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Inside the MAC: Week 12
Last week in the Mid American Conference, the Northern Illinois Huskies showed by they are the class not only in the Western Division, but in the entire MAC with their convincing home win against Toledo.
In the East, Miami pulled themselves back into a three-way tie with Ohio and Temple with a field goal on the final play, in the fog, to win at Bowling Green becoming Bowl Eligible for the first time since 2005. The fifth MAC team to six wins this season.
This week, the big game is in South Philadelphia where Temple faces Ohio in a rematch of last season when the Bobcats shocked the Owls in Athens to take the division title. Miami plays the next night at Akron as the Zips look for their first win of the season while Toledo and Bowling Green renew their rivalry.
Saturday, NIU can pretty much clinch the West title with a win at Ball State while Kent State and Western Michigan meet in Kalamazoo looking to salvage their seasons.
Here is a look at the thirteen MAC teams as we begin week twelve
AKRON (0-10, 0-6): The Zips record fell to 0-10 with a loss at Ball State in overtime on November 6 th 37-30 tying the 2004 team for the worst start in school history and remain the only team in the Football Bowl Subdivision without a victory…RB ALEX ALLEN ran for a season high 165 yards on 25 carries moving him into ninth in the MAC in rushing averaging 64.5 yards per game…LB BRIAN WAGNER went over the 100 tackle mark for the second consecutive season as he is fourth in tackles (18 th in the FBS) with 102. The Zips look for that first win Wednesday night when Miami makes theirfirst ever visit to InfoCision Stadium
BOWLING GREEN (2-8, 1-5): The Falcons battled Miami tooth-and-nail through the fog last week at Perry Stadium only to see the Redhawks kick a field goal on the final play of regulation to send them to their sixth loss in the last seven games…LB DWAYNE WOODS was named MAC East Defensive Player of the Week as he had 13 tackles against MU the fifth game this season he has has double-digit tackles…WOODS leads the MAC with 111 tackles. (fifth in the FBS)…WR KAMAR JORDEN leads the MAC with 80 receptions for 920 yards. BGSU finishes the home portion of their schedule Wednesday night in another battle with arch-rival Toledo
BUFFALO (2-8, 1-5): The Bulls lost their third consecutive home game and fifth straight last Friday as Ball State came away from UB Stadium with a convincing 20-3 victory…DB DOMINIC COOK is tied for the lead in interceptions with six…DB DAVONTE SHANNON is sixth in tackles with 97…WR MARCUS RIVERS is tenth in receptions per game 4.4 and seventh in yards per game 61.7…The Bulls complete the home half of their schedule this Saturday as they host Eastern Michigan
KENT STATE (4-6, 3-3): The Golden Flashes played their final non-conference game of the season last Saturday falling to Army 45-28 at Dix Stadium. Their second consecutive loss…RB EUGENE JARVIS saw his first action of 2010 since the opener against Coastal Carolina when he left with a groin injury. He had 71 yards on the ground and a touchdown…WR TYSHON GOODE had seven catches for 155 yards and a 72-yard touchdown…KSU DEFENSE is ranked third in the FBS against the run allowing 85.7 yards per game (17 th in the FBS)…DE ROOSEVELT NIX has four forced fumbles, 17 ½ tackles for losses, and 8 1.2 sacks all among the leaders in the FBS…The Flashes head to Kalamazoo this Saturday to battle Western Michigan
MIAMI (6-4, 5-1): The Redhawks football turnaround continued last week as on the final play of the game, PK TREVOR COOK kicked a 33-yard field goal through the fog for a 24-21 win at Bowling Green that made MU bowl eligible for the first time since 2005…COOK was named MAC East Special Teams Player of the Week for that kick along with his three extra points…WR NICK HARWELL was named Offensive Player of the Week as he had 10 catches against the Falcons for 125 yards and a touchdown...QB ZAC DYSERT is third in passing with 240.6 yards per game and third in total offense at 243.3 yards per…LB JERRELL WEDGE is tied for fourth with 17 tackles for losses…The Hawks head into Akron Wednesday night to battle the Zips and stay in the battle for the East Division title
OHIO (7-3, 6-1): The Bobcats have not played since November 4 th when they completed their home schedule defeating Buffalo 34-17 for their sixth consecutive win…QB BOO JACKSON is second in pass efficiency at 140.5 and ninth in total offense at 179.2…DB JULIAN POSEY has 11 passes defended among the top 20 in the FBS while the CATS DEFENSE has allowed just 115.9 rushing yards per game…The Cats head into South Philadelphia Tuesday night in an East showdown with Temple
