Week 9 was short week with MACtion getting started the following Tuesday. Still, the games Thursday night and Saturday produced some strong performances.
Quarterback of the Week
Nathan Rourke defends his title as quarterback of the week. Ohio demoralized Ball State pretty much however they wanted to on Thursday. Nathan Rourke threw for 127 yards with one touchdown, and ran for 77 yards and two touchdowns. At the half, Ohio had a 31-7 score and cruised the rest of the way.
Freshman Kaleb Eleby came in for an injured Jon Wassink and threw for 293 yards in the loss to Toledo. He looked young at times, taking sacks at bad spots but overall played well. Tyler Wiegers had a good game against Army on Saturday. He completed 66% of his passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns. Not enough for the win, but when Army holds the ball for 45 minutes and scores 37 points they are hard to beat.
Running Back of the Week
Remember that Ohio could do whatever they wanted? They wanted AJ Oullette to get going on the ground. On 15 touches he totaled 153 yards and scored two touchdowns. He averaged 10.4 yards per carry. That’s a lot.
Bryant Koback led Toledo’s rushing attack against the Broncos Thursday. He had 10 rushes for 99 yards and a touchdown. The work horse of the week goes to Van Edwards Jr for Akron. He carried the ball 20 times for 96 yards and a score.
Wide Receiver of the Week
Toledo’s Cody Thompson caught 6 passes, half for touchdowns. In total he only had 63 yards but they were effective. Toledo pulled away from Western Michigan late with two of Thompson’s touchdowns coming in the second half.
On the other sideline in Kalamazoo, Jayden Reed had another strong game. His final line was 6 catches, 103 yards, and two touchdowns. He scored from 25 yards and 62 yards out. Blake Banham had an outstanding day against Army. He caught 7 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown. He also took a hand off from the 1 for a rushing touchdown to make it a one possession game in the 4th quarter.
Sack and Tackle For Loss Leader
Josh Corcoran had two sacks against BYU that proved to be very valuable in a 7-6 road win. Corcoran helped end two drives, one around midfield and the other in their own territory. The second sack was a four yard loss that forced a 51 yard field goal. That field goal was missed.
Malik Fountain leads the conference once again in total tackles. He had 15 total and 11 of them were solo. Two tackles for loss were included in that total.
Interceptions and Pass Deflections
Another Husky takes this defensive category. Mykelti Williams intercepted a pass with a little more than a minute and a half left in the game to end BYU’s last hope of a win. The return was only 4 yards but it put the game on ice. Williams also had 4 solo tackles and a pass deflected.
See who were the players of the week last week!