Bowling Green ran 10 plays on each of its first two drives that resulted in a score.
Falling behind 10-0 to teams later on the schedule will cause Oregon more concern than Saturday when the Ducks responded with 37 straight points en route to a 58-24 win over the Falcons at Autzen Stadium.
“We started off too slow and they got too much out of the gates,” UO junior linebacker Troy Dye said. “We need to work on that coming out of the locker room at first.”
it took the Ducks a few minutes to adjust as Bowling Green switched formations while driving 42 yards for a field goal and then 73 yards for a touchdown. The next possession reached Oregon’s 32-yard line before Jordon Scott and Justin Hollins tackled Andrew Clair for a loss of one on fourth-and-two.
After getting 159 yards in the first quarter, the Falcons totaled 230 during the final three periods.
“With a team like that, give them respect,” senior safety Ugochukwu Amadi said. “They have nothing to lose so they will bring out anything. I told the guys to expect the unexpected with this team.”
Bowling Green did not get to midfield on its first four possessions of the second quarter and the flip of field position helped Oregon score a touchdown on four straight possession to pull ahead 37-10 before the Falcons scored in the final seconds of the half.
Early in the second quarter, Hollins forced a fumble on a sack that was recovered by Jalen Jelks at the Bowling Green 21-yard line. The Falcons later snapped the ball over the head of punter Grant Tinnerman, who fell on the ball in the end zone for a safety.
“We got locked in and focused on what we need to do,” Dye said. “We got right with each other and got on track.”
Bowling Green’s third play of the second half was a pass from Jarret Doege that was intercepted by Amadi and returned 38 yards for a touchdown.
“That all came from baiting the quarterback,” Amadi said. “I knew what they were going to get to so it was a good thing I sat there because he threw it right to me.”
The Falcons had third-and-three on the following possession when Amadi sacked Doege.
“When he turned and came my way, I thought ‘OK, you’re mine now’,” Amadi added.
Dye had an interception on the sideline in the fourth quarter that had coach Mario Cristobal noting his footwork.
Jelks led Oregon with nine tackles and Dye added eight while Hollins had seven tackles, including the sack that led to a fumble. The linebacker also broke up a team-high two passes.
“We played hard and at points we shot ourselves in the foot, but there is still a lot of room for improvement,” Hollins said. “I felt like we responded to adversity well. Early on we gave up points but we came back swinging and played like we play after that.”