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MAC Football Week 4

Week 4 of #MACtion kicks off Saturday at noon. Keep up with all the action right here.

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Hustle Belt Awards Standings: Week 4

Through four weeks of #MACtion, which of your favorite players have established themselves on our awards watch lists?


Lynch, Johnson Headline Week 4 Players of The Week

The MAC announced its Players of The Week for Week 4 and several players took home the honors for a second time this season.


Week 4 Scores and Standings Roundup

Akron almost didn't lose again and NIU almost didn't win. Get caught up on this weekend's scores and updated standings around the MAC.


Injuries derail UMass in 24-7 loss to Vandy

Whenever things start to look up for this team, the football gods knock them back down.


Week 4 Power Rankings

Week 4 is in the books, and surprisingly, not much has changed in our updated power rankings.


Updated Bowl Projections Have 5 MAC Teams Bowling

In SB Nation's updated Bowl Projections


Toledo Cruised to A 38-17 Win Over CMU

David Fluellen had a monster game and Toledo's offense clicked while CMU's Cooper Rush cost his team with four ill-timed turnovers.


Miami Gets Shutout In A Display of Utter Ineptness

Miami turned out possibly its worst performance of the season to date Saturday, losing a hideous game to rival Cincinnati.


Akron Loses Another Squeaker, 35-30 to Louisiana

The Zips could not get the turnovers they needed and failed to end their losing streak versus FBS teams. However, Akron has clearly found its answer on offense: the Kyle Pohl-to-Zach D'Orazio connection.


Bowling Green Rebounds with Rout of Murray State

Bowling Green's offense faced many questions after it scored just three points at Indiana, but the Falcons answered those queries decisively on Saturday against Murray State. Nearly 50 points and 700 yards later, Matt Johnson and Co. are back on track.


Watch Alonzo Russell's One Handed Circus Catch

The Toledo Rockets out dueled CMU 38-17 yesterday flashing the offensive firepower that has made them so dangerous in the past. But of all the scoring that happened in the game, one touchdown stood out about the rest. Late in the second quarter, with the Rockets up 14-7, Toledo receiver Alonzo Russell pulled down this beauty of a catch. With a defender hanging from one arm Russell palms the ball in mid air and tucks it in one handed for the score, and simultaneously turned in one of the best plays of the day.


Ohio Takes an Easy One Over Austin Peay, 38-0

Austin Peay made the trip to Athens but never stood a chance against a rising Bobcats squad.


NIU Held Off A Dangerous EIU Squad To Win 43-39

Our Game of The Week turned out to be one of the games of the year as NIU held off a surging Eastern Illinois offense in a barn burner that went down to the wire.


FINAL: Penn State 34, Kent State 0

Dri Archer once again missed action, and it proved costly as the Kent State Golden Flashes were shut out by Penn St. 34-0. Kent State was never able to get anything going offensively, failing to gain even 200 total yards of offense.

With no Archer, and Trayion Durham once again proving ineffective alone, Colin Reardon was left without a running game behind him. The result was the Nittany Lions defense had no trouble neutralizing the redshirt freshman quarterback.

The Golden Flash defense performed equally as bad, allowing 463 yards of total offense including nearly 300 yards on the ground. Penn State running back Zack Zwinak rushed for 3 touchdowns on just 15 attempts. Despite Zwinak's dominance he finished third on the team with just 65 rushing yards, as backups Akeel Lynch (123 yards) and Bill Belton (90 yards) out gained him on the ground.

Kent State was outmatched, and it showed.


WMU Gets Spanked 59-3 by Iowa

Western Michigan University trailed 38-3 at the half and things didn't get much better in the second half as the offense sputtered and Iowa took out it's recent frustration with troublesome MAC schools.


Bowling Green Crushes Murray State 48-7

Not much more to report here than we did at halftime.  The Falcons simply dominated on offense, earning 660 total yards.  That number blows away the Dave Clawson-era record that was set just two weeks ago at Kent State and comes within just 46 yards of the all-time school record, which was set in 1978.

Bowling Green did allow Murray State to record 195 yards of offense in the second half, but a lot of that was helped by the fact that Bowling Green committed some really untimely penalties on defense.  The team had six penalties for 57 yards in the second half, including four on defense, after just one in the first 30 minutes.  On MSU's lone touchdown drive, the Falcons had two pass interference penalties.

