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Week 6 MAC Football: Ohio Remains Undefeated

The Ohio Bobcats became the first bowl eligible team in college football with a 38-31 victory over Buffalo. Elsewhere, Kent State began 4-1 for the first time since the 70s.

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Week 6 Box Score Heroes

After mining the box scores of MAC football in Week 6, here are the top stat lines and our predictions for MAC Players of the Week.


WMU defeats UMass 52-14

The 3rd quarter was pretty much the swan song for the Broncos. After scoring on a 16 play-99 yd-7:30+ drive, the Broncos had a 49-0 lead and that was pretty much it.

I'm getting ready for the WMU hockey game, so I'll keep it short.

  • TVT had 5 incompletions, 1 being an INT, but 5 TDs for 289 yards. They kept the offense simple for him by pounding the run game and running screens and swings mostly.
  • 11 different Broncos caught a pass
  • UMass had a TD run on a read option play called back due to an inadvertent whistle in the 3rd. Game was out of reach though.
  • Overall, the Broncos just dominated and UMass looked flat.
Now its time for hockey however for me. Up next for both teams? WMU travels to Ball State in a big match-up between two schools trying to make their ways to bowls while being inconsistent. UMass has the week off next week before hosting a decent BGSU team.

Since both schools have hockey, I can say this............Hockey Up!

Reedy Makes Good, Toledo Leads after 3

Whatever demons were in Bernard Reedy's head got the hell out at halftime. Reedy returned a punt 66 yards for a touchdown, and then caught a crucial pass on a scoring drive that has turned a 4 point Toledo defect into a 31-28 point lead.

Reedy's punt return came after a Central Michigan drive had reached their own 40, only to be pushed back when Ryan Radcliff was sacked for an 8 yard loss on 3rd and 11. Richie Hogan booted the ball 34 yards, but Reedy got the blocks to get into the end zone. He had shown some shades of that in the first quarter, a big 50 yard return in the 1st quarter that led to Toledo's first points.

One drive later, with a short field, Terrance Owens hit Reedy on a 23 yard pass on 3rd and 1 from CMU's 26 to put the Rockets in the red zone. Owens would run it in the TD himself to put Toledo up by 10.

The Chippewas would answer back at the end of the quarter, with Radcliff hitting Titus Davis on a 19 yard pass to get into Toledo territory, and finishing the drive with a 3 yard pass to Courntey Williams in the corner of the end zone to stop the bleeding and bring the Chippewas to within 3.


BG Surges Past Akron In The Second Half

When you're down 10-0 to Akron at halftime, you best be certain the sport is soccer. Bowling Green took that to heart and responded in the second half with an unanswered 24 points and unrelenting defense to come away with their first MAC win of the season, improving to 3-3 (1-1). Akron falls to 1-5 (0-2).

The Falcons defense controlled the game, but the offense finally showed up too. It was a spotty game for Matt Schilz but he connected with tight end Alex Bayer for two touchdowns: one on a 60-yard screen play and another on a broken play, finding him in the flat near the end zone. Anthon Samuel, Jamel Martin and John Pettigrew combined for 265 rushing yards, a credit to that powerful offensive line.

After owning the first half with 267 yards, Akron mustered just 36 more in the second-half, all of them coming in their final last-gasp drive. More propers go to that BGSU defensive line, who sacked Dalton Williams four times. Coming into the game UA allowed only six sacks.


Plucky Ball State Leads NIU At Halftime

This is sorta the Ball State game I had envisioned, somewhat. They're scoring enough, with a touchdown and three field goals, then getting pressure on Jordan Lynch, who they sacked twice.

Keith Wenning has passed for 200 yards in the first half, including a TD and interception. A Jahwan Edwards fumble is the other turnover on a crucial third down play, which may be one of the big reasons this one's any close. BSU could be up bigger. Jamill Smith leads the team with nine catches for 94 yards. The Bronze Stalk could be theirs if they can hold on.

When Lynch wasn't on his back, he's been pretty decent: 12-for-17, 107 yards, and 12 rushes for 61 yards and a touchdown. Leighton Settle has the other TD.


CMU Turns Toledo Turnovers into Touchdowns

Coming into this game, Central Michigan had only recovered one fumble all year, while Toledo had an excellent +8 turnover ration. That's gone backwards, however, as Bernard Reedy has put the ball on the ground twice, and the Chippewas have converted each into touchdowns to take a .... lead going into the break.

The first fumble came midway through the first quarter, deep in Toledo territory, on a 3rd and 6 yard pass from Terrance Owens to Reedy. Reedy brought the ball in, and had the 6 yards, but Jabari Dean forced the fumble and gave the Chippewas the ball on Toledo's 11. Zurlon Tipton took it in on the very next play to put the Chippewas up 7-3.

