You thought I’d forget about you all, didn’t you? Well I didn’t, I just enjoyed the WMU Homecoming experience a bit too much. And no, I wasn’t a part of the world record for wedding vow renewals, because I don’t have vows to renew. Regardless, let’s take a last look back at the week that was before we dive into week seven.
QB Tra’Von Chapman, Akron - 15/29 passing for 174 yards, 3TD, 10 rushes for 80 yards, TD vs Miami
Chapman wasted little time getting started against Miami Saturday, taking Akron’s second play of the game 69 very nice yards for a touchdown to make it 7-3. The Zips didn’t look back, and Champman’s three passing touchdowns are a big reason why. The Zips look to be in good shape with their backup quarterback as they wait for Thomas Woodson to return from his shoulder injury.
S Justin Ferguson, WMU - 10 tackles (7 solo), INT vs NIU
P Joseph Davidson, BGSU - 3 total punts for 179 yards, including a 79 yard punt vs Ohio
S Javon Hagan, Ohio - 9 tackles (7 solo), INT vs BGSU
LB’s Ike Spearman and Kyle Rachwal, EMU - 11 total tackles each vs TOL
S Nate Holley, KSU - 13 tackles (10 solo) vs Buffalo
RB Devon Spalding, CMU - 23 rushes for 157 yards, TD vs BSU
I know, right? It’s a CMU running back on the list! The Chippewas’ fall from grace has been very quick in the wake of their home loss to WMU, but the increased production from Spalding has to be a welcome sight in Mount Pleasant. Ball State has a knack for allowing a ton of rushing yards, but the Chips don’t exactly run it well either, so, Spalding’s performance is more than deserving of some helmet stickers, especially with a long run of 63 yards in the game.
QB Anthony Maddie, NIU - 14/30 passing for 224 yards, TD, 17 rushes for 111 yards, TD vs WMU
WR Cody Thompson, TOL - 7 catches for 126 yards, TD vs EMU
RB James Gilbert, BSU - 27 rushes for 141 yards, 2TD vs CMU
LB Sean Wiggins, BSU - 15 tackles (11 solo) vs CMU
RB Jarvion Franklin, WMU - 31 rushes for 169 (nice) yards, TD, 3 catches for 80 yards, TD vs NIU
I don’t think P.J. Fleck lost any sleep over Jamauri Bogan’s ankle, considering Jarvion Franklin was available to take on increased carries. With 31 carries, this is the Franklin we grew used to in 2014 before an ankle injury against Eastern Michigan slowed him down for a bit. Franklin proved against NIU that he’s still more than capable to be a focal point of the WMU offense, and one of the top backfield options in the entire conference.
WR Corey Davis, WMU - 6 catches for 122 yards, 2TD vs NIU
Break the MAC record for receiving yards one week, and do this the next:
Yeah, that’ll earn you some stickers.
QB Zach Terrell, WMU - 18/24 passing for 327 yards, 3TD vs NIU
Yes, this is the third WMU player in a row, and if you’re sick of reading about the boat rowers there’s a Rocket and a Golden Flash coming up if that’s more your type. Terrell was once challenged by his head coach to complete 70% of his passes in a season. That was 2014, and it looks like 2016 might be his best opportunity to do it. It appeared that Terrell committed the Broncos’ first turnover of the season near the goal line against NIU, but he was ruled down, keeping the streak alive. He did, however, bite his tongue pretty hard through his mouthpiece and play through it. So there’s that.
QB Logan Woodside, TOL - 25/31 passing for 247 yards, 4TD vs EMU
The Rockets are dangerous, folks, and a lot of it has to do with the play of Logan Woodside. The Rockets haven’t missed a beat on offense despite the departure of Philip Ely, and they put away Eastern Michigan late due to a clutch fourth quarter drive led by Woodside and company for his fourth touchdown pass of the day. It’s looking like Toledo and WMU are on a crash course for a Black Friday showdown of teams unbeaten in conference play. I’ll bring the popcorn.
QB/RB Nick Holley, KSU - 7/13 passing for 89 yards, 24 rushes for 224 yards, 4TD
MUST SEE HOL-LEY. Kent State football is not just watchable now, folks, it might actually be dangerous under the Nick Holley offense. And make no mistake about it, Holley is the offense. He accounted for over 70 percent of the Flashes’ yards against the Bulls, and was less than 60 yards away from out gaining Buffalo as a team on Saturday. Not bad for a running back. Again. Anyone who can lead this offense to points in all four quarters of a division one football game deserves some sort of award, but, I only have these three internet stickers to give. They’ll have to do.