Apparently this week just about every team got a memo that said “Your quarterback is now a dual threat quarterback.” Then every coach just accepted this new reality and called plays accordingly. In total, the quarterbacks this week ran for 825 yards and averaged 4.8 yards per carry including sacks. Four quarterbacks had totals of more than 100 yards and none finished with negative yardage, meaning all of them at the bare minimum ran enough to negate their sacks.
Quarterback of the Week
Eastern Michigan Mike Glass III had an injury shortened day but still did enough in the first half to finally get a win over Toledo. He finished the day 6 for 8 for 100 yards. Glass also ran for 125 yards on 10 attempts, getting into the endzone twice. He left the game with a 28-3 lead and Eastern held on to beat Toledo 28-26.
Jarret Doege had a big game for Bowling Green in the loss to Western Michigan. His final line was 21 for 34, 379 yards and 3 touchdowns. Ball State’s Riley Neal is a perpetual honorable mention this season. Against Central Michigan he posted a completion percentage of 73% for 183 yards and a touchdown. When his 5 sacks are removed from his rushing stats, Neal ran the ball 19 times for 89 yards and two touchdowns.
Running Back of the Week
This one is pretty easy. Jamauri Bogan ran for 75 yards and 4 touchdowns in Western Michigan’s comeback win at Bowling Green. Three of those came in the second half, including the tying and go ahead score.
Kenny Young had an all round day in Miami’s win over Kent State. Young totaled 137 yards on 13 touches and a score. The Bulls asserted their will and controlled the clock by handing the ball to Jaret Patterson 17 times and letting him run for 91 yards and a touchdown.
Wide Receiver of the Week
Scott Miller was the main beneficiary of Jarret Doege’s big day for the Falcons. Miller caught 8 passes for 208 yards and 2 touchdowns. Scott got behind the defense for a 76 yard touchdown down the sideline for the second longest play by the Falcons on Saturday.
Isiah Cox only had three catches for Ohio, but amassed 147 yards and a score. That is efficient. It seems that defenses have decided to try to limit Anthony Johnson this year for Buffalo, so KJ Osborn has stepped up to make them pay. He had 116 yards on 6 catches against Akron.
Sack and Tackle For Loss Leader
I’ve been waiting to write about Sutton Smith all season and he finally had a big day. Against Ohio he had 2 sacks, was involved in another tackle for loss and recovered two fumbles. With the game coming to a close, the Huskies were trailing 21-16 and the Bobcats were driving. The ball was on the NIU 39 yard line. Sutton Smith came up with a strip sack and recovered the fumble. The Huskies would score on the next drive to take a lasting 24-21 lead.
Brandon Harris lead the conference in solo tackles Saturday with 13. The Bowling Green senior was involved in 20 tackles total and 1 for a loss.
Interceptions and Pass Deflections
Toledo had scored on their previous two drives to make it a one score game. Eastern needed something to break their way badly. After a 3 and out and a 34 yard punt, Toledo had the ball on the EMU 47. Then Blake Bogan intercepted a pass to kill the drive and stall Toledo just enough to get the win. That was enough to earn player of the week.