Week 10 Football Notes

Updated 10/31/2000

MAC East Division Update:
Marshalls 31-28, last-second win over Akron vaulted the Thundering Herd into first place in the East Division. The Herd is a perfect 3-0 in the East while the Zips dropped to 3-1. Herd QB Byron Leftwich passed for a career-high 393 yards, icluding an 11-yard touchdown pass to John Cooper with 26 seconds remaining for the win. Marshall can win the division by winning its remaining with games (at) Bowling Green, Miami, and (at) Ohio. Ohio and Miami, both 2-1, tangle this week in Oxford in a game that keeps the winner alive in the division race.

MAC West Division Update:
Ball State won its fourth straight game, all since redshirt freshman quarterback Tallmadge Hill was inserted into the starting lineup. Now at 2-1 in the West Division, the Cardinals host Western Michigan this week. A BSU win throws the division title up for grabs while a WMU victory moves the Broncos one step closer to the title. Toledo, at 2-1, and Northern Illinois, 1-1, also have faint title hopes as those two teams meet in DeKalb. Both UT and NIU have already lost to WMU, while NIU has a win over BSU. In-state rivals Central and Eastern Michigan will be meeting for the 78th time in history.

Best Comeback:
The most wins by a MAC team that was winless the previous year is five, set in 1966 by Ohio University. The Bobcats were 0-10 in 1965 and improved to a 5-5 mark the next season. This years Ball State team is 4-4 after an 0-11 slate in 1999.

National Player of the Year Candidate:
Akrons Dwight Smith, the nations leader in interceptions with eight, is among the 15 players listed as semifinalists for The Football News Defensive Player of the Year. Smith is the only MAC player listed on either offense or defense for the national awards. He was also the subject of a column in the Oct. 23 issue of Sports Illustrated under the title of Akrons Interception King. In the Zips opening game of the season, Smith had a pick off a pass attempt from Heisman candidate Michael Vick, just one of five interceptions thrown by Vick this season.

Bowl Bound:
Two Miami RedHawk seniors have been selected for postseason bowls. Starting left tackle Alex Sulfsted has accepted an invitation to the 2001 Rivals.com Hula Bowl scheduled for 8 p.m. (EST) on Jan. 20 at War Memorial Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. Wide receiver Sly Johnson will play in the 2001 Delchamps Senior Bowl slated for 2 p.m. (EST) Jan. 20 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

Neal Nears Record:
Western Michigan wide receiver Steve Neal has his eyes on the leagues all-time record for receptions and receiving yards. Neal is 17 receptions and 158 yards shy of the MAC career standard of 229 receptions and 3,513 yards set by Kent States Eugene Baker from 1995-98. Neals most recent outing resulted in three receptions for 28 yards in WMUs 42-0 win at Kent State.

Pinkel Moves Up:
Toledos 42-0 win against Marshall on Oct. 14 was the 50th league win for Rocket head coach Gary Pinkel, giving him sole possession of third place all-time. Pinkel had been tied with Doyt Perry (1955-64) and Denny Stolz (1977-85), both from Bowling Green, for third place all-time in MAC history. Pinkels 70 overall wins as a MAC head coach are fourth all-time, behind Herb Deromedi (107, CMU, 1978-93), Bill Hess (108, Ohio, 1958-77) and Doyt Perry (77, BGSU, 1955-64).

Blackney Ties Schudel:
Bowling Green head coach Gary Blackney, who earlier in the year announced his resignation effective the end of the 2000 season, earned his 60th career win in the Falcons 20-6 triumph over Eastern Michigan Oct. 21. The win ties Blackney with former Ball State coach Paul Schudel (1985-94) for eighth place all-time. It was also Blackneys 47th MAC win, tying him with Schudel for seventh on that list.

Cardinal Frosh 4-0 As A Starter:
Ball State redshirt freshman quarterback Talmadge Hill led the Cardinals to their fourth consecutive win since ending a 21-game losing streak three weeks ago. Hill, 4-0 as a starter, has completed 60-of-95 passes for 759 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions in the four wins. Hill has also picked up 177 rushing yards in the four games. BSU last won as many as four games in a row in 1997 when it won four in a row to end the season. The last time the Cardinals won as many as five in a row was during an eight-game winning streak in 1996.

