MOBILE, Alabama (Ticker) -- Bowling Green quarterback Omar Jacobs had some pretty high standards to live up to in the GMAC bowl. Unfortunately for Memphis, he surpassed them.
Jacobs threw five touchdown passes and became the third different Mid-American Conference quarterback to win the GMAC Bowl MVP award in the last four seasons in Bowling Green's 52-35 dismantling of Memphis.
Ben Roethlisberger of Miami of Ohio and Marshall's Byron Leftwich both have starred in this bowl before going on to success in the NFL. Roethlisberger, a rookie sensation with the Pittsburgh Steelers, was the MVP last season and Leftwich, the starter for the Jacksonville Jaguars, won the MVP award in 2001 and 2002.
A sophomore, Jacobs is well on his way to following in their footsteps after throwing for 365 yards and setting a MAC single-season record for TD passes with 41. The previous record of 39 was held by another successful NFL quarterback, Chad Pennington of the New York Jets, who set the previous record while at Marshall.
"Omar is an outstanding football player and tonight was just a sign of things to come," Bowling Green coach Gregg Brandon said. "Omar has done a great job. In camp we talked about him managing our offense, don't turn the ball over and if he gets the chance to, make a play every now and then. Well, he took it to the next level."
Bowling Green (9-3) took the lead for good, 35-28, just 37 seconds before the half when Jacobs found Steve Sanders for a 17-yard score. The Falcons then dominated the second half, scoring 17 consecutive points before Memphis (8-4) capped the scoring with a 14-yard TD pass from Danny Wimprine to John Doucette.
Wimprine completed 26-of-39 passes for 324 yards and four TDs and was intercepted once.
"We didn't play well enough and I thought Bowling Green played very well," Memphis coach Tommy West said. "When they made mistakes, we didn't capitalize on them and that was the difference in the game. You can't expect to give up 52 points in a game and expect to win."
Memphis running back DeAngelo Williams, the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year, rushed for 120 yards on 18 carries before fracturing his right fibula in the third quarter.
Bowling Green entered the game having outscored opponents by 163-27 in the first quarter this season and the Falcons wasted no time jumping on the Tigers in this one.
P.J. Pope scored on a one-yard TD run just under five minutes into the game to give Bowling Green a 7-0 lead. The Falcons were successful with an onside kick, setting up an 18-yard TD pass to Charles Sharon from Jacobs, who completed 26-of-44 passes.
"I wanted to go out there and play my game," Jacobs said. "The team was focused the whole time we've been out here. We want to score every time we touch the football."
Pope, who finished with 151 yards and two TDs on 28 carries, scored both of Bowling Green's second-half TDs. He hauled in a 13-yard pass from Jacobs in the third quarter and his one-yard TD run with 8:01 to play gave the Falcons a 52-28 lead.
"P.J. Pope is a warrior. He might be our best offensive player overall," Brandon said. "He can catch the ball out of the backfield, catch it in the slot and pound for the yards when we needed him to in the fourth quarter."
Down 21-7 after the first quarter, Memphis (8-4) rallied to tie the game, 28-28, on a 31-yard TD run by Williams.
Bowling Green is 4-3 in seven bowl appearances with four straight wins.