Is it really already week nine? I feel like it’s the beginning of the season after all these upsets sort of hit reset on what I thought I knew about the conference. I guess I’ve fallen victim to violating the first rule of the MAC: Never let yourself think you know anything.
I thought Central Michigan would play better at home. I thought Toledo would continue full steam ahead into the WMU showdown. I thought Akron could play at least a little defense, and I thought Eastern Michigan was easily the third best team in the conference. Shows what I know. I welcome you to tell me how little I know below or on Twitter, but for now, lets give out some stickers.
QB/RB Nick Holley, Kent State - 24 carries for 144 yards, TD vs CMU
This isn’t just an experiment anymore. Nick Holley is effective at Kent State right now, and the Flashes rode his performance to a huge road victory at Central Michigan this week, even if the officials were a bit generous with their spots at times.
WR Corey Jones, Toledo - 7 catches for 115 yards, TD vs Ohio
WR Sebastian Smith, Ohio - 4 catches for 90 yards, TD vs Toledo
K Jameson Vest, Toledo - 2/2 FG, long 47, 2/2 XP for 8 points vs Ohio
S Nate Holley, Kent State - 10 solo tackles vs CMU
QB Logan Woodside, Toledo - 32/46 passing for 438 yards, 3TD vs Ohio
I have to say some nice things about Logan before bringing up some rather odd end of game circumstances from Thursday night. If you haven’t watched Woodside you’re doing yourself an injustice. He can really play, and if 438 yards and 3TD against that Ohio defense doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what will.
That said, he nearly executed a dreaded spike on fourth down, which cost him an extra sticker this week that I’m sure he cares so much about.
LB Ja’Wuan Woodley, Toledo - 9 tackles, 8 solo, sack, 3TFL vs Ohio
WR Jon’Vea Johnson, Toledo - 6 catches for 156 yards, 2TD vs Ohio
LB Quentin Poling, Ohio - 11 tackles, 10 solo vs Toledo
LB Khalil Hodge, Buffalo - 12 tackles, 8 solo, sack vs Akron
WR/KR JoJo Natson, Akron - 79 yard punt return TD vs Buffalo
DB Tony Annese, CMU - 28 yard Pick Six vs Kent State
DB Heath Harding, Miami - 6 tackles, 2 Pass Defended, INT vs EMU
RB Dorian Brown, Ohio - 29 carries for 212 yards, TD vs Toledo
The big discrepancy that ultimately led to Toledo’s demise last Thursday was in the rushing department, and you have Dorian Brown to thank for that. The Bobcats’ dynamic running back carried the team almost literally to a victory over the Rockets.
LB Chad Moore, Ohio - 10 tackles, 8 solo, TFL, 2 Pass Defended, INT vs Toledo
Now that’s a pretty good day on the field and in the box score for Chad Moore. Not often a linebacker finds himself in the backfield, records double digit tackles, defends a pair of passes and hauls one of them in for an interception.
RB Jordan Johnson, Buffalo - 24 rushes for 282 yards, 2TD vs Akron
A good way to end up in this weekly series is to, oh I don’t know, break a school record for rushing yards in a single game. The new mark at Buffalo is 282 thanks to Jordan Johnson’s gashing of the Akron defense. Speaking of which, that’s the second time Akron has allowed a record-breaking rusher in the last three weeks.
WR Jared Murphy, Miami - 9 catches for 122 yards, TD vs EMU
The Junior wideout from Indiana came up big for the RedHawks when they really needed it. Miami is now very much in the hunt for a division crown thanks to the explosive performance in conjunction with the play of their defense on the road in Ypsilanti.
WR Dieuly Aristilde, EMU - 7 catches for 193 yards, TD vs Miami
You know how many passes Aristilde caught headed into the game? Just one, which would probably explain why I don’t even have a picture for number 15. The first catch was a 20 yard reception in a 27-20 win over the Ohio Bobcats. On this day he caught seven more, and was unbelievably productive, averaging over 27 yards per catch. Oh yeah, and he’s just a freshman. EMU could be very fun the next couple of years.