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Wednesday, 11 December, 2013 10:51 PM
Ronnie Goble and Bowling Green State University Take Mid-American Title
Bowling Green State Captain Ronnie Goble celebrates the MAC Championship at Ford Field after the Falcons overwhelmed the undefeated NIU Huskies.
DETROIT -- In front of over 20,000 and plenty of family, senior defensive lineman Ronnie Goble got to showcase plenty. The 6’ 2” defensive end has led by example all season. Bowling Green State University, which has had a spectacular defensive season with an 8-10 man rotation, found success again while upsetting Northern Illinois, 47-27 for the Marathon Mid-American Conference championship. Bowling Green has been rated as high as No. 7 in the NCAA defense category this season.
Ronnie, along with Kyle Brindza, now the spectacular Notre Dame place-kicker, had a great journey in 2009 with Plymouth High School under Coach Mike Sawchuk. Goble and Brindza are now both excelling at the next level.
Goble has helped his Bowling Green State Falcons to the 2013 Mid-American Conference football title. Brindza is getting plenty of national exposure with the Fighting Irish.
The Falcons (10-3) rolled up 574 yards of total offense en route to their first MAC championship since 1992. Sophomore Matt Johnson threw for 393 yards and five touchdowns as the Falcons defeated No. 14 Northern Illinois (12-1), 47-27, to capture the school’s first league crown in 21 years. Johnson went 21 out of 27 in the air. The loss knocks NIU out of BCS contention.
Each team scored on its opening drive of the night, but the Falcons then took a 17-7 lead and never trailed thereafter. The Falcons led by a 31-13 score at the half, and NIU could not draw closer than 11 points in the second period. The game was televised nationally on ESPN2.
Goble has been a two time captain for the Falcons, which is quite an honor by itself. Now he along with his squad will wait to see which Bowl Game they will be rewarded with. He wants to go out as a winner. The Bowl trip will be mostly business. Road roommate and All-Mac center David Kekuewa said, “Ronnie is the best, and he just leads by example, with always a good word for all his teammates. He is my brother and fellow warrior.”
Goble has been an honors student at BGSU and has a younger brother playing at Navy. His father Ron played baseball at Eastern Michigan and his mom Lisa and aunt played volleyball at Eastern Michigan.
The NIU loss in the MAC championship has probably put the Huskies into the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Boxing Day, December 26, 2013 at Ford Field.
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BGSU will take on the Pitt Panthers in the 17th edition of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on December 26, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. also at Ford Field in Detroit.
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