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.
|BGREEN||Shaun Joplin 53 yd pass from Jordan Hopgood (Stephen Stein kick)|
|EMICH||Dylan Mulder 42 yd FG|
|BGREEN||Andre Givens 27 yd run (Stephen Stein kick)|
|BGREEN||Chris Jones 23 yd fumble return (Stephen Stein kick)|
|BGREEN||Tyler Tate 28 yd FG|
|Third Down Efficiency||3-12||7-15|
|Fourth Down Efficiency||0-0||0-0|
|Kick Return Yds||122||32|
|Punt Return Yds||-1||16|
|Time of Poss.||25:10||34:50|
|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 Michigan||6th Mid American West||1-7||2-10|
|Bowling Green||2nd Mid American East||6-2||8-5|