MAC Names Week Eleven Football Players of the Week

Updated 11/11/2013
MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WEEK ELEVEN
FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE, DEFENSIVE AND SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
 
East Division
Offensive Player of the Week:  Buffalo RB Branden Oliver
Senior running back Branden Oliver (Miami, Fla.) rushed for a career-high 249 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-3 win over Ohio. Oliver broke the school's Division I era single-game rushing record with his 249 yards on 34 carries (7.3 avg.). Oliver scored Buffalo's first two touchdowns of the game with a 2-yard and 13-yard score. 
 
Defensive Player of the Week:  Bowling Green DB BooBoo Gates
Senior defensive back BooBoo Gates (Middletown, Ohio) recovered two fumbles, including one that he returned for a touchdown, in a 45-3 win at Miami. The two recovered fumbles were his career high for a single game. In the third quarter, Gates scooped up his second fumble recovery of the game, taking it to the end zone for an 11-yard score. It was the fourth different way that Gates has scored a touchdown in his career (fumble recovery return, interception return, kickoff return, and punt return), the first Falcon in program history to accomplish that feat. Gates also added four tackles in the game.
 
Special Teams Player of the Week: Bowling Green K Tyler Tate
Sophomore kicker Tyler Tate (Carroll, Ohio) was perfect in seven kicks in a 45-3 win at Miami, tying his career high with six PATs. Tate also added a 29 yard field goal for the Falcons. He is now 10-of-13 on field goals this season.
 
West Division
Offensive Player of the Week:  Eastern Michigan RB Ryan Brumfield
Junior running back Ryan Brumfield (Chester Springs, Pa.) ran for a career-high 148 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries to lead Eastern Michigan to a 35-32 overtime win over Western Michigan. Brumfield scampered 23 yards for Eastern’s first touchdown of the game before sprinting four yards up the gut for the game-winning score. Brumfield and fellow running back Bronson Hill both eclipsed the century mark in rushing, becoming the first Eastern Michigan duo to accomplish that feat since 2011 (vs. Alabama State, 9/10/11).  Brumfield also completed a crucial halfback pass on a two-point conversion that tied the game and forced overtime. Brumfield took the handoff from quarterback Brogan Roback and rolled to the left before throwing back to the right flat where a wide open Roback made the catch, crossed the line and converted the two-point try. 
  
Defensive Player of the Week: Ball State DE Jonathan Newsome
Senior defensive end Jonathan Newsome (Cleveland, Ohio) tallied seven tackles, including two sacks for a loss of 15 yards in Ball State’s 44-24 victory over Central Michigan.  With the win, the Cardinals improved to 9-1 overall and 6-0 in the MAC.  Newsome, who leads Ball State with six sacks on the year, has 14.5 sacks in his two seasons at Ball State
 
Special Teams Player of the Week:  Western Michigan K Andrew Haldeman
Sophomore kicker Andrew Haldeman (Ferndale, Mich.) made a career high six field goals in a 35-32 OT loss at Eastern Michigan.  Haldeman connected from 48 (season long), 23, 30, 29 and 25 yards in regulation and made a 29 yard field goal in overtime.  It is the second most field goals made in a game in Western Michigan history and the most since Mike Prindle made seven against Marshall on Sept. 29, 1984.