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MAC Football Notes:

  • Kent State earned its first win over a ranked opponent as the Flashes defeated No. 15 ranked Rutgers with a 35-23 commanding road victory; the win marked the second consecutive week for the MAC to top a ranked opponent from the Big East Conference as Toledo previously beat ranked Cincinnati. This season, the MAC has a 4-4 record vs. Big East opponents
  • The MAC’s top four programs ( Toledo, Northern Illinois, Kent State and Ohio) have a combined 30-4 record. Along with Ball State and Bowling Green, both at 6-3 records, the MAC already has six teams bowl eligible
  • Its rivalry week in the MAC as Akron travels 14 miles to Kent State this Saturday at 2 pm ET (SportsTime Ohio/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3) and Western Michigan visits Central Michigan at 1 pm ET (ESPN3)
  • MAC midweek football begins this week with the first of six midweek games during the month of November. Eastern Michigan will visit Ohio on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 6 pm ET (ESPNU)
  • Miami QB Zac Dysert became the program’s career total offense leader and needs 75 more yards to become the school’s career passing leader, surpassing Ben Roethlisberger
  • Miami ’s Nick Harwell contributed to Miami’s 23-20 victory against 23rd-ranked Ohio by catching eight passes for 138 yards, a 54-yard touchdown pass from Zac Dysert and marked the 13th time in his career that he has caught a pass of 40 yards or more and was his 14th career game of 100 yards or more
  • Central’s Zurlon Tipton rushed his way into the Central Michigan football records books with career highs in yards (243), attempts (37), and touchdowns (3) to help lead the Chippewas past Akron, 35-14. Tipton’s 243 yards is tied for eighth all-time on Central Michigan’s single game rushing list and makes him the first to break the 200-yard barrier on the ground since 2010
  • Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch accounted for a season high six touchdowns in Northern Illinois’ 48-34 win over Western Michigan as he tied his career high with four touchdown passes and ran for two more. Lynch had 410 yards of offense, his second best total of the year and the 10th best total in school history
  • Toledo RB David Fluellen rushed for a career-high 228 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries in a 25-20 win at Buffalo as he passed the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career
  • Kent State OT Brian Winters helped five ball carriers combine for 242 rushing yards in the Flashes’ 35-23 victory at Rutgers going 15-of-22 on pass attempts, the offensive line did not allow a sack for the third time in their last four games
  • Buffalo WR Alex Neutz had six catches for 135 yards and a touchdown in a 25-20 loss to Toledo
  • Ohio QB Tyler Tettleton logged his fourth career 300-yard passing game as he finished with 302 yards passing in a 23-20 loss at Miami. Tettleton’s 300-yard passing effort moved him into second place all-time in career passing yards
  • Western Michigan WR Eric Monette had a career high eight receptions, 142 yards and two TDs in a 48-34 loss to Northern Illinois. It was the first 100-yard receiving yard game of his career and registering his first career multi-TD game
  • With four MAC programs with only one loss, the collective efforts of Toledo (8-1), Northern Illinois (8-1), Ohio (7-1) and Kent State (7-1) at a combined record of 30-4 are certainly getting noticed; all four programs received votes in both the AP Top 25 Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll. Despite nationally ranked Ohio falling 23-20 to Miami and getting knocked out of the BCS Standings and several national polls, the Bobcats were one of four programs to receive votes.

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This Week’s MAC Schedule - Saturday, October 27


Thursday, November 1

  • Eastern Michigan at Ohio, 6:00 pm ET (ESPNU)


Saturday, November 3

  • Miami at Buffalo, Noon ET (Time Warner Cable Sports Net/MAC Digital Network/
  • Western Michigan at Central Michigan, 1:00 pm ET (ESPN3)
  • Akron at Kent State, 2:00 pm ET (SportsTime Ohio/ESPN Game Plan/ESPN3/MAC Digital Network/
  • UMass at Northern Illinois, 3:30 pm ET (MAC Digital Network/

Eastern Michigan at Ohio

Thursday, November 1, 2012 • 6:00 pm ET • Athens, Ohio • Peden Stadium (24,000); ESPNU; Series: Ohio leads 16-11-1

Notes: EMU Eagles lost 24-3 at Bowling Green...QB Tyler Benz went 11 of 24 for

114 yards, while tight end Tyreese Russell led the Eagles in receiving with two receptions for 50 yards and RB Bronson Hill added 57 yards on 13 carries...Defensively, DB Alex Bellfy led the Eagles with 15 tackles alongside DL Andy Malumba who recorded two tackles for loss including a sack. Ohio lost 23-20 at Miami to fall from the unbeaten...Senior K Matt Weller scored eight points, connecting on a pair of field goals and two PATs, to move into second all-time on the MAC career scoring list, passing former Northern Illinois kicker Steve Azar...Junior LB Keith Moore had a team-high 10 tackles. He also tallied a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss.

