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MAC Football Week 6 Coverage

It's officially MACtion season as we have a full slate of conference action on deck this week. The Bobcats get a shot at some upstart Zips the Broncos row their boat over to Toledo, and we get a rematch of the 2012 MAC Championship Game as two of the conference's best players face off.

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Hustle Belt Awards Standings: Week 6

The MACtion is in full force and the awards watch lists are starting to get jumbled up as we see who the primetime performers are in the conference.


Ball State destroys Virginia

The Cardinals torched the Cavaliers in Charlottesville Saturday


Week 6: Scores and Standings Roundup

Come see the lack of middle-class in the MAC East and NIU is still the only team ranked, but not leading their division.


Miami's "Muddle Huddle" Backfires Agianst CMU

It took a hard face slap and then some comic relief from the MIami RedHawks to awaken a slumbering CMU team and start the Chippewas on a march toward their first MAC victory.


Akron Being Akron, Loses To Ohio 43-3

Things had looked up for Akron over the last few weeks, then Ohio came to town and reduced the Zips to their former selves.


Huskies Ranked No. 23 In Latest AP Top 25

The Huskies have jumped into the Top 25 of the latest AP Poll after beating Kent State 38-24.


NIU, BSU Get Some Love In the Latest Coaches Poll

The latest USA Today Coaches Poll is out, and just like last week the NIU Huskies come in at No. 23, but a fellow MAC school is receiving some much-deserved love as well.


MAC Football Power Rankings: Week 6

Week 6 is in the books. The conference landscape is starting to take shape already as several teams find themselves in big holes, or sitting on top of their divisions with several key wins. This week, the rich got richer, and the awful got, well...awfuler.


WATCH: Video Proof That Miami's Offense Can Score

Miami's offense is having a rough year. The RedHawks have found it quite a challenge to find the endzone in 2013, but like yetis, unicorns and aliens, a Miami offense touchdown is real. See it for yourself.


BGSU Tramples UMass in 28-7 Victory

UMass played very well on defense for about 20 minutes on Saturday, but their offense was once again utterly devoid of any productivity whatsoever. Under the weight of that burden, the defense collapsed amongst four straight BGSU touchdowns and another Minutemen loss.


Ball State Knocks Off Virginia 48-27

Cardinals take advantage of Cavalier penalties, turnovers en route to convincing victory


NIU defeats Kent State in championship rematch

The 2012 MAC Championship Game redux didn't change the outcome.


Final Score: Bowling Green 28, Massachusetts 7

Bowling Green scored touchdowns on (at least) four consecutive possessions for the third straight week and cruised to a 28-7 victory over Massachusetts on Saturday afternoon.  UMass did not score until midway through the fourth quarter, after the game was 28-0 and out of reach.  Mike Wegzyn relieved A.J. Doyle in the third quarter and led UMass on two long drives, including the one touchdown.  The Falcons, who led 14-0 at the half, added two touchdowns at the beginning of the third quarter on consecutive drives that went 5 plays for 56 yards and then 5 plays for 55 yards. The two scores were by Tyler Beck (second of his career) and Heath Jackson (first of his career).

The Falcons enjoyed a 448-280 edge in total yards and managed to earn their first interception of the season.

UMass falls to 0-5, while Bowling Green improves to 5-1.  Following a trip to Mississippi State and a bye week, the Falcons will take their 3-0 Mid-American Conference record into their Oct. 26th game at home against arch-rival Toledo.

We'll have more about this game later tonight with a complete recap.


FINAL: Toledo 47, WMU 20

It was the David Fluellen show at the Glass Bowl as he racked up 220 yards on 23 carries and 4 touchdowns en route to a 47-20 Toledo win over Western Michigan.

Rare is the day that Toledo does more on the ground than through the air, but that's how it shook out as 360 of the Rockets' 528 yards were built on the ground game. In the pass game, Terrance Owens was 11 of 25 for 149 yards and a touchdown pass to Bernard Reedy.

For the Broncos, the stat that sticks out the furthest is turnovers: 2 picks, and 2 fumbles. Tyler VanTubbergen was 8 for 19 for 104 yards, and not only coughed up the two picks (both to Chaz Whittaker), but gave up a 3rd quarter fumble that Trent Voss picked up and ran in for a defensive touchdown. Zach Terrell came in for the Broncos in garbage time and actually outdid VanTubbergen: throwing 10 of 13 for 185 yards and a score. Granted, it's against the second and third team, but compare that to Logan Woodside who came in for a few reps for Toledo and only managed to go 2 of 8 for 6 yards.

