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Tuesday #MACtion. Wednesday #MACtion. Saturday #MACtion. We're even in the process in creating an additional day of the week so everybody get get their #MACtion fix on. Until then, here are the updated standings and final scores from last week.
Less than 24 hours after Ron English was fired, the Eagles took the field in a Michigan MAC matchup against rival Western Michigan and ran away with a big overtime win.
It was a second half that won't soon be forgotten.
Let's get down to brass tax and talk about the last couple minutes of regulation and the overtime part of all of this.
Down 29-21 with 6:51 to go in the fourth quarter, Brogan Roback led the Eagle offense down the field for 75 yards and hit Dustin Creel with a touchdown pass off of a play action for a 10-yard score. Needing 2 points to tie, Stan Parrish went for it. Roback handed the ball off to Ryan Brumfield, who took three steps to the left, paused, and passed the ball back to Roback to complete the conversion.
Forcing a three and out on Western Michigan's next possession, the Broncos were forced to punt with about a half of a minute to go. Taking over on offense with 26 seconds to go, Bronson Hill took two carries across midfield as time ran down to zeros. The Eagles still had two timeouts to work with.
EMU won the coin toss and elected to play defense first. Not allowing a first down, Andrew Haldeman hit his 6th field goal of the day from 36 yards out, putting the Broncos ahead 32-29.
The Eagles still had their opportunity to put the game away in overtime. On a 3rd and 10 situation, Roback found tight end Tyreese Russell on an "out" route to pick up the first down. After moving the chains, Ryan Brumfield was handed the ball on the next three plays and found himself into the end zone to put the game away with a final score of 35-32.
For starters, there has been a ton of distractions going on. Not a pretty butterfly that players are paying attention to during a game, but the audio tape that caused Ron English his job that has become the hot topic all over the internet. But, let's get you all caught up on the game.
It's actually been a really good game this half. Western is winning 16-14, but the Eastern Michigan defense has been holding the Broncos to three field goals an a lone touchdown rush by Brian Fields.
In the final minute of the half, Zach Terrell looked to Corey Davis in the end zone two times, but the refs called him out of bounds on his receptions. Davis has been held to two receptions for 19 yards this half.
As for Eastern Michigan, Brogan Roback has been the leader of their offensive unit. Throwing 5-for-11 with an interception on their second possession, he's thrown for 82 yards and rushed twice for 10 yards and a touchdown. The leading receiver for EMU is Tyreese Russell, who had three catches for 66 yards.
The Eastern Echo has the unedited version of the rant that got Ron English canned. After listening to what exactly was said, it's a no-brainer he lost his job. Be warned, there is some incredibly offensive language.
We're light on #MACtion today with just one football game happening today, but wait a second, we have basketball!
Planning on watching/listening to the Eastern Michigan vs Western Michigan game and don't know where to watch/listen? Don't worry, we've got you covered.
ESPN's College Gameday is in Tuscaloosa, Ala., today for the LSU - Alabama game, and per usual there are signs galore. But wait a second, what's that there in the crowd? Is that a sign about a MAC team in the heart of SEC Football?
Well indeed it is. IF you'll remember during Ball State's 20-point win over Central Michigan Wednesday night on ESPN2, there were a few "We want't Bama" signs. It looks like the Bama fans got the message.
At least three "we want Ball State" signs spotted now pic.twitter.com/AQuI9M7Xlb— Chad Blanton (@ChadB765) November 9, 2013
The only MAC game happening on Saturday and we get to have some fun with the Michigan MAC Trophy. Let's get this party started with the pair of 1-8 directional Michigan schools!
The Cardinals handled the Chips in a game that was more lopsided than the final score says.
Ball State scored a convincing victory Wednesday night, a week ahead of their showdown with Northern Illinois, knocking off Central Michigan 44-24 in Muncie.
