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CFN Take: EMU Run Over By Central Michigan

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Posted Nov 29, 2013


Eastern Michigan Eagles 2013 ... Head Coach: Stan Parrish


Eastern Michigan Eagles

2013 Record: 2-10
8/31 Howard W 34-24
9/7 at Penn State L 45-7
9/14 at Rutgers L 28-10
9/21 Ball State L 51-20
9/28 OPEN DATE
10/5 at Buffalo L 42-14
10/12 at Army L 50-25
10/19 Ohio L 56-28
10/26 at NIU L 59-20
11/2 at Toledo L 55-16
11/9 Western Mich W 35-32 OT
11/16 OPEN DATE
11/23 Bowling Green L 58-7
11/29 at Central Michigan L 42-10
at Central Michigan 42, Eastern Michigan 10
Basically … Central Michigan got touchdown runs from Zurlon Tipton from four, one, 86 and 44 yards away, and Courtney Williams returned the opening kickoff of the second half for a touchdown on the way to an easy win. The Chippewas scored the first 21 points of the game before EMU got on the board with a 24-yard Dylan Mulder field goal and a ten-yard Cole Gardner catch before the end of the first half. The D finished things off with a 75-yard pick six from Avery Cunningham.
- Central Michigan RB Zurlon Tipton ran 20 times for 216 yards and four scores
- Eastern Michigan RB Bronson Hill ran 25 times for 166 yards
- The two teams combined for 12 penalties and five turnovers
- Eastern Michigan WR Dustin Creel caught ten passes for 109 yards

at Eastern Michigan 35, Western Michigan 32 OT
Basically … Under interim head coach Stan Parrish, Eastern Michigan came up with its second win of the season as the Eagle offense answered a Western Michigan field goal with a Ryan Brumfield four-yard touchdown in overtime. Brumfield ran for two touchdowns, but it was Brogan Roback who came up with the key plays hitting Dustin Creel for a ten-yard touchdown with 51 seconds to play, and then connecting with Brumfield for the two-point conversion and overtime. WMU bombed away Corey Davis catching a 70-yard touchdown pass and getting six Andrew Haldeman field goals, and Brian Fields added a seven-yard touchdown run.
- Eastern Michigan RB Ryan Brumfield ran 15 times for 148 yards and two scores and caught a pass for 15 yards. Bronson Hill ran 24 times for 111 yards and a score.
- Western Michigan QB Zach Terrell completed 24-of-39 passes for 348 yards and a touchdown with a pick.
- Western Michigan WR Corey Davis caught six passes for 112 yards and a score.
- Eastern Michigan QB Brian Roback completed 9-of-22 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown with a pick, and he ran for ten yards and a touchdown.

at Toledo 55, Eastern Michigan 16
Basically … Toledo scored the first 28 points of the game on two Terrance Owens touchdown passes and scoring runs from Damion Jones-Moore and Kareem Hunt, who added a 39-yard scoring dash on the way to a 35-3 lead. Eastern Michigan scored late in the first half on a 16-yard Dustin Creel catch, but the Rockets rolled the rest of the way highlighted by an 80-yard Justin Olack catch.
-Toledo QB Terrance Owens completed 18-of-24 passes for 375 yards and three touchdowns, with nine different receivers catching passes.
- Toledo outgained Eastern Michigan 729 yards to 309. The Eagles only ran for 82 yards.
- Eastern Michigan QB Brian Roback completed 11-of-22 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns with a pick.
- Toledo RB Kareem Hunt ran 20 times for 168 yards and two touchdowns, and he caught three passes for 28 yards.

at Army 50, Eastern Michigan 25
Basically … Terry Baggett ran for 304 yards with four touchdowns, highlighted by a 96-yarder in the third quarter to go along with scores from four, 67 and 35 yards out as Army ran wild on the Eagles. EMU had a 15-7 lead early on with Bronson Hill catching a 17-yard scoring pass and running for a 12-yard score, but the Army offense took over going on a 34-3 scoring run capped off by a 30-yard rumble from Larry Dixon.
- Terry Baggett will get all the headlines from a phenomenal performance, running 18 times for 304 yards and four scores, but the Army offense rumbled at will for 513 yards. The blocking was phenomenal, and Baggett and the O benefitted.
- Eastern Michigan didn’t have any luck whatsoever coming up with a stop after halftime. The Eagles were right there in the mix after a field goal made it 22-18 Army going into the locker room, but the defense wasn’t able to get into the right position at the right time on run after run, and the results weren’t pretty. Tyler Benz threw for 223 yards, and Bronson Hill had a nice day running 20 times for 143 yards and a score, but it wasn’t nearly enough.