Next week, the Broncos host the Buffalo Bulls, while Toledo enjoys a bye week.


CMU Defeats Miami 21-9

Central Michigan overcame early miscues by its freshman quarterback, Cooper Rush, and a fumble by its star receiver, Titus Davis, to defeat the Miami Redhawks in Oxford, Ohio.

In the third quarter, Chippewas used timely passes to several of its wide receivers including Jerry Harris, Titus Davis and Anthony Rice to methodically move the ball 84 yards on 16 plays. The drive took 7:46 off the clock and was finished by a three yard touchdown run by Saylor Lavallii, giving CMU a 14-9 lead.

From there, the Chippewas imposed their will on the Redhawks by grinding out rushing yards resulting in another touchdown. Maurice Shoemaker-Gilmore dazzled with a 16 touchdown run with 6:13 left in the fourth quarter.

The Chippewa defense throttled any further offensive efforts by the Redhawks. Cooper Rush was able to run out the final two minutes of game clock and the Chippewas were rewarded with a rare victory.


Halftime Update: Bowling Green 14, UMass 0

Want to know about the first half of this game?

Consider this: the first ten possessions all ended in punts.  Also, the two teams combined for six first downs and 115 yards in the first quarter.

Bowling Green finally got their offense going in the second quarter and scored on their final two possessions to end the half with a 14-0 lead.  The first score came on a 51-yard pass reception by Ronnie Moore.  On the play, Matt Johnson faked a pass to Moore, turned around and faked an end-around to Jordan Hopgood, then turned around again and threw to a wide-open Moore, who weaved through the secondary for the score.  The second touchdown came on a one-yard run by William Houston, who has seven touchdown runs in 2013.  Of those, six are from one yard out.

BGSU outgained 239-127 in the first half and ran 41 plays versus just 25 by the Minutemen.  In the second quarter alone, the Falcons ran 21 plays for 171 yards, while UMass ran just ten for 80 yards.  Well over half of those yards (51, to be exact) came on one Jamal Wilson run.  Massachusetts was just 1-for-7 on third down and had only four first downs, compared to 11 for BGSU.  As for time of possession, the Falcons nearly doubled UMass and ended the half with an edge of 19:40 to 10:20.

Bowling Green's Travis Greene had 16 carries for 118 yards in the first half, while Johnson was 7-for-14 with 109 yards and a touchdown.  His seven completions went to six different receivers; only Moore caught more than one ball.  For UMass, Wilson had 106 yards on 11 carries.  However, quarterback A.J. Doyle completed only three of his 13 pass attempts for just 14 yards.  Bernard Davis is the leading receiver with one catch for seven yards.  Tajae Sharpe also has a catch but for only six yards.

More after the game...


The Zips Don't Stand a Chance

Here is the Akron team everyone knows and loves...To make fun of. The Zips had several solid defensive stops from the beginning (even as they fumbled away a ball that resulted in a safety). Within no time in the second quarter, the game got quickly out of hand. It would with a final score of 43-3.

The Bobcats forced several turnovers, with Thad Ingol picking up an interception and also returning a fumble for a touchdown.

Ryan Boykin, Troy Mangen, Donte Foster, Daz Patterson and Ingol scored touchdowns for the Bobcats. Josiah Yazdani booted three field goals in the victory.

Akron struggled all day to put together anything offensively and were sacked more than a few times. The Zips hadn't been sacked in their last three games. Well, today Pohl saw White and Green in his face all day, as he was sacked eight times.

Tarell Basham, Brandon Purdum and Ty Bransz disrupted the Akron passing game for much of the day, as the Ohio secondary played lights out.


HALF: David Fluellen leads Toledo over WMU 23-7

It's been the David Fluellen show at the Glass Bowl as the Toledo Rockets lead the Western Michigan Broncos 23-7 at the half.

Flu broke the century mark early on in the second quarter, and is already responsible for two TDs: a 7-yard trot in the first quarter, and a 6 yard score in the 2nd quarter. Toledo has also scored on 40 yard TD pass from Terrance Owens to Bernard Reedy back in the first stanza.

For the Broncos, Tyler VanTubbergan connected with Eric Boyden on a 16 yard pass. That's VanTubbergan's 4th passing touchdown of the season.


FINAL: Buffalo 42, EMU 14

It wasn't as close as the score would suggest.


Ohio Zipping Up Akron

The Akron Zips had finally began to start impressing. Then they played this first half against Ohio.

