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Bowling Green went 1-1 on a tour of the Carolinas last weekend, beating North Carolina 34-19 on Saturday and falling 22-18 to Clemson on Sunday.
Ohio State was originally scheduled to play the aforementioned fixtures, but chose not to last week. Bowling Green decided to pick up the games on Tuesday.
“It was a kind of courageous decision for the guys - zero outside practices
so far, two full matches in one weekend to start off the season against
teams that had already played three games each, with a Sunday match against
a rested club that was playing their first match of the weekend,” said
BGSU’s Roger Mazzarella. “They could have passed on it, but didn't.”
Bowling Green took a 19-7 halftime lead against the Tar Heels, getting tries from prop Steve Frisch, hooker Mike Brown and center Dominic Mauer. Priop Dane Szente made two conversions.
In the second half UNC scored a pair of converted tries, but the Falcons kept pace with a pair of tries by flanker Frank Viancourt and a solo try by wing Nolan Cavano.
Sunday brought rain and less ideal playing conditions. Bowling Green got tries from Viancourt and fullback Ryan Koenig, as well as two penalties and a conversion from Szente, but lost at the death after Clemson scored from a quick-tap penalty.
The Falcons won’t play again until they head on their tour to England next month.