"There are a lot of good, quality MAC opponents that aren't as quality as this one," Holgorsen said. "These guys have won a bunch of MAC championships, been to a bunch of bowl games the last 10 years and won a whole bunch of games against (BCS conference) members. It isn't a fill-in game. It's a quality opponent."
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WVU HAS had its special teams problems this season with college football's worst net punting and two return touchdowns by opponents, but the Falcons have had costly issues, too.
They scored a touchdown with 2.1 seconds to play at home against Wyoming to make the score 28-27, but Kyle Burkhardt missed the extra point.
It was the sixth time in the past 17 games when the outcome was decided on the final play. Bowling Green lost all six.
Burkhardt then missed his first extra-point attempt last week against Miami and Clawson switched to Stephen Stein. He made four extra points and a field goal in the 37-23 win. With that change came another, though. Clawson had to change holders and swapped Bart Tanski for fellow receiver Alex Bayer.
"Sometimes kickers can be a little high maintenance," Clawson said. "I think back to the baseball teams that have a pitcher who likes to have a certain catcher. Our kickers are like that.
"Burkhardt likes Tanski. Stein likes Bayer. They have a good rhythm with one another. When Stein got in there to kick, we made the change to the bullpen and brought Bayer in as the holder."
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WEST VIRGINIA is No. 55 in third down conversions (24-for-55). The Falcons are No. 2 in third down defense (13-for-57) ... The Falcons offense already has 22 plays of 20 or more yards, including eight touchdowns. WVU's offense has 21 20-yard plays and four scores, but the defense has allowed 13 20-yard plays and two touchdowns ... WVU is No. 101 in time of possession (27:14). Bowling Green is No. 14 (33:24) and 3-1 when it has the ball 31 minutes or more, including a win when it had the ball 40:19 in a 32-15 win at Idaho.
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142.