Personal note: This is my first blog after my suspension from Forgotten5.com, no big deal #badboyzclub. I won’t expound on the terms of my suspension or for what reasons but I’ll just say it’s good to be back.
Overall we saw another fun week of MAC football filled with non-conference matchups against the Power 5 and everything on down. Leading the way Northern Illinois had a matchup with college football blueblood Nebraska while Buffalo had a dance with lowly Colgate. Let’s jump into what was the good, the bad, and the ugly from week 2 of MACtion.
Logan Woodside and Toledo’s shootout with Tulsa – This one was an absolute barn burner. Senior Logan Woodside tied a school record throwing for 6 touchdowns, 4 of which were 50+ yard bombs, and 458 passing yards in a performance that will most likely earn him MAC offensive player of the week. The Tulsa Golden Hurricanes were no slacks on the offensive side either, while the rushing attack ran for 423 yards and 6 TDs. With all of that offense, it was the special teams that ended up winning the game for the Rockets as kicker Jameson Vest nailed a 33-yard field goal as time expired to put the Rockets on top 54-51.
Ohio extends KU’s road losing streak – In a game that was a whole lot bigger beatdown than the score showed the Bobcats were able to come out on top with a 42-30 victory. This leaves Kansas with its second straight loss to a MAC school as they lost to Central Michigan last Saturday. This one can be summed up by this picture alone:
“Tell my family I loved them” pic.twitter.com/PZY1BpDjaK
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) September 16, 2017
NIU tops Nebraska – Now the Cornhuskers might not exactly have the best team we’ve ever seen come out of Lincoln, but a win over a blueblood power 5 program is nothing to scoff at. The Huskies came in and punched Nebraska in the mouth early scoring 14 of their 21 points in the first quarter to go up 14-0. The Huskers didn’t go anywhere as they were able to battle back into the fourth quarter and take the lead 14-17. Overall it was a fourth-quarter touchdown and some solid defensive stops to get the Huskies a big win 21-17.
Central Michigan fought with the Orange but just couldn’t hang on – The Chips took an early lead 10-3 after some offensive blunders by Syracuse. Both quarterbacks had similar stat lines as Morris for CMU threw for 279 yards 2 TDs and 2 Interceptions, while Dungey on the other side threw for 279, 2 TDs and 1 interception. The downfall for the Chippewas came on third down. The offense was just 3 for 16 on third down conversions. As the game went on too many offensive mistakes allowed the Orange to pull away for a 41-17 win making them now 2-1 in non-conference play. CMU looks to get a good start in conference play as they take on Miami(OH) next week at home.
Iowa State’s offense is too much for the Zips – After coming out strong in the first half Akron’s offense struggled in the second half allowing quarterback Thomas Woodson to be sacked 6 times on the day. The Cyclones on the other side of the ball threw for over 300 yards and rushed for nearly 200 with an offense that looked sharp. ISU came out on top 41-14.
Miami loses after having a 17-3 lead in the fourth quarter – After still having a 17-14 lead with a minute left to go in the game Miami quarterback Gus Ragland threw a tough pick-6 that put the Cincinnati Bearcats up 21-17. Questionable play call as Miami chose to throw the ball on 3rd and 7 with about a minute to go as they were trying to run the clock out. This one is definitely going to hurt as the Redhawks were just oh so close to stealing a win on the road against a very good Cincinnati team. Miami looks to bounce back next week as they travel to Mount Pleasant, MI, to start off conference play against Central Michigan.
Bowling Green – UGLY No further explanation needed.
Other MAC results
WMU beats Idaho 37-28
Kent State loses to Marshall 21-0
Buffalo Beats Colgate 33-10
Ball State over Tennessee Tech 28-13