Doyt L. Perry Stadium – Bowling Green, OH
What a difference a year makes!
Last year, Eastern Michigan owned a 1-3 record after non-conference play. This year, the Eagles are not only 3-1, they are playing against a defending MAC champion Bowling Green team that is 1-3.
What a difference a year makes, indeed!
While there may be . . .
Eastern Michigan, meanwhile, is riding a two-game winning streak, knocking off Charlotte and Wyoming, respectively, over the last two weeks. It also defeated Mississippi Valley State in the season opener before absorbing its only loss to date, 61-21 at Missouri.
Bowling Green leads the series: 25-11-1. The two teams last met in 2013, when BG cruised to a 58-7 victory.
EASTERN MICHIGAN EAGLES (3-1, 0-0 MAC)
► Jeremiah Harris was tabbed MAC West Defensive Player of the Week for Week Four. Among his other contributions, Harris blocked a field goal, shifting momentum in the second half of EMU’s 27-24 come-from-behind win over Wyoming.
► Two of Wyoming’s three touchdowns against EMU came via interception returns – one for 66 yards and one for 27 yards. The Eagles had four turnovers to three for UW. Two of the Cowboys turnovers were fumbles.
► Eastern Michigan out-gained Wyoming in total yards 500-313. The Eagles picked up 239 yards rushing and 261 through the air.
► Junior QB Todd Porter completed 14 of 28 for 214 yards with one TD and four picks. He has completed 60.3 percent (76/126) of passes for 957 yards on the season with seven touchdowns and eight interceptions.
► Sophomore Ian Eriksen leads Eastern rushing. He has 326 yards on 71 carrries (4.6 ypc) with five TDs. Eriksen’s highest single game was 120 yards (with a TD) on 27 trips against Wyoming. He averaged 8.1 ypc against Mississippi Valley State (12/97 yards) and scored twice.
► Sergio Bailey II leads EMU in receptions (17 for 169 yards with one TD). John Niupalau leads in yardage (193 yards on 11 catches) and has two TDs.
► Kicker Paul Fricano is six of eight on field goals with a long of 46.
► Mike Jinks is in his first year as head coach. He was previously running backs coach at Texas Tech.
► The Falcons used two quarterbacks in the lopsided loss to Memphis last week. Senior James Knapke completed 6 of 13 for 82 yards with three interceptions. His overall 88.4 pass efficiency rating is the lowest among FBS quarterbacks. Freshman James Morgan was good on 17 of 34 tosses with one interception.
► Josh Cleveland (5-8, 176, Jr) and senior Fred Coppet (5-9, 213) have combined to provide 494 rushing yards with one TD on 108 attempts.
► The Falcons have seven touchdowns – four rushing and three receiving.
► Sophomore Scott Miller tops the receiving corps with 22 catches for 267 yards and all three BG passing TDs.
► Kicker Jake Suder has been good on seven of eight PATs and two of three field goals (long of 33).
► Punter Joseph Davidson holds two single-season school records and a single-game school record.