MAC Football Notes - Week 9

Updated 11/9/1996
  • Players of the Week
    Last week it was a West Divison showdown with Northern Illinois at Western Michigan. This week's key MAC game is three-time defending champion Marshall at Akron, the current East Division leader. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. from the Rubber Bowl.

    MAC East Division Update: First place in the MAC East Division is at stake this week when Marshall (2-0 in division) plays at Akron (3-0). If Akron wins, the Zips need only to beat either Buffalo (Nov. 11) or Kent State (Nov. 18) to win the East Division title. UA has wins over Ohio and Miami, the only other East teams with a loss. If Marshall wins, the Herd has to capture its remaining games with Bowling Green (Nov. 4), Miami (Nov. 11) and Ohio (Nov. 18) to guarantee a division title. Marshall has won the previous three East Division titles and a berth in the league's championship game. Ohio is idle this week while Miami is at Cincinnati in a non-league game before the Bobcats and RedHawks renew their rivalry Nov. 4 in Oxford. Bowling Green is also idle this week before returning to action Nov. 4 by hosting Marshall. Kent State hosts West leader Western Michigan this week and Buffalo is at Northern Illinois.

    MAC West Division Update: The Mid-American Conference West Division took shape this weekend as Western Michigan defeated Northern Illinois, 52-22, to improve to 2-0 in the division and 4-0 in overall MAC play. The Broncos' Robert Sanford rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns. Sanford has rushed for 375 yards in the Broncos' last two games. NIU (1-1 in division) joins Toledo (2-1), Ball State (1-1) and Central Michigan (0-1) with just one loss in divisional play. Ball State, winners of three in a row after snapping its 21-game losing streak, is at Central Michigan in the lone divisional matchup this week. Eastern Michigan is idle, while cross-division meetings have Western Michigan at Kent State and Northern Illinois hosting Buffalo.

    Smith Continues To Lead The Nation: Despite no interceptions in the last three weeks, Akron defensive back Dwight Smith continues to lead the nation in interceptions with eight. The MAC record for interceptions in a season is 12 by Eastern Michigan's Bob Navarro in 1989.

    Neal Nears Record: Western Michigan wide receiver Steve Neal has his eyes on the league's all-time record for receptions and receiving yards. Neal is 20 receptions and 186 yards shy of the MAC career standard of 229 receptions and 3,513 yards set by Kent State's Eugene Baker from 1995-98. Neal's most recent outing resulted in six receptions for 80 yards in WMU's 52-22 win over Northern Illinois on Oct. 21.

    Pinkel Moves Up: Toledo's 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. Pinkel's 69 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 Walker: 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 Blackney's 47th MAC win, tying him with Schudel for seventh on that list.

    Cardinal Frosh Continues Success: Ball State redshirt freshman quarterback Talmadge Hill led the Cardinals to their third consecutive win since ending a 21-game losing streak three weeks ago. Hill, 3-0 as a starter, has completed 42-of-65 passes for 531 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions in the three wins. Hill has also picked up 76 rushing yards in the three games. BSU last won as many as three games in a row in 1997 when they won four in a row to end the season.

    Sanford Sets Sail: Western Michigan's Robert Sanford became the first MAC player to rush for over 200 yards in a game this season and he did it on national television. Sanford's 203 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries ignited the Broncos' 30-10 win at Marshall on Oct.. 5 before an ESPN audience. Sanford added 172 yards in his next game, a 52-22 win over Northern Illinois to give him 375 yards in the last two games. Sanford enjoys the confines of Marshall Stadium as last year he set a MAC Championship game record with 163 rushing yards versus the Thundering Herd.

    Rock(et) Solid Defense: Toledo's defense recorded its third shutout of the season in its 42-0 win over Marshall. The Rockets lead the MAC in total defense (267.3 yards allowed per game), rushing defense (63.3) and scoring defense (9.6), ranking seventh, second and second nationally, respectively, in those categories.