Cardinal Freshman Dazzles:
Redshirt freshman Marcus Merriweather rushed for a MAC season-high 257 yards and added three touchdowns in the Cardinals 38-34 win at Central Michigan. Merriweather has rushed for 435 yards in the last two games.

2-3-4 All-Time:
The second, third and fourth all-time leading pass receivers are current MAC players. Western Michigans Steve Neal is second with 213 receptions, Northern Illinois Justin McCareins is third with 185 and Marshalls Nate Poole is tied for fourth with 184.

Third Time Through:
Western Michigans Robert Sanford became the first MAC player to reach 1,000 rushing yards (1,029) this season with his 183 at Kent State. Sanford also has 1,000-yard seasons to his credit in 1999 (1,092) and 1997 (1,033).

Rock(et) Solid Defense:
Toledos defense recorded its third shutout of the season in its 42-0 win over Marshall. The Rockets lead the MAC in total defense (263.3 yards allowed per game), rushing defense (71.3) and scoring defense (10.1), ranking seventh, second and second nationally, respectively, in those categories.

Among The Voters:
Both Western Michigan, a 42-0 winner over Kent State, and Toledo, a 35-14 victor at Navy, continued to receive notice in the national polls this week. In the respective Associated Press and USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches polls, WMU is 27th in both, while the Rockets stand 34th and 37th.

MAC Teams Idle This Week/Next Game on Nov. 11
Akron (4-5) vs. Buffalo

This Weeks Games - Saturday, November 4

Ohio Bobcats (5-3) at Miami RedHawks (4-4), noon
Yager Stadium (30,012/natural grass) Oxford, Ohio
The Coaches: Ohio-Jim Grobe (Virginia 1975) 31-32-1/sixth year; Miami-Terry Hoeppner (Franklin College 1969) 11-8.
The Series: Miami leads 45-29-2.
Television: ESPN Plus/ESPN Game Plan
Both teams have one East Division loss, each to Akron, and both teams have yet to play division leader Marshall, so the winner of this game has a chance to mount a serious challenge for the divisional title ... the Bobcats have won three games in a row and are coming off an open week ... the RedHawks have lost three of their last four, including a 45-15 decision last week at Cincinnati ... this game is the final home game for Miami, where the RedHawks are 2-1 this season ... Miami QB Mike Bath became the schools career leader in both passing yards and total offense at UC with 189 passing yards and 210 in total offense, pushing his all-time numbers to 5,954 passing and 6,420 total offense ... Baths 45 career touchdown pass moved him into a tie for eighth place on the career MAC list ... Miami has lost nine fumbles this year after losing just a total of three in the 1998 and 1999 seasons ... RedHawk receiver Sly Johnson (31 rec., 499 yds., 5 TDs) missed the UC game with a hip flexor but is expected to return this week ... the RedHawks ground game has received a boost from Steve Little, who has produced 392 yards in the last four games ... in their last outing on Oct. 21, the Bobcats tied a school record with seven rushing touchdowns in their 52-3 win over Central Michigan ... Dontrell Jacksons 141 rushing yards in that game was the most by a Bobcat this season ... four times this season the Bobcats have topped 40 or more points and that hasnt happened since 1968 when that years MAC championship team accomplished the feat ... it was also the first time in school history that a Bobcat team has produced 40 or more points in three straight games ... the win was head coach Jim Grobes 31st, tying him for fourth all-time at Ohio ... Ohio won last years game 40-28, but the RedHawks had captured the previous five games in the series ... Miami has won eight of the last 10 versus Ohio.