Nick’s Pick: Ohio 27 – Eastern 17

Comment: The Bobcats cannot afford another stumble; EMU should make this game interesting


Miami at Buffalo

Saturday, November 3, 2012 • Noon ET • Buffalo, N.Y. • UB Stadium (29,013); Time Warner Cable Sports Net • MAC Digital Network • streamed live on; Series: Miami leads 12-2

Notes: Miami beat Ohio 23-30...QB Zac Dysert finished with 311 yards on 21-36 passing, throwing one touchdown and one interception...WR Nick Harwell had 138 yards receiving on eight catches and had one touchdown...Junior LB Chris Wade and junior DB Dayonne Nunley finished with 11 tackles apiece to lead all players. Buffalo lost 25-20 to Toledo...RB Brandon Oliver finished with 101 yards on 24 carries and was his 11th career 100-yard rushing game, moving him just two shy of the school record for 100-yard games, held by Anthony Swan (1994-97)...WR Alex Neutz had six catches for 135 yards and a touchdown.

Nick’s Pick: Miami 28 – Buffalo 23

Comment: UB seems to be heartbreak city this year; Miami is playing for more right now


Western Michigan at Central Michigan

Saturday, November 3, 2012 • 1:00 pm ET • Mount Pleasant, Mich. • Kelly/Shorts Stadium (30,255); ESPN3; Series: Western Michigan leads 44-35-2

Notes: Western Michigan lost 48-34 to Northern Illinois...QB Tyler Van Tubbergen threw for three TDs and rushed for another, and went 32 of 51 passing for a career-high 333 yards...WR Eric Monette recorded his first career 100-yard receiving game with eight grabs for 142 yards and a career-high two TDs, while running back Dareyon Chance recorded 97 yards rushing and a touchdown. Central Michigan beast Akron 35-14...RB Zurlon Tipton set career highs in rushing yards (243) and attempts (37), as his previous single game high of 180 yards was against Southeast Missouri State in 2012...Tipton’s 243 rushing yards is tied for eighth all-time in the CMU record book for a single game...WR Cody Wilson extended his consecutive games with a catch streak to 37 games.

Nick’s Pick: Central 31 – Western 27

Comment: Rarely has this game meant so little; very difficult to predict considering neither team has really established themselves at all this season

Akron at Kent State

Saturday, November 3, 2012 • 2:00 pm ET • Kent, Ohio • Dix Stadium (25,000)

SportsTime Ohio • ESPN Game Plan • ESPN3 • MAC Digital Network • streamed live on

Series: Akron leads 30-22-2

Notes: The Zips lost 35-14 at Central Michigan...Akron totaled 492 yards of total offense...the Zips’ 25 passing touchdowns this season set a school record, surpassing the mark of 24 established in 2005...QB Dalton Williams has 2,691 passing yards this season, which ranks him fifth on the school’s single season passing chart...Williams passed Charlie Frye’s 2,623 and Luke Getsy’s 2,662. Kent State defeated #15 Rutgers 35-23...Marked the programs first win over a ranked opponent...Flashes forced seven turnovers, including six interceptions...RB Dri Archer scored 15th TD of the year and ninth on the ground as he totaled 115 yards of offense...Archer has scored a touchdown in all eight games this season.

Nick’s Pick: Kent State 30 – Akron 26

Comment: Can the Golden Flashes really be 8-1 with a win? Unbelievable


UMass at Northern Illinois

Saturday, November 3, 2012 • 3:30 pm ET • DeKalb, Ill. • Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium (24,000); MAC Digital Network • streamed live on; Series: First Meeting

Notes: UMass lost 49-7 at Vanderbilt...Freshman LB Kassan Messiah led the defense with a total of nine tackles, four unassisted and five assisted on the night...True freshman QB A.J Doyle completed his first TD pass of his collegiate career on a 10-yard pass to Deion Walker...QB Mike Wegzyn hit Michael Cox for a 41-yard pass in the 2nd quarter marking the 3rd longest pass play of the season. Northern Illinois beat Western Michigan 48-34...Marked the program’s eighth straight win and extended its MAC win streak to 13 games, the longest conference winning streak in the nation...QB Jordan Lynch ran for 136 yards on 21 carries with two touchdowns and passed for 274 yards and four scores on 18-of-28 passing.

Nick’s Pick: NIU 55 – UMass 10

Comment: This one may get ugly



Nicks Picks went 5-3 last weekend and stand at 67-13 on the season


Nick’ Pick: Ball State 35 – Army 23

Actual Score: Ball State 30 – Army 22


Nick’ Pick: NIU 38 – Western 31

Actual Score: NIU 48 – Western 34


Nick’ Pick: Akron 42 – Central 34

Actual Score: Central 35 – Akron 14


Nick’ Pick: BGSU 27 – Eastern 19

Actual Score: BGSU 24 – Eastern 3


Nick’ Pick: Rutgers 20 – Kent State 10

Actual Score: Kent State 35 – Rutgers 23


Nick’ Pick: Ohio 23 – Miami 21

Actual Score: Miami 23 – Ohio 20


Nick’ Pick: Toledo 38 – Buffalo 27

Actual Score: Toledo 25 – Buffalo 20


Nick’ Pick: Vandy 44 – UMass 3

Actual Score: Vandy 49 – UMass 7



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