    Among The Voters: Both Western Michigan, a 52-22 victor over Northern Illinois, and Toledo, idle last week, moved up two places in the polls this week. In the respective Associated Press and USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches' polls, WMU is 28th and 27th, while the Rockets stand 35th and tied for 37th.

    MAC Teams Idle This Week/Next Game on Nov. 4
    Bowling Green (2-6) vs. Marshall
    Eastern Michigan (1-7) vs. Central Michigan
    Ohio (5-3) at Miami

    This Week's Games - Saturday, October 28

    Toledo Rockets (6-1) at Navy Midshipmen (0-7), noon
    Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (30,000/grass) Annapolis, Md.
    The Coaches: UT-Gary Pinkel (Kent State 1975) 69-37-3/10th season; Navy-Charlie Weatherbie (Oklahoma State 1977) 29-35/sixth season at Navy.
    The Series: Navy leads 1-0.
    The Rockets will be looking for their fourth win in a row while the Midshipmen are still after their first win of the 2000 season and snap a seven-game losing streak ... UT features the MAC's top-rated team in total defense (allowing 267.3 yards per game), scoring defense (9.6 ppg allowed), rushing defense (63.3 ypg allowed), and the league's top scoring offense at 35.0 points per game ... the Rockets also pace the MAC in time of possession at 33:47 ... the Rockets' Chester Taylor ranks second in the league in rushing with 119 yards per game ... QB Tavares Bolden has thrown for seven touchdowns and just three interceptions while completing 56.4% (106-of-188) passes ... PK Todd France has been perfect this year in making all 31 of his PATs and leads the league in kick scoring at 7.9 ppg ... Toledo is plus 17 in turnover margin, forcing 22 opponent miscues (13 fumble recoveries and nine interceptions) ... among Navy's seven losses are those to top-ranked teams Notre Dame (45-14) and TCU (24-0) ... Toledo is 3-0 against non-conference teams this year with victories against Penn State (24-6), Weber State (51-0) and Eastern Illinois (31-26).

    Ball State Cardinals (3-4) at Central Michigan Chippewas (1-6), 1:00
    Kelly/Shorts Stadium (30,199/artificial turf) Mount Pleasant, Mich.
    The Coaches: BSU-Bill Lynch (Butler 1977) 24-39/sixth season; CMU-Mike DeBord (Manchester 1978) 1-6/first season.
    The Series: CMU leads 16-14-1.
    The Cardinals are coming off a 44-35 win at Buffalo, the school's third win in a row ... a BSU win would be the team's longest winning streak since a four-game winning streak at the end of the 1997 season ... Central Michigan dropped a 52-3 contest at Ohio and will be out to end its four-game losing streak ... BSU had breakout games from three offensive players in piling up its most points since a 50-6 win over Kent State on Nov. 9, 1996 ... QB Tallmadge Hill, in moving to 3-0 as a starter, completed 13-of-18 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns ... WR Sean Schembra grabbed a career-high with passes for 181 yards and a touchdown ... RB Marcus Merriweather ran for a career-best 178 yards and two TDs on 30 carries ... Merriweather and fellow back Anthony Jones have totaled 531 rushing yards in the last three games (187 at Miami, 147 vs. EMU, 197 at Buffalo) ... Ball State has averaged 200 rushing yards per game in the last three outings ... Chippewa QB Pete Shepherd had his streak of starting 28 consecutive games snapped at Ohio when freshman Derrick Vickers was inserted into the lineup ... two weeks ago versus Kent State, Vickers replaced an injured Shepherd and threw for three touchdowns and 261 yards, completing 19-of-32 ... at Ohio, Vickers completed 12-of-28 for 142 yards with two interceptions ... Shepherd was 6-of-9 for 37 yards at Ohio and has attempted 112 passes this year without throwing an interception ... Vickers and Shepherd completed passes to nine different receivers ... the 52-3 loss was CMU's worse MAC setback since a 59-6 loss at Miami in 1986 ... CMU has won the last two in this series ... the teams first met in 1939 and have met continuous since 1977.

