MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WEEK SEVEN
FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE, DEFENSIVE AND SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offensive Player of the Week: Bowling Green QB Matt Johnson
Sophomore quarterback Matt Johnson (Harrisburg, Pa.) was 20-of-34 passing for 224 yards as he lead Bowling Green to a near-upset of Mississippi State on the road Saturday night in a 21-20 loss. Johnson helped the Falcons battle back from an early 14-3 deficit and his two-yard touchdown run in the third quarter brought Bowling Green to within one point in the fourth quarter.
Defensive Player of the Week: Buffalo DE Colby Way
Senior defensive end Colby Way (State College, Pa.) had a career-high three sacks to lead a defensive unit to a 33-0 win at Western Michigan. The shutout was the second ever shutout of a MAC opponent and the first road shutout for the program since 1965. Way had four total tackles in the game, but it was his timely sacks that played a huge part in the Bulls' shutout. In the first quarter, with the Bulls leading 6-0, Way had two of sacks on the same drive that helped move the Broncos from the Buffalo 19-yard line to out of field goal range. In the third quarter, with Buffalo leading 9-0, Way had a sack for a loss of 15 yards that moved the ball from the Buffalo 43 to the Western Michigan 42, forcing another punt.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Akron P Zach Paul
Sophomore punter Zach Paul (Broadview Heights, Ohio) had nine punts for an average of 45.7 yards (411 total yards) in the Zips' 27-20 loss at No. 23 Northern Illinois on Saturday. His longest punt of the day went 60 yards. Two of his attempts resulted in a touchback and two others landed inside the 20-yard line.
Offensive Player of the Week: Ball State WR Willie Snead
Junior wide receiver Willie Snead (Belle Glade, Fla.) had 10 catches for 152 yards and two touchdowns in Ball State’s 27-24 win over Kent State. Snead’s game-winning touchdown catch with 1:29 to play in the game was a seven yard reception from quarterback Keith Wenning. He also had a 45-yard reception on the first play of the game-winning drive. Snead has now managed 100 or more yards receiving in four straight games.
Defensive Player of the Week: Central Michigan S Kavon Frazier
Sophomore safety Kavon Frazier (Grand Rapids, Mich.) forced two critical, drive-halting turnovers in Central Michigan’s 26-23 road win at Ohio. Early in the second quarter, with the Bobcats in Central Michigan territory, Frazier forced a fumble of Ohio receiver Matt Waters, stopping a 12-play drive. On Ohio’s next possession, he intercepted quarterback Tyler Tettleton and returned the pick 23 yards, setting up Central Michigan on the Ohio 47-yard line. In addition to the two turnovers, Frazier accounted for six tackles.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Ball State P Kyle Schmidt
Freshman punter Kyle Schmidt (Chesterton, Ind.) punted four times for 183 yards and a 45.8 average in Ball State’s 27-24 win over Kent State. Schmidt pinned the Golden Flashes inside the 20-yard line twice and had a game long punt of 51 yards.