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Posted Sep 2, 2008


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By Adam Nettina

MAC East News

Akron- The Zips were without starting defensive lineman Eric Lively and Ryan Bain against Wisconsin on Saturday, forcing the coaching staff to start two redshirt freshmen in relief. The loss of experience up front was painfully apparent for the Zip faithful, who saw PJ Hill and fellow Wisconsin running backs Zach Brown and John Clay rush for 404 yards on 6.4 yards per carry. Lively and Bain were supposedly back and ready to go for the game, and are likely questionable for next week’s game in Syracuse.

Bowling Green- Head Coach Gregg Brandon attributed much of his team’s success in their improbable 27-17 upset of Pittsburgh to the hit suffered to the program’s reputation in last year’s 56 points loss to Tulsa in the GMAC Bowl. Saying the loss “lingered,” Brandon gave credit to his team’s ability to rally behind the familiar underdog mantra, saying that MAC teams usually “[are] not supposed to beat these people. “ Bowling Green will have another chance to knock off another BCS conference team when they open at home with Minnesota on Saturday. 

Buffalo- Coach Turner Gill was impressed with the play of his relatively young defense against UTEP, saying that the biggest difference between last year and this year is the defense’s team speed. The Bulls got a special boost from freshmen linebacker John Syty, who picked off two Trevor Vittatoe passes, including one in the endzone to end a UTEP scoring drive…Buffalo quarterback Drew Willy was named the MAC East Division co-offensive player of the week after passing four touchdown against UTEP.

Kent State- While head coach Doug Martin was quick to point out that Boston College’s defensive size and speed advantage hindered the play of his offense during Saturday’s shutout loss to the Eagles, he ultimately blamed poor offensive execution for the Flashes’ inability to find the endzone. Of particular concern for Martin was the number of dropped passes he saw from his receivers, including Sam Kirkland’s dropped pass on a double reverse pass in the first quarter.

Miami (Oh)- The Red Hawks went into last Thursday’s game with Vanderbilt sporting what figured to be one of the better defenses in the conference, but struggled in containing quarterback Commodore quarterback Chris Nickson, who rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns. This week they’ll face off against a Rich Rodriguez spread offense which averaged only 1.4 yards a carry last week in Michigan’s 25-23 loss to Utah, a matchup which should leave linebacker Miami linebackers Clayton Mullins and Joey Hudson licking their chops.

Ohio- Frank Solich took solace in the fact that his Bobcats played a much more competitive game on Saturday against the Wyoming Cowboys than they had last season, chalking up his team’s inability to overcome the Cowboy lead to missed opportunities and untimely mistakes. Solich included himself among the culprits, saying that he’d “like to have some calls back” in reference to a first half decision not to attempt a 33-yard field goal, instead choosing to send his offense out on a fourth and two play which was subsequently stopped. Ohio went on to lose the game 21-20.

Temple- Despite being only one game into the 2008 season, Temple head coach Al Golden has already declared that the biggest difference between the 2007 and 2008 Owls is the level of “unselfishness” of this year’s team. He was particularly impressed with the ability of defensive line, which held Army’s triple option offense to only 3.6 yards per carry.