    Buffalo Bulls (1-6) at Northern Illinois Huskies (4-3), 1:05 (CT)
    Huskie Stadium (31,000/astroturf) DeKalb, Ill.
    The Coaches: ; UB-Craig Cirbus (Buffalo 1980) 18-44/sixth season; NIU-Joe Novak (Miami 1967) 12-39/fifth season.
    The Series: NIU leads 2-1.
    A 52-22 loss at Western Michigan ended the Huskies' three-game winning streak and temporarily derailed NIU's attempt in moving closer to securing a winning record for the first time since going 6-5 in 1990 ... Buffalo dropped a 44-35 decision to Ball State and has lost three games in a row since a 20-17 win over Bowling Green on Sept. 23 ... Huskie flanker Justin McCareins grabbed six passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns at WMU and continues to lead the MAC in all-purpose yards (149.0) and receiving yards per game (101.6) ... QB Chris Finlen passed for 193 yards, boosting his season total to 1,144, becoming the first Huskie to throw for 1,000 yards in three different years (1,107 in 1997 and 1,151 in 1999) ... RB Thomas Hammock ripped off a 70-yard run at Kalamazoo, which was the 11th longest run in school history ... Hammock's 110.9 rushing yards per game is third in the MAC ... FS Buster Sampson was in on a career-high 16 tackles ... Huskie LB Kevin Selover needs three tackles to make the No. 20 spot on the school's all-time list ... Buffalo mounted a furious second-half rally to come back from a 35-7 deficit and close the gap to 41-35 before falling to Ball State ... QB Joe Freedy tossed three scoring passes with two of those going to Zeke McKine (20 and 48 yards) ... Freedy's other TD pass went to Andre Ford from 37 yards and marked the fifth consecutive game the duo has teamed for a touchdown ... Freedy is ranked seventh in the MAC in passing efficiency at 116.0 and is tied for first with 12 touchdown passes ... JUCO transfer Albert Grundy chipped in with a career-high 106 rushing yards on just 11 carries, thus becoming the first UB player this year to reach the 100-yard barrier ... Grundy's effort keyed the Bulls' season-best 252 rushing yards ... UB's defense had four sacks, upping this year's total to 18, already six more than all of last year ... the teams have also previously met in 1968, 1970 and 1990, with UB's win coming in 1968 (20-7).

    Western Michigan Broncos (6-1) at Kent State Golden Flashes (1-7), 2:00
    Dix Stadium (30,520/artificial turf) Kent, Ohio.
    The Coaches: WMU-Gary Darnell (Oklahoma State 1970) 28-13/fourth season at WMU; KSU-Dean Pees (Bowling Green 1971) 3-27/third year.
    The Series: WMU leads 30-17-1.
    The Broncos rolled to their sixth consecutive win, beating Northern Illinois 52-22 last week, but play their next three games (Kent State, Ball State, Central Michigan) on the road ... KSU dropped a 34-12 contest at Marshall for its second consecutive loss ... WMU's 6-1 start is the best since the 1988 season when the Broncos captured its last MAC championship, and if the Broncos win their three remaining West Division games (Ball State, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan), they will return to the MAC Championship game Dec. 2 ... under Gary Darnell, the Broncos are 14-1 in the month of October and 16-3 at Waldo Stadium ... Robert Sanford took over the MAC rushing lead with 172 yards versus the Huskies ... Sanford's 120.9 yards per game has him just 154 yards shy of his third 1,000-yard season ... Steve Neal grabbed six passes for 80 yards last week to increase his career numbers to 209 receptions for 3,328 yards, just 21 receptions and 186 yards away from setting MAC career records ... WMU ranks second in the MAC in scoring defense (allowing 13.7 ppg) while KSU's offense is 12th in the league, scoring 13.1 ppg ... in the loss at Marshall, KSU allowed two fourth-quarter scores as the Herd pulled away from a close 20-12 game to secure the win ... the Golden Flashes young secondary, which features three sophomores and a true freshman, will be tested by Bronco QB Jeff Welsh (127-of-214, 1,534 yds., 9 TDs, 5 int.) ... KSU TB Chante Murphy ranks sixth in the MAC with 76.4 yards per game ... WR Jurron Kelly needs four receptions to become the fourth player in KSU history to reach 100 for a career ... WMU has won the last 10 games and 17 of the last 19 versus KSU.

