Can the MAC regain its footing after a rocky Week 1? - Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

MAC Football: Week 2

The MAC took a brutal ego-bashing in Week 1 despite Bowling Green's stellar performance, and a vengeful Huskies victory over Iowa. Week 2 features our first conference matchup of the season, and plenty of Saturday action. Can the MAC regain its footing after a bumpy first week?

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Five Opinions: CMU Rallies against UNH

It wasn't easy, but the Chippewas overcame a sloppy first half, and rallied to win their home opener against FCS power, New Hampshire.


Hustle Belt Awards Standings Update: Week 2

Through two weeks, here's who we have on our award watch lists.


MAC Football Week 2 Players of The Week

Birds galore this week as a pair of Cardinals, a Falcon and a RedHawk are among those honored by the MAC this week.


Titanic'd! Nicholls sinks Broncos in Waldo opener

Suffering their 1st loss to an FCS team in nearly two decades, P.J. Fleck and his Western Michigan Broncos suddenly look very vulnerable after a long week for Bronco fans.


MAC Power Rankings Week 2

With the second week of MAC Football in the books it's time to take a look at the updated power rankings. Lots of movement this week, including a new king of the hill.


CMU Uses FG as Time Expires to Beat New Hampshire

The Chippewas' 50-point loss to Michigan was a disaster in almost every way imaginable. On Saturday against New Hampshire, it appeared things would get worse for CMU...but somehow, they found the courage to pull out a win.


Baylor Hangs 70 On Buffalo

The Bulls watched helplessly as the Baylor Bears ran over, around and past their defense Saturday.


Ohio Takes a Close One At Home Over North Texas

Ohio comes away with a close, 27-21 victory. It wasn't pretty, but well...they'll take it.


UMass Struggles on Offense in 24-14 Loss to Maine

It appears that 2013 will be another long season for the Massachusetts Minutemen. Maine, an old FCS rival, nearly doubled the offensive output of UMass and led by 17 points entering the fourth quarter.


Bowling Green Wins 41-22 at Kent State

The prevailing view of Bowling Green football this year is a team with a stifling defense and just enough offense to get by. After today, that view may need to change. In his first career start, Matt Johnson led the Falcons to nearly 600 yards of offense against a top MAC team. On the road.


All green, but Bobcat green proves best

It wasn't a pretty second half for the Ohio Bobcats, but two Matt Green field goals proved just enough to win the game for Ohio.

Tyler Tettleton threw two interceptions in the third quarter alone, and the Mean Green scored on back-to-back possessions in the third to knot the game up at 21.

A 31-yard Derek Thompson slant to Carlos Harris brought North Texas within a touchdown. After Tettleton's second interception, the Meanie Weanie Greenies drove 56 yards over eight plays to make things 21-21.

But Tyler Tettleton would be on his game in the fourth quarter, leading the Bobcats on drives of 55 and 62 respectively, with both ending in three points for the home team.

It would prove just enough as the Bobcats' Xavier Hughes capitalized on a tip drill ball that landed safely into his arms to secure the Ohio win by a score of 27-21.


Akron defeats James Madison 35-33

They needed a last second defensive stand, but the Zips defense got the job done.


Toledo falls to Missouri 38-23

Rockets looked better than Week 1, but offensive miscues keep them on their heels.


Ball St. Cruises to A 40-14 Victory

Cardinal offense continues to click in destruction of Black Knights


Miami Loses Big to Kentucky, 41-7

"I think they can go 0-12." That's what a fellow writer tweeted at me in reference to Miami (0-2) during the RedHawks' 41-7 loss Saturday. After what I saw, he may very well be right.

Nothing went right for them Saturday, and they were manhandled by a Kentucky Wildcats team coming off of a 2-10 season. Miami was smaller, less skilled and had no answer for Kentucky's "air-raid" offense. The RedHawks gave up 675 yards of offense to Kentucky. That's the third highest single-game total in Wildcats' history. Miami's offense was even worse than the defense, failing to score a single point all game. The unit managed just 123 yards...for the entire game.

To put that in perspective, Kentucky's second-string quarterback Jalen Whitlow, out gained the entire Miami offense by 28 yards.

Austin Boucher managed to put up a worse performance than last week, managing just 23 yards on 4-of-14 passing, and led the team in rushing with 28 yards on 19 carries. The offense was stale, slow, and utterly confused, and this was against a team that only had one FBS win a season ago. The lone Miami score came on a 6-yard fumble return by linebacker Chris Wade, who finished the game with seven tackles.

Today proved one thing: Miami is going to have a very loooong season. Things were so bad that the punter had nearly five times as many yards as the offense. This was an ugly game that illustrated every single flaw with this RedHawks team. There are many.


BGSU Dismantles Kent state 41-22

Bowling Green (2-0) made its statement loud and clear today: The Falcons are on a mission to dominate the rest of the MAC. After dismantling reigning MAC East champion Kent State 41-22, the Falcons have made a great case. The Falcons' win snapped KSU's 11-game MAC winning streak, and sent a message that there's a new top dog in the East...and its a bird.

We all knew the Falcons had a stud-defense. But it was their offense that stole the show Saturday afternoon. Led by sophomore starting quarterback Matt Johnson, making his first career start, the Falcons looked like one of the better offenses in the MAC. The team totaled 576 yards of total offense, including a 357-yard, two touchdown performance from Johnson.

