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MAC Football Week 10 Coverage

We're creeping ever closer to weeknight MACtion which means a slow week this week. There's only three games this weekend, but that doesn't mean we won't be providing you with the best MAC Football coverage on the net.

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Week 10 Scores and Standings Roundup

Not a whole lot of #MACtion happened this weekend, but we now have our fifth bowl-eligible team in Toledo.


NIU Blows Out UMass For 22nd Straight MAC WIN

The 18th ranked Huskies continue to run through the MAC, improving to 9-0 after beating UMass Saturday.


Zips Claim Wagon Wheel After Beating Kent State

The Akron Zips showed guts and tenacity in their 16-7 win over the reigning MAC East champion Kent State Golden Flashes Saturday, taking the Wagon Wheel home for the first time in four years.


Levengood, Woodley shine for UMass in loss

The fifth-year kicker and freshman running back had career days against Northern Illinois and may have helped answer two pressing questions for the Minutemen.


FINAL: Toledo Boat Races EMU 55-16

A few days after signing head coach Matt Campbell to a contract extension, Toledo Rockets' fans got a taste of exactly why. Without his best player, David Fluellen, on the field Campbell's Rockets team dismantled the Eastern Michigan Eagles 55-16.

The game was one-sided from the start, with Toledo launching out to a 21-0 lead with 5 minutes to go in the first half. By halftime, EMU trailed by 28, and despite spending the majority of the second half going up against the Rockets' second- and third-stringers, the Eagles failed to cover the spread, losing by 39.

Terrance Owens had arguably the bast game of his four-year career, throwing for 375 yards on 18-of-24 passing with three scores. Owens' three TD passes went for 7, 47, and 80 yards and opened up the underbelly for Fluellen's understudies to rip through the EMU defense on the ground.

Freshmen Damion Jones-Moore scored on a 30-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and freshman Kareem Hunt scored twice, once on a 2-yard run, and another time on a 39-run, both in the second quarter. With Hunt and Jones-Moore leading the way Toledo rattled off an astonishing 334 yards and four scores on the ground. All told the Rockets amassed 729 yards of total offense.

EMU was scrambling for air early on, which certainly wasn't aided by the curious decision to not play junior running back Bronson Hill at all, instead relying on Ryan Brumfield all game. Without the MAC's fifth leading rusher getting the ball, the Eagles struggled, totaling just 82 yards on the ground as a team.

A week after starting highly-touted freshman Brogan Roback, English opted to go with veteran starter Tyler Benz, but quickly switched to the freshman after Benz struggled. Benz finished the day just 1-of-5 for 18 yards. Roback faired fairly well against Toledo's bend-but-don't-break defense and was one of the few bright spots for the Eagles. He completed 50 percent of his passes for 209 yards, two touchdowns, but was also picked off once.

The win makes Toledo (6-3, 4-1 MAC) bowl eligible and further complicates the MAC West picture as NIU, Ball State and Toledo all look like teams on a mission to make a statement. EMU meanwhile slides further down the slop of a season going nowhere fast as it slips to 1-8 (0-5 MAC) on the season.


HALF: Toledo 38, EMU 10

It's been all Toledo at the Glass Bowl, as the Rockets lead Eastern Michigan 38 to 10 after the first half of action.

The Rockets, without David Fluellen, instead are getting similar numbers from a platoon of runners, led by Kareem Hunt's 144 yards and 2 touchdowns on 14 carries. Damien Jones Moore is over 50 yards on 4 carries with a touchdown run of his own. Through the air, Terrance Owens has 16/21 for 260 yards and TDs to Dwight Macon and Alex Zmolik.

The Eagles started Tyler Benz at QB, but after completing only 1 pass in two drives, coach Ron English put in the freshman QB (and St. John's Jesuit grad) Brogan Roback. His first pass would be picked off, but he would make up for it with a 16 yard TD pass to Dustin Creel.

Toledo leads Eastern Michigan in total offense, 456 yards to 182, but don't mark this one in the books yet: let's not forget last year's 55 point 3rd quarter that threw the whole game into whack.


