Barnes' Big Day Vandalized By Idaho
by CFP Staff
December 30, 2009
Max Komar made a sliding catch of a 16-yard pass from Nathan Enderle with 4 seconds left in the game to give Idaho a chance to beat or tie Bowling Green. Head coach Robb Akey opted to go for the win with a 2-point conversion and Enderle found Preston Davis alone in the back of the endzone for the improbable 43-42 win.
Improbable, because the Falcons had just taken a 42-35 lead with only 32 second left in the game when Tyler Sheehan threw a 51-yard bomb to Freddie Barnes. But Idaho's next play was a 50-yard Enderle pass to Davis to the BGSU 24-yard line. After an incomplete pass, Enderle threw a dart as Komar streaked toward the goal line near the right hash mark.
Idaho improved to 2-0 in bowl games.
The MAC's 13th consecutive bowl loss dropped the Falcons' bowl record to 4-4.
The loss spoiled another monster day by Barnes who caught 17 passes for 219 yards and 3 touchdowns. He set a new NCAA record with 155 receptions in a single season, breaking the record of 142 set by Manny Hazard of Houston in 1989.
DeMaundray Woolridge led a 219-yard Idaho ground assault with 122 yards and 2 TD's on 26 carries.
Willie Geter had 96 yards and 2 TD's on 14 carries for Bowling Green.
Akey is in his 3rd season as head coach as Idaho. The Vandals finished the 2009 campaign with an 8-5 record after going 2-10 a year ago and 1-11 in 2007.Their last winning season was in 1999.
This was Dave Clawson's first season at Bowling Green. His 7-6 record was just a half-game better than Gregg Brandon's 6-6 mark a year ago.