Western Michigan Broncos (7-1) at Ball State Cardinals (4-4), 1:00
Ball State Stadium (21,581/natural grass) Muncie, Ind.
The Coaches: WMU-Gary Darnell (Oklahoma State 1970) 29-13/fourth season at WMU; BSU-Bill Lynch (Butler 1977) 25-39/sixth season.
The Series: WMU leads 14-9.
A mid-season surge by Ball State has vaulted the Cardinals into the thick of the West Division championship race with a 2-1 divisional record and 4-1 overall MAC record ... defending West Division champion WMU has won its last seven in a row ... BSU is fresh off a last-minute 38-34 win at Central Michigan, scoring the game-winner on a five-yard run by QB Tallmadge Hill with 57 seconds left ... Hill rushed for 101 yards and passed for 228 and leads the league in passing efficiency at 143.7 (86-of-137 for 1,063 yards, 12 TDs and nine int.) ... sophomore TB Marcus Merriweather rushed for a MAC season-high 257 yards on 42 carries and three touchdowns while moving up to fifth place among all MAC rushers with 102 yards per game ... should he keep up his current average, Merriweather would be the first Cardinal to gain 1,000 yards in a single season since Tony Nibbs in 1994 (1,210 yards) ... BSU ran 98 plays offensively, and defensively, limited CMU to eight first down and 216 total yards ... the Cardinals four-game win streak has been anchored in the rushing attack that has produced at least 190 yards per game and an average of 246 yards ... the Bronco defense is ranked second in the league in total defense and (281 ypg) and third in rush defense (116 ypg) ... WMU is coming off a 42-0 conquest at Kent State, lowering their defensive scoring average to 12.0, second in the MAC and fifth nationally ... the Broncos have won their last three road games with wins at Iowa, Marshall and Kent State ... QB Jeff Welsh has completed 59.5% (144-of-242) of his passes for 1,718 yards, 10 TDs and five interceptions to rank fourth in the league in passing efficiency at 128.6 ... the Broncos have a balanced attack as they feature the leagues leading rusher in Robert Sanford (128.6 ypg) ... although not listed among the leagues receiving leaders, WR Corey Alston is averaging 19.1 yards per catch with 14 receptions for 267 yards and two touchdowns ... WMUs Steve Neal needs 17 receptions and 158 receiving yards to become the MAC all-time leader in those categories ... WMU has won the last three games in this series ... Ball States most recent win was in 1996, 28-5.

Kent State Golden Flashes (1-8) at Buffalo Bulls (1-7), 1:00
UB Stadium (31,000/natural grass) Buffalo, N.Y.
The Coaches: KSU-Dean Pees (Bowling Green 1971) 3-28/third year; UB-Craig Cirbus (Buffalo 1980) 18-45/sixth season.
The Series: tied 4-4.
KSU will be out to snap its three-game losing streak while the Bulls are looking to end their four-game losing streak ... each team is coming off crushing defeats, Kent State 42-0 at home to Western Michigan and Buffalo a 73-10 road loss to Northern Illinois ... the Golden Flashes lone win of the season came on the road, 24-21 in double overtime at Central Michigan on Oct. 7 ... UBs only win of the season came at home on Sept. 23 in a 20-17 win against Bowling Green ... KSU ranks last in the MAC in total offense (263 ypg) and scoring offense (11.7 ppg) while Buffalo is last in total defense (443 ypg allowed) and scoring defense (46.1 ppg allowed) ... KSUs main offensive weapon is RB Chante Murphy, who is averaging 73.3 yards per game to rank seventh in the MAC ... Murphy rushed for 150 yards in last years KSU 41-20 win over Buffalo ... WR Jurron Kelly needs four receptions to reach 100 for his career ... the Flashes have split this years QB duty between fifth-year senior Zach Williams (7 starts, 107-of-199 for 1,030 yards, 4 TDs, 8 int.) and redshirt freshman Jeff Valentino (27-of-58 for 261 yards, 3 TDs and 1 int.) ... KSU is plus-six in fumbles (10 gained, six lost) but minus-nine (five gained, 14 lost) in the turnover department ... UBs Joe Freedy is listed seventh in the MAC in passing efficiency at 110.6 (141-of-254, 1,504 yards, 12 Tds, 13 int.) ... the Bulls Albert Grundy had his second consecutive game with 100-plus rushing yards as he piled up 173 on 18 carries versus NIU ... Grundy had rushed for 106 yards the previous outing against Ball State ... UBs Duane Williams is tied for the MAC lead with eight sacks and is third in tackles for a loss with 12 ... KSU has won the last three meetings, including last years 41-20 contest played at Kent ... the teams split the first two games of the series, played in 1937 and 1938, before picking up again from 1966-70 ... UB won three games in a row (1966-67-68) before the Golden Flashes won in 1969-70 and last year.