    Miami RedHawks (4-3) at Cincinnati Bearcats (3-4), 2:00
    Nippert Stadium (35,000/astro turf) Cincinnati, Ohio.
    The Coaches: Terry Hoeppner (Franklin College 1969) 11-6/second season; Rick Minter (Henderson State 1977) 30-43-1/seventh season.
    The Series: Miami leads 55-42-7.
    This will be the 105th meeting in the series that began in 1888 with a 0-0 tie ... the series, except for the 1943 and 1944 seasons missed due to World War II, has run continuous since 1909 ... UC has won three of the last four, including last year's game in Oxford, 52-42 ... both teams are coming off of their opens weeks ... Miami last played in a 24-10 win over Bowling Green and UC in a 38-24 loss to Louisville the same day ... in a Did You Know - UC was a MAC member from 1947-1952 and won the MAC title in 1947, 1949, 1951 and 1952 ... Miami leads the series in games played in Cincinnati by a 42-34-5 margin ... this is also the oldest football rivalry west of the Allegheny Mountains and is fifth overall among all college rivalries ... Miami is led by QB Mike Bath, who ranks second in the MAC with 236 passing yards per game despite completing just 49.6% of his passes ... Bath leads the MAC in total offense with 271 yards per game and needs just 106 passing yards and 122 yards of total offense to become the school's all-time leader ... the RedHawks' special teams receive good play as Milt Bowen tops the MAC charts in kickoff returns (23.8) and Eddie Tillitz is third in punt returns (11.0 and 2 TDs), and the kicking game is paced by the league's third leading punter in Kent McCullough (42.5) and most accurate field goal kicker in Andy Brumbergs (83.3%, 10-of-12) ... DL Brian Potter is second in the league with seven sacks, including six unassisted sacks ... in Miami's most recent outing against Bowling Green, Steve Little finished with a career-high 149 yards, including 127 in the second half ... Miami is 7-2 versus non-conference foes since 1997 (losing at West Virginia in 1999 and Ohio State in 2000).

    Marshall Thundering Herd (3-4) at Akron Zips (4-4), 7:00
    Rubber Bowl (35,202/atsro turf) Akron, Ohio.
    The Coaches: Marshall-Bob Pruett (Marshall 1965) 53-8/fifth year; Lee Owens (Bluffton College 1977) 23-40/sixth season.
    The Series: Marshall leads 5-2.
    This game is for first place in the East Division as Marshall (2-0 in division) looks to defend its title against the challenging Zips (3-0) ... Marshall snapped a two-game losing streak with a 34-12 triumph over Kent State last week while Akron lost its second in a row, 38-35 at home to Connecticut ... in UA's loss, RB Brandon Payne rushed for a MAC-high 207 yards on 31 carries and one touchdown ... Payne also had a 92-yard punt return nullified by a penalty ... with 239 more yards in the Zips' final three regular season games, Payne could become the school's first 1,000-yard rusher at the I-A level ... WR Lavel Bailey is also leaving his name atop the Zips' recordbook ... Bailey's six receptions versus the Huskies gave him a school-record 130 for his career and he needs just 103 additional yards to set UA's all-time record for receiving yards (now at 2,531 by Dan Ruff) ... this game features two of the league's top rated QBs in the Zips' Butchie Washington and the Herd's Byron Leftwich ... Washington is the league's No. 3 rated at 130.6 (109-of-214, 1,749 yds., 12 TDs, 8 int) while Leftwich is No. 2 at 131.0 (156-of-255, 1,816 yds., 12 TDs, 7 int.) ... among QBs with a minimum of 250 attempts, Leftwich ranks fourth nationally with fewest interceptions per attempt with one pick for every 36.4 the Herd's win over Kent State, MU's running game produced its first 100-yard back of the season as Frank Wallace cruised for 116 yards and fourth-quarter TDs from 3 and 62 yards ... Marshall's receiver duo of Darius Watts (28 rec., 451 yds., 4 TDs) and Nate Poole (40, 446, 3) will measure the Akron secondary, which can boast of the nation's interception leader in Dwight Smith (8 int.) ... Marshall (422 ypg) is No. 1 in total offense in the MAC and Akron third (404) ... the difference may be in the defense, where the Herd is No. 3 in the MAC (336 ypg allowed) and Akron 13th (421) ... Marshall has won the last three games in this series ... the teams, both East Division members, did not meet in 1999 because of a schedule quirk ... Marshall's 27-16 win in 1998 was the most recent encounter ... the teams first met in 1974, a 17-7 Marshall win.

