MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WEEK THREE
FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE, DEFENSIVE AND SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offensive Player of the Week: Akron QB Kyle Pohl
Sophomore quarterback Kyle Pohl (Farmersville, Ohio) led the Akron offense to a near upset of No. 11/12-ranked Michigan on Saturday by connecting on 25-of-49 passing for a career-high 311 yards with two TDs, and also had 11 yards rushing on three carries. Pohl completed an eight-play, 75-yard drive with a 28-yard touchdown pass to Zach D'Orazio to give the Zips a 10-7 lead with 9:56 remaining in the third quarter. With 4:10 left in the game, he capped an 11-play, 67-yard series with a one-yard scoring pass to Tyrell Goodman that gave Akron a 24-21 edge. Pohl led Akron down the field on the final possession of the game, using three big plays to reach the Michigan one-yard line with 15 seconds remaining. Passes of 24 and 21 yards coupled with a rush of 19 yards set the Zips up a yard away from the end zone.
Defensive Player of the Week: Ohio DB Devin Bass
Sophomore defensive back Devin Bass (Omaha, Neb.) was a one-man wrecking crew in the Bobcats’ secondary Saturday night in Ohio’s 34-31win over Marshall. Bass led the Bobcats’ defensive unit as he tallied a game and career-high 11 tackles, registered 0.5 tackles for loss and recorded his first interception on the year. His interception came in the fourth quarter and helped secure Ohio’s third-consecutive win over Marshall. Bass had a career-high four pass breakups as he missed just two defensive snaps all game.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Bowling Green LB Paul Senn
Junior linebacker Paul Senn (Norco, Calif.) blocked a punt and raced 56 yards for a touchdown, then added a recovery on a fumbled kick return in Bowling Green's 42-10 loss to Indiana Saturday. With Bowling Green trailing 7-0 in the first quarter, Senn smothered a punt in his chest on a play that ranked No. 1 on SportsCenter's Top Plays Saturday. Without breaking stride Senn raced to the end zone to tie the score. After the Falcons tacked on a field goal to take a 10-7 lead, Indiana's Damon Graham had the football stripped on the ensuing kick-off and Senn jumped on the loose ball at the Indiana 31. Senn added a game-high three tackles for loss on the defensive side of the ball.
Offensive Player of the Week: Northern Illinois WR Tommylee Lewis
Junior wide receiver Tommylee Lewis (Riviera Beach, Fla.) Lewis led the Huskies with a career-best nine catches for a total of 56 yards, with a long of 22, but even more impressive were his 104 rushing yards on four carries in a 45-35 win at Idaho. Lewis averaged 26 yards per carry with a career-long 50 yard run highlighting his day. He also had a crucial 29-yard pick-up on the ground in the fourth quarter to start the drive that resulted in the Huskies' last touchdown and 10-point lead. It was the first 100-yard rushing day of Lewis' career.
Defensive Player of the Week: Northern Illinois DT Ken Bishop
Senior defensive tackle Ken Bishop (Lauderhill, Fla.) had a career-high eight tackles, six solo stops, and added one tackle for loss in a 45-35 win at Idaho. Bishop recovered a fumble in the first quarter to help set up the Huskies’ first touchdown. Bishop’s work on the defensive line helped free up his defensive linemates for nine quarterback sacks, the most by the Huskies since setting the school record of 10 in 2002. The Northern Illinois defense held Idaho to just seven points and 159 yards in the second half as the Huskies recorded the comeback victory at the Kibbie Dome.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Toledo K Jeremiah Detmer
Junior kicker Jeremiah Detmer (Hilliard, Ohio) converted two field goals in the Rockets 33-21 win over Eastern Washington. Detmer booted a 23-yard field goal in second period, signifying his 23rd consecutive conversion to tie a school record previously held by Alex Steigerwald in 2007-08. Detmer's streak was snapped later in the game when he missed a 35-yarder at the end of the first half. He was also credited with a 36-yard field goal in the fourth stanza, and has made a field goal in each of the first three contests this fall. Four of his seven kickoffs went for touchbacks.