MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WEEK THIRTEEN
FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE, DEFENSIVE AND SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offensive Player of the Week: Bowling Green WR Ronnie Moore
Freshman wide receiver Ronnie Moore (Sanford, Fla.) set career-highs with seven receptions for 161 yards and three touchdowns in the Falcons' 58-7 win at Eastern Michigan. After falling behind 7-3 in the first quarter, Moore took a Matt Johnson pass along the sideline got by two defenders and outran the rest of the defense for a 74-yard touchdown. Later in the first quarter, Moore once again took a short pass, avoided all the defenders, and took the ball 22 yards to the house. His third touchdown came near the end of the first half, when he got behind the defense for a 34-yard touchdown reception. Moore became the first Falcon since Sept. 10, 2011 with three touchdown receptions in a game.
Defensive Player of the Week: Buffalo LB Khalil Mack
Senior linebacker Khalil Mack (Fort Pierce, Fla.) had a team-high eight tackles, three sacks and three forced fumbles in Buffalo's 44-7 win at Miami. Two of his forced fumbles were recovered by the Bulls and both were turned into touchdowns. His third forced fumble was scooped up by teammate Okoye Houston and returned 60 yards for a touchdown. In the game, Mack broke the NCAA record for career forced fumbles with 16 career forced fumbles, surpassing the previous record of 14.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Kent State DT Nate Terhune
Sophomore defensive tackle Nate Terhune (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) lined up the backfield on a punt formation, caught the snap and ran 61 yards for a third quarter touchdown in a 44-13 win at Ohio. The special teams touchdown extended Kent State’s lead to 31-13. Terhune also recovered an Ohio fumble on special teams.
Offensive Player of the Week: Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch
Senior quarterback Jordan Lynch (Chicago, Ill.) carried 28 times for 161 yards (5.8 avg.) and scored three second-half rushing touchdowns, and completed 17-of-22 passes (77.3%) for 202 yards in a 35-17 win at Toledo to clinch the Huskies fourth consecutive West Division title. Trailing 10-7 at halftime, Lynch led the Huskies to four second-half touchdowns, scoring himself on runs of 12, 31 and one yards. The one-yard touchdown run capped a masterful 15-play, 99-yard drive to start the fourth quarter on which the Huskies were four-for-four on third-down conversions. With both of his top two receivers on the sidelines due to injury, Lynch found sophomore Juwan Brescacin eight times and hit eight different receivers in the game. He recorded his 11th career game with 100 rushing and 200 passing yards.
Defensive Player of the Week: Central Michigan DE Blake Serpa
Sophomore defensive end Blake Serpa (Sugar Grove, Ill.) made his first career start and played a pivotal role in a 37-0 blanking of UMass, the program’s first shutout over a MAC opponent since 1996. Serpa recorded a career-high nine tackles, including three tackles for loss. He notched the lone sack of the day, dropping quarterback A.J. Doyle for a six-yard loss late in the third quarter. Serpa also forced one of Central’s four turnovers of the day. Earlier in the third quarter, he blasted UMass running back Shadrack Abrokwah, forcing a fumble. Four plays later, Central Michigan was in the end zone on a Titus Davis 30-yard scoring reception, upping the Chippewas lead to 37-0.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Central Michigan P Richie Hogan
Senior punter Richie Hogan (Laguna Hills, Calif.) was instrumental in Central Michigan’s 37-0 shutout win over UMass, forcing the Minutemen to start several drives deep in their own territory with kicks downed at the 13-, 2-, and 14-yard lines. Hogan eschewed windy and frigid conditions, punting three times, for an average of 47.7 yards. A 46-yarder in the second quarter had UMass starting a drive at the 13-yard line. Forced to pass to get out of the hole, the Minutemen threw an interception, which was returned 34-yards for a touchdown by safety Tony Annese. Hogan’s 53-yard effort, his longest of the day, which was placed at the two-yard line, led to another Central Michigan score after the defense forced its third turnover of the game.