at Buffalo 42, Eastern Michigan 14
Basically … Buffalo’s Branden Oliver ran for to scores in the first quarter and Devn Campbell returned a kickoff for a score and ran for a one-yard touchdown on the way to an easy win. The Bulls got up 21-0 before EMU scored on a 15-yard Joe Licata touchdown run, but the Eagles didn’t get back on the board until Ryan Brumfield ran for a 75-yard score in the final moments.
- Break up the Bulls. That’s two straight games Buffalo has exploded on offense with a crisp game from QB Joe Licata, completing 15-of-22 passes for 224 yards and a score and running for a touchdown, and Branden Oliver taking control of the ground game from the start finishing with 150 yards and two scores. The defense was also fantastic, allowing nothing on the ground until a garbage time dash.
- EMU’s offense couldn’t get working. The three turnovers allowed Buffalo to make it a laugher, but the real problem was the lack of any sustained momentum. Buffalo was cranking out long scoring drives, while EMU was trying to find anything to move the chains. The offensive line was dominated.

Ball State 51, at Eastern Michigan 20
Basically … Eastern Michigan scored first on a seven-yard Darius Jackson run, but then it was all Ball State with 27 first quarter point on two Jordan Williams touchdown catches, a 43-yard dash from Horactio Banks, and the first of three scoring runs from Jahwan Edwards. EMU added a few scores, highlighted by a 24-yard Dustin Creel catch, but Edwards put the game way on scoring runs from ten and three yards out.
- The Ball State offense is a machine, especially against struggling defenses. It took a few minutes, but the Cardinals did whatever they wanted with good balance at times and a sharp game from QB Keith Wenning. He completed 17-of-28 throws for 317 yards and two scores.
- EMU got a few nice performances, but the defense simply couldn’t come up with a key stop. The Eagles were outgunned, but Tyler Benz wasn’t awful, completing 20-of-32 passes for 212 yards and a score with two picks.
- The Cardinals did a nice job of spreading around the rushing wealth. The passing game made things go, with Willie Snead leading the way with nine catches for 175 yards, but Jahwan Edwards led a nice day from the BSU backs.
- The Eagles can’t make it easy. They committed nine penalties and turned it over four times, killing any chance to get back into the game time and again.

at Rutgers 28, Eastern Michigan 10, Sept. 14
Basically … Rutgers answered an early EMU field goal with a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from Quron Pratt, but it took Paul James second half touchdown runs from 55 and 52 yards away to finally put the game away. The Eagles were pesky, taking the lead in the second quarter on a 43-yard Ryan Brumfield touchdown catch, but the offense failed to convert long drives into points in the second half.
- Uhhh, Rutgers offense? The two Paul James big touchdown runs saved the day for an offense that came up with just 89 passing yards. James finished with 192 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries, but the Scarlet Knight attack came up with just 274 yards total. Chas Dodd was awful on third downs and completed just 4-of-9 passes for 45 yards.
- EMU QB Tyler Benz threw well, chucking for 335 yards and a score, but drive after drive after drive just stalled. Rutgers didn’t allow anything on the ground – giving up just 38 yards – but the secondary was pushed.
- The Rutgers pass rush was humming. The reason EMU drives stalled was because of sacks – Rutgers came up with six. Middle linebacker Steve Longa had a game with 12 tackles with two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss.
- EMU had the ball for around 31 of the final 45 minutes, but that was partly because Rutgers couldn’t grind out drives. It was all James.

at Penn State 45, Eastern Michigan 7, Sept. 7
Basically … Eastern Michigan scored first on an 11-yard fumble return for a score in the first quarter, and it was all Penn State after that with 45 unanswered points. Zach Zwinak and Bill Belton each ran for two scores, with Belton tearing off a 51-yarder, and Christian Hackenberg found Allen Robinson for a 45-yard touchdown.
- The Penn State defense played like the Penn State defense of last year, stopping the run time and time again and not allowing any big plays. The Nittany Lions gave up just 183 yards of total offense.
- Christian Hackenberg threw a pick – that was about the only bad mark on the freshman’s second game. He completed 23-of-33 passes for 311 yards and a score, and once again he looked poised beyond his years. So far he’s more than the real deal.
- Eastern Michigan can complete passes, but they don’t go anywhere. Tyler Benz has to start pushing the ball down the field a little bit to take more chances. He completed 17 of 26 throws, but they only went for 115 yards.
- Glenn Carson made ten tackles with a half a sack, but once again, the star of the Penn State defense was DaQuan Jones in the middle with nine tackles and a sack. He was a disruptive force, while Eastern Michigan’s Hunter Matt did everything he could with a team-leading seven tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble.

at Eastern Michigan 34, Howard 24, Aug. 31
Basically … Howard threw a scare into EMU with a 24-13 lead in the third quarter, and then Bronson Hill took over with two touchdown runs late. The Eagles got the lead on Hill rumbles from two and three yards out, and Darius Jackson put the game away with a 19-yard dash. Tyler Benz threw two second quarter scoring passes.
- It took a long time to get things going. EMU’s offense worked late, and the 21 unanswered points were impressive, but it took a bit to get the ground game on track. Hill did his part.
- The defense got gashed; it wasn’t able to handle Howard quarterback Greg McGhee, who ran for 93 yards and threw for 182 more, highlighted by a 75-yard dash. Howard averaged 5.8 yards per run.

