an 11-yard scramble before completing passes of 18, 13 and 15 yards. The last was a TD toss to tight end Jimmy Scheidler 3:40 shy of the fourth quarter.

A little less than three minutes into the final stanza, Bowling Green capped a 13-play, 67-yard scoring drive that saw its roots take hold late in the third.

The series was helped along by a pass interference call on 4th-and-4 from the Idaho 34, and Sheehan completed a pair of third-down passes to set up a 1st- and-goal at the five from which Barnes caught his second score of the game to tie things at 28 apiece.

Davis then hauled in a short pass along the right sideline and turned up field for a 30-yard score to cap a quick 74-yard drive to put Idaho back on top 35-28.

The back-and-forth scoring continued on the Falcons' next possession as Geter took it in from two yards out on the eighth play of an efficient 61-yard trek with 3:51 to go.

Bowling Green then forced the only punt of the fourth and were back in the end zone under 1 1/2 minutes later after Barnes streaked past the secondary and up the left sideline to easily haul in Sheehan's 51-yard bomb that left just 32 seconds on the clock.

The scoring opened on Barnes' 35-yard TD catch to finish off the Falcons first possession of the game, but Idaho found paydirt on its second drive with Enderle's three-yard scoring strike to Peter Bjorvik.

A 59-yard TD run by Geter just before the close of the quarter made it 14-7 in favor of Bowling Green. A relatively tame second quarter featured only a game- tying score from the Vandals with 19 seconds remaining until halftime as Enderle found Eric Greenwood for a seven-yard score.

Game Notes

BGSU moved to 4-5 in postseason play having been embarrassed in a 63-7 shellacking by Tulsa in the 2008 edition of the GMAC Bowl in its last bowl appearance...This was the first meeting between the two programs... Barnes record now stands at 155 receptions in a single season. He finished his senior season with 1,770 yards and 19 touchdowns. Barnes had at least 10 receptions nine times this season and posted a staggering 22 catches for 278 yards and three TDs against Kent State on October 10, coming up one reception shy of tying the NCAA record for a single game...Chris Wright caught seven passes for 72 yards to serve as Bowling Green's second-leading receiver...The Falcons racked up 538 yards of offense compared with Idaho's 452.

12/30 22:49:20 ET


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