The Cardinals easily handled the Chippewas, running up 549 yards of total offense. Keith Wenning continued his impressive senior season, completing 20 of 29 passes for 299 yards and 4 touchdowns. Wenning hooked up with Willie Snead for two of those scores. Snead caught 9 passes for 118 yards. Horactio Banks paced the Cards on the ground, carrying the ball 11 times for 143 yards and a touchdown. Jamill Smith and Jordan Williams each caught a touchdown for the Cardinals. Ball State did not punt in the game and did not commit a turnover.
Central Michigan quarterback Cooper Rush completed 20 of 32 passes for 284 yards and a touchdown. He was intercepted once. Titus Davis led the Chippewas in receiving, catching 9 passes for 187 yards and a touchdown. Central Michigan struggled to run the ball, carrying 27 times for 113 yards. CMU turned the ball over three times and committed 6 penalties totaling 65 yards.
Ball State is back in action next Wednesday against Northern Illinois. Central Michigan travels to Western Michigan on November 16th.
The Cardinals ran their lead up to 41-10 after three quarters in soggy Muncie, Indiana.
Keith Wenning is still doing Keith Wenning things. 282 yards, four scores, no interceptions, against a porous Central Michigan defense. Horactio Banks still leads all rushers at 108 yards on 7 carries, and Wenning's favorite target, Willie Snead, has topped 100 yards again, catching eight balls for 109 yards and two scores.
Things got a little better for Central Michigan in the third. Zurlon Tipton found the endzone, though the Chippewas still haven't got things going on the ground. Central Michigan has carried the ball 22 times for 59 yards. Titus Davis leads all CMU receivers with 165 yards on 8 catches.
Ball State has yet to punt in the game.
Ball State picked up in the second quarter where they left off in the first, running their lead against Central Michigan to 31-3 at halftime.
Cardinals quarterback Keith Wenning continued his aerial assault, completing 13 of 19 passes for 186 yards and 3 TDs. Wenning has distributed the ball efficiently, hooking up with five different receivers. Willie Snead, Jamill Smith, and Jordan Williams each tallied a touchdown. Horactio Banks leads all rushers with 108 yards on 7 carries.
Central Michigan has been unable to much going on offense. Cooper Rush has completed 13 of 21 passes for 164 yards and been picked off once. The rushing game has been nonexistent. The Chippewas have run the ball for just 29 yards on 15 carries.
Ball State is winning the turnover battle. The Chips have turned the ball over three times while the Cardinals have played mistake free football. Ball State has yet to punt in the game.
Ball State has already covered the spread against CMU, and we still have more than 10 minutes left in the first quarter. The early success seems to have gotten some Cardinals fans a bit stir crazy. How about we wait until after Wednesday's matchup with NIU? courtesy of @SBNation
After one quarter Ball State leads Central Michigan 14-0 in rainy Muncie, Indiana.
The Cardinals put up the numbers we've come to expect with MACtion. Keith Wenning is 8 of 10 for 115 yards and two scores. One went to All-World receiver Willie Snead, the other to up and comer Jordan Williams.
Horactio Banks leads all rushers with one carry for 38 yards he busted out on a three play 96 yard Ball State touchdown drive.
Cooper Rush of Central Michigan has completed 6 of 8 passes for 83 yards and was picked off once. Ball State was unable to convert that turnover into any points.
Central Michigan's play of the game so far may be a 77 yard punt from Richie Hogan that started a Cardinal drive inside the 5.
Central Michigan senior running back Zurlon Tipton is a fantastic back. He totaled 20 touchdowns in 2012, and was arguably the best back in the conference heading into this season. But, in CMU's first game of the season vs Michigan, Tipton suffered a broken ankle, and hasn't seen the field since.
And Tipton is out there in pads and uniform running through early drills.— Ben Breiner (@BenBreinerTSP) November 7, 2013
Tipton remains on sidelines, but has helmet on.— Nate Schneider (@natejschneider) November 7, 2013
BREAKING: Senior running back Zurlon Tipton (ankle) takes the field for Central Michigan on its opening drive.— Nate Schneider (@natejschneider) November 7, 2013
Wednesday night MACtion puts one of the best non-AQ teams in the country front and center tonight as the Ball State Cardinals host CMU in an attempt to remain unbeaten in the MAC.
