Posted: December 27, 2012 at 1:24 a.m.
BOWLING GREEN (8-4 ) VS. NO. 24 SAN JOSE STATE (10-2 ) WHERE Washington, D.C. TIME/TV 2 p.m. Central, ESPN LINE San Jose State by 7 SERIES RECORD First meeting WHAT’S AT STAKE A successful bowl comeback. Bowling Green hasn’t played in a postseason game since 2009, San Jose State since 2006. To see how far these schools have come in a short time, look at 2010 — when Bowling Green went 2-10 and San Jose State was 1-12. San Jose State’s quick turnaround cost the school its coach: Mike MacIntyre left for Colorado, leaving defensive coordinator Kent Baer to lead the Spartans against the Falcons. Ron Caragher, hired from San Diego to replace MacIntyre, will attend the game as an observer. KEY MATCHUP San Jose State’s high-scoring offense vs. Bowling Green’s stingy defense. The Spartans averaged 35.3 points (26th among FBS schools), while the Falcons allowed only 15.8 (9th). PLAYERS TO WATCH Bowling Green DT Chris Jones, Mid-American Conference defensive player of the year, has 12 1/2 sacks and 19 tackles for loss.
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