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Another week of #MACtion is in the books, and we've updated our Hustle Belt Award watch lists to reflect all the new developments around the league.
The Western Michigan Broncos put up a decent fight, but Kain Colter and Company were too much.
What follows is my attempt to quantify what happened on Saturday based solely on highlights, tweets and the box score.
Some more movement up top once again as we look at the carnage that was Week 3.
Akron's game against Michigan was better than Bowling Green's game against Indiana. Definitely did not see that one coming.
The first three games of 2013 have made one thing abundantly clear for Kent State: Dri Archer means everything to their offense. If Archer doesn't get healthy, and soon, the season will become a lost one for the Golden Flashes.
After another rough week of #MACtion it's time to look at what we learned.
The Eagles continue to struggle to put together a full product on the field, and it showed once more.
Jordan Lynch and crew nearly started the season 1-1 after an ugly performance in Moscow.
Ball State's offense stalls in second half, North Texas comes from behind to sink Cardinals 34-27
The Bobcats hosted a Thundering Herd squad coming off two consecutive victories, having outscored their opponents 107-14 in those two matchups. Ohio came away with a victory in a tense down to the wire finish.
Winning on the road in a Big Ten stadium is difficult enough to do when the road team is playing well. When they have several self-inflicted wounds, even very good teams can get blown out. And that's precisely what happened to Bowling Green on Saturday in Bloomington.
Akron hadn't won on the road in five years. Brady Hoke had never lost at home as coach at Michigan. Akron barely beat James Madison last week. Michigan took down Notre Dame. This game was going to be a Wolverine cakewalk, right? As Lee Corso would say, "Not so fast, my friend."
Ohio came out in the second half with purpose, as Tyler Tettleton willed the team down the field to score a touchdown. Beau Blankenship capped things off with a three yard run after Tettleton went 6-6 passing for 78 yards.
Marshall responded to Ohio's drive by putting together one of their own. It was an impressive 6-yard drive that spanned 5:13 over 15 plays.
And wouldn't you know it, Ohio responded right back. It was nothing pretty, well at least not until the end of the drive. But combined with a few short plays, a nifty shovel pass on third and long to Matt Waters, and a timely pass interference on fourth and three, Ohio was able to put together a _ yard drive. Waters and Donte Foster would come up with timely receptions to keep it going to help Blankenship ultimately secure the TD, making it 31-17.
And well...Marshall responded on top of that. You get the picture. Rakeem Cato directed a 75-yard drive with relative ease to pull the Thundering Herd within seven.
After an Ohio punt, Cato would be picked off by Devin Bass who had a whale of a game for the Bobcats. The 'Cats would then turn their gold into cash by picking up a field goal, extending the lead to 34-24.
Marshall and Rakeem Cato would move the ball down the field again and would find themselves with first and goal. a snap would fall behind Cato who would still complete a pass to his receiver at the two yard line. A run on the next play would come up short and the Herd were faced with 3rd and goal from the one. Cato would waltz into the end zone on the next play.
The onside kick put a scare into more than a few of the Bobcat and Herd faithful, but skipped harmlessly out of bounds. After the kneel down, Ohio pulled out a 34-31 victory to claim the Battle for the Bell.
The Western Michigan Broncos haven't looked terrible against the powerful zone-read offense of the Northwestern Wildcats, and find themselves only down 24-10 at the half.
It could've been worse for either team, as the Bronco offense has struggled at times but has had their moments against the Wildcat defense while Northwestern has played about 2/3 of their snaps in the WMU zone.
After a clumsy first quarter by both teams, in which WMU held a 3-0 lead, both offenses woke up.
Northwestern finished the 1st half with 268 yards of offense including 181 rushing yards. Kain Colter and Trevor Siemian have split snaps, with Colter having a huge 2nd quarter. The senior quarterback has 77 yds on 10 carries rushing including a 2 yd TD and has gone 4-for-5 passing for 21 yards and a TD, but also has an interception on the first drive of the game.
Treyvon Green has been a monster on the ground, holding 66 yards on 12 carries. Mike Trumpy has been no slouch either with 32 yards on 5 carries and a TD. Christian Jones has 5 catches for 60 yards and the receiving TD.
As for the Broncos, Tyler VanTubbergen has been up and down. He is 7-for-17 for 126 and a TD, but has a forced interception and 75 of those yards came on one long TD to freshman WR Corey Davis which gave the Broncos a 10-7 lead.