Then in the second, right after Central took a 14-10 lead on a 23 yard touchdown pass from Ryan Radcliff to Titus Davis, Owens hit Reedy on a pass again, and again Reedy coughed it up deep in their own territory on a play that was initially called an incomplete pass. Radcliff hit Deon Butler on a 7 yard pass to put the Chips up 21-10. Reedy also fumbled a punt return with about 3:30 left, but gathered it back up before any more damage could occur.

And if Rockets fans weren't already nervous, Owens had a turnover of his own, throwing a pick to Anthony Young with about 6 minutes left in the half. The Chippewas weren't able to make hay out of that turnover, and Owens made up for the pick with a 90 yard drive, which he capped off with an 11 yard touchdown rush to end the half.


Kent State Is 4-1, First Time Since '77

While we're all fawning over OHIO's wondrous season ... brace yourselves for the nouveau Golden Flashes. They play defense, they can score, and they'll beat you on special teams. That's basically what they did with a 41-14 throttling of winless Eastern Michigan. You can thank Dri Archer, mostly, but Trayion Durham also did some heavy lifting from the tailback spot and the defense held the Eagles to about 200 yards and forced two turnovers.

Their last winning season was 2001. Their last seven-win season was 1987. Two more wins and they become bowl eligible. THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN KENT STATE.


Akron Is Ahead 10-0 At Half vs. BGSU

I've been watching this one from the kickoff and ... well, I hate life a bit more than I did previously. A day ago I was pining for a possible 40-point shootout, but either the wind is playing tricks on everybody or Matt Schilz thinks all his receivers are 20-feet tall.

Akron's scoring consisted of Dalton Williams passing to Tyrell Goodman, who made a great catch despite being sandwiched by two safeties. Robert Stein legged a career-high 46-yard field goal as the first half expired.

Matt Schilz is just 10-for-26 with 84 yards and a bad interception. Penalties have been abysmal in this game, with both teams committing a combined 13 for 97 yards, evenly split.

Hopefully the second half is prettier.


Ohio Improves To 6-0

Well, it was harrowing for some of the fourth quarter, but pouncing on an onside kick with six seconds sealed the 38-31 win for Ohio, who is the first 6-0 team in the land.

For the second straight week, OHIO turned in a B-plus game at best, mostly on defense, but they were able to turn things around on that Daz Patterson kickoff return touchdown and force a bevy of turnovers in the second quarter.

That defense, though, needs to improve much. Next week they get to face that high-powered Akron offense, which likely will be a stronger test.


All WMU in Kalamazoo

The Broncos have used some trick plays to help take a lead over the UMass Minuetmen at the half. Using a "Drilled Kick" onside kick and a double reverse run (that somehow wasn't a TD) to take a 28-7 lead.

After a slow 1st quarter that saw just 1 TD and 1 pass to a WMU wide-receiver (which was the last play of the quarter), the Broncos exploded for 3 TDs.

Flenard Whitfield, former WMU basketball player, had a pass go off his hand into the hands of Darren Thellen, who returned it 38 yds to the WMU 34, where UMass scored their only TD of the half on a Michael Cox 1 yd TD rush.

TVT has used his running backs well. He has completed just 5 passes to his WRs and TEs, and is 11-14 for 160 yds, 3 TDs, and 1 INT. He has been throwing mostly screens and swing passes, but they have been working well. His leading receiver is "power back" Antoin Scriven, who has 3 catches for 39 yds and 2 rushes for 11 yds and a TD.

Mike Wegzyn has been alright so far. He is 10-14 for just 72 yds, but has been sacked 4 times. His rush offense hasn't been much help, with 21 carries for 24 yards. That's 96 total yards if you are counting.

It looks like it is about to rain though in the 2nd half, so prepare for a slugfest to ensue if WMU is forced to go to a run game.


WMU Leads UMass 28-7 At Half

Western Michigan is in control at home against UMass, putting up over 300 yards and just one turnover - yes, another tipped Tyler VanTubbergen throw - but they have three passing touchdowns on the day with the ball being passed around very evenly: nine players have caught a ball and five people have run it.

UMass' offense has expectedly regressed, but more than expected as they've yet to crack the 100-yard mark (they're at 99) and Mike Wegzyn has been sacked three times.


Dri Archer Stats Are Ridiculous

As of three quarters through the EMU game, Kent State RB/WR/KR Dri Archer has played almost five games. He is averaging 8.9 yards per rush, over 16 yards per catch and almost 48 yards per kickoff return. He has scored 11 total touchdowns — five rushing, three receiving and three returning — and has touched the ball 71 times.

That's a total of 1158 all-purpose yards. Goodness. Gracious. Golden Flashes.


