Bowling Green's Brandon Harris (19), shown early this season against Michigan State, returned a fumble for a score in the fourth quarter of the Falcons' win over Miami Saturday. BLADE
OXFORD, Ohio — Brandon Harris had just made one of the biggest plays of his Bowling Green State University football career.
And coach Mike Jinks wasn’t completely happy.
Harris made the biggest play of the season for the Falcons when he took a Miami fumble and raced 93-yards for a game-changing touchdown in BG’s 37-29 victory. BG held a one-point lead that was in jeopardy because the RedHawks has pushed to the shadow of the goal line and seemed poised to score a game-winning TD with less than two minutes to play.
But a bad snap resulted in a fumble that Harris picked up and scored — and that’s why Jinks was yelling.
“When the ball pops up the air, I'm screaming, 'Get down! Get down!'" Jinks said.
"That's going to be a teaching moment. If [Harris] gets down, the game is over. Instead we score to lead by eight, and suddenly they got down [to the BG 27].”
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Miami did not score on that final possession, which meant there were smiles in the Bowling Green locker room. And one of the biggest smiles belonged to Harris, who said he simply did what he had been coached to do.
"We work 'scoop and score' every day in practice," Harris said. "Once we get into those situations, that's what we're thinking about."
Harris, who also had six tackles in the contest, has a knack for making those big plays. This season he has recovered two fumbles, one at Michigan State and one at Northwestern; last season he returned an interception 63 yards for a touchdown at Ohio state.
Harris said those big plays allowed him to enter Saturday’s game-deciding play against Miami with confidence.
"I told my teammates, 'Big-time players make big-time plays in big-time moments,'" he said. "Once they snapped the ball, I saw it and scooped it up."
GUYTON DNP: Junior Datrin Guyton, Bowling Green’s third-ranked receiver entering the contest, was in uniform but did not play Saturday.
"We needed to see some explosion at the Z position," Jinks said. "We need to see him be more consistent.
"He rallied around his teammates. ... We'll talk, and you'll see him out there soon."
Guyton entered the contest with 16 catches for 284 yards this season.
TACKLE CHART: Redshirt freshman linebacker Armani Posey led the Falcons with 16 tackles and also broke up one pass.
Next on the tackle list was Clint Stephens, who had eight tackles and his second interception in as many games. Safeties Marcus Milton and Fred Garth were next with seven stops.