Davis has 3 catches for 101 yards and a TD as the main target.
Rushing-wise, the Broncos have had mixed success. Dareyon Chance has 26 yds on 8 carries and TVT has 13 yards on 2 carries. Brian Fields has another TD with his 4 rushes for 9 yards.
However, punter J Schroeder has been wildly inconsistent with 4 punts for 100 yards, but 2 punts of 12 yards.
WMU is set to receive the ball to start the 2nd half, so lets see if they can get anything going again.
It feels weird thinking that a team would need to overcome anything to beat an FCS squad, but when that team hung 49 points on Oregon State, you tend to get nervous.
With Terrance Owens out of the game in with a knee injury, and David Fluellen taped up after tweaking an ankle, the Rockets held the high-powered Eagles offense in check to come away with a 33-21 victory at the Glass Bowl.
True freshman QB Logan Woodside stepped in for Owens, and while they held him to mostly flare passes, he did manage to accrue 185 yards on 14/24 passing, including a 91-yard touchdown toss to Bernard Reedy. Most of the offense ran through the running game, though, as the Rockets ground out 325 yards. Fluellen ran for 143 and two first half TDs, but when he started to slow down due to an injury of his own, Cassius McDowell picked up the slack for 89 yards, and Damien Jones-Moore ran for 29 yards, including a 4 yard touchdown run.
The big story coming into this game was the Eastern Washington offense, but the Rockets D was up for the challenge: the Eagles had 377 total yards, but only 51 yards of that came through the air. A pick and a fumble recovery certainly helped the effort. The 300+ passing yards might seem problematic for a team that's trying to answer questions on its defense, but consider the opponent does a lot through the air.
The postgame reports are that Owens will be okay for next week's conference opener at Central Michigan. If he can't make it, they know that the Frosh can win them a game. If he can, then it's good to have a backup with game experience in your back pocket.
It's not hard to figure out how Kent State lost this one. Dri Archer did not play much, and when he did, he was pretty much invisible. Kent State gained fewer than 250 yards of total offense, while LSU totaled nearly 600. The Golden Flashes allowed 300 rushing yards. And when KSU had opportunities on the Tiger side of the field, they could not convert those chances into touchdowns.
It isn't a fun night for Kent State fans, but the game really doesn't mean anything in the long run. Despite falling to 1-2 overall, the team still has seven more Mid-American Conference games ahead of them. They'll play Penn State next week before getting back to the MAC schedule in two weeks at Western Michigan.
A complete recap of the game will be available later tonight.
Ohio and Marshall combined for a relatively modest (by their terms) 27 points. The teams combined for _ yards as Ohio led Marshall 17-10 going into the half.
Rakeem Cato led first Marshall scoring drive, completing 5-5 passes with the drive culminating in a one-yard Kevin Grooms leaping touchdown.
Cato played efficiently in the first half, completing 15-25 passes for 193 yards. Cato progressed through his reads and more often than not found open receivers or intermediate gains. Cato tossed up a few long balls that were well defended by Bobcat defenders.
Ohio failed to get much of a push from the O-Line, with most of their rushing in the first coming when Derrius Vick came in at quarterback and operated the zone-read. The 'cats have utilized the zone-read in much of Tyler Tettleton's time in Athens, but seem to have gone away from letting the Senior quarterback keep it around end.
Beau Blankenship and Ryan Boykin would only combine for 15 yards in the half.
Marshall easily outperformed Ohio in terms of first downs, racking up 16 of them compared to the 'Cats 6. Marshall also outgained Ohio 273 to 127 as far total yardage goes.
TE Troy Hill, who came into the game with no receptions, caught four for 44 yards in the half.
Tettleton was also sacked for first time vs Marshall in his career by James Rouse.
Marshall lost two fumbles in the first quarter.
After the Bobcats put up three on a 32-yard Matt Green field goal, Steward Butler for the Herd fumbled the ball on the ensuing kickoff. Someone ran into the ball, which skipped to the back of the end zone. Toran Davis fell on the ball and after the XP, Ohio had a 17-7 lead.
A high powered first quarter settled down into a quiet second, and a Jeremiah Detmer field goal has given Toledo a 16-14 lead.
True freshman QB Logan Woodside hasn't had opportunity to do much through the air, as the offense has been put on the shouldersof David Fluellen. #22 has answered the call, carrying 14 times for 131 yards and the 2 first quarter scores. For his part, Woodside is 5/11 for 13 yards, opting for lots of passes to the sidelines.
