It was an up and down day for the Bowling Green Falcons, unfortunately they ended on the downside.
Facing Wyoming and former BG head coach Gregg Brandon, who now is an offensive coordinator with the Cowboys, the Falcons scored a touchdown with 2.7 seconds left in the game seemingly tying it up and sending the contest to overtime. All that was left was and extra point, but the Cowboys had numerous players penetrate the line blocking the kick and sealing a come from behind victory.
BG got on the board first when Matt Schilz hit tight end Alex Bayer over the middle for a 40 yard touchdown. However the next two possessions resulted in turnovers in the red zone. Wyoming capitalized early in the second period with a 17 yard run from Alvester Alexander.
BG responded with an 11 play, 66 yard drive capped off by a Schilz to Kamar Jorden 13 yard touchdown. The orange and brown took a 14-7 lead into the half.
In the second half the Cowboys came out with guns a blazin' starting with a 9 play, 91 yard drive culminating with a six yard TD run by Ghaali Muhammad. Wyoming would take another drive inside the five yard line of BG but the Falcons came up with a goaline stand. However, a few plays later BG fumbled and the Cowboys returned it 8 yards for the score.
Early in the 4th, Brett Smith connected with Dominic Rufran to give Wyoming a two touchdown lead 28-14. That's when BG mounted their comeback. Schilz hit Jorden for another score, this one going for 32 yards, with just over four minutes left. After halting the Cowboys, BG took over with just over a minute left. Schilz led a drive that ended with a 10 yard TD toss to Ray Hutson, after which the ill-fated extra point followed sealing the Falcons first loss of the season 28-27.
"We really had no business even being in the game...then again, we find a way to get back in it. We get some stops, we drive down the field...and to not even be able to hit an extra point to put a game into overtime is...embarrassing." said head coach Dave Clawson.
Despite the loss, quarterback Matt Schilz had a career-high 437 yards passing to go along with four touchdowns. However, it was the mistakes, including two interceptions and a fumble, which stood out for him. "We just didn't come out ready to play, guys had a lot of mental errors across the board...it's a game we should've won and this definitely doesn't feel good."
While BG left the Doyt in disappointment, the man who spent six years calling that stadium home left with a smile on his face as he reflected on his time as head coach and his triumphant return as a visitor. "Great memories...it was a special place. I really enjoyed my time here...and I'll tell you what, it was a heck of a football game." said Gregg Brandon as he walked off the field.