Central Michigan Chippewas (1-7) at Eastern Michigan Eagles (1-7), 1:00
Rynearson Stadium (30,200/astro turf) Ypsilanti, Mich.
The Coaches: CMU-Mike DeBord (Manchester 1978) 1-7/first season; Jeff Woodruff (Kent State 1979) 1-7/first season.
The Series: Central leads 49-22-6.
This is an instate battle in the 78th meeting between the schools ... the series began in 1902 with a 10-0 Chippewa victory ... CMU has won the two most recent meetings and three of the last four ... the Chippewas are coming off a heartbreaking 38-34 loss to Ball State ... the Chippewas have lost seven straight and last lost eight in a row in 1997 ... TB Vince Webber returned to the starting lineup for the first time since the Purdue game and rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries ... despite gaining just 83 passing yards, CMU scored 34 points versus the Cardinals after posting just 61 in the previous seven games this season ... Rodrico Epps fourth-quarter 63-yard interception return for a touchdown gave CMU a 34-25 lead ... earlier in the third quarter, Marvin Smith grabbed a BSU fumble and ran 20 yards for a score and a 21-18 lead ... EMU will be out to win its first game since a 32-25 season-opening win over Connecticut ... the Eagles duo of wide receivers Kenny Christian and Kevin Walter have combined for 97 receptions for 1,073 yards, ranking among the national leaders ... quarterback Walter Church holds every school passing record except for touchdown passes .. Churchs record career numbers include 739 completions, 1,331 attempts, 8,521 passing yards, 8,034 total offense yards and 1,539 total plays.

Toledo Rockets (7-1) at Northern Illinois Huskies (5-3), 1:05 (CT)
Huskie Stadium (31,000/astro turf) DeKalb, Ill.
The Coaches: UT-Gary Pinkel (Kent State 1975) 70-37-3/10th season; NIU-Joe Novak (Miami 1967) 13-39/fifth season.
The Series: UT leads 21-6.
This game highlights the top two scoring units in the MAC, NIU at 39.1 ppg and UT at 35.0 ppg and shapes up to be a West Division battle between two teams that will have to try and keep pace with the winner of the Western Michigan-Ball State encounter ... both teams have one divisional, that to WMU ... NIU paces the MAC in total offense (432 ypg) while UT is the leagues toughest defense (allowing 263 ypg) ... Northern is coming off a 73-10 triumph over Buffalo while Toledo, on a four-game winning streak, is fresh off a 35-14 non-conference win at Navy ... the 73 Huskie points tied the schools NCAA I-A single-game best (73 vs. then No. 24 ranked Fresno State in 1993) ... TB Thomas Hammock, whose 115 rushing yards per game is third best in the MAC, needs just 77 more yards to become the ninth player in NIU history to reach 1,000 in a season ... Justin McCareins piled up 277 all-purpose yards to bolster his MAC-best average of 165 per game ... McCareins also leads the MAC in receiving yards per game (108) and touchdown receptions (9) ... Huskie QB Chris Finlen has quietly climbed into the leagues No. 2 slot in passing efficiency at 137.4 (97-of-167, 1,367 yds., 9 TDs, 6 int.) ... Huskie DB Vince Thompson picked off three passes against Buffalo, joining Demerist Whitfield in accomplishing that feat in a single game this season ... a win by NIU would clinch the schools first winning season since the 6-5 squad in 1990 ... if NIU wins its remaining games to finish 8-3, that would be the third best record since 1969 (10-2 in 1983; 9-2 in 1989) ... the Rockets are on a mission to give Gary Pinkel his second 10-win season at UT (1995 team was 11-0-1) ... the Rockets defense is stubborn, allowing just 10 points and 263 yards per game, both MAC bests, and ranking third and fourth nationally, respectively, in those categories ... LB Kevin Rollins is tied for the MAC lead with eight sacks and DeJuan Goulde has seven ... Gouldes 14 tackles for a loss, for minus 48 yards, is also tied for the MAC lead ... Rollins has been credited with 10 tackles behind the line of scrimmage for a negative 54 yards ... both will have to contend with a highly rated offensive line led by two-time all-MAC tackle Ryan Diem ... the Rockets Mel Long has a national-best 43 game streak of at least one reception in a game ... UTs balanced attack includes TB Chester Taylor (MAC second-best 118 ypg) and QB Tavares Bolden (123-of-216, 1,115 yds., 8 TDs, 3 int.) ... UT has won the last six meetings with NIU ... the Huskies last success came in 1989, 39-27. in DeKalb.