However, this was an outstanding effort for Bowling Green overall.  We'll have a complete recap later tonight right here at Hustle Belt.


Bowling Green Hammering Racers 27-0 at Halftime

Not much went wrong for the Falcons in the first half today against Murray State.  There was that punt on the first drive of the game, then there was a poorly thrown interception by Matt Johnson on the third...and that was about it.  Bowling Green ran up 376 yards of offense on just 48 plays and only gave up 117 to the Racers.  They had scoring drives of 99 and 97 yards.  They rushed for 204 yards and passed for 172.  In other words, the Falcons have been dominant in building a 27-0 lead.  (Oh, there was that missed extra point after the first touchdown...sorry.)

Johnson is 15-for-18 for 172 yards, two touchdowns and that pesky pick.  Travis Greene had 76 yards rushing in the first quarter and ended the half with 94 yards on 14 carries.  Johnson also had 20 yards on the ground, including a seven-yard keeper for a touchdown.  Jordan Hopgood had a 25-yard run, and William Houston even had 20 yards on five carries.  Johnson connected with seven different receivers, including Chris Gallon four times.  Two of those four catches went for touchdowns.  Shaun Joplin led the team with 41 receiving yards.

As a team, the Falcons were 6-for-7 on third down and converted all four of their red zone attempts into touchdowns.

We'll have more after the game.  Murray State will receive the second half kickoff.


Ohio takes care of business vs. Austin Peay

A 38-0 loss was not much of a surprise in the Austin Peay Governors' trip to Athens, Ohio, but the inability to score surely was a frustrating takeaway for the team.

The second half was somewhat better for a Governors squad that picked up 114 yards and had seven penalties for 49 yards in the first. Three missed field goals (as well as one that was blocked) continued a game muddled by Governor mistakes.

Austin Peay's Andrew Spivey passed the ball relatively well in the second half and put together several nice drives.

The Governors backs did nothing to look down upon as Tim Phillips and Omar Williams busted off some nice, hard-nosed runs, with Williams even breaking a 57-yarder. But the Ohio defense stayed firm near and in the Red Zone, forcing three AP field goal attempts in the second half. One wide left, one wide right, and one blocked by Ian Wells.

Ryan Boykin punched one in from a yard out for the first Bobcat touchdown in the second half with 6:34 remaining in the third. A 47-yard Josiah Yazdani field goal may spell the end of Matt Green's starting kicking duties for Ohio.

The Wells blocked FG set up a 54-yard drive in which Daz Patterson ran on all three plays. He capped things off with a 13-yard touchdown.

A Tim Edmond fumble set Austin Peay up with good field position, and a toss up by Timarious Mitchell put them on Ohio's ten with two seconds remaining, but an incomplete pass would spell the end.


Final: Ball State (a lot), Eastern Michigan (less)

When you give up 27 points in the first quarter, it's not easy to come back from, especially when those 27 points are good enough to put your opponent away for the whole game.

This was just another display of poor tackling by the Ron English-led Eastern Michigan defense. Letting up 258 offensive yards, Ball State totaled 543 yards off of 68 snaps. Eastern Michigan also had nine penalties against them, costing them 81 yards.

He didn't find his way into the end zone at all, but Willie Snead had the most receptions (9) and receiving yards (175) of the game. His teammate Jordan Williams, however, had two touchdowns in the second quarter.

In what could have been a really good quarterback battle between Keith Wenning and Tyler Benz, this was more of a one-sided affair favoring the Cardinals. Wenning threw for 317 yards with a pair of touchdowns while Benz threw for 212 yards with only one touchdown and a pair of interceptions.

Bronson Hill also got over his speed bump, making his second 100-yard rushing performance for the season. He had 21 carries for 126 yards with a long of 35.

Ball State is now 3-1 while the Eagles fall to 1-3 in their first in-conference game.

School 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Final
Ball State 27 7 17 0 51
Eastern Michigan 6 7 7 0 20

Scoring plays:

3rd quarter-

13:09: Scott Secor makes 35-yard field goal. (Ball State 37-13).

12:08: Dustin Creel 24-yard receiving TD from Tyler Benz. PAT good. (Ball State 37-20).

10:51: Jahwan Edwards 10-yard rushing TD. PAT good. (Ball State 44-20).

3:16: Jahwan Edwards 3-yard rushing TD. PAT good. (Ball State 51-20).