Boykin's TD Might Be The Dagger For Ohio

If anything felt like a dagger touchdown, Ryan Boykin delivered it. Boykin took the quick pitch off the tackle for 51 yards untouched, extending OHIO's lead to 38-24. With less than six minutes to play, that might be the last hope for the Bulls. But still a better game than we had envisioned from UB.


Dri Archer Returns Third Kickoff For TD

It never ends with this character. Kent State took a 24-7 lead at Eastern Michigan as Dri Archer ran his third kickoff return TD of the season and second overall TD of the day.

Just. Stop. Kicking. To. Him.


Buffalo Ties Ohio 24-24 After Three Quarters

Not understanding the "Bulls" nickname right now when Alexes is much more appropriate. Alex Zordich had a better half, and on their touchdown drive they yanked him for Alex Dennison, who threw it out of the wildcat formation to Alex Neutz for a bit of a tricky touchdown. This was a play call decided by Buffalo offensive coordinator Alex Wood.

Also Ohio converted a 2nd and 30 play to Matt Waters, their holder and backup wide receiver, because why wouldn't that be what happens?


MAC Pick'em Spreads Are In

First off, ONE OF YOU DIDN'T PUT IN YOUR NAME! Please respond ASAP if you think it is you (PIN is 1234).

Ok, onto the games themselves.




UB @ Ohio 10-2 Ohio
Kent St @ EMU 11-1 KSU Lone Wolf: numbersdontlie
BGSU @ Akron 7-5 BGSU Closest game of the week
UMass @ WMU 9-3 WMU I'm at the game!
NIU @ Ball St 9-3 NIU Battle for the Bronze Stalk & GOTW
CMU @ Toledo 12-0 UT Lone unanimous game.
MU @ Cincy 11-1 Cincy Suss with the Lone Wolf Award.

Kent State Leads EMU 17-7 At Half

Kent State took at 17-7 lead at halftime, but EMU did increase their offensive output from four yards to 82. Bronson Hill has accounted for 70 of those yards, 68 of them on a touchdown scamper.

KSU got their scores on a Trayion Durham run and a Spencer Keith pass to Dri Archer (who else?) who bobbled it a bit after maintaining possession. It was reviewed by they gave it to him.

So far the game feels like a slow grind, but given how they won six games last season, that's actually how EMU likes it.


Kent State Leads EMU 3-0 After First Quarter

This ... ugh, this is just not pretty. Kent State leads 3-0 after one quarter. Freddy Cortez, last week's hero, hit a 42-yard field goal for the only offense. Other than that, Eastern Michigan has run 12 plays for a total of ... four yards. Yep, that's it. Tyler Benz threw an interception that was deflected off a receiver's hands late in the quarter to set up good KSU field position.

If this gets any better, we'll let you know. Lord, we want to let you know that.


Ohio Turns Around, Leads Buffalo 21-14 At Half

That kickoff return is looming large as a catalyst for the Bobcats offense. OHIO used the second quarter to perfection, forcing three fumbles and scoring the two ways they know best: a Tyler Tettleton passing touchdown and a Beau Blankenship rushing score.

Tettleton is 8-for-11 with 84 yards, a touchdown (tying the school record for most passing TDs in a career) and an interception. Buffalo has at least been running well when they don't fumble: Devin Campbell has 86 yards on 18 carries and a score while and quarterback Alex Zordich has scrambled 11 times for 76 yards.


Buffalo Hits First, Leads OHIO 14-7

A very surprising beginning by the Bulls. They began this one with a 75-yard touchdown drive, all yards coming on the ground. Tyler Tettleton threw his first interception since the 2011 MACCG, and Buffalo turned that into another touchdown, vaulting to an early 14-0 lead.

Their offense has been mixing in several players and misdirection, which is what they need with no Branden Oliver. Perhaps their finest quarter of football in some time.

UNTIL. The Bobcats hit the scoreboard as Dazmond Patterson returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, and that might be the gallon of momentum needed for the Bobcats to succeed today.


MAC Football Week 6 Gamethread

12 p.m. - Buffalo at Ohio [ESPN Game Plan/ESPN Plus/ESPN3]
1 p.m. - Kent State at EMU [MAC Digital Network]
2 p.m. - BGSU at Akron [MAC Digital Network]
2 p.m. - UMass at WMU [MAC Digital Network]
3 p.m. - CMU at Toledo [ESPN3]
3 p.m. - NIU at Ball State [ESPN3]
7 p.m. - Miami at Cincinnati [FS Ohio/ESPN3]


MAC Football Week 6: Of Stalks And Bells

This week, the Bronze Stalk and Victory Bell rivalry games are played. OHIO tries to maintain a perfect record. And the rest of the points will be scored by Toledo and Central Michigan.

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