Buster Sampson video highlights
Cleveland, Ohio (Oct. 9) - Running back Robert Sanford of Western Michigan, Northern Illinois defensive back
Buster Sampson and Kent State placekicker David Pavich were honored as this week's Mid-American
Conference Players of the Week for the sixth week of the season.
MAC Offensive Player of the Week
Western Michigan running back Robert Sanford (Sr., Miami, Fla.)
Sanford rushed for a MAC season-high 203 yards and three touchdowns to spark the Broncos to a
30-10 win at Marshall on Thursday, Oct. 5, on an ESPN Thursday night telecast. Sanford averaged 7.8
yards per carry and came within two yards of his career-high. The win snapped the Herd's 33-game
home winning streak.
Akron QB Butchie Washington (16-26, 242 yds., 3 TDs vs. BGSU); Ball State RB
Anthony Jones (187 yds., 46 att. 1 TD rushing, 1 TD receiving vs. Miami); CMU QB Derrick Vickers
(19-32, 261 yds., 3 TDs vs. Kent State); Kent State RB Chante Murphy (114 yds., 33 att., 1 TD vs.
CMU); Marshall WR Nate Poole (9 rec., 121 yds., vs. WMU); NIU TB Thomas Hammock (career-high
143 yds., 34 att., 1 TD vs. Central Florida); Ohio QB Dontrell Jackson (139 rushing yards, 14 att., 9.9
avg.); Toledo TB Chester Taylor (124 yds., 19 att., 3 TDs vs. EMU).
MAC Defensive Player of the Week
Northern Illinois free safety Buster Sampson (Sr., Fort Meade, Fla.)
Sampson became the fourth Huskie defensive back in the last two years to gain a MAC Defensive Player
of the Week award for his performance in NIU's 40-20 win over Central Florida. Sampson created
havoc in the Knights' game plan with 10 tackles (8 solo), one tackle for a loss, one caused fumble, two
pass deflections, one interception and a fumble returned 24 yards for a touchdown.
Akron DB Rich Reliford (13 tackles, 3 goal line stops vs. BGSU); Ball State ILB Shaka
Johnson (had 12 tackles, 3 tfl, 1 sack vs. Miami); Kent State OLB James Harrison (9 tackles, 8 solos vs.
CMU); Ohio SS Chris London (6 tackles, 1 int. vs. Buffalo); Toledo LB Kevin Rollins (5 tackles, 1 int., 2
deflections vs. EMU); Western Michigan CB Ronald Rogers (8 tackles, 1 int. vs. Marshall).
MAC Special Teams Player of the Week
Kent State placekicker David Pavich (Jr., Boca Raton, Fla.)
Pavich kicked the game-winning field goal in the second overtime in a 24-21 win at Central Michigan as
the Golden Flashes ended their seven-game losing streak. Pavich rebounded after missing a 33-yard
attempt with 1:20 left in regulation and added three PATs for a total of six points.
Ohio PK Kevin Kerr (6-6 PATs vs. Buffalo); Toledo CB Fabian Burke (blocked a punt
that was recovered for a TD vs. EMU); Western Michigan P Matt Steffen (39.2 ypk on 5 punts, 3 inside
the 20 vs. Marshall).