Cleveland, Ohio- (Nov. 8) Miami tailback Travis Prentice and linebacker Dustin Cohen and Toledo placekicker Todd France were honored as Mid-American Conference Pepsi Players of the Week for the 10th week of the 1999 season.
MAC Pepsi Offensive Player of the Week
Miami tailback Travis Prentice (Sr., Louisville, Ky.)
Prentice rushed for a MAC record 376 yards and three touchdowns in a 32-23 win against Akron. In doing so, Prentice established four career NCAA records - most points (456) and most touchdowns (76), most points non-kickers (456), games with two or more touchdowns (25) - and tied the record for most games with a touchdown (33). His 411 all-purpose yards is the second most in MAC history. Prentice's outing versus the Zips included touchdown runs of 75 and 72 yards, the two longest runs of his career.
Also nominated: Buffalo fullback Josh Roth (Sr., Conewango, N.Y.) in 18 attempts he rushed for 126 yards and a 16-yard touchdown in a 20-13 loss to Hofstra; Kent quarterback Jose Davis (Sr., Bellaire, Ohio) completed 22-of-38 passes for 195 yards and one touchdown in a 28-16 loss to Marshall; Toledo tailback Chester Taylor (Jr., River Rouge, Mich.) rushed for a career-high 218 yards on 22 carries, including runs of 66 and 63 yards, in a 32-13 win at Central Michigan.
MAC Pepsi Defensive Player of the Week
Miami linebacker Dustin Cohen (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio)
Cohen had 12 tackles, an interception, a fumble recovery, a quarterback hurry and blocked a punt in a 32-23 win against Akron. Cohen had eight solo tackles and his interception was the eighth of his career. Cohen's blocked punt resulted in a safety for Miami.
Also nominated: Buffalo linebacker Chris Shelly (So., Pittsburgh, Pa.) had seven tackles and a forced fumble in a 20-13 loss to Hofstra; Eastern Michigan inside linebacker Scott Russell (So., Chicago, Ill.) credited with 20 tackles (11 solo, 9 assisted), a pass break up and a QB hurry in a 31-21 win against Ball State; Marshall linebacker Andre O'Neal (Sr., Decatur, Ga.) had 17 tackles (8 solo, 9 assisted) in a 28-16 win at Kent; Toledo linebacker DeJuan Golde (Jr., Euclid, Ohio) had seven tackles, two for losses, and forced a fumble in a 32-13 win at Central Michigan.
MAC Pepsi Special Teams Player of the Week
Toledo placekicker Todd France (So., Maumee, Ohio)
France had two field goals and two PATs in a 32-13 win at Central Michigan. His two first-half field goals, from 20 and 46 yards, kept the Rockets in the game at 7-6 until the offense got untracked to score four touchdowns.
Also nominated: Akron linebacker Ray Pung (Sr., Morgan Hill, Calif.) blocked a punt that led to Akron's third touchdown in a 32-23 loss at Miami and he also had two special team tackles; Kent placekicker Dave Pavich (So., Boca Raton, Fla.) who scored 10 of his team's points in a 28-16 loss to #12 ranked Marshall. Pavich was successful on field goal attempts of 40, 38 and 19 yards and added a PAT. Pavich is 20-for-20 on PATs this season and 37-for-37 for his career.