Notebook: Doege injured in BGSU loss
Bowling Green has had its share of quarterback issues early in the season and those issues aren’t going anywhere any time soon.
Freshman Jarret Doege, who earned his first career start last Saturday at Middle Tennessee State, started again in Saturday’s 34-23 home loss to Akron, but he exited early in the first quarter with what appeared to be a back injury after catching a pass from wide receiver Matt Wilcox.
Doege was 6-for-9 for 14 yards and an interception before the injury. Doege lateraled back to Wilcox, who threw a perfect pass up the right sideline. Doege went up and made the 18-yard catch but was hit from behind and was crippled immediately with obvious pain.
Doege slowly got up. He came off the field and James Morgan entered. Doege returned for one play – a handoff to Matt Domer for a 2-yard touchdown – but never saw another snap as he was tended to on the sidelines.
Doege’s status is unknown moving forward, although Jinks does not believe it to be too serious.
Asked if he regrets putting Doege is that situation with the trick play, Jinks quickly said no.
“It worked,” Jinks said of the play. “And you can’t really play football that way. You have to put in a game plan. This is a physical game. Guys are going to get injured. Unfortunately for him his evening was cut short.”
Redshirt freshman quarterback Grant Loy also saw action in run situations for Bowling Green. He ran three times for three yards and did not attempt a pass.
With Bowling Green inside Akron’s 5, the Falcons called for a jump pass to the end zone at the line of scrimmage with Loy at quarterback, but he pulled back after seeing coverage, eventually resulting in a sack.
The Falcons settled for a field goal to take a 23-20 lead.
“Jump pass, bad call. Bad timing,” Jinks said. “They went to one high and really the positive of that whole play was Grant didn’t make the catastrophic mistake. He tucked the thing down, he knew we didn’t have it, and we kicked the field goal and took the lead.
“Grant is athletic. … We feel like moving forward we can utilize his ability to run the football. What’s unique about putting him in the game, instead of going straight to the wildcat, is that he can throw it a little bit too. You’ll see more of him as the year goes on.”
The Falcons’ special teams excelled in Saturday’s loss. Andrew Clair returned five kickoffs for 130 yards with a long of 50. Wilcox added a 34-yard return and Marcus Milton returned two punts for 27 yards – one a 24-yarder.
“We’ve been close all year,” Jinks said. “I could tell you, in our conference, it is what it is. You’re going to see the numbers come up. You’re going to see us be more productive in our run game, you’re going to see our defense play a little better, you’re going to see bigger plays on special teams because that parity is there.
“As a conference we don’t have that NFL type kicker that is going to kick it out of the end zone or get great hang time. So there are going to be opportunities for returns, there are going to be opportunities for big plays.”
Bowling Green committed a season-high four turnovers, but the defense continued to create turnovers as well.
The Falcons forced three Akron turnovers – two fumbles and an interception by Clint Stephens. Stephens also recovered a fumble, along with Doege, who recovered his fumble after throwing an interception that Akron immediately fumbled away.
Bowling Green wore brown helmets, brown tops and white pants. The Falcons’ helmets were in honor of the 111 Bowling Green alums that have lost their lives in active military duty.
The Falcons’ logo on the sides of each helmet donned an American flag with digital camouflage, and the stripes down the middle of their helmets had the names of all 111 fallen Falcons.
Bowling Green travels to Oxford to play Miami next Saturday in a 2:30 p.m. kickoff.