The MAC acknowledged Wednesday that officials in Tuesday's Ohio vs. Buffalo game made a pair of big mistakes that impacted the course of the game, but will anything be done about it?
Ohio University Buffalo, as the Bulls ran all over the Bobcats in some Tuesday night #MACtion.
The second place Ball State Cardinals hope to keep pace with the MAC West leading Northern Illinois Huskies by avoiding an upset by the pesky Central Michigan Chippewas Wednesday night. Here's how to watch.
After a very disappointing loss to Toledo ten days ago, Bowling Green needed to play angry tonight and re-establish the moxie they showed in September. They did that and more on Tuesday night in Oxford, Ohio, and the Miami RedHawks were the unfortunate victims.
Will the Ball State Dance Marathon provide the Chippewas with the right steps to win on Wednesday night?
During the first quarter, it looked like Miami might just be able to hang with Bowling Green. Their offense had two pretty nice drives and, despite some mistakes, trailed only 7-3 after 15 minutes.
Then, reality set in. The Falcons scored 38 unanswered points over the next two quarters and walked away with a 45-3 victory.
BGSU accrued 447 yards of total offense compared to Miami's 228. Miami's problem, primarily, was that almost all of that offense took place in the first and fourth quarters. In between, when BGSU was scoring those 38 straight points, Miami's offense was almost non-existent and turned the ball over the times.
Bowling Green quarterback Matt Johnson was 20-for-26 with 252 yards and three touchdown passes. He was also intercepted once. Travis Greene rushed for 112 yards on 14 carries, and that total pushed him over the 1,000 yard mark for the season. He's the first Falcon to reach that total since 2004 and is just the 11th BGSU player all-time to do so. Freshman Fred Coppet added 46 yards on 9 carries. Nine different players caught a pass, and three of those caught the touchdown throws. Ryan Burbrink led with four catches for 51 yards. Shaun Joplin and Alex Bayer both had touchdown catches, and Chris Pohlman had an acrobatic 38-yard reception for a touchdown in the third quarter -- his only catch of the game.
Miami freshman Drew Kummer completed nine of 19 passes for 100 yards, while Austin Gearing completed all six of his passes for 31 yards. Grant Niemiec led Miami runners with five carries for 40 yards. Spencer Treadwell had 11 carries but those went for just 33 yards. Alvonta Jenkins caught three balls for a team-best 52 yards.
Miami falls to 0-9 overall and 0-5 in the MAC. Their final "best" opportunity to win will come next week when they travel to Kent State. After that, the RedHawks host Buffalo and travel to Ball State.
Bowling Green improves to 6-3 overall and 4-1 in the MAC. The Falcons are now bowl eligible for the second consecutive season. Unfortunately for BGSU, Buffalo also won tonight, which means that the Falcons remain one game behind the Bulls in the MAC's Eastern Division. Bowling Green will likely need to win their final three games in order to win the division -- they host Ohio next Tuesday night before closing the season with road games at Eastern Michigan and then Buffalo. The game at Buffalo may end up being a winner-take-all game for the division title.
The first half was a punt-a-thon of glorious proportions.
The second half kicked off with what might have been one of the worst calls in history of college football. Or even sports period. Khalil Mack went all Khalil Mack and hurried Tyler Tettleton into throwing away a pass under duress. The pass was thrown from the four-yard line, and a SAFETY was called. After about two minutes, the refs conceded that the spot of the penalty was not subject to review.
Following the safety, Alex Neutz set the Bulls up with good field position, returning the punt after the safety to the Ohio 46. Eight plays later, Brandon Oliver ran right through the heart of the Ohio defense for a thirteen-yard touchdown, effectively putting away any hope for the Bobcats.
The Brandon Oliver and Alex Neutz show continued on offense thereafter as Oliver gashed Ohio for 249 yards and Neutz hauled in two touchdown catches.