Marshall Thundering Herd (4-4) at Bowling Green Falcons (2-6), 1:30
Doyt L. Perry Stadium (30,599/natural grass) Bowling Green, Ohio
The Coaches: Marshall-Bob Pruett (Marshall 1965) 54-8/fifth year; Gary Blackney (Connecticut 1967) 60-47-2/10th season.
The Series: Marshall leads 5-2.
Television: ESPN Plus, WSAZ
Marshall survived a challenge on the road last week, winning at Akron 31-28, and will attempt to duplicate that at a place where they have not won since 1954 ... the Herd has dropped 11 consecutive games at Perry Stadium since their first win there back in 1954 ... the Falcons are rested, having had an open date last week ... BGSUs most recent action was Oct. 21 with a 20-6 win over Eastern Michigan ... since the return of starting center Eric Curl four games ago, the Falcons have increased their total offense production from 226.5 yards per game to 303 ... in addition, the strong play of cornerbacks Jansenn Patton and Mike Malone the last four games has prompted the BG defense to not allow touchdowns in two games (Kent State and Eastern Michigan) and give up just one touchdown in the first three quarters at Miami ... Falcon opponents must be wary of special teams as BG has blocked six kicks and forced three fumbles on special teams ... that play has helped BG to rank 12th nationally in turnover margin at +1.0 per game ... Marshalls passing attack is hitting full stride as QB Byron Leftwich passed for a MAC season-high 393 yards at Akron ... the Herd had a game-opening drive of 97 yards and a game-ending drive of 87 yards ... Leftwich found eight different receivers, with eight catches for 91 yards credited to David Foye and four receptions for 119 yards to John Cooper, and both had a touchdown ... the Herds win at Akron snapped a three-game road losing streak and gave Marshall back-to-back wins for the first time this year ... Marshalls 304 yards per game passing offense is tops in the MAC and will pose a challenge to BGs pass defense, which is allowing a league-high 253 yards per game ... among the leagues passing efficiency leaders, Leftwich is ranked third with a 131.5 rating (182-of-304, 2,209 yds., 14 TDs, 7 int.) ... his top target is Nate Poole (45 rec., 469 yds., 3 TDs) whose 184 career receptions are the fourth most in MAC history ... the Herd has won two of the last three games with BG since rejoining the MAC in 1997.

Idle This Week But Worth Noting...
Akron Zips: The Zips open week comes on the heels of a 31-28 loss to Marshall ... Akrons ground game produced 235 rushing yards, led by Brandon Paynes 93 and Tony McCrays 73 ... Payne needs 146 rushing yards to reach 1,000 for the season and become the first player in Zips history to rush for that many yards at the I-A level ... the Zips next action is Nov. 11 in their home finale against Buffalo ... with two wins, UA would produce back-to-back winning seasons for the first time ever at the I-A level and the first time at the school since 1985 (8-4) and 1986 (7-4).

