Dayton, Ohio native Connor Bazelak has been looking for a college home throughout most of his career. Bazelak received offers from big names like Georgia, however decided on the Missouri Tigers. The dual threat QB in high school has not transferred that part of his game to the collegiate level and has become an effective pocket passer.
As a redshirt freshman at Mizzou, Bazelak won SEC co-freshman of the year leading the Tigers to a 5-5 record amidst a tough SEC only schedule, including a 45-41 win over No.17 LSU. He threw for 2,548 and 16 touchdowns in his second season as the starter at Mizzou which he followed up at his second transfer destination, Indiana.
Finally, in his last year of eligibility, Bazelak landed at Bowling Green. Bazelak has always possessed the ability to hang in the pocket and fit the ball into tight windows, and that was fully on display Saturday in one of the biggest wins in Falcon’s history. Coming into the game as 21-point underdogs on the road at power five opponent Georgia Tech, nobody gave the Falcons much of a chance. After the Jackets jumped out to a 14-0 lead, most people may have assumed the game was over.
Bazelak and the Falcons never panicked, and after three offensive drives, with the last one being capped by a 14-yard touchdown pass from Bazelak, BGSU took the lead for good. On the play Bazelak avoided pressure from multiple rushers and was able to give his receiver Finn Hogan the chance to make an incredible catch.
After this the Falcons never looked back, and after trailing by 14 they responded with 38 unanswered points, including a rushing touchdown by Bazelak. Coming into the game as 21-point underdogs, this was one of the biggest wins in Falcon’s history. The icing on the cake for BGSU is Georgia Tech paying them 1.1 million dollars to come to Atlanta to play them. The Falcons left ATL 1.1 million richer, and with a win thanks in large part to the steady leadership and experience of Connor Bazelak.