Belt Loops: Clutch MAC Kickery Downs Colts

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 25: Kicker Shaun Suisham #6 the Pittsburgh Steelers kicsk the game winning field goal in the final seconds of the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Daniel Sepulveda #9 is the holder. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

MAC-related links and meanderings for this gloomy Monday:

On a week when BGSU had nothing to do with helping out Miami in football this week, the NFL is a little different. Sometimes you have no choice. Miami legend Ben Roethlisberger didn't have a great day for the Pittsburgh Steelers but Bowling Green kicking product Shaun Suisham did connect with three field goals, including the game-winner at the end, to beat the Indianapolis Colts 23-20. Suisham also clanked one off the left goalpost but Big East officials still ruled it good. [Behind The Steel Curtain]

(Other MAC performers in the game, first for Pittsburgh: Antonio Brown (CMU) had four catches for 75 yards and 4 punt returns for 63 yards; Kent State's James Harrison had a sack-fumble which initiated a defensive touchdown. Indianapolis had former WMU basketball player Joe Reitz starting at left guard.)

• If you're into online voting causes, Ball State's Keith Wenning is up for the weekly Manning Award, given to — and I'm guessing here — an outstanding quarterback for the previous week. He's up against stiff competition, but hey, give him your support. You didn't think BSU would be 3-1 either. [Ball State Sports]

• Interesting proposal here from a displaced MAC school paper: a Marshall student reporter is thumbing his nose at Conference USA's proposal to "merge" with the Mountain West Conference. It's sounds more like a collaboration than a merger, but the travel seems daunting. His idea: how about a C-USA-MAC joint operation instead? [The Parthenon]

• Akron football scored 36 points against VMI, so soccer had no way to top that. But Darren Mattocks tried his darndest, netting a hat trick in a 3-0 win over Tulsa. Twelve more of him and they had a righteous chance. [Go Zips]

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