MAC Record Watch (Career) current players bolded

Receiving Yards Player (School) Years
1.) 3,513 Eugene Baker (Kent State) 1995-98
2.) 3,356 Steve Neal (Western Michigan) 1997-2000
3.) 3,053 Reggie Allen (Central Michigan) 1995-98
4.) 2,866 Bryan Schorman (Central Michigan) 1995-98
5.) 2,685 Justin McCareins (Northern Illinois) 1997-2000
6.) 2,679 Steve Hunter (Bowling Green) 1982-85
7.) 2,507 Mark Szlachclc (Bowling Green) 1982-85
8.) 2,491 Ron Heard (Bowling Green) 1986-89
9.) 2,378 Nate Poole (Marshall) 1997-2000
10.) 2,268 Jeff Groth (Bowling Green) 1975-78
Receptions Player (School) Years
1.) 229 Eugene Baker (Kent State) 1995-98
2.) 213 Steve Neal (Western Michigan) 1997-2000
3.) 185 Justin McCareins (Northern Illinois) 1997-2000
t-4.) 184 Nate Poole (Marshall) 1997-2000
t-4.) 184 Reggie Allen (Central Michigan) 1995-98
6.) 183 Bryan Schorman (Central Michigan) 1995-98
7.) 182 Mark Szlachclc (Bowling Green) 1982-85
8.) 176 Steve Hunter (Bowling Green) 1982-85
9.) 171 Don Fair (Toledo) 1969-71
10. 148 Reggie Thornton (Bowling Green) 1986-89
TD Passes Player (School) Years
1.) 100 Chad Pennington (Marshall) 1997-99
2.) 87 Tim Lester (Western Michigan) 1996-99
3.) 63 Brian McClure (Bowling Green) 1982-85
4.) 57 Jose Davis (Kent State) 1997-99
5.) 53 Charlie Batch (Eastern Michigan) 1994-97
6.) 52 Ryan Huzjak (Toledo) 1993-96
7.) 49 Brad Tayles (Western Michigan) 1989-92
t-8.) 46 Mike Bath (Miami) 1997-2000
8.) 46 Ryan Henry (Bowling Green) 1992-95
10.) 45 Jay McDanagh (Western Michigan) 1993-95
Passing Yards Player (School) Years
1.) 11,299 Tim Lester (Western Michigan) 1996-99
2.) 10,688 Chad Pennington (Marshall) 1997-99
3.) 10,280 Brian McClure (Bowling Green) 1982-85
4.) 8,717 Brad Tayles (Western Michigan) 1989-92
5.) 8,521 Walter Church (Eastern Michigan) 1996-2000
6.) 7,592 Charlie Batch (Eastern Michigan) 1994-97
7.) 7,267 Gene Swick (Toledo) 1973-75
8.) 6,682 Rich Dackin (Bowling Green) 1986-89
9.) 6,722 Jose Davis (Kent State) 1997-99
10.) 6,672 Ryan Huzjak (Toledo)  1993-96
Pass Attempts Player (School) Years
1.) 1,507 Tim Lester (Western Michigan) 1996-99
2.) 1,427 Brian McClure (Bowling Green) 1982-85
3.) 1,370 Brad Tayles (Western Michigan) 1989-92
4.) 1,313 Walter Church (Eastern Michigan) 1996-2000
5.) 1,265 Chad Pennington (Marshall) 1997-99
6.) 1,073 Rich Dackin (Bowling Green) 1986-89
Pass Completions Player (School) Years
1.) 900 Brian McClure (Bowling Green) 1982-85
2.) 875 Tim Lester (Western Michigan) 1996-99
3.) 822 Chad Pennington (Marshall) 1997-99
4.) 746 Walter Church (Eastern Michigan) 1996-2000
5.) 663 Brad Tayles (Western Michigan) 1986-89
6.) 591 Rich Dackin (Bowling Green) 1986-89
7.) 580 Mike Neu (Ball State) 1990-93
8.) 579 Charlie Batch (Eastern Michigan) 1994-97
TD Receptions Player (School) Years
1.) 35 Eugene Baker (Kent State) (1995-98)
2.) 28 Justin McCareins (Northern Illinois) (1997-2000)
3.) 27 Ronnie Redd (Bowling Green) (1991-94)
4.) 26 Steve Neal (Western Michigan) (1997-2000)
5.) 25 Randy Moss (Marshall) (1997)
6.) 24 Brian Oliver (Ball State) (1991-94)
7.) 22 Jim Swierczek (Marshall) 1951-53
Kick Scoring Player (School) Years
1.) 306 Gary Gussman (Miami) 1984-87
2.) 290 Brad Selent (Western Michigan) 1997-2000
3.) 288 Rusty Hanna (Toledo) 1989-92
4.) 279 Kennt Stucker (Ball State) 1988-91
5.) 274 Rade Savich (Central Michigan) 1975-78
6.) 273 Kevin Nichol (Central Michigan) 1986-89

