MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WEEK FIVE
FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE, DEFENSIVE AND SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offensive Player of the Week: Bowling Green RB Travis Greene
Sophomore running back Travis Greene (Carol City, Fla.) had 24 carries for 142 yards and added four catches for 71 more yards as the Falcons defeated Akron 31-14 on Saturday. Greene added both rushing and receiving touchdowns in the second half as Bowling Green overcame an early 14-3 deficit. For Greene, the game marked his second consecutive 100-yard rushing game and third of the season. It was also a career high in receiving yards for the converted wide receiver.
Defensive Player of the Week: Buffalo S Adam Redden
Senior safety Adam Redden (Amherst, N.Y.) had five tackles, two sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in Buffalo's 41-12 win over Connecticut on Saturday. Redden set the tone early when, just three plays into the game, he stripped UConn quarterback Chandler Whitmer of the ball and recovered it at the Connecticut 8-yard line. Five plays later, the Bulls scored to take a 7-0 lead. Redden spearheaded a defense that held UConn to just 220 yards of total offense, including just 27 yards in the second half.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Buffalo K Patrick Clarke
Senior kicker Patrick Clarke (New Castle, Del.) was 2-of-4 on field goal attempts in Buffalo's 41-12 win over UConn. After missing his first field goal of 41 yards, Clarke connected on field goals of 49 yards and a career-best 50 yards in the third quarter to extend Buffalo's lead. The 50-yarder was the first by a Buffalo kicker since 2010. The 41 points were the most ever scored by a Buffalo team against UConn. It was Buffalo's second win over a BCS AQ opponent and the first since beating Rutgers in 2002.
Offensive Player of the Week: Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch
Senior quarterback Jordan Lynch (Chicago, Ill.) led the Huskies to a dominating performance at Purdue as Northern Illinois became the first MAC team to win two games over Big Ten opponents in the regular season and scored the most points ever by a MAC team in a Big Ten game. Lynch finished with 207 passing yards while completing 18-of-25 passes with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He also gained 35 yards on the ground with a touchdown on nine carries. He was in for only the Huskies’ first drive (three plays) in the fourth quarter before giving way to back-ups Matt McIntosh and Drew Hare. Lynch started the game 14-of-15 passing and completed 11 straight passes from midway through the first quarter to 5:40 of the second period as he played a large part in Northern Illinois 27-10 halftime lead. Lynch completed passes to eight different receivers in the game.
Defensive Player of the Week: Ball State LB Kenneth Lee
Senior linebacker Kenneth Lee (Indianapolis, Ind.) recorded his first career interception and his second sack of the season to lead the Ball State defense in its 31-24 win over Toledo. Lee added eight tackles plus had one and one-half tackles for loss in the win.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Northern Illinois KOR Tommylee Lewis
Junior kick returner Tommylee Lewis (Riviera Beach, Fla.) opened the second half of Northern Illinois 55-24 win at Purdue by bringing the kickoff back 99 yards for a touchdown, extending the Huskies’ lead to 34-10 just one play into the half. Lewis’ kickoff return touchdown was the fourth of his career, extending his school record mark. On the day, Lewis returned three kickoffs for 146 yards as Purdue kicked away from the junior following his touchdown return. He also had one punt return for 12 yards, a four-yard rush and three pass receptions for 19 yards to lead Northern Illinois in all-purpose yards with 181 in the game.