Ohio leads at the half 30-3 and are making mincemeat of Akron.

After Ohio's first possession resulted in a punt, Akron fumbled the return and in the ensuing scramble, Ohio ended up adding two points with the safety.

After trading possessions, Ohio came back with a drive in which they extended the lead to 9-3  (Akron collected a field goal) on a fade to Donte Foster. After Tyler Tettleton threw an interception, the Bobcats would come back, drice down the field and score on a pass to Troy Mangen.

A few turnovers later, Ohio stretched the lead to 27. Ryan Boykin punched one in from a yard out and Thad Ingol provided solid play from the safety position, with an interception and later a fumble return for a touchdown.


Halftime: CMU leads Miami 7-3, despite lightning

The thunder and lightning at Yager Stadium delayed the CMU-Miami contest for almost an hour. The weather has provided most of the fireproof in the first half.

CMU has been outplayed by Miami, but managed to hold on to a 7-3 lead courtesy of a 16 yard you touchdown run by Saylor Lavallii following a 54 yard punt return by Titus Davis.

Miami got off to a 3-0 lead on a 40 yard field goal by Kaleb Patterson with 4:28 left in the first quarter. After that, Miami has moved the ball consistently, but has been plagued by penalties and missed opportunities in the form of incomplete passes to open receivers and a missed field goal attempt by Patterson that was wide right from 36 yards.

Miami backup quarterback Austin Gearing provided the highlight of the game with Miami's longest play from scrimmage this year, a beautiful 48 yard run.

Miami has outgained CMU 184-80.


EMU at Buffalo Halftime Update: Bulls lead 28-7

Hard to tell if Buffalo is playing well, because the Eagles just look so dadgum bad.


PHOTO: Doyt Perry field is underwater



Week 6 Open Thread

Week 6 is here, and today we have plenty of MACtion on tap. Pull up a seat, sit back and join in as we discuss today's action.


UMass vs. BGSU: A Tale of Two Seasons

The Minutemen seek a reprieve from recent turmoil surrounding their coach and team. The Falcons seek a 3-0 start in the MAC and a perfect three-game home-stand. Which team will get what they want on Saturday afternoon at the Doyt?


BSU vs. Virginia: A Q&A With Streaking the Lawn

Hustle Belt gets an idea of what to expect from Streaking the Lawn contributor Paul Wiley


A 5-Year-Old With Leukemia Sacks Jordan Lynch

Zach Dacy is a tough little boy. When the 5-year-old leukemia patient got a chance to sack Jordan Lynch, NIU's offensive line didn't stand a chance.


Required Reading: UMass travels to Bowling Green

News and notes from the impact outlets covering UMass ahead of their MAC opener with Bowling Green


WMU at Toledo: Rockets Look Poised For a Big Day

Rocket's Homecoming match up features youngest FBS coaches Fleck and Campbell...


Jordan Lynch: Evolution of an Heisman Hopeful

Northern Illinois senior quarterback Jordan Lynch has gotten better and better with each passing week. How has he been able to keep the Huskies rolling?


NIU At Kent State: a MAC Championship Game Rematch

The Northern Illinois Huskies travel to Kent State, where they look to spoil yet another homecoming in a rematch of last year's MAC Championship game.


Can the Upstart Zips Knock Off the Veteran 'Cats?

An up and down (but mostly down) Akron squad hosts an Ohio team fresh off of a bye week.


'Desperation Bowl' Trophy Up For Grabs In Oxford

What with the Turkey Vultures circling the head coaches' offices at both universities, both teams are looking to scrap their way to a victory in the MAC.


P.J. Fleck Isn't Worried About The Broncos Start

Despite a couple of losses there during his playing days the Broncos head man has fond memories of facing the Rockets.


EMU vs Buffalo: Preview and Q & A with Bull Run

With Eastern Michigan going on the road to take on the Buffalo Bulls, I've decided to do a little Q & A with Conrad Mostiller from Bull Run.


Ball State Faces A Tough Virginia Defense Saturday

The Cardinals march into ACC country to tussle with the Cavaliers Saturday.


Spread Offense: Week Six MAC Football Odds

Hope you've dipped into the kid's college fund, because we just keep getting better and better.


MAC Football Week 6 TV Schedule & Overview

We're in the thick of MACtion season with six conference games this weekend. Ball St. is the lone MAC team playing a non-conference game in a week full of important and interesting match ups, including a rematch of the 2012 MAC Championship game.

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