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2011 MAC Football Championship Preview

 

Ohio Bobcats (9-3, 6-2 MAC) vs. Northern Illinois Huskies (9-3, 7-1 MAC)

Friday, December 2, 2011 • 7:00 pm ET • Detroit, Mich. • Ford Field (65,000)

ESPN2 • Announcers: Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Rodney Gilmore (analyst), Jeannine Edwards (sideline reporter)

Nick’s Pick: Ohio 27 – NIU 23

Notes:

  • Ohio makes its third trip to Mid-American Conference Championship game in the last six years.

  • Ohio has won three out of the last six MAC East titles.

  • The Bobcats are in search of their first MAC Championship game title.

  • Ohio has racked up over 500 yards-or-more of total offense in three of its last five weeks.

  • Bobcats Set Nine Team Records in 2011 which includes Ohio scored 383 points surpassing the previous mark of 376 set back in 1968; 5,524 yards of total offense smashed the previous school record of 4,599 set back in 2000; averaged 460.3 yards per game which surpassed the previous school standard of 418.7 set in 2000.

  • Ohio ’s 17 seniors were honored prior to the Bobcats’ final home game of the season against Miami. This year’s class has been responsible for one of the best periods in Ohio football history. Since 2007, the Bobcats have posted a 36-27 record, have made two bowl appearances and have won a pair of MAC East titles.

  • NIU is one of only SEVEN teams from “non-AQ” BCS leagues to win six or more games in each of the last four seasons (since 2008). The others with that distinction are Air Force, TCU, BYU, Southern Miss, Hawaii and Boise State.

  • Dave Doeren has led Northern Illinois to a 9-3 record to become the winningest first-year head coach in school history.

  • NIU brings a seven-game winning streak into Friday’s MAC Championship game, the fourth time since 2002 that NIU has won as many as seven straight. Last year, NIU’s loss in the MAC title game snapped a nine-game winning streak.

  • NIU senior class is currently tied for the fourth winningest in school history 33 victories.

  • Half (6) of Northern Illinois’ games in 2011 have been decided by seven points or less, and the Huskies have come out ahead four times winning each of its last four.

  • Quarterback Chandler Harnish ranks 15th in the country in rushing yards per game AND in passing efficiency. He leads all FBS quarterbacks with 1,351 rushing yards on 172 carries and is averaging 112.6 yards per game to rank third in the MAC.


 

 

OHIO

 

Offense Leaders:

Rush: RB Donte Harden (153 att., 866 yds., 2 TDs)

Pass: QB Tyler Tettleton (356 att., 228 comp., 2,848 yds., 26 TDs)

Rec.: WR LaVon Brazill (57 rec., 912 yds., 10 TDs)

 

Defense Leaders:

Tackles: LB Noah Keller (91 tackles, 6.5 tfl, 0.5 sacks, 2 ff)

Sacks: DL Tremayne Scott (54 tackles, 8.0 tfl, 3.0 sacks, 2 ff)

Int.: DB Travis Carrie (45 tackles, 1.5 tfl, 4 INT, 15 pbu)

 

 

NIU

 

Offense Leaders:

Rush: QB Chandler Harnish (172 att., 1,351 yds., 11 TDs)

Pass: QB Chandler Harnish (322 att., 203 comp., 2,692 yards, 23 TDs)

Rec.: WR Nathan Palmer (42 rec., 568 yds., 5 TDs)

 

Defense Leaders:

Tackles: LB Pat Schiller (103 tackles, 10.0 tfl, 2.0 sacks)

Sacks: DE Sean Progar (45 tackles, 10.5 tfl, 5.5 sacks)

Int.: DB Rashaan Melvin (67 tackles, 1.0 tfl, 2 INT)

 

MAC Championship Game History:

From 1997 through 2003, the championship game was played at campus sites (listed in italics).

 

Year

East

Score

West

Score

 

 

 

 

1997

Marshall

34

Toledo

14

 

 

 

 

1998

Marshall

23

Toledo

17

 

 

 

 

1999

#11 Marshall

34

Western Michigan

30

 

 

 

 

2000

Marshall

19

Western Michigan

14

 

 

 

 

2001

#20 Marshall

36

Toledo

41

 

 

 

 

2002

Marshall

49

Toledo

45

 

 

 

 

2003

#13 Miami

49

#20 Bowling Green

27

 

 

 

 

 

Since 2004, the game has been played at Ford Field in Detroit.

 

Year

East

Score

West

Score

 

 

 

 

2004

Miami

27

Toledo

35

 

 

 

 

2005

Akron

31

Northern Illinois

30

 

 

 

 

2006

Ohio

10

Central Michigan

31

 

 

 

 

2007

Miami

10

Central Michigan

35

 

 

 

 

2008

Buffalo

42

#12 Ball State

24

 

 

 

 

2009

Ohio

10

Central Michigan

20

 

 

 

 

2010

Miami

26

#24 Northern Illinois

21

 

 

 

 

 

Results by team

Appearances

School

W

L

Pct

Years appeared

Years won

6

Marshall

5

1

.833

1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002

5

Toledo

2

3

.400

1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004

2001, 2004

4

Miami

2

2

.500

2003, 2004, 2007, 2010

2003, 2010

3

Central Michigan

3

0

1.000

2006, 2007, 2009

2006, 2007, 2009

3

Northern Illinois

0

2

.000

2005, 2010, 2011

3

Ohio

0

2

.000

2006, 2009, 2011

2

Western Michigan

0

2

.000

1999, 2000

1

Akron

1

0

1.000

2005

2005

1

Buffalo

1

0

1.000

2008

2008

1

Ball State

0

1

.000

2008

1

Bowling Green

0

1

.000

2003

0

Central Florida

0

0

0

Eastern Michigan

0

0

0

Kent State

0

0

0

Temple

0

0

 

 


 

 

 

 

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