4th quarter-




(Ball State) Wenning: 17/28. 317 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, 0 Sack.

(EMU) Benz: 20/32. 212 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 3 Sack


(Ball State) Edwards: 15 rush, 81 yards, 3 TD.

(EMU) Hill: 21 rush, 126 yards, 0 TD.


(Ball State) Williams: 4 rec., 105 yards, 2 TD.

(EMU) Creel: 5 rec., 60 yards, 1 TD.


Ohio leads Austin Peay at the half.

Ohio had their way with the visiting Austin Peay Governors in the first half, and that shouldn't change in the second half. Ohio's Tyler Tettleton threw three touchdown passes in the first half. His first connection with Matt Waters for a six-yard TD was the 50th passing TD in his Ohio career.

Tettleton found his brother in arms Donte Foster deep for a 53-yarder, and Waters again for a 23-yard touchdown to bring the total to 21-0, and that's where it stands at the half. Tettleton was 9/11 for 135 yards before being pulled for Derrius Vick, who put together a solid drive before settling for a missed Matt Green 48-yard field goal.

Austin Peay failed to generate much of well... anything. The Governors picked up their first first down of the game with about 12 minutes remaining in the 2nd quarter. False starts marred the first half offensively for Austin Peay. The exasperation showed in the mannerisms of the Governors' offense for much of the half.


UMass Loses 24-7

The Minutemen tried their hardest in this one and for awhile things were looking good. But ultimately the Commodores were too much to handle. UMass fell 24-7 after Vandy rattled off two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to seal the deal and hand UMass its fourth loss of the year.

A.J. Doyle suffered an ankle injury of some sort in the game as well and Mike Wegzyn closed out the game for the Minutemen.


Ball State at Eastern Michigan: Halftime

The first quarter was absolutely horrible for the Eagles. They started off strong after they received the opening kickoff, driving down the field for a 7-yard Darius Jackson rushing touchdown. Keith Wenning threw a pair of good floaters to Jordan Williams into the end zone for some scores that helped give Ball State the 27-6 edge.

The second quarter was a different story, though. The Cardinals didn't light up the scoreboard like they did in the first 15 minutes of the game. Their only score happened with 59 seconds left in the half with a 27-yard rushing touchdown by Jamill Smith off of a reverse to the left side. Ball State didn't have to punt until the second quarter, in which they were forced to three times.

Scoring plays:

1st quarter-

11:27: Darius Jackson 7-yard rushing TD. PAT blocked (EMU 6-0).

8: 55: Jahwan Edwards 36-yard rushing TD rush. PAT good (Ball State 7-6).

6: 29: Horactio Banks 43-yard rushing TD. Bad snap on PAT, missed 2-pt. (Ball State 13-6).

5:11: Jordan Williams 15-yard receiving TD from Keith Wenning. PAT good. (Ball State 20-6).

1: 46: Jordan Williams 31-yard receiving TD from Wenning. PAT good. (Ball State 27-6).

2nd quarter-

7:00: Ryan Brumfield 1-yard rushing TD. PAT good. (Ball State 27-13).

0:59: Jamill Smith 27-yard rushing TD. PAT good. (Ball State 34-13).



(Ball State) Wenning: 10/18. 122 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, 0 Sack.

(EMU) Benz: 12/19. 126 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, 3 Sack.


(Ball State) Edwards: 9 rush, 57 yards, 1 TD.

(EMU) Jackson: 7 rush, 41 yards, 1 TD.


(Ball State) Williams: 3 rec., 55 yards, 2 TD.

(EMU) Creel: 3 rec., 31yards, 0 TD.


Bass Suspended for Bobcats

The defending MAC East defensive player of the week Devin Bass will not play Saturday after a suspension for a violation of team rules.

Last week Bass picked up a team high 11 tackles, had four pass breakups, and sealed the game with an interception of Marshall's Rakeem Cato. After an indefinite Lorenzo Fisher suspension, Bass has filled in more than capably. His presence will be missed but Ohio will call on Ian Wells, who started 11 of the teams 13 games a year ago.

Ohio is set to take on Austin Peay at 2:00pm (Eastern).


Toledo leads CMU at Half 21-14

Halftime at Kelly-Shorts Stadium has the Toledo Rockets up on the Central Michigan Chippewas 21-14.

