Player of the Week: Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch. I’m considering renaming this section the “Jordan Lynch Award.” Week after week his statistics continue to astound. But Saturday’s against performance may have been his best yet. 410 all-purpose yards, 136 on the ground. No turnovers. Six touchdowns. The 36 points he accounted for outscored every other team in the MAC this week. His four touchdown passes against Western Michigan matched the amount of touchdowns thrown by UMass’ Mike Wegzyn all season. And don’t look now, but some are considering Lynch a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate. We haven’t heard talk like that about a MAC Player since the days of Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwhich.
Goat of the Week: Ohio QB Tyler Tettleton. Tettleton brought the Bobcats back from the dead Saturday night against Miami. Seconds later, he pulled the plug. With Ohio trailing by three with 90 seconds and no time outs remaining, it was “Tettletime.” He orchestrated the perfect drive, spreading the ball around and scrambling for first downs. He managed the clock perfectly, putting the ball on the RedHawk seven with nine seconds left. Tettleton had at least a couple shots at the end zone to give the Bobcats the lead…until he took a sack instead of throwing the ball away. With no way to stop the clock, Tettleton could only lie there and watch Ohio’s perfect season tick away.
Surprise of the Week: Kent State over Rutgers. The Flashes became the second MAC team in as many weeks to knock off a ranked and undefeated Big East power. Following in Toledo’s footsteps, Kent State did it on the defensive side of the ball. The Flashes intercepted Rutger’s quarterback Gary Nova six times, two of them coming from defensive end Mark Fackler. Fackler’s second pick started with a circus one-handed catch and ended up with him in the end zone, giving Kent a 14-3 lead. The Flashes never looked back, and notched their first win against a ranked opponent in school history, a win 92 years in the making.
Disappointment of the Week: Toledo squeaking by Buffalo. I think the Rockets had a little too much fun last weekend, because they weren’t quite themselves on Saturday against the Bulls. Quarterback Terrance Owens threw a pick six on his third pass attempt of the day, and Toledo had not one, but two PATs blocked. Luckily, the Rockets found their hangover cure in David Fluellen, and rode his 228 rushing yards to victory. Shocking, I know. Toledo actually runs the ball from time to time.
Name of the Week: Central Michigan’s running back had a career game in a win over Akron, with 243 rushing yards and three touchdowns. But that’s not what’s important. The young man’s name is Zurlon Tipton. Let’s hope he has a few more big games so I get the chance to type that name a few more times.
Fashion Update: Jordan Lynch wasn’t the only thing making Western Michigan look ridiculous, as they wore their stupid-ass “metal” helmets again. Bowling Green and Eastern Michigan looked like cousins at a family reunion with matching uniform templates. Finally, Toledo must have read last week’s post because they broke out their awesome rewind helmets again.
What to Watch, Week 10: Very light slate of games next week in the Mid-American Conference, as teams take bye weeks to prepare for weeknight nationally televised games. Eastern Michigan visits Ohio on Thursday, the first of four straight night games for the Bobcats…The Wagon Wheel Rivalry is renewed this weekend, with Akron making the short trip to Kent. The Zips look to take back the wheel for the first time since 2009…Central Michigan and Western Michigan have their own rivalry trophy on the line in Mount Pleasant: the Cannon Trophy. Central looks to take the trophy for the fourth time in its five-year history…I fully expect Jordan Lynch for score five touchdowns and sit out the entire second half on Saturday versus UMass… Will the RedHawks first “Battle of the Bricks” victory in six years propel them to a division title and a bowl game? They’ll have to go through Buffalo first.