One more week left in the regular season, and the stakes couldn’t be higher.
It’s always nice when the season needs every, single game to decide division champions, and this year thanks to Ohio’s loss to Central Michigan we have that exact scenario playing out in the East and West.
Gus Ragland and the Miami RedHawks had the week off, but got to watch as their rival pulled their usual November shenanigans and opened the door for a formerly 0-6 team to play a meaningful football game in the last game of the regular season. The Bobcats take on Akron at the same time the RedHawks battle Ball State on Tuesday, a midweek MACtion slate that promises to be great theater. Seriously, you should watch.
WR Corey Davis, WMU - 13 catches for 173 yards, 2TD vs UB
Davis deserves every ounce of hype he’s gotten over the past couple of weeks. His performance against Buffalo solidified his place in MAC history as the new all time receiving touchdowns leader in the conference. P.J. Fleck’s first recruit wound up being one of the most productive wide receivers in NCAA history, and both are going to wind up getting paid a lot of money in the next 12 months.
RB Fred Coppet, BGSU - 19 carries for 105 yards, TD vs KSU
LB Nick Cuthbert, KSU - 18 tackles, 9 solo, 2.5 TFL vs BGSU
QB Cooper Rush, CMU - 25/32 passing for 268 yards, 2TD vs Ohio
RB Dorian Brown, Ohio - 12 carries for 91 yards, TD vs CMU
WR Corey Willis, CMU - 8 catches for 109 yards vs Ohio
RB Kareem Hunt, TOL - 17 carries for 107 yards vs BSU
WR Cody Thompson, TOL - 6 catches for 105 yards, TD vs BSU
LB Sean Wiggins, BSU - 14 tackles, 12 solo vs TOL
RB Donovan Wilson, BGSU - 30 carries for 146 yards, 2TD vs KSU
If you’ve never heard of Donavan Wilson, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Before last week, the junior’s career high in rushing yards was just 44 in a game earlier this year against Eastern Michigan. He obliterated that mark with 119 yards against Akron and followed it up this week with a new career high against Kent State. He was one of three Falcons with over 100 yards rushing against the Flashes.
WR Ernest Calhoun, KSU - 5 catches for 112 yards, TD vs BGSU
DB Jamal Parker, KSU - 2 INT vs BGSU
DL Joe Ostman, CMU - 8 tackles, 4 solo, 2 sacks, 3 TFL vs Ohio
LB Aaron Taylor, BSU - 12 tackles, 11 solo, 5 TFL vs TOL
WR Damon Hazelton Jr., BSU - 12 catches for 102 yards, TD vs TOL
RB Ian Eriksen EMU - 30 carries for 171 yards, 2 TD vs NIU
WR Michael Henry, WMU - 6 catches for 121 yards, TD vs UB
LB Ishmael Hargrove, UB - 15 tackles, 12 solo, TFL vs WMU
WR/PR Corey Jones, TOL - 63 yard punt return TD vs BSU
RB Josh Cleveland, BGSU - 8 carries for 131 yards, TD vs KSU
There’s a Falcon running back in each sticker category this week, and you can ignore Kent State’s record - that’s a really good rush defense Mike Jinks’ squad ran all over last week. Cleveland had an efficient day on the ground, torching the opposing defense, which is something I’ve grown accustomed to writing about Josh, but never about the Browns.
RB Jordan Huff, NIU - 23 carries for 173 yards, 3 TD vs EMU
I was wondering when I’d get to write about a Jordan Huff game. The Huskies are one of the conference’s top rushing attacks, though that’s mostly due to the play from the quarterback position, but Huff’s day against Eastern Michigan was unexpected and sorely needed. NIU found itself in a deep, 21-0 hole at the half, but came roaring back behind Huff’s huge performance.
QB Zach Terrell, WMU - 29/37 passing for 445 yards, 4 TD vs UB
Terrell became the all time WMU passing leader, overtaking Tim Hiller for the honor. When all is said and done, it’s likely Terrell will go down as the best quarterback in WMU history, period, and it’s a designation he’ll have definitely earned.
TE Tyler Conklin, CMU - HOW?
The catch sends Central Michigan - notable Oklahoma State Cowboys beating football team no matter what Mike Gundy says - bowling once again, and doing it in style makes it that much sweeter.