    Idle This Week But Worth Noting...

    BGSU Falcons: Since the return of starting center Eric Curl four games ago, the Falcons have increased their rushing 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 allowed 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 ... BG has two home games remaining (Marshall and Ohio) and one road game, just 30 miles away at Toledo.

    Eastern Michigan Eagles: The duo of wide receivers Kenny Christan and Kevin Walter have combined for 97 receptions for 1,073 yards, ranking among the national leaders ... quarterback Walt Church holds every school passing record except for touchdown passes .. Chruch's record career numbers include 739 completions, 1,331 attempts, 8,521 passing yards, 8,034 total offense yards and 1,539 total plays ... after playing against Central Michigan on Nov. 4, EMU will have a chance to play spoiler in games against West leaders Northern Illinois (Nov. 11) and Western Michigan (Nov. 18).

    Ohio Bobcats: The Bobcats tied a school record with seven rushing touchdowns in their 52-3 win over Central Michigan ... Dontrell Jackson's 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 hasn't happened since 1968 when that year's 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 Grobe's 31st, tying him for fourth all-time at Ohio ... Ohio resumes play with back-to-back road games at Miami (Nov. 4) and Bowling Green (Nov. 11) before closing at home versus Marshall (Nov. 18).

    BIG MAC CHANGES: The 2000 Mid-American Conference football schedule reflects an emphasis on divisional competition while also sustaining league rivalries. Per NCAA regulations, MAC institutions will play a full divisional schedule in 2000, with divisional champions qualifying for the fourth conference championship game. The MAC is one of only three conferences in Division I-A to stage a football championship game (SEC, Big 12). Last year's MAC championship game saw then #11 Marshall defeat Western Michigan 34-30 in the second most-watched college football game in ESPN2 history. Due to the unbalanced divisional configuration, two schools in the West (Central Michigan and Western Michigan) will play eight conference games, while the remaining four will play seven MAC games and have one additional non-conference game. All seven East Division schools will play a full divisional schedule and two crossover games. Divisional champions will be based on each schools' divisional record only. Head-to-head competition will be used as the initial tiebreaker in determining divisional standings. Overall conference record by percentage will also be factored into the tiebreaker formula.

    MAC Record Watch (Career) current players bolded

    Receiving Yards
    1.) 3,513 - Eugene Baker (Kent State) 1995-98
    2.) 3,328 - 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.) 2,679 - Steve Hunter (Bowling Green) 1982-85
    6.) 2,534 - Justin McCareins (Northern Illinois) 1997-2000
    7.) 2,507 - Mark Szlachclc (Bowling Green) 1982-85
    8.) 2,491- Ron Heard (Bowling Green) 1986-89
    9.) 2,355 - Nate Poole (Marshall) 1997-2000
    10.) 2,268 - Jeff Groth (Bowling Green) 1975-78