Spring Analysis

Why To Be Excited ... As bad as the 2-10 season might have been, there were a few signs of life here and there in close losses to decent teams like Toledo and Central Michigan. There might be miles to go to get back to being in the hunt for six wins, but Tyler Benz is a good-looking young quarterback who got his feet wet last year and running back Bronson Hill is a good back who should be in for a nice season if the passing game can take some of the heat off.

Why To Be Grouchy ... It’s going to be hard to get the ground game ramped up with three starters gone off the offensive line. The bigger issue is a defense that struggled to generate any semblance of a pass rush and was the worst in America against the run. Only five starters are back, and while the lost veterans didn’t get the job done, the lack of experience is going to be a problem early on. The entire starting linebacking corps has to be replaced.

What Needs Working On ... The defensive line has to be better and stronger after allowing a nation-worst 267 rushing yards per game and finishing next-to-last in sacks. Kalonju Kashama is back at one end but it’ll be up to juniors Cy Maughmer and Travis Linser in the interior to raise their level of play. With a brand new set of starting linebackers, the line has to do all the heavy lifting until the other parts of the defensive puzzle get in place. Giving up 34 rushing scores was a major step back after allowing just 12 in 2011.

Non-Conference Games: Howard, at Penn State, at Rutgers, at Army
Games Against The East: at Buffalo, Ohio, Bowling Green
Realistic Best Case Record: 5-7
Worst Case Record: 1-11
Likely Finish: 0-12

Pre-Preseason Projected Wins: Howard

Pre-Preseason Projected Losses: at Penn State, at Rutgers, Ball State, at Buffalo, at Army, Ohio, at Northern Illinois, at Toledo, Western Michigan, Bowling Green, at Central Michigan

Schedule Analysis: Where are the wins going to come from? The team should be better, but after starting out the season against Howard, it’s going to take a few upsets to have a decent season. Going on the road four times in five weeks and six times in eight should make it impossible to have any sort of success, and having Ball State and Ohio at home won’t be a help. Western Michigan and Bowling Green should be two of the MAC’s best teams, and closing out at Central Michigan will be tough. Getting two weeks to prepare for the Falcons should be a decent break, but will it help? If EMU finishes close to six wins, consider it a wildly successful season.

Team Concerns For 2013: The Eagles have to figure out the defense again after finishing dead last in the nation against the run partly because the pass rush was the worst in the conference and the plays in the backfield were almost non-existent. The D couldn't seem to stop anyone with an offense, while the EMU attack didn't have enough of a passing game to keep up the pace. Finishing last in the MAC in total offense and total defense equaled a 2-10 overall record, and having to replace six starters on defense means the team has to start from scratch in several areas. That might not be a bad thing.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Brogan Roback. There were some decent players brought in with corner Jaleel Canty an eventual No. 1 shutdown corner and end Deshai Powell the type of pass rush the team could've used last year, but quarterback Brogan Roback is the key get. With the talent to go anywhere in the MAC, and with some mild interest from the FBSers, he needs to be the signature star of the program in the near future. Brandon Bossard and David Pulliam are quarterback prospects who'll be there to get their shot in a few years in case Roback isn't up to snuff.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 79. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive line, defensive line, defensive line. After a stunning turnaround season, EMU and head coach Ron English is going after defensive linemen … again. The Eagles went hard after defensive linemen in the last few classes, and they’re going after even more with more athleticism, more options, and better depth. The offense isn’t being ignored, but outside of WR Quincy Jones, almost all the talent is for the D. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 111. That Class Was Heavy On ... JUCO defenders. After loading up for the defensive line over the last two recruiting classes, and with little to show for it, head coach Ron English is trying to win immediately with five JUCO transfers including linebackers Justin Cudworth, Blake Poole, and Sean Kurtz, who could all be immediate starters. However, the team’s best defensive pickup was true freshman Sean Cotton, a versatile safety who could’ve gone somewhere with a bigger profile.

re much bigger. 2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 116. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive Tackles. Ron English and his staff didn't exactly restock the shelves after a horrendous season, but there was an influx of immediate help for the defensive line with three JUCO transfers to throw into the interior. Jeremey Cutler is a 6-1, 275-pound fireplug, and he's the lightweight of the trio. 310-pound Jasper Grimes and 290-pound Jabar Westerman aren't considered star prospects, but they should help gum up the works.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 113. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive line. The last few classes have addressed the offense with a bulk of prospects coming in, and this year’s smallish class got a little bit of help on the ends. Melvin Crews is more of a tweener and Devon Davis should be moved to linebacker early on until he hits the weights, but Orlando McCord could grow into a player early on.

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