TEMPLE (8-2, 5-1): The Owls remained tied in the East when they defeated Kent State at Dix Stadium on November 6 th 28-10 their fourth consecutive win and sixth in the last seven games…RB BERNARD PIERCE is second in MAC rushing with 728 yards and second in scoring with 66 points…WR MATTHEW CAMPBELL is tenth in receiving yards averaging 56.9 per game…DE MUHAMMAD WILKERSON has ten sacks (seven solo) for -67 yards and is sixth in tackles for losses with 14 (nine solo) for -72 yards..TU DEFENSE has allowed just 10 points the last three games (no offensive touchdowns) and overall are allowing just 17.5 points per game first in the MAC…The Owls and Ohio battle for first place in the East Tuesday night at Lincoln Financial Field
BALL STATE (4-7, 3-4): After losing seven of the previous eight, The Cardinals have won two straight following their 20-3 win last Friday night at Buffalo…DB SEAN BAKER had two interceptions giving him 16 for his career first on the all time list. The two picks earned Baker MAC West Defensive Player of the Week…PK IAN MCGARVEY had two field goals against the Bulls making him BSU’s all-time leading scorer with 284 points and earned MAC West Special Teams Player of the Week honors…The Cards play their season finale on Saturday as Division leader Northern Illinois comes to Schunemann Stadium Saturday with a chance to clinch the division title
CENTRAL MICHIGAN (3-8, 2-5): The Chippewas completed their non-conference schedule on Saturday traveling to Annapolis only to fall to the Naval Academy 38-37 scoring two touchdowns in the final three minutes of regulation only to see a two-point conversion pass fall incomplete insuring victory for the Midshipmen. QB RYAN RADCLIFFE completed 36-of-58 passes for 394 yards...WR CODY WILSON had 13 catches for 126 yards and a touchdown as CMU had 495 yards of total offense send best of the season…CMU has Saturday off before completing their season the day after Thanksgiving at Toledo
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EASTERN MICHIGAN (1-9, 1-5): The Eagles lost a shootout last Saturday to Western Michigan in Kalamazoo as QB ALEX GILLETT accounted for 373 yards of total offense and four touchdowns (rushing for 159 yards and 214 passing with three scores)…GILLETT is eighth in passing at 153 yards per game and fifth in total offense at 220.1..LB TIM FORT is eighth in tackles with 68 and tied for third in forced fumbles with three…EMU looks to end a stretch of four losses in the last five games as they make the long trek to Western New York this Saturday to face the Buffalo Bulls
NORTHERN ILLINOIS (8-2, 6-0): The Huskies won their seventh straight game overall and sixth in the MAC defeating Toledo 65-30 in the battle of unbeatens at Huskie Stadium…QB CHANDLER HARNISH was named MAC West Offensive player of the Week as he 311 yards of total offense against the Rockets passing for 162 yards and a touchdown while running for 149 yards and a score…RB CHAD SPANN leads the MAC with 1070 yards (the only rusher in the conference over 1000 yards)…HARNISH is sixth in passing 160.1 yards per game , fourth in total offense at 230.9, and leads in passing efficency 149.5…KR TOMMIE DAVIS had an 83-yard return for a touchdown against UT…NIU leads just one more win to clinch the west with their final two games on the road beginning this Saturday at Ball State.
TOLEDO (6-4, 5-1): The Rockets saw their chances of winning the Western Division title end last week in DeKalb in a 65-30 loss to Northern Illinois…RB ADONIS THOMAS rushed for 152 yards and two touchdowns…He is sixth in rushing with 669 yards…WR ERIC PAGE is tied for fourth in receptions with 73 for 845 yards and five touchdowns and is second in kick returns averaging 27.8 per return…LB DAN MOLIS is second in tackles with 106 (27 solo) while teammate ARCHIE DONALD is third with 104 (47 solo) and had 16 against NIU…P JOHN PENZA averaged 46.7 yards per kick last week against NIU…UT looks to rebound from the loss on Wednesday night making the short trek down I-75 to Bowling Green to face the Falcons at Perry Stadium
WESTERN MICHIGAN (4-5, 3-3): The Broncos rebounded from their tough loss to Northern Illinois with a 45-30 win over Eastern Michigan as they amassed 518 yards of total offense…RB BRIAN FIELDS rushed for a season high 107 yards and a touchdown…QB ALEX CARDER passed for 349 yards and four touchdowns. The third time this season he has passed for over 300 yards…WR JORDAN WHITE had four catches for 110 yards and a touchdown while teammate WR JUAN NUNEZ had seven grabs also for 110 yards and two scores...LB MITCH ZAYAC added 14 tackles againsy EMU…The Broncos complete the home portion of their schedule on Saturday as Kent State makes a visit into Waldo Stadium
In football, they call the month of November the business end of the season, NIU took care of their business with their resounding win over Toledo leaving them just one win away from the West title while Ohio and Temple battle Tuesday night with the winner having a significant path to the East title.
See you at the Stadium!!
By Evan Meyer