ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 15: Safety Christian Birt #9 of the University on Massachusetts Minutemen intercepts a pass and returns it for a touchdown in the second quarter at Michigan Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
The MAC announced players of the week. How'd they do, and how was our guesses?
MAC East Offensive Player of the Week
Guess: OHIO quarterback Tyler Tettleton: 20-for-35, 200 yards, 3 TD; 7 rush, 35 yards
Good for them. Tettleton wins his second of the year and fourth in his career.
Ohio.com Zips beat writer George Thomas made his postmortem case for Akron quarterback Dalton Williams, because 446 yards on 48 attempts is pretty damn impressive. But it was against Morgan State, and Thomas concedes not only that point but maybe because Williams won POW last year, someone else should win it. The last offensive player to win back-to-back Offensive POW was Chandler Harnish on October 4 and October 11, 2010.
MAC East Defensive Player of the Week
Guess: UMass safety Christian Birt: 7 tackles, 4 solo, INT return TD
Actual: Bowling Green defensive tackle Chris Jones: 4 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 2 sacks, FF
Jones had an excellent game, and three big plays on defense definitely outweighs the one. I was hoping the MAC would throw UMass a bone as a welcoming present, but Jones wins his second straight POW and fifth of his career.
Weller won this last week as well, and while the importance of his special teams points was a big difference in the game ... I guess I wanted to distribute the accolades around yet again. Patterson is a freshman and made longer field goals (granted, in higher altitudes) and if it wasn't him, Grant Venham had some excellent punting for the Bobcats in the game.
MAC West Offensive Player of the Week
Guess: Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch: 18-for-27, 4 TD, INT; 13 carries, 125 yards, TD
Yep. Absolutely deserved. No other viable choice was there. Terrance Owens had a good game but he won it last year and his numbers were not as gaudy. Plus, Lynch was motorin, motorin, motorin, motorin, motorin, motorin...
I was there, and Norrils' pick was as much a first-half dagger can be to build up to a 17-0 lead. Not to take anything away from the sophomore's career night — and it's totally tough to lean away from another St. John's Jesuit grad — But Cotton was basically the Eagles against Purdue. His interception return for touchdown was immaculate as he tiptoed the sidelines, and his additional takeaway made his day more impactful.
MAC West Special Teams Player of the Week
Guess: Ball State kicker Steven Schott: FGs of 42, 51, 5-5 XPs
A time-expiring winner to keep the streak alive against Indiana, coupled with his 50-plus three-pointer and perfect day with XPs (which EMU-Purdue showed is harder than advertised) and Schott was the obvious choice. I could've seen Jay Karutz win this, but again, EMU isn't going to get much love in a blowout loss.