The Hustle Belt Belt is a fictitious belt given to the top MAC offensive, defensive, and special teams players every week.
They weren't the gaudiest numbers, but the way they put the game out of reach in the first quarter pretty much warrants the accolades. The final lines for Toledo wide receiver Eric Page:111 yards and a touchdown on nine catches as well as a 35-yard trick play touchdown pass. Being involved in two of the three first touchdowns gave the Rockets a 19-0 lead over Bowling Green that was just impossible to surmount in the Glass Bowl.
Hey, these folks were fine too:
Alex Allen, Akron: 18 rush, 126 yards, 2 TD; 13-yard pass
Michael Campbell, Temple: 11 catch, 131 yards, 2 TD
Vince Davidson, OHIO: 16 rush, 100 yards, 2 TD
Jerry Davis, Buffalo: 20-for-32, 222 yards, 2 TD; 8 rush, 42 yards
Tevin Drake, WMU: 8 rush, 102 yards, 2 TD
Thomas Merriweather, Miami: 17 rush, 141 yards, TD; 3 catch, 7 yards
Dwayne Priest, EMU: 35 rush, 195 yards, 3 TD; 2 catch, 13 yards
Chad Spann, NIU: 17 rush, 81 yards, 3 TD
Adonis Thomas, Toledo: 24 rush, 163 yards, TD; 5 catch, 72 yards
There are many people in the world named Chris Smith. Tons. You might even know one. But do you know the senior cornerback for Northern Illinois who finished with eight tackles (two for loss), a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and two pass breakups in their 59-21 hammering of Ball State? Oh ... you do? Tell him hi for me.
Some more uncommon names:
Jamail Berry, WMU: 17 tackles, 1½ TFL, pass breakup
Tyrone Clark, NIU: 16-yard interception return TD
Chad Clemens, OHIO: 7 tackles, 2 breakups
Archie Donald, Toledo: 17 tackles, 1 sack
Chris Jones, BGSU: 6 tackles, 3½ TFL
Amara Kamara, Temple: 12 tackles, 2 TFL, FF
C.J. Marck, Miami: 7 tackles, 2 sacks
Davonte Shannon, Buffalo: 15 tackles, ½ TFL, INT
When your team scores 59 points and your top player was on special teams, then certainly there were punt returns involved. Well ... not so. Special teamer and linebacker Jordan Delegal blocked two punts, one of which was returned for a touchdown by Jimmie Ward. Delegal also collected five tackles and recovered a fumble on defense. Dude was everywhere.
Slightly less ever-present:
Ben Armer, WMU: 5 punts, 44.2 average, long of 60
Trevor Cook, Miami: 4 FGs (22, 25, 27, 32), XP
Eugene Cooper, BGSU: 71-yard punt return TD
Ricky Crider, NIU: partially blocked punt
Paul Hershey, OHIO: 5 punts, 43.2 average, 4 inside 20
Rene Perry, Ball State: blocked FG
Jacob Schum, Buffalo: 5 punts, 45.6 average, long of 55
Jimmie Ward, NIU, blocked punt return TD
Keith Morgan, BGSU: blocked XP