FINAL: Akron Beats Kent State 16-7

The Akron Zips matched their win total from the last three seasons combined with a 16-7 victory over rival Kent State tonight for the Wagon Wheel. The Zips duked it out in a defensive struggle, shutting down the reigning MAC East champions across the board, and forcing five turnovers on the afternoon. The win snapped the Golden Flashes three game win-streak in the 90-year old rivalry, and officially signaled a new chapter in Akron Football.

After winning just one game in each of the past three seasons, the Zips have now tripled last season's total and improve to 3-7 and 2-4 on the season. The Golden Flashes, a year removed from the best season in school history, fall to 2-8 and 1-5 in the MAC as offensive woes continue to plague their seasons.

Akron, led by junior running back Jawan Chisholm, beat Kent State at its own game, outrushing the Golden Flashes 174-162, with Chisholm accounting for 151 of those yards. Chisholm was able to chisel away at the Kent State defense, and set the team up for a pair of field goals in the second half, after a Zach D'Orazio passing touchdown and a field goal in the first half.

Akron's defense made up for the lack of an aerial attack, smothering Kent State quarterback Colin Reardon all night long, and picking him off three times. Reardon finished the game with 138 yards on 15-of-31 passing, with no touchdowns and a those three turnovers. The unit also limited the two-headed rushing attack of Dri Archer and Trayion Durham, causing both to cough up the ball once. Durham finished the day with the Flashes lone score, and 82 yards on 18 carries. Archer was neutralized, touching the ball just eight times in the game.


David Fluellen Ruled Out vs. Eastern Michigan

Dealing with a sore back and a sprained ankle Toledo senior running back David Fluellen will miss his first game of the season after back-to-back weeks of leaving early. Fluellen, who has been listed as questionable all week, but is not dressed and will not play today, this is per Ryan Autullo of the Toledo Blade.

Fluellen is currently third in the nation in rushing with 1,067 yards, and has 10 scores on the season. Not having Fluellen today probably has more to do with resting him up for Buffalo and Northern Illinois, than him not being able to go today, as the Rockets are favored by as much as 30 points tonight over the Eastern Michigan Eagles.


HALFTIME: Akron Leads Kent state 10-7

This game appeared to be a close matchup on paper heading into it, and it's certainly lived up to that expectation. At halftime Akron holds a narrow three-point lead thanks to a 28-yard field goal with 29 seconds on the clock.

Across the board the teams are locked in a struggled. Offensively, neither has found success moving the chains, with both separated by a mere 24 yards of total offense. The Zips shot out to an early 7-0 lead on a trick play that saw wideout Zach D'Orazio toss a 33-yard touchdown bomb to fellow wideout L.T. Smith barely two minutes into the game.

But almost initially after that the game turned into a sloppy struggle. Eight penalties were handed out in the first half, along with three total turnovers. Kent State has looked sloppier, with both Dri Archer and Trayion Durham coughing up the rock. But midway through the second quarter Durham rumbled in a 3-yard score to notch the game up at 7-7.

The Golden Flashes' defense has shown up, with players such as stud defensive tackle Roosevelt Nix showing up and forcing a key turnover. Neither team has been able to move the ball through the air, which has led to a ground and pound approach on the ground from both schools. So far Jawon Chisholm has been effective on the ground for the Zips, but Kent State's duo of Trayion Durham and Dri Archer are built to wear teams out on the ground.


NIU routs UMass 63-19

The #17 Northern Illinois Huskies improved to 9-0 as they ran past the Minutemen, once again gaining over 600 yards. Jordan Lynch and the Huskie starters were pulled just 5 minutes into the third quarter after scoring 42 in the first half. Lynch managed five touchdowns and 280 yards as NIU scored on it's first five possessions.

Lynch once again showed why he is a Heisman contender, passing for 160 yards on 10-13 throwing with a TD and rushing for 119 yards on 17 carries, finding the endzone 4 times on the gound - a career high for Lynch. Stingily and Bouagnon both had at least 8 carries and totaled 97 yards. Third string quarterback Drew Hare also ran for 52 yards and was 2-4 passing with a TD and 98 yards. Chad Beebe led all receivers with 81 yards and a TD, on just one catch.

For the Minutemen, kicker Brendan Levengood was one of two bright spots. He went 4-4 on field goals, with a long of 46. Freshman Lorenzo Woodley had a breakout day, rushing 38 times for 163 yards and the lone UMass touchdown. Quarterback Mike Wegzyn went 10-25 with 169 yards and two INTs. Tajae Sharpe caught 5 passes for 65 yards.