It was an all-around dominant performance for the Bulls in the second half. It'll be something they will attempt to replicate in their next game against Toledo.
Tyler Tettleton also went out of the game late in the contest, visibly shaken up. He went to the locker room but the initial response did not seem dire for Ohio.
I really don't think this score needs much explanation. BGSU has outgained Miami 417-174. Travis Greene became the 11th back in Bowling Green history to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards in a season. That's about it.
More after the game...
There are no words. (Credit: ESPN)
#MACtion is back, and not quite in full force. Brandon Oliver ran in a two-yard score about two and a half minutes into the second quarter and Ohio took advantage of short field to net a 23-yard field goal by Josiah Yazdani.
The teams combined to convert three times on 17 third down attempts. It has been chippy. Both teams had about 15 minutes of possession in the first half, and traded a total of 10 punts.
So if you tuned in for a high flying 63-60 match up a la Northern Illinois and Toledo circa 2011, sorry, this is not your night.
Tyler Tettleton, Antwan Crutcher and Donte Foster came up limping in the first half but no injury seemed particluarly worrisome for the Bobcats.
Expect a bit more high-flying #MACtion in the second half. Have to love the term. Share it folks!
Whatever competitiveness that existed in this game during the first quarter completely evaporated in the second. Bowling Green's defense forced a turnover in Miami territory, a turnover on downs and a punt while their offense was moving basically at will. BGSU put up 17 points in the second quarter. The two touchdowns were scored by William Houston on a 2-yard run and then by Alex Bayer on a pass from Matt Johnson.
The Falcons have outgained Miami 269-133, and over two-thirds of Miami's yards were in the first quarter. The primary difference is in the running game, where BGSU holds a 113-14 edge in yards.
Matt Johnson is 14/18 for 156 yards and two touchdowns. Travis Greene has carried eight times for 59 yards. Receptions have been spread out rather evenly -- Alex Bayer has three (40 yards), Heath Jackson has four (38) and Ryan Burbrink has three (37).
For Miami, Drew Kummer is 7/13 for 83 yards, while Austin Gearing has completed all five attempts for 36 yards. Gearing has five carries for 15 yards. Alvonta Jenkins leads with 41 yards on two receptions.
More after the 3rd...
A very quick first quarter just ended in Oxford. Miami had two very good possessions that went deep into Bowling Green territory, but both ended with plays very attributable to an 0-8 team. They had to punt after the first but did manage a 51-yard field goal on the second. In between, Bowling Green had an 80-yard touchdown drive that was...well, very easy. Shaun Joplin caught a touchdown pass from Matt Johnson.
More at the half...
#MACtion IS BACK! Join us as we discuss the glorious return of Tuesday night of midweek MAC Football.
Five MAC teams are represented in the poll this week, with another school waiting in the wings.
#MACtion. We love our mid-week MAC Football. We're hooked. It's an addiction, a habit, something we can't live without. But, how did it all begin? Fox Sports Ohio's Zac Jackson (a MAC alumnus himself) has the story...and SB Nation's very own Spencer Hall might have started it all.
The Falcons are coming off a disheartening loss to Toledo. Miami hasn't won a game all year and just lost their starting quarterback to a season-ending injury. You never know for sure, but this one could get ugly.
The Bulls are undefeated in the MAC. Ohio has just one loss. It's a battle for supremacy in the MAC East.
Seven consecutive winning weeks and weeknight MACtion. My life has meaning.
Weeknight MACton returns Tuesday night with a bang as a MAC East double-feature puts all three of the top teams from that division live on NATIONAL TV (NO MORE TWCSC). A Wednesday night game and a Saturday afternoon game are also on deck this week.
The clock is ticking and just 32 days remain until the 2013 MAC Championship Game. One week has gone by since our first look at the bowl picture, and now it's time to see if that picture has been altered at all.
After blowing out UMass Saturday, the NIU Huskies actually slipped a spot in the BCS rankings this week.
In a week that featured just three games, somehow we actually have some movement in the power rankings.
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