Bowling Green’s football press release says that No. 8 Boise State is the highest-ranked team to ever play in Doyt Perry Stadium.

Gee, you think?

I’ve seen Bowling Green’s stadium while driving once from Ann Arbor, Mich., to Columbus, Ohio — even got off the freeway for an up-close and personal look — and it’s no place for a Top 10 program to be spending its Saturday evening.

So it’s no surprise to me that Boise State is the first Top 10 team to ever step foot in the 23,724-seat facility since most programs of that stature would be losing a lot of money to play at Bowling Green (or any other Mid-American Conference school) instead of scheduling another home game.

Of course, Boise State of the Western Athletic Conference is not part of the upper elite of college football so the Broncos will indeed be playing at the Falcons’ home digs on Saturday. And Boise State should have a pretty easy time of it inside the venue.

The Broncos (3-0) will need to play some pass defense, though, to keep that perfect record intact. Bowling Green averages just 58 yards per game on the ground — perhaps that’s good for Boise State after Fresno State rolled up 320 rushing yards last Friday night with Ryan Matthews (234 yards) producing touchdown runs of 69, 60 and 68 yards — and the ball will be in the air all game long.

Bowling Green quarterback Tyler Sheehan was 43-of-62 passing last Saturday against Marshall with receiver Freddie Barnes catching a school-record 17 passes. But it should be noted that Barnes only totaled 109 receiving yards (a paltry 6.4 per catch) against Marshall and that despite leading the nation with 42 receptions, he has just two receptions of 20 or more yards.

Boise State suffered a huge loss against Fresno State when it lost running back D.J. Harper (284 yards in three games) for the season with a knee injury. Harper and Jeremy Avery (279 yards in three games) were proving to be an excellent one-two punch. Doug Martin will move up the depth chart to replace Harper.

Avery had 186 yards rushing on just 11 carries against Fresno State but the most impressive thing about a 75-yard play that resulted in a Boise State touchdown wasn’t Avery’s running.

Avery had the ball knocked out of his grasp just before crossing the goal line but instead of the ball rolling out of the end zone for a touchback, receiver Titus Young was there to fall on the ball for a Boise State touchdown.

It was a big-time hustle play by Young. Most receivers would have been 20 to 30 yards behind the play watching their teammate try to score. So good work by Young and it also shows good coaching by Chris Petersen and his staff.


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