    1.) 229 - Eugene Baker (Kent State) 1995-98
    2.) 209 - Steve Neal (Western Michigan) 1997-2000
    3.) 184 - Reggie Allen (Central Michigan) 1995-98
    4.) 183 - Bryan Schorman (Central Michigan) 1995-98

    t-5.) 182 - Nate Poole (Marshall) 1997-2000
    t-5.) 182 - Mark Szlachclc (Bowling Green) 1982-85
    7.) 176 - Steve Hunter (Bowling Green) 1982-85
    8.) 175 - Justin McCareins (Northern Illinois) 1997-2000
    9.) 171 - Don Fair (Toledo) 1969-71
    10. 148 - Reggie Thornton (Bowling Green) 1986-89

    Touchdown Passes
    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
    8.) 46 - Ryan Henry (Bowling Green) 1992-95
    t-9.) 45 - Mike Bath (Miami) 1997-2000
    t-9.) 45 - Jay McDanagh (Western Michigan) 1993-95

    Passing Yards
    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
    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
    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)

    Touchdown Receptions
    1.) 35 - Eugene Baker, Kent State (1995-98)
    2.) 27 - Ronnie Redd, Bowling Green (1991-94)
    3.) 26 - Steve Neal, Western Michigan (1997-2000)
    t-4.) 25 - Justin McCareins, Northern Illinois (1997-2000)

    t-4.) 25 - Randy Moss, Marshall (1997)
    6.) 24 - Brian Oliver, Ball State (1991-94)
    7.) 22 - Jim Swierczek (Marshall) 1951-53

    Kick Scoring
    1.) 306, Gary Gussman, Miami, 1984-87
    2.) 288, Rusty Hanna, Toledo, 1989-92
    3.) 284, Brad Selent, Western Michigan, 1997-2000
    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

    1.) 110 - Herb Deromedi/Central Michigan/1978-93
    2.) 108 - Bill Hess/Ohio /1958-77
    3.) 77 - Doyt Perry/Bowling Green/1955-64
    4.) 69 - Gary Pinkel/Toledo/1991-2000
    5.) 66 - Trevor Rees/Kent State University/1951-63
    6.) 64 - Bill Mallory/Miami/1969-73/NIU/1980-83
    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

    Rushing Yards
    1.) 207, Brandon Payne, Akron vs. Connecticut
    2.) 203, Robert Sanford, WMU at Marshall
    3.) 188, Brandon Payne, Akron vs. Miami
    4.) 187, Anthony Jones, BSU at Miami
    5.) 178, Marcus Merriweather, Ball State at Buffalo
    t-6.) 174, Thomas Hammock, NIU at Akron
    t-6.) 174, Robert Sanford, Western Michigan vs. Northern Illinois
    8.) 164, Robbie Mixon, CMU vs. Akron
    9.) 159, Robert Sanford, WMU vs. Indiana State
    10.) 156, Chester Taylor, Toledo vs. Eastern Illinois

    Passing Yards
    1.) 378, Byron Leftwich, Marshall vs. Buffalo
    2.) 364, Walter Church at Temple
    3.) 358, Mike Bath, Miami at Vanderbilt
    4.) 332, Jeff Welsh, WMU vs. Ohio
    5.) 312, Byron Leftwich, Marshall vs. Kent State
    6.) 276, Mike Bath, Miami vs. Kent State
    7.) 262, Joe Freedy, Buffalo at Ohio
    8.) 261, Derrick Vickers, CMU vs. Kent State
    9.) 259, Joe Freedy, Buffalo vs. Connecticut
    10.) 258, Butchie Washington, Akron at Ohio

    Receiving Yards
    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.) 150, Justin McCareins, NIU at Ball State
    6.) 143, Lanier Washington, Marshall vs. Buffalo
    7.) 138, Jurron Kelly, Kent State vs. Bowling Green
    t-8.) 134, Ty Buxton, Miami at Vanderbilt
    t-8.) 134, Sly Johnson, Miami at Vanderbilt
    9. 132, David Foye, Marshall vs. Kent State

    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)