Memphis Chris Kelley (12) hauls in a touchdown pass over Bowling Green's Keon Newson (17) during the 2nd quarter of action in the GMAC Bowl Wednesday Dec. 22, 2004 in Mobile, Ala.
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MOBILE, Ala. - Omar Jacobs went from Bowling Green's question mark to the Mid-American Conference's latest star quarterback.
Jacobs capped a marvelous sophomore season by passing for 365 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Falcons to a 52-35 victory over Memphis on Wednesday night in the GMAC Bowl.
''This is just a sign of things to come,'' Bowling Green coach Gregg Brandon said in what could have been a compliment or a warning. ''When we first talked about what we needed him to do, we needed him to manage the offense and don't turn it over, and if you get a chance make a play every once in a while.
''Well ... he took it to the next level.''
The Falcons (9-3) turned a shootout into a blowout after leading 35-28 at halftime to win their fourth straight bowl game.
Jacobs got them started with four first-half touchdown passes - two apiece to Charles Sharon and Steve Sanders - and P.J. Pope helped carry them the rest of the way.
Pope ran 28 times for 151 yards and a pair of 1-yard touchdowns. He also caught a 13-yard pass for the only score of the third quarter.
The Tigers (8-4), playing in back-to-back bowl games for the first time, couldn't keep up with the nation's No. 4 offense, which totaled 558 total yards.
''That first half, we felt like we got in a rhythm with our run-pass mix, but we're not good enough to be one or the other,'' Memphis coach Tommy West said. ''No team is.''
Memphis' DeAngelo Wil-liams rushed for 120 yards on 18 carries before limping off at the end of the third quarter with a broken right leg.
He hurt it earlier in the game but went back in and couldn't get through a tearful postgame press conference.
''He had been their weapon all year, and with him being hurt and out of the game we knew they're just a one-dimensional team,'' Bowling Green linebacker Jovon Burks said.
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