Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green

Bowling Green 24, E. Michigan 3


BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) - Chris Jones and Gabe Martin had 2.5 sacks each and Jones returned a fumble for a touchdown as Bowling Green smothered Eastern Michigan 24-3 Saturday.

The Falcons (6-3, 4-1 Mid-American Conference) won their fifth straight. They've allowed just 33 points and three touchdowns in those five games and haven't given up a touchdown in their last two.

Eastern Michigan (1-7, 0-4), which had gained 1,201 yards in its past two games, was held to 178 by the Falcons, who limited Massachusetts to 118 yards in a 24-0 win last week.

Jones punctuated the effort with a 23-yard touchdown return after Martin sacked Eastern Michigan's Tyler Benz.

A trick play gave Bowling Green an early 7-0 lead. Jordan Hopgood took a backward pass from Matt Schilz and hit a wide-open Shaun Joplin for a 53-yard score.

John Pettigrew carried 24 times for 136 yards for the Falcons, who became bowl-eligible.

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Scoring Summary
BGREENShaun Joplin 53 yd pass from Jordan Hopgood (Stephen Stein kick)
EMICHDylan Mulder 42 yd FG
BGREENAndre Givens 27 yd run (Stephen Stein kick)
BGREENChris Jones 23 yd fumble return (Stephen Stein kick)
BGREENTyler Tate 28 yd FG
Team Stats
First Downs1116
Third Down Efficiency3-127-15
Fourth Down Efficiency0-00-0
Plays-Net Yards51-17862-356
Passing Yds114131
Kick Return Yds12232
Punt Return Yds-116
Time of Poss.25:1034:50
Individual Stats
EMICH: Bronson Hill 13-57, Ryan Brumfield 4-22, Alex Gillett 1-3, Tyler Benz 9--18
BGREEN: John Pettigrew 24-136, Jordan Hopgood 7-61, Andre Givens 4-29, Matt Schilz 4-3, Team 2--4
EMICH: Tyler Benz 11-24-114-1
BGREEN: Matt Schilz 9-20-78-0, Jordan Hopgood 1-1-53-0
EMICH: Demarius Reed 4-18, Tyreese Russell 2-50, Donald Scott 2-24, Dustin Creel 2-14, Garrett Hoskins 1-8
BGREEN: Alex Bayer 3-29, Shaun Joplin 2-58, John Pettigrew 2-21, Chris Gallon 2-10, Ryan Burbrink 1-13
Eastern Michigan4th Mid American West4-47-6
Bowling Green3rd Mid American East3-54-8

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