RB Jarvion Franklin, WMU - 23 carries for 132 yards, 2TD vs CMU
We open today with Jarvion Franklin. The junior running back from Illinois is an interesting story. He’s a former MAC Freshman and Player of the Year recipient - the first to ever do so - and currently sits second on the depth chart. When Jamauri Bogan went down with injury Saturday, Franklin proved he can still bring it, and that the 1,500 yard rusher from a few years ago hasn’t gone anywhere. He’s just in a different role. Having players like Franklin sure makes the next man up philosophy a bit easier to follow.
DL Kevin Robbins, Ohio - Fumble Recovery for TD vs Miami
DB/KR Darius Phillips, WMU - 3 tackles, sack, INT for TD vs CMU
WR Kenny Golladay, NIU - 13 catches for 184 yards, 2TD vs BSU
QB Brogan Roback, EMU - 9/13 passing for 91 yards, 3 TD vs BGSU
RB Breck Turner, EMU - 17 rushes for 107 yards, TD vs BGSU
RB Fred Coppett, BGSU - 25 rushes for 141 yards, 2TD vs EMU
WR Scott Miller, BGSU - 11 catches for 141 yards vs EMU
RB James Gilbert, BSU - 22 Rushes for 119 yards, 3TD vs NIU
QB Logan Woodside, TOL - 30/38 passing for 505 yards, 5TD vs BYU
WR Cody Thompson, TOL - 5 catches for 161 yards, TD vs BYU
LB Ulysees Gilbert, Akron - 16 tackles, sack, 3 TFL vs Kent State
RB/QB/WR/Whatever Paul Haynes says he is Nick Holley, KSU - 19/35 passing for 285 yards, 2TD, 34 rushes for 117 yards, TD vs Akron
Holley turned in one of the all-time performances Saturday against rival Akron. He even threw a go-ahead touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter, though I’m not sure “threw” is the proper description:
We had a wild finish in #AkronvsKent last night. @MichaelReghi with some strong calls! #MACtion pic.twitter.com/MA8LyMCSvt— Dustin Fox (@DustinFox37) October 2, 2016
And still, Kent State couldn’t find a way to win. I’m starting to feel bad for Flashes players and fans at this point.
WR Corey Davis, WMU - 6 catches for 72 yards, 2TD vs CMU
The record for career receiving yards in the MAC once sat at 4,187. It now sits at 4,245 and counting, and it belongs to Corey Davis. In the second quarter of Western Michigan’s rout of Central Michigan on Saturday, Davis caught a nine yard pass from Zach Terrell and moved into the number one spot all time in both WMU and MAC history, surpassing Jordan White. Davis has been a treat to watch in a WMU uniform, and it’s incredibly sad that it’s the last we’ll see of him in college this season. Enjoy this while it lasts, Bronco fans, they don’t make many like number 84.
WR Jon’Vea Johnson, TOL - 9 catches for 182 yards, 3TD vs BYU
The weekend may have belonged to Davis and his broken records, but I’d be amiss if I didn’t bring attention to the eye popping performance of Jon’Vea Johnson. No, those aren’t typos up there, he really did go for 182 yards and three touchdowns. Johnson scored a 79 yard touchdown to basically close out the first quarter, and it was his play that signaled to everyone in Provo and watching at home that this was not going to be like any college football game you’re used to watching. The Rockets came up short by two points, but Johnson’s explosiveness spells good things for Toledo going forward.
QB Anthony Maddie, NIU - 26/41 passing for 298 yards, 2TD, 14 rushes for 160 yards, TD vs BSU
See, this is exactly the type of Huskie devil magic we’ve come to expect in the MAC. You’re 0-4 and out of quarterbacks? Don’t worry, you’re NIU, you just have to plug in a former quarterback that currently plays wide receiver and he’ll transform into some ultra Huskie quarterback. A combination of Chandler Harnish and Jordan Lynch. Like a...Chandon Harlynch, or whatever. Anyway, Chandon will need to keep up the good work if NIU is to beat WMU on the road this week.
What to watch for in week six
Corey Davis vs. Shawun Lurry. That’s all you need to know. Lurry’s interception totals have dropped off this year compared to last, but he’s still a premiere corner in the MAC, and will draw the toughest assignment of his career Saturday night. Davis, of course, is fresh off breaking the MAC receiving record and now has the freedom to extend that as far as he likes. He’ll undoubtedly draw some double teams from the Huskies, but with his ability to line up anywhere, single coverage with Lurry will happen at least a couple times.
Toledo goes to Eastern Michigan and, well, I’m not sold on the Eagles’ defense yet. If BYU gave up 50 points, I don’t even want to think about what might happen to EMU. Prove me wrong, Eagles. The third directional Michigan school is also in action in Mount Pleasant this weekend, and they are struggling to avoid the injury bug. Could be just the shorthanded squad the Ball State Cardinals need to put up some big numbers. Paging James Gilbert and Riley Neal!