MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WEEK EIGHT
FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE, DEFENSIVE AND SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offensive Player of the Week: Ohio QB Tyler Tettleton
Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton (Norman, Okla.) was 23-of-30 passing for a career-high 375 yards as he led the Bobcats to a 56-28 win at Eastern Michigan. He also threw a career-best four touchdowns in the win. Tettleton’s four touchdown passes marked the eighth time in his career in which he has thrown three-or-more touchdown passes in a single game. It also marked the sixth time in his career in which he has thrown for over 300 yards.
Defensive Player of the Week: Buffalo S Adam Redden
Junior safety Adam Redden (Amherst, N.Y.) had a game-high 12 tackles, including two for a loss and a half sack in a 32-3 win over UMass. Redden also recovered a fumble and recorded a pass breakup. Late in the third quarter he made the initial hit that resulted in a safety that extended Buffalo's lead to 18-3. He spearheaded a defense that didn't allow a touchdown for the second straight game.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Akron WR Andrew Pratt
Sophomore Andrew Pratt (North Canton, Ohio) blocked his first career punt to end Miami's game-opening drive in the Zips' 24-17 victory. After forcing the RedHawks into a three-and-out, Pratt's block put Akron on the Miami 13 yard line and four plays later the Zips scored on a two-yard run by Jawon Chisholm to open a 7-0 advantage with 12:09 left in the first quarter. Akron's win ended a 30-game road losing streak and a 28-game losing skid against Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponents.
Offensive Player of the Week: Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch
Senior quarterback Jordan Lynch (Chicago, Ill.) set the NCAA record for most rushing yards by an FBS quarterback in a game with 316 yards on 32 carries (9.9 avg.) and three rushing touchdowns in a 38-17 win at Central Michigan. Lynch had 471 yards of total offense, the fourth-highest total in school history, adding 155 passing yards on 20-of-30 completions and one touchdown to his 316 rushing yards. His rushing total is the fourth-highest in school history. He rushed for more than 100 yards for the third time this season and 17th time in his career. His first-quarter touchdown pass to Tommylee Lewis gave him a touchdown pass in 20 straight games.
Defensive Player of the Week: Toledo DE Jayrone Elliott
Senior defensive end Jayrone Elliott (Cleveland, Ohio) had a career-high 13 tackles and made a key defensive play in the Rockets 45-44 double overtime win over Navy. In the second quarter, Elliott forced a fumble and recovered the football then returned it 68 yards for a touchdown to give the Rockets an early 10-7 lead.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Eastern Michigan KR Tyler Allen
Junior kickoff returner Tyler Allen (Lansing, Mich.) opened the contest with a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a 56-28 loss to Ohio. The 90-yard kick return, the first of Allen’s career, tied a Rynearson Stadium record for the longest return by an Eagle. In fact, the last kickoff returned by Eastern Michigan was a 90-yarder by Dontayo Gage at home against Ball State, Sept. 8, 2007.