The Rockets defense seems to have figured out how to slow up the Eagles, allowing that high-flying offense to get only 42 yards in the second half, and forcing a fumble and a pick.
Detmer's 23 yard field goal with 11 minutes to go was his 23rd straight field goal, tying a Rockets record (Alex Steigerwald). Unfortunately, a field goal attempt at the end of the half would not fly true, ending that streak.
Kent State fell behind 21-0 after one quarter in Baton Rouge, but, despite constant problems on defense, the deficit did not grow in the second quarter. Each team put up 10 points in the second frame, and LSU leads 31-10 at the mid-game break.
The Golden Flashes' defense has not been able to slow down the Tigers at all. LSU rolled to 359 yards in the first half, and Zach Mettenberger accounted for 232 yards in the air on just 10 completions. Jarvis Landry caught three of those balls for 67 yards, and two of the catches went for touchdowns. Odell Beckham has 71 yards on four catches, while Connor Neighbors and Travin Dural have 52- and 36-yard catches, respectively. Jeremy Hill has LSU's other two scores as he accumulated 117 yards on 11 carries. His 58-yard rumble three minutes into the game opened scoring.
KSU has just 105 yards of total offense and has only one drive of more than 20 yards. That one drive went 75 yards and resulted in the Flashes' only touchdown of the half, when Colin Reardon ran around the right corner and scored from two yards out. Reardon is 8/10 with 84 yards passing, but he has been completely ineffective on the ground with six carries for a total loss of one yard. Trayion Durham has just 20 yards on 10 carries.
Dri Archer has just one touch, a seven-yard catch in the first quarter. He did not play in the second quarter and may have aggravated his previous injury. Given LSU's lead, it's unlikely that he will play in the second half.
LSU could actually have a bigger lead, but they muffed a Kent State punt late in the first half. KSU recovered at the LSU 20, and Anthony Melchiori converted the turnover into a field goal and the current 31-10 deficit.
After building a 27-16 halftime lead, the Ball State Cardinals were unable to hold on Saturday in Denton and fell to the North Texas Mean Green 34-27.
Ball State's explosive offense was hot from the opening snap, scoring 20 first quarter points and running up 346 yards in the first half. The second half the Cardinals were unable to get on the scoreboard, and finished the game with 502 total yards. Ball State's Maxwell Award candidate Keith Wenning completed 26 of 45 passes for 334 yards two touchdowns and two interceptions. The two interceptions were the first of the season for Wenning. Jamill Smith paced the Cardinals with 113 receiving yards on 4 catches. Horactio Banks, playing an increased role with Jahwan Edwards still out with concussion-like symptoms, carried the ball 12 times for 142 yards and a touchdown.
Wennings counterpart, North Texas senior quarterback Derek Thompson, threw for 274 yards and touchdown. The Mean Green dual threat added another 75 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground. Brandin Byrd totaled 80 yards on 18 carries and Purdue transfer Reggie Pegram chipped in 66 yards and a touchdown.
Turnovers played the story in this one. Ball State fumbled the ball four times, losing three, to go along with Wenning's two interceptions. The Cardinals were unable to take advantage of nine Mean Green penalties totaling 75 yards, including two on their final drive, improving the Cardinals field position.
The Cardinals are back in action next Saturday at 1PM against Eastern Michigan.
After the first 15 minutes, Toledo trails Eastern Washington 14-13. The high-flying offense for the Eagles has been as advertised, racking up 164 in the first quarter.
But the headline has to be an injury to Senior QB Terrance Owens. With about 3 minutes left in the quarter, he took off on a designed run, and was tackled by two defenders. One went high, the other went low, and while TO was able to get on his feet, they put him on the cart anyways to take him to the locker room. Trainers say it's a left knee injury, and he is done for the game. His replacement is true frosh Logan Woodside.
It's over in Bloomington, Ind., and the Bowling Green Falcons have fallen in an unexpected 42-10 rout to the Indiana Hoosiers.
After falling behind at halftime by a 21-10 count, Bowling Green had several opportunities to score in the second half but could never convert. Meanwhile, the Falcons could not find any answers against the Indiana offense. They allowed three second half touchdowns and over 600 yards of total offense to the Hoosiers.
Perhaps the biggest surprise was Indiana's 267 yards rushing. Stephen Houston ran for 155 yards on 13 carries, while Tevin Coleman earned 130 yards of his own on 19 rushes. Coleman also had two touchdown runs.
