This Week’s MAC Schedule --
Saturday, October 17
*Eastern Michigan at Toledo, Noon ET (BCSN/Time Warner Cable SportsChannel/ESPN3)
*Western Michigan at Ohio, Noon ET (American Sports Network/ESPN3)
*Buffalo at Central Michigan, 1:00 pm ET (ESPN3)
*Northern Illinois at Miami, 2:30 pm ET/1:30 pm CT (ESPN3)
*Akron at Bowling Green, 3:00 pm ET (ESPN3)
Georgia State at Ball State, 3:00 pm ET (ESPN3)
*Kent State at UMass, 3:30 pm ET (ESPN3)
*Mid-American Conference game
• Week Seven will feature seven contests, including six league games, and this year’s final regular season non-conference game as Ball State will host Georgia State on Saturday at 3:00 pm ET.
• Western Michigan won the ‘Battle for the Cannon’ with a 41-39 victory over rival Central Michigan. The teams combined for 80 total points to set the rivalry single-game record for combined points (79, 1995) dating back to 1907.
• Ohio won the ‘Battle of the Bricks’ with a 34-3 win over Miami before a crowd of 25,086, the fifth largest at Peden Stadium. Ohio improved to 5-1 on the year, 2-0 in the MAC East Division.
• NIU topped Ball State 59-41 to win the ‘Battle of the Bronze Stalk’ for the seventh consecutive year.
• Fresh off a 34-3 win over Miami, Ohio head coach Frank Solich is now tied for fourth on the MAC career head coaching wins list with 77 wins with former Bowling Green head coach Doyt Perry.
ROCKETS RANKED NO. 22 IN ASSOCIATED PRESS TOP 25 POLL
Fresh off a convincing 38-7 win over Kent State on Saturday during Homecoming at the Glass Bowl, the Toledo Rockets moved up to No. 22 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and cracked the Amway USA Today Coaches Poll at No. 25. Toledo remains one of 16 FBS teams unbeaten. The Rockets with a 5-0 record will host Eastern Michigan this Saturday, Oct. 17 at Noon ET as the game will be broadcast by BCSN, Time Warner Cable SportsChannel and ESPN3.
The Rockets have not been ranked this high since they finished the 2001 season ranked No. 22 in the coaches poll. It’s also the first time Toledo has been ranked in both polls that final poll in 2001. The all-time highest ranking for Toledo came in 1970 when the Rockets were No. 12 in the final AP poll.
FALCONS SET SCHOOL SINGLE-GAME OFFENSE & PASSING MARK
Bowling Green senior quarterback Matt Johnson paced the offense on a record setting day, leading a 62-38 win over UMass. Johnson passed for a Doyt L. Perry Stadium record 450 yards, surpassing Ben Roethlisberger’s previous record of 440 yards set in 2003, as Johnson was 33-39 (84.6%) passing with five touchdowns. Johnson’s record-setting day led the Falcons’ offense to set a new single-game school-record for total yardage (725) and passing yardage (515).
For Johnson, who continues leads the nation with 2,534 passing yards through six games, it was his fifth 400-yard game in the first six games of the season. To put that in perspective, just three other NCAA quarterbacks have had as many 400-yard passing games in the first six games of a season since the year 2000. Also, in Bowling Green football’s previous 95 seasons, there had only been 10 total 400-yard passing games (935 games). Johnson has done so five times in just six games this season.
MAC WEEK SIX NOTES
• NIU quarterback Drew Hare completed 29-32 passing for 363 yards and two touchdowns in a 59-41 win over Ball State. His completion percentage of 90.2 percent broke the NIU mark for single game completion percentage previously owned by Chandler Harnish (81.8%, 27-33, Sept. 10, 2011 vs. Kansas).
• On the defensive side of the ball, NIU defensive back Shawun Lurry leads the nation with six interceptions already this 2015 season.
• This season the MAC has earned 12 wins vs. FBS non-conference opponents, which ranks third most for the Conference going back to 2000. The MAC’s top two years for FBS non-conference wins came in 2012 (16) and 2008 (14).
MAC OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION ON SATURDAY, OCT. 10TH
Last Saturday the MAC witnessed another offensive explosion as two games both combined for 100 points each (Bowling Green’s 62-38 win over UMass; NIU’s 59-41 win over Ball State), while another game featured 80 combined points (Western Michigan 41-39 win over Central Michigan). With the points came plenty of offense. The Bowling Green-UMass contest featured the Falcons setting a school record for 725 yards of offense, which ranks sixth most in MAC single game history, and with adding UMass’ 516 yards of offense the teams combined for 1,241 yards of total offense, which ranks seventh most in MAC single-game history.