Coaching Victories

Wins Coach School Year
1.) 110 Herb Deromedi Central Michigan 1978-93
2.) 108 Bill Hess Ohio 1958-77
3.) 77 Doyt Perry Bowling Green 1955-64
4.) 70 Gary Pinkel Toledo 1991-2000
5.) 66 Trevor Rees Kent State 1951-63
6.) 64 Bill Mallory Miami
7.) 62 Al Molde Western Michigan 1987-96
t-8.) 60 Gary Blackney Bowling Green 1991-2000
t-8.) 60 Paul Schudel Ball State 1985-94
10.) 59 Randy Walker Miami 1990-98

MAC Top Ten Performances This Year

Rush Yards Player Game
1.) 257 Marcus Merriweather Ball State at Central Michigan
2.) 207 Brandon Payne Akron vs. Connecticut
3.) 203 Robert Sanford WMU at Marshall
4.) 188 Brandon Payne Akron vs. Miami
5.) 187 Anthony Jones BSU at Miami
6.) 183 Robert Sanford Western Michigan at Kent State
7.) 178 Marcus Merriweather Ball State at Buffalo
t-8.) 174 Thomas Hammock NIU at Akron
t-8.) 174 Robert Sanford Western Michigan vs. Northern Illinois
10.) 173 Albert Grundy Buffalo at Northern Illinois
Pass Yards Player Game
1.) 393 Byron Leftwich Marshall at Akron
2.) 378 Byron Leftwich Marshall vs. Buffalo
3.) 364 Walter Church Eastern Michigan at Temple
4.) 358 Mike Bath Miami at Vanderbilt
5.) 332 Jeff Welsh WMU vs. Ohio
6.) 312 Byron Leftwich Marshall vs. Kent State
7.) 276 Mike Bath Miami vs. Kent State
8.) 262 Joe Freedy Buffalo at Ohio
9.) 261 Derrick Vickers CMU vs. Kent State
10.) 259 Joe Freedy Buffalo vs. Connecticut
Receiving Yards Player Game
1.) 198 Kenny Christian EMU at Temple
2.) 189 Justin McCareins NIU at Auburn
3.) 181 Sean Schembra Ball State at Buffalo
4.) 156 Lavel Bailey Akron vs. NIU
5.) 151 Justin McCareins Northern Illinois vs. Buffalo
6.) 150 Justin McCareins NIU at Ball State
7.) 143 Lanier Washington Marshall vs. Buffalo
8.) 138 Jurron Kelly Kent State vs. Bowling Green
t-9.) 134 Ty Buxton Miami at Vanderbilt
t-9.) 134 Sly Johnson Miami at Vanderbilt

The Best of Both Worlds - (double 100-yard performances in a single game)
- Mike Bath, Miami at Ohio State (236 passing yards, 105 rushing yards)
- Robbie Mixon, Central Michigan vs. Akron (164 rushing yards, 101 receiving yards)
- Tallmadge Hill, Ball State at Central Michigan (228 passing yrads, 101 rushing yards)