MAC Football: Ball State Getting Clemsoned

Sep 8, 2012; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers tight end Brandon Ford (80) is brought down by Ball State Cardinals line backer Kenneth Lee (17) during the first quarter of the game at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-US PRESSWIRE

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CLEMSON 45, BALL STATE 10 — We can end this silly farce now. The Tigers are ranked 12th for good reason, and while Ball State can't be this bad, they certainly look the part. Horactio Banks broke free for a 54-yard touchdown run and they added a 45-yard field goal to "pull within" 11 points, but unfortunately Tajh Boyd is having an inspired game to the point that he's already out of the game. Clemson kicker Spencer Benton even drilled a 61-yard field goal to end the half. Nothing is going right.

EASTERN MICHIGAN 14, ILLINOIS STATE 10 — Full admission: I picked Illinois State to win this game. And I felt bad doing it, but ISU is not a pushover. Some of these FCS teams are fully dangerous, and they took a sudden 10-0 lead early in the game on the heels of some EMU stalled drives and a fumble. They looked to go up 17-0 but ISU went for it on a fourth and short ... by running what looked to be a counter play, when a quick sneak should've been enough. Eastern took the momentum and got some quick strikes, capped by an Alex Gillett touchdown pass to Garrett Hoskins, then later on a Gillett scramble to take the lead.

MIAMI (OH) 14, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 7 — This one's not out of question either, but I think Miami looks substantially better. SIU was able to capitalize on a turnover and tie the game at 7-7 on a patient 10-play, 71-yard drive, but outside of that possession the Salukis only have 40 yards on five drives.

For the RedHawks, Zac Dysert found Andy Cruse for one touchdown and Pat Hinkel returned an interception 24 yards for the other. They might've had a third but a pass to Cruse was downed at the 1-yard line as time expired. They reviewed it and, yep, Cruse's knee was down before he fell forward into the painted area. Shucks.

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