It started as a duel of freshman quarterbacks, with redshirt Cooper Rush under center for CMU, and true frosh Logan Woodside for Toledo. Rush has looked much, much better, throwing 162 yards on 10/18 and a touchdown. Woodside hadn't made any real mistakes but multiple drops by his receivers have kept the team from moving the ball. In the second quarter, Woodside took a seat as senior QB Terrance Owens came in, sprained knee and all, and immediately led the team on a 9 play, 96 yard drive, capped off by a beautiful 1 handed TD grab by Alonzo Russell.

The difference in the game has been turnovers: the Rockets have a pick by Chase Murdock, and a fumble recovery for a score by Junior Sylvestre.


Logan Woodside Starts at Quarterback For Toledo

Despite warming up in pregame and practicing several times this week, Terrance Owens is on Toledo's sideline to start the game. If you remember he suffered a sprained knee in the Rockets' win last week so it was unlikely he'd get the start today no matter how well he looked in pregame.

Owens getting in at some point during the game today hasn't been ruled out, but considering how bad Central Michigan has looked in these first few minutes, it's unlikely he comes in.


GOTW: NIU vs. Eastern Illinois Open Thread

Join us as we discuss the Game of The Week. Get you're popcorn ready, this should be fun!


Jahwan Edwards Cleared to Play

Well isn't this nice. Ball State's electric running back Jahwan Edwards who has missed the Cardinals last two games due to concussion-like symptoms will apparently be gracing us with his presence today in Ypsilanti.

Having a healthy Edwards back means BSU just got a lot more scary on offense.


Week 4 Gameday Open Thread

It's gameday once again. Join in as we discuss all things MAC Football.


Ragin' Cajuns Invade Akron On Saturday Evening

The Zips came tantalizingly close to winning at Michigan last week. How does Akron respond this week at home against a more equitable opponent? Beating the Ragin' Cajuns will require the Zips to do many of the same things they were able to do in Ann Arbor. Can they?


Bowling Green Football Wants to Welcome You to 'The Good Life'

Fresh off an embarrassing stomping at the feet of the Indiana Hoosiers the Bowling Green Falcons want to remind you that BG Football is good. To do so they've enlisted the help of one MR. Kanye West, circa 2007. In a masterful blend of Yeezy and Falcons highlights you almost forget the fact that Bowling Green was dismantled by the Hoosiers last week...almost. Even Kanye isn't that good.


Will The RedHawks Take Flight vs Cincinnati?

The Bearcats look poised to capture the Victory Bell for an eighth straight year.


NIU vs. EIU: A battle for Illinois Supremacy

Two intrastate foes hit the gridiron for some action in DeKalb, IL. There should be plenty of points, which is always nice if you love some #MACtion.


Can Central Michigan Keep Up With The Rockets?

Toledo heads into Central Michigan's home field for what should be a good ole fashioned MAC shootout.


Bowling Green Hosts Murray State on Saturday

The Racers are yet another in a month-long string of teams with strong offenses that the Falcons must deal with to begin the season. Murray State scored 83 points in its second game of the season, and regardless of the opponent, that's hard to do. Can a banged-up BGSU defense hold up?


Kent State Gets Next Crack at Big Ten

The Golden Flashes travel to Happy Valley to do battle with the Nittany Lions


The Bobcats Host a Weak Austin Peay Squad Saturday

Ohio welcomes FCS foe Austin Peay of Tennessee to Peden Stadium in what should prove to be a building week for the 'Cats against the struggling Governors.


CMU Has Crisp New Throwbacks For Saturday's Game

The Chippewas season might not look too great right now, but that won't be the case for the players themselves come Saturday thanks to some crisp throwback uniforms.


Ball State at Eastern Michigan Preview

Cardinals and Eagles look to start of the conference season in a winning way Saturday in Ypsilanti.


Spread Offense - Making Money on the MAC

In the red after one week, it's time to make some money back.


WMU @ Iowa: A Q&A with Black Heart Gold Patns

Western Michigan wraps up their tough non-conference schedule this weekend with a trip to the always tough Kinnick Stadium. We asked Ross from Black Heart Gold Pants to answer some questions for us on the game.


Dri Archer Doubtful For Penn State

The Kent State superhero went down with a sprained ankle in Week 1, and is likely going to sit out his third straight game.


MAC Football Week 4 Overview

Here's a handy little breakdown of all of this week's #MACtion to help you plan accordingly. You're welcome.

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