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Draft Scout James Knapke News
12/30/14 - James Knapke and Roger Lewis kicked Bowling Green's quick-strike offense up to its highest gear at just the right time. Lewis caught a 78-yard touchdown pass from Knapke with 1:04 remaining to lift Bowling Green to a 33-28 victory over South Alabama on Saturday night in the inaugural Raycom Media Camellia Bowl. "Obviously we wanted to be aggressive with that play call, and Roger was 1-on-1," Knapke said. "My job was to just give him the ball and he made the play after that." The Falcons (8-6) responded one play after the Jaguars (6-7) took their first lead. Lewis, Bowling Green's freshman star, got well behind safety Roman Buchanan downfield, and Buchanan came up clutching his right hamstring.
Bowling Green couldn't convert the 2-point try but Jude Adjei-Barimah picked off Bridge's pass on South Alabama's next play. The Jaguars forced a punt with 31 seconds left, but were called for roughing the kicker to allow Bowling Green to run out the clock. Knapke, who earned the game's MVP honors, was 25-for-39 passing for 368 yards and two long touchdowns to Lewis, who capped the first drive with a 44-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-2 play. He became the first Bowling Green freshman to reach 1,000 yards receiving and finished with four catches for 137 yards. - AP Sports
10/13/14 - SEPT 15 MAC EAST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Bowling Green QB James Knapke,...Bowling Green sophomore quarterback James Knapke (Fort Wayne, Ind.) went 46-for-73 for a career-high 395 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-42 win over Indiana. His 46 completions and 73 passing attempts were both single-game school records. The Falcons took down a Power Five conference school for the first time since 2008 (at Pitt). It was Bowling Green's first victory over a Big Ten Conference opponent since 2007 (at Minnesota). - MAC football
10/11/14 - James Knapke threw for 260 yards and two touchdowns to lead Bowling Green to a 31-13 victory over Ohio on Saturday. On the Falcons' opening drive, Knapke pumped right before dumping it to Travis Greene. Greene ran to the left sideline, broke a tackle and spun out of another for a 23-yard score. Andre Givens ran for a 2-yard touchdown, and Knapke found Ryan Burbrink with an 8-yard TD strike to give Bowling Green a 21-6 halftime lead. Greene cut left and ran untouched for a 30-yard touchdown to stretch the Falcons' (5-2, 3-0 Mid-American Conference) lead to 28-6 late in the third quarter. Josiah Yazdani kicked field goals of 25 and 37 in the first half, and Tim Edmond punched it in from 2 yards for the Bobcats. JD Sprague was 27 of 56 for 325 yards to lead Ohio (3-4, 1-2). - AP Sports
10/07/14 - James Knapke threw for a touchdown and ran for another as Bowling Green held on for a 36-35 win over Buffalo on Saturday. Knapke was 20 of 39 for 321 yards for the Falcons (4-2, 2-0 Mid-American Conference). Travis Greene and Fred Coppet each scored rushing touchdowns. Ronnie Moore had nine receptions for 178 yards and a touchdown and Tyler Tate kicked three field goals. The back-and-forth contest had Buffalo (3-3, 1-1) leading 28-20 at the break. A Knapke-to-Moore touchdown pass and a 31-yard field goal by Tate put the Falcons up 30-28 at the end of the third. Buffalo's Anthone Taylor - who finished with 219 yards and three touchdowns - scored from 12 yards to give the Bulls a 35-30 fourth-quarter advantage. But a 4-yard Coppet TD run with 2:19 left and a Falcons defense that held off a late Buffalo drive sealed the win for Bowling Green. - AP Sports