MAC: FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE, DEFENSIVE AND SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
September 2, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
East Division Offensive Player of the Week: Bowling Green RB William Houston Freshman running back William Houston (Dublin, Ohio) appearing in his first collegiate contest scored three second-half touchdowns, all from one-yard out as Bowling Green defeated Tulsa 34-7. The Falcons led just 6-0 at the half, but Houston capped off a six-play, 75-yard drive to start the third quarter with his first plunge of the game. Early in the fourth, he had another touchdown and his third put the Falcons ahead 27-0 midway through the final quarter. In all, he carried the ball 10 times for 29 yards, picking up two first downs to go with the three scores.
Defensive Player of the Week: Buffalo LB Khalil Mack Senior linebacker Khalil Mack (Fort Pierce, Fla.) had a game-high nine tackles (seven solo), tied a career high with 2.5 sacks and added an interception against No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday. The senior linebacker was all over the field making plays. He intercepted a Braxton Miller pass and outraced everyone 45 yards for his first career touchdown. He upped his career tackles for loss total to 58.5 - moving him into 12th place in NCAA history for career tackles for loss.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Bowling Green PR Ryan Burbrink Sophomore punt returner Ryan Burbrink (Shady Side, Md.) had 76 punt return yards, most of that coming on a 67-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that accounted for the Falcons' final score of the evening in a 34-7 win over Tulsa. After a 42-yard Tulsa punt, Burbrink fielded the ball at the Bowling Green 33 and went 67 yards for the score and a 34-0 BGSU lead.
West Division Offensive Player of the Week: Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch Senior quarter back Jordan Lynch (Chicago, Ill.) began his senior season by leading Northern Illinois to a 30-27 win at Iowa. Lynch completed 25-of-41 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 56 yards on 22 carries to total 331 yards of total offense on 63 plays. Lynch tied his career highs for both completions (25 vs. Toledo, 11-14-12) and attempts (vs. Florida State, Orange Bowl, 1-1-13). His 275 passing yards marked the third-highest total of his career. Lynch threw touchdown passes of 40 and 21 yards to Tommylee Lewis in the first half and led the Huskies on a game-tying touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. On that drive, he completed all five of his pass attempts for 84 yards, including the 33-yard touchdown to Da'Ron Brown with 5:05 to play.
Defensive Player of the Week: Western Michigan Donald Celiscar Junior defensive back Donald Celiscar (Winter Haven, Fla.) proved to be the best defender on the field for Western Michigan at Michigan State, leading both teams with 10 total tackles in the Broncos 26-13 loss. Celiscar also added two pass break ups to give him 21 for his career. Celiscar led a pass defense that held its Big Ten opponent to just 116 yards through the air and a 45.9 completion percentage. Michigan State managed just one offensive touchdown the entire game and it came on the ground. Western Michigan's defense, led by Celiscar, held Michigan State out of the end zone twice despite the Spartans starting drives in Bronco territory.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Northern Illinois K Mathew Sims Senior kicker Mathew Sims (Hannibal, Mo.) recorded the third game-winning field goal of his career when he made a three from 36 yards out with four seconds to give the Huskies a 30-27 win over Iowa Saturday in Iowa City. The game-winner was Sims' third field goal of the game as earlier in the game he hit from 47 and 25 yards. Sims has made seven straight field goals dating back to last season. He also was three-for-three on extra points to extend his PAT streak to 58 consecutive made. Sims accounted for 12 points in the game. His previous game-winning threes came in 2011 as he made kicks to defeat Ball State at home (41-38) and to win the MAC Championship game over Ohio (23-20).