Tyler Sheehan enjoyed the victory over Akron by writing his name in the record books.
He became the career completion leader for the Falcons with 914, overcoming the great Brian McClure who had 900. He added 338 yards and two touchdowns going 23-32 through the air in another lopsided win for the Falcons.
It wasn’t all about Sheehan, however, as Freddie Barnes once again had two touchdowns and 198 yards receiving, and Chris Bullock had 90 yards on the ground. The Falcons' offense is functioning on all cylinders and is looking forward to their annual showdown with rival Toledo (5-6) next week.
Akron led at half 10-9, but the Falcon offense was too much to overcome in the second half. The bright spot for the Zips was the play of Patrick Nicely, who threw for 259 yards and the only two Zip touchdowns. Jahmal Brown’s tackle of Akron’s Broderick Alexander in the end zone for a safety in the second quarter was just a sign of what was coming in the second half.
Bowling Green (6-5) now has that magical sixth win they need to become bowl eligible. A win over Toledo next week will strengthen their resume, but still keep them out of the MAC Championship Game. The MAC currently has five bowl eligible teams, and will need some help by other conferences to get their teams all in bowls. The Big Ten has eight spots available, but only seven teams, so that could be a possibility for one of the MAC teams.
The Falcons have had a solid season this year with only two bad losses, those being at Marshall and Ohio at home. They lost a heart breaker to Missouri earlier in the season, and were blown out at home against a Boise State team that came in as a 25-point favorite. They were not supposed to win either of these games.
For the majority of the season it’s been the Sheehan and Barnes show, with those two accounting for almost every touchdown this year. Sheehan now has 3,528 yards and 21 touchdowns, of that Freddie Barnes has caught 14 touchdowns and tallied 1,482 yards. These two seniors will be sorely missed next season.