In a sloppy second half for both teams, UMass blocked an NIU field goal midway through the third quarter, but then fumbled it - giving the ball right back to the Huskies. NIU turned the ball over on two consecutive possessions with their backups in and the Minutemen gave the ball away three times.


Lynch and the Huskies Running Past UMass, 42-13

Jordan Lynch rushed and passed for over 100 yards and has 4 total first half TDs, as the Huskies lead the Minutemen 42-13 after 30 minutes of play. NIU has scored on six of their seven possessions, netting five touchdowns on the ground.

UMass held an early 3-0 lead after Brendan Levengood hit a 42-yard feild goal on their first possession. But NIU countered with a 6-yard TD run from Lynch just three minutes later, and the Huskies haven't looked back. Lynch ran for three touchdowns in the first quarter, and has 13 rushes for 101 yards so far. He has also gone 10-11 passing for 160 yards with a 66-yard touchdown pass to Juwan Brescacin.

Mike Wegzyn, starting in place of the injured A.J. Doyle, has struggled so far, going 7-13 for 117 yards with an interception. Freshman runningback, Lorenzo Woodley has played well, gaining 75 yards on 21 carries with the Minutemen's only touchdown. Tajae Sharpe has added 4 catches for 62 yards.


MAC Football Week 10 Open Thread

Week 10 is here. Join us as we discuss today's MACtion, and other shenanigans.


Kent State and Akron Battle For the Wagon Wheel

Two teams enter, both on very different paths, in hopes of taking home the Wagon Wheel.


Toledo vs Eastern Michigan Preview

Two of the conference's best running backs will meet up at the Glass Bowl Saturday.


MAC Football Week 10 TV Schedule

Week 10 marks the last week without midweek games for the MAC this season, and also marks the lightest week of action to date.


Austin Boucher Suffers Season-Ending Knee Injury

With four games left, it was already unlikely that Miami would be able to erase the goose-egg from their "wins" column in 2013. Now, the concept seems almost impossible. Why? The RedHawks have lost their starting quarterback for the season.


UMass' Doyle Likely Out For NIU Game

In addition to the loss of their quarterback, the Minutemen have resolved several other injury questions with a big red piece of clothing.


Minutemen Host No. 17 NIU This Saturday

The Huskies travel to Foxboro, Massachusetts to take on the Minutemen this Saturday.


Toledo Signs Campbell To Extension Through 2017

The young Rockets' head coach signed an extension Wednesday afternoon, hopefully keeping him in Toledo a little longer.


Khalil Mack Named Among Top 10 Scariest Players In College Football

In honor of Halloween, Bruce Feldman of put out a Top 10 list naming the scariest players in college football. Coming in at No. 3 is Buffalo's own Khalil Mack. That's right, Mack was named a scarier player than Jadeveon Clowney!


NIU Unveils New Military-Themed Uniforms

NIU unveiled the new uniforms that the Huskies will wear for their game against the Cardinals, and hopefully a new set of digs for the season finale against the Broncos too.


Spread Offense: Week 10 MAC Football Odds

Six consecutive winning weeks. We're bringing the Vegas economy to its knees.


Mid-American Conference Bowl Outlook

The MAC Championship Game is just five weeks away, which means that time for jockeying into bowl position is running out. It's time to take a look at where the MAC stands in the bowl picture.


Mid-Major College Football Top 10, Week 10

For the third straight week Fresno State and NIU come in at No. 1 and No. 2, but the gap between them has almost closed, and the Mid-Major College Football Top 10 poll curse has struck again.


MAC Bowl Projections Week 10

The Huskies still won't make a BCS bowl according to the latest SB Nation bowl projections, but Buffalo could be in for a very cold day in Idaho come December.


NIU Ranked No. 17 In Latest BCS Standings

After blowing out the EMU Eagles on Saturday, the NIU Huskies find them just outside the first safezone that could put them back in a BCS bowl this winter.


MAC Football Power Rankings: Week 10

It's a MAC West party at the top of the Power Rankings this week.


NIU Moves Up In Both the Coaches and AP Polls

After a stylish victory the NIU Huskies have felt a slight bump in both the AP and Coaches poll's.

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