MAC Names Football Players of the Week

Updated 10/17/2011
For Immediate Release--Monday, Oct. 17, 2011

East Division
Offensive Player of the Week:  Temple RB Bernard Pierce 
Junior running back Bernard Pierce (Ardmore, Pa.) broke five school records in Temple’s 34-0 win over Buffalo with a performance of 23 carries for 152 yards and two touchdowns.  Pierce eclipsed the 100-yard mark in rushing for the 14th time in his career and fifth time this season.  For the second consecutive week, Pierce and fellow junior RB Matt Brown each rushed for 100 yards.  It marked the 11th time in school history that two backs rushed for 100 yards in a game, and they are the only tandem to do it three times.  

Pierce became Temple’s all-time career leader in touchdowns (rushing + receiving) and broke his own single-season mark for touchdowns and points scored. He now has 44 touchdowns (43 rush + 1 rec) in his career.  He surpassed Paul Palmer (1983-86) who had 43 total TDs (39 rush +4) and tied Palmer with 264 career points.  Pierce re-wrote his own season record for touchdowns and now has 18 touchdowns this season (previous record was 16 from 2009). He also re-wrote his own season record for points scored (96, which he shared with Brandon McManus in 2009) and now has 102 points this season. 

Defensive Player of the Week:  Kent State DT Roosevelt Nix
Sophomore defensive tackle Roosevelt Nix (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) anchored a Kent State defense that held Miami to just 166 yards of total offense in a 9-3 loss to Miami.  Nix forced an early fumble that led to a Kent State field goal and posted career-highs of six tackles and four solo stops.  Nix recorded two tackles for loss, a pair of quarterback hurries and broke up a pass.  Miami was averaging 350 yards of offense per game before Nix spent much of his Saturday in the RedHawk backfield.  Nix leads the Flashes with 10 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles.

Special Teams Player of the Week:  Bowling Green KR BooBoo Gates
Sophomore kick returner BooBoo Gates (Middletown, Ohio) had four kick returns returns for 152 yards, including an 88-yard touchdown return in the fourth quarter in a 28-21 loss to Toledo.  Gates 88-yard score came with 1:20 left in regulation to cut a 14 point deficit to 28-21.

West Division
Offensive Player of the Week:  Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish
Senior quarterback Chandler Harnish (Bluffton, Ind.) rushed for a career-high 229 yards on 14 carries and passed for 203 yards on 14-of-27 passing for a total of 432 yards of total offense in the Huskies 51-22 win over Western Michigan.  The Huskies totaled 494 rushing and 697 total yards in the victory.

According to the NCAA Record Book, Harnish is only the 10th player in the history of NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision play to record a 200-200 day and the milestones in both rushing and passing have been reached on the same day only 11 times.

Defensive Player of the Week:  Toledo DB Desmond Marrow
Senior defensive back Desmond Marrow (Youngstown, Ohio) had a team-high 10 tackles in the Rockets 28-21 win at Bowling Green.  Marrow added a career-best three passes defensed as the Rockets held the Falcons to 343 yards of total offense.

Special Teams Player of the Week:  Ball State P Scott Kovanda
Junior punter Scott Kovanda (Hartland, Mich.) punted seven times for 327 yards and a 46.7 average in Ball State’s 23-20 win at Ohio. Kovanda pinned Ohio inside the 20-yard line four times and had a career-long 67-yard punt. With the Cardinals maintaining a 23-20 lead, Kovanda pinned Ohio at the one-yard line on a 47-yard punt with 8:06 remaining in the game, and then with 3:15 left in the contest, his punt pinned Ohio on the 5-yard line to help seal the win for Ball State.