MAC in the NFL Week 9: Harrison Returns

The best performances came from players on both sides of the ball playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who fell to the Baltimore Ravens (a team with zero MAC players) 23-20. The world just doesn't make sense sometimes. Other than that, there wasn't too much out there in terms of performances by former MAC players in the pros. Oh well, you can't win them all.


Steelers WR Antonio Brown (Central Michigan) had 5 rec for 109 yds. Browns WR Josh Cribbs (Kent State) had 50 yds and a TD. RB Michael Turner (Northern Illinois) had 71 yds and a TD. Green Bay WR Greg Jennings (Western Michigan) caught 6 rec for 46 yds and a TD.


LB James Harrison (Kent State) had a monstrous return to lineup (from a broken orbial bone) for the Steelers racking up 8 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 TFLs, 6 QB hurries and a forced fumble. Nobody else even comes close to this.

Special Teams

Chicago Bear Sam Hurd (Northern Illinois) recovered a critical fumble late in the game to secure the victory for the Bears on Monday Night. Also, it seems like half the teams in the NFL have a punter from the MAC.

Click through to see the complete list of performances this week.

NYJ 27, BUF 11

Jets: DE Muhammad Wilkerson (TU) - 3 tkl, 1 tfl, LB Nick Bellore (CMU) - played, no stats

Bills: WR Naaman Roosevelt (UB) - 1 rec, 3 yds, CB Reggie Corner (UA) - N/A

SEA 13, DAL 23

Seahawks: DE Raheem Brock (TU) - 1 qbh

Cowboys: S Barry Church (UT) - 3 tkl, SS Abram Elam (KSU) - 3 tkl, LT Doug Free (NIU) - start, C-G Kevin Kowalski (UT) - N/A

CLE 12, HOU 30

Browns: WR Josh Cribbs (KSU) - 5 rec, 50 yds, td, OL John Greco (UT) - played, P Brad Maynard (BSU) - 4 p, 43.8 avg, 1 i20, DB Usama Young (KSU) - 5 tkl

Texans: WR Kevin Walter (EMU) - 1 rec, 5 yds, P Brett Hartmann (CMU) - 2 p, 47.5 avg

ATL 31, IND 7

Falcons: RB Michael Turner (NIU) - 19 car, 71 yds, TD

Colts: RG Ryan Diem (NIU) - start, OG Joe Reitz (WMU) - N/A, DT Dan Muir (KSU) - 4 tkl

MIA 31, KC 3

Miami: LB Jason Taylor (UA) - 1 tkl, 2 qbh

Chiefs: TE Jake O'Connell (MU) - 1 rec, 3 yds, T Steve Maneri (UT) - N/A

TB 16, NO 27

Bucs: CB E.J. Biggers (WMU) - 3 tkl

Saints: WR Lance Moore (UT) - 3 rec, 30 yds, TD

SF 19, WAS 11

49ers: LT Joe Staley (CMU) - start, no catches!

Redskins: N/A

DEN 38, OAK 24

Broncos: N/A

Raiders: S Mike Mitchell (OU) - played, no stats, DE Trevor Scott (UB) - 1 tkl

CIN 24, TEN 17

Bengals: WR Andrew Hawkins (UT) - played, no stats, QB Bruce Gradkowski (UT) - DNP

Titans: P Brett Kern (UT) - 7 p, 45.7 avg, 1 i20, DE Jason Jones (EMU) - 3 tkl

STL 13, ARI 19

Rams: LG Jason Bell (MU) - start, CB Josh Gordy (CMU) - 1 pd

Cardinals: RB Chester Taylor (UT) - 2 car, 8 yds, WR Stephen Williams (UT) - N/A, P Dave Zastudil (OU) - 6 p, 46.3 avg, 3 i20

NYG 24, NE 20

Giants - N/A

Patriots - WR Taylor Price (OU) - N/A

GB 45, SD 38

Packers: RB James Starks (UB) - 13 car, 66 yds, WR Greg Jennings (WMU) - 6 rec, 46 yds, TD, LG T.J. Lang (EMU) - start, TE Tom Crabtree (MU) - played, no stats, LB Frank Zombo - 1 tkl

Chargers: TE Antonio Gates (KSU) 8 rec, 96 yds, TD, C-G Scott Mruczkowski (BG) - played, no stats

BAL 23, PIT 20

Ravens: N/A

Steelers: QB Ben Roethlisberger (MU) - 20 of 37, TD, INT, WR Antonio Brown (CMU) - 5 rec, 109 yds, K Shaun Suisham - 2 of 2 fg, OLB James Harrison (KSU) - 8 tkl, 3 sk, 3 tfl, 6 qbh, 1 ff, QB Charlie Batch (EMU) - DNP

CHI 30, PHI 24

Bears: WR Sam Hurd (NIU) - FR

Eagles: DE Jason Babin (WMU) - pd, DB Jaiquawn Jarrett (TU) - 3 tkl

CHI 30, PHI 24

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