Halftime Thoughts: Tacked On TDs Haunting MAC Teams

Sep 15, 2012; West Lafayette, IN, USA; Eastern Michigan Eagles quarterback Alex Gillett (8) runs with the ball in the first quarter against the Purdue Boilermakers at Ross Ade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire

What's going on in the three MAC noon games, for those who don't have Big Ten Network or CBS Sports Network:

PURDUE 33, EASTERN MICHIGAN 9 — I, uh ... well this looks like a rout, and you're correct if you think that. Keeping them in this game are linebacker Pudge Cotton and punter Jay Karutz. Cotton is responsible for an interception returned for a touchdown and a fumble recovery. Karutz has also had some good punts inside the 10, even though he's had a couple blocked. Purdue also fumbled a kickoff inside the 1-yard line but still scored a TD on the drive. Alex Gillett is looking very erratic and a couple of his misses have been intercepted.

EMU's defense has allowed over 300 yards of defense and a couple of dumb penalties. They're also letting the Boilermakers go 5-for-7 on third down.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS 28, ARMY 19 — For the most part the Huskies are in control, but Army never really goes away. A couple of great plays include an incredible catch by Tim Semisch — a tight end! — in the end zone and a Tommylee Lewis reverse for another touchdown. Jordan Lynch's numbers are incredible, going 6-for-8 on passes and also running for 100 yards of his own, accounting for three touchdowns. Both teams might threaten for 40 points.

MINNESOTA 21, WESTERN MICHIGAN 10 — Back and forth for a while, but the Gophers tacked on a big touchdown inside the final minute. This has been the theme: in all three games, actually, the MAC allowed six points inside of the final minute. WMU's running attack has actually been their savior, with Dareyon Chance getting 16 touches in the first half. Coming into the game, Tevin Drake led the team with 16 touches all year. But the Broncos secondary needs to tighten up and prevent the big pass.

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