BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (WANE) – James Knapke won three state titles as the starting quarterback at Bishop Luers – the first QB to do so in Indiana high school football history. Saturday he’ll be on an even bigger stage as he leads Bowling Green to Columbus to face sixth-ranked Ohio State.
Knapke, a senior quarterback, is back in a starting role this season for BGSU. He was forced into duty as a sophomore when all-MAC QB Matt Johnson was lost in the season opener due to injury. Knapke ended up starting the final 13 games that season, throwing for 3,173 yards and 15 touchdowns while earning game MVP honors against South Alabama in the Camellia Bowl. After spend the 2015 season as a back-up to Johnson Knapke has assumed the starting job again.
The SAC’s all-time leading passer, Knapke and BGSU kick off with the Buckeyes at noon in the Horseshoe on Saturday.