He was in control all afternoon, marching the team down the field with ease, and continually making big play after big play. Johnson turned the Golden Flashes secondary into a piece of Swiss cheese, having his way with them. In the third quarter he showed Bowling Green fans why he was able to supplant third-year start Matt Schilz when he threw a 92-yard touchdown, one of the longest in school history. Complimenting the Falcons' air-assault was a powerful rushing attack that out gained the Dri Archer-less Kent state running game 219 to 138.

Travis Greene was once again the featured back, amassing 145 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. Freshman back William Houston had the most interesting stat-line of the day, managing a touchdown despite finishing with -3 rushing yards. His one-yard score in the early fourth quarter gave him his fourth in two games, and showed the potential Bowling Green's offense has.

Kent State was at an immediate disadvantage from the beginning without Archer. Freshman quarterback Colin Reardon did a good job of making up for the loss of Archer in the first half as Bowling Green's defense struggled to corral the gunslinger. Reardon finished with 222 total yards and two touchdowns, but ran into the full force of the BG defense in the second half. Trayion Durham struggled to help out the QB, as he stumbled for just 24 rushing yards on 11 carriers without his complimentary back, Archer, to offset him in the backfield.

Roosevelt Nix had a good game for KSU, totaling six tackles in the game, but the rest of the defense struggled to slow a surging Falcons' offensive attack.

Fresh off of a thorough beating on Tulsa, Bowling Green is making a strong case to the AP Poll voters that the No. 36 team should be taken seriously. The Falcons are for real, and are making a strong case to be the favorites to win the MAC right now.


EMU Falls Flat In The 2nd Half, Lose 45-7

The EMU Eagles continue to disappoint. Entering halftime the Eagles trailed Penn State 17-7 and despite a lackluster offensive performance, were very much in the game. That all changed in the second half.

Penn State scored four times in the final 17 minutes of the game to put EMU away easily, 45-7.

In the end EMU's lack of offensive production got the best of them as the defense was beat down in the final stretch of the game. The Eagles managed just 183 yards of total offense, compared to allowing 583 from the Nittany Lions. EMU's offensive line struggled to get any separation, and ti showed.

The Eagles managed just 65 yards on the ground, on 35 attempts for a 1.7 yards-per-carry average. Tyler Benz played relatively well, despite the fact that they couldn't get anything moving offensively. He was 17-of-26 for just 115 yards, but limited mistakes and didn't turn the ball over.

Penn State was bigger, faster, stronger, and hungrier for the win. Freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg torched the Eagles' defense in the second half, finishing the game with 311 yards and a touchdown on a 45-yard pass to Allen Robinson less than three minutes into the fourth quarter. The Eagles allowed several big plays all game, including a 51-yard TD run by Bill Benton.

Ron English's defense allowed two 100-yard rushers on the day, Benton and Akeel Lynch. Benton and fellow running back Zach Zwinak added two scores apiece.  All told the Nittany Lions accumulated 251 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.

With the loss EMU slips to 1-1, after pulling out a come-from-behind win over FCS opponent Howard in Week 1. Today the Eagles showed why many have picked them to finish last, and why unless something drastically changes in the next few weeks, English could be looking for a new job at the end of the season.

EMU is far from being competitive, and today proved it.


Miami at Kentucky Preview

The RedHawks are looking for their first win of the 2013 season against a Kentucky team that trounced Kent State in 2013.


Akron takes on James Madison in home opener

Terry Bowden and the Zips look to get their first win of the season against FCS foe James Madison in their home opener.


EMU at Penn State: Preview

A come-from behind win feels good, but how will the Eagles feel after playing four quarters of football in Happy Valley?


Bowling Green Faces Kent State in Key MAC Game

The Anniversary Award is up for grabs on the second Saturday of the season. Who will win what Hustle Belt rated as the #7 rivalry in the MAC?


Can CMU Beat New Hampshire Without Zurlon Tipton?

After getting destroyed literally and figuratively last week at Michigan, Central Michigan faces a tough test in their home opener.


Toledo Looks to Rebound Against Missouri

After a difficult 24-6 loss at Florida in Week 1, Toledo looks to recover against another SEC opponent as the Rockets take on Missouri.


Nicholls vs WMU Preview: A whole new Waldo

P.J. Fleck and the 2013 Western Michigan Broncos open their home schedule this weekend with a visit from familiar FCS foe Nicholls State.


Buffalo at No. 23 Baylor Preview

Looking for the Buffalo at No. 23 Baylor preview and coverage? Well, our friends over at UB Bull Run have you covered with a comprehensive StoryStream covering every facet of Saturday's matchup.

Check it out HERE.


MAC Football Week 2: An Overview Of Where To Watch

Looking for when all the #MACtion is on this week? Not sure where your game will be televised? No worries. We've got you covered in our Week 2 Overview.


The Ohio Bobcats take on the North Texas

The Ohio Bobcats look to get back on the right track after a Week one performance that left much to be desired.


Ball St. vs. Army Preview

Ball State looks to Lembotomize Army Saturday at Scheumann Stadium


UMass vs. Maine Preview

The Minutemen renew an old FCS rivalry as they look for their first win of 2013.


The Huskies Stay On Top of Our 1st Power Rankings

NIU is still king, but Bowling Green is inching closer.

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