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Bowling Green accustomed to major competition

September 10, 2009

By Craig Thomas

As Sam Wilson pointed out in his Wednesday article, Bowling Green, which visits Columbia this Saturday, has scored five victories over BCS conference opponents since they last played MU in 2002. Even recently, the Falcons have played several games against major competition.

Just last year, Bowling Green opened its season with games at Pittsburgh, against Minnesota at home, and at Boise State. The Falcons, who finished 6-6, had mixed results in those early games.

They first knocked off Pitt, then ranked #25 in the Coaches Poll, 27-17. (Pitt finished the year 9-4.) The next week didn’t go well, as they lost 42-17 at home to Minnesota. After that, they lost at Boise State, 20-7. However, Boise State currently holds the nation’s second-longest home winning streak at 20 games. (Oklahoma has won 24 straight at home.)

In 2007, Bowling Green began with a 32-31 overtime win at Minnesota. They lost at Michigan State and at Boston College (then ranked #7) later in the year.

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