Bowling Green's running game never got going in the way it did during the first two weeks, and Travis Greene was the leading rusher for the Falcons with just 43 yards. Matt Johnson, in just his second career start, was not nearly as effective as he was last week. He completed only 26 of 46 passes and threw an interception.
A complete recap of this game will be available later tonight here at Hustle Belt.
Akron took a 10-7 lead in the third quarter, and Michigan responded with two quick touchdowns to go up by 11, 21-10. It looked at that point like the Wolverines had finally awoken from their slumber.
Devin Gardner threw a pick-six to cut the Michigan lead to 21-17, then Akron scored an offensive touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to go up 24-21. Michigan immediately responded with a touchdown of their own, and with under 4:00 to play, they led 28-24.
Akron began their final drive at their own 25. They drove 71 yards and, with just five seconds left, faced a 4th-and-3 from the Michigan 4 yard line. Kyle Pohl's pass was hurried and fell incomplete in the end zone as time expired, giving Michigan a victory.
Akron falls to 1-2 on the season, but if there were EVER time to celebrate a moral victory, this would be it. Akron was expected by NOBODY to keep this game close. But they did, giving Michigan a huge does of #MACtion that they did not expect.
We'll have a complete recap of this game later tonight here at Hustle Belt.
In what could be the most stunning development of Saturday -- not just so far, but for the entire day -- Michigan leads Akron just 7-3 as they go to halftime in Ann Arbor. Michigan scored just 4:31 into the game on a 48-yard touchdown pass from Devin Gardner to Devin Funchess, but they've been a carnival of mistakes ever since. Akron has gathered in three turnovers, including two interceptions of Gardner. Two of those turnovers were inside Akron's side of the field.
Akron could actually be leading his game, but Robert Stein has missed two field goals, including one with just :05 left in the first half.
Kyle Pohl is just 9-for-22 for 82 yards and an interception, but Jawan Chisholm had eight rushes for 36 yards, while Zach D'Orazio has 38 yards on two receptions.
Akron's defense has held Fitzgerald Toussaint to just 17 yards on eight carries.
It's the return of the gameday open thread!
The nightcap to the week in #MACtion sees the Chippewas travel to Sin City to take on the struggling Rebels of UNLV.
The last thing UMass needed was a quarterback controversy, but here it is.
Kent Sate heads down to SEC country this weekend in a game that should mark the return of Dri Archer.
After Toledo spent the first two weeks of the season in SEC country, he Rockets head home to take on a dangerous Eastern Washington team.
The Cardinals get their first road test of the 2013 season against the Mean Green.
Ohio hosts Marshall in the Battle for The Bell. Two schools who figure to be near the top of their respective mid-major conferences will duke it out at Peden Stadium.
Akron travels to the Big House to take on Michigan this Saturday. We trade questions with Zach Travis of SBN's Michigan site Maize N Brew and dig a little deeper into the matchup.
The Falcons are a trendy pick to pull an (ever-so-slight) upset in Bloomington on Saturday, but if they win, the doors to some mighty fun possibilities swing wide open for BGSU.
One last out-of-conference road game for EMU before their Homecoming game. This one is against the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers University.
For only the second time in since both teams created football programs, SUNY siblings Buffalo and Stony Brook are squaring off this weekend. The Bulls (0-2) are coming off of an embarrassing loss on the road to No. 23 Baylor. the Seawolves (1-0) are riding high after a 24-0 win over fellow FCS foe Rhode Island in Week 1.
The first time these two schools faced off was in 2011, when Buffalo rode Brandon Oliver's back to a 35-7 victory. But Stony Brook is no pushover and is coming off of a 10-3 record a season ago. The Seawolves feature a balanced offensive attack led by senior dual-threat quarterback Lyle Negron. After a less than stellar performance by the Bulls' defense a week ago, they will need a strong showing against the 'Wolves this week to restore faith.
The game kicks off Saturday at 3:30 p.m., and can be viewed on ESPN3.
For more detailed coverage of this matchup be sure to check out UB Bull Run, our sister blog.
After a long, forgetful week, the Western Michigan Broncos head to Evanston, IL to take on the high-powered Northwestern Wildcats. We got together with Rodger Sherman from Sippin' on Purple to answer some questions for the game.
Hustle Belt picks Week Three MAC games against the spread.
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The talented Cooper Rush is the new starting quarterback for Central Michigan.
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