The Sun, The Mountain and the MAC

BY KYLE MONTGOMERY

Mountain West

Could the Original be the Last? – Sometimes, a season comes  down to one player and one play, and Saturday night in San Diego, Marcel Jensen was that player.  He blocked a San Diego State field goal attempt as time ran out, allowing  Fresno State to escape the Aztecs Temple of Doom, otherwise known as Qualcomm Stadium, with an overtime victory.  If that kick is not blocked, their undefeated season and BCS hopes would have evaporated.  Fresno State, the team that invented BCS busting, could still become a BCS team in this, the final year of the BCS.

Fales’ Doesn’t Fail in Spartans VictoryDavid Fales played the greatest game of his career Saturday throwing for 482 yards and 5 TDs against the Wyoming Cowboys, and adding the winning TD on a  run with eight seconds left to lead the San Jose Spartans to a 51-44 victory.

Fast-Starting Rams Nearly Stumble – Colorado State put up 35 points in the first half against Hawaii, but failed to score in the second half.  They would hang and return to the mainland with a huge 35-28 win.

MAC

Air, Ground and Hands Jordan – Jordan Lynch proved once again why he is the best player in the MAC Saturday, taking part in six scores.  He threw for four TDs, rushed for one on the ground, and caught a 17-yard TD pass on a trick play. This comes just one week after Lynch ran for a FBS 318 yards.  He now has more than 1,000 yards rushing and has taken part in 27 TDs.

Bulls Become Bowl Eligible – For only the second time in program history, the Buffalo Bulls have become bowl eligible. The Bulls boast an impressive 6-2 record, and are on a six-game winning streak.   Their only losses were at the hands of No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes and No. 6 Baylor Bears.  They have a huge game next Tuesday against the Ohio Bobcats. The winner will be in first place, and in a great position to become the MAC East Champion.

Cardinals Keep Singing – The Ball State Cardinals improved to 8-1 Saturday with another dominating victory. Quarterback Keith Wenning continues to impress anonymously, currently ranking No. 2 in the nation in passing yards, and No. 3 in TDs.

Sun Belt

Browning Makes Return in ULM Win – Kolton Browning made an improbable return Saturday from a torn quad muscle injury suffered a month ago, that was thought to be season ending.  Browning threw for 224 yards and 4 TDs while adding 53 yards on the ground, leading the Warhawks to a win and a 4-4 mark on the year.

Louisiana Lafayette, Troy Win Big Games – The Ragin’ Cajuns improved to 5-2 Tuesday and remained undefeated in conference play by defeating the Arkansas State Red Wolves. Saturday, the Troy Trojans pulled off a huge win over the Western Kentucky to improve to 5-3 on the season.

Conference USA

Rice & Tulane Become Bowl Eligible – The Rice Owls improved to 6-2 on Saturday in a rout of UTEP while also becoming bowl eligible for the second straight season. The Green Wave also became bowl eligible, improving to 6-2 with a 14-7 win over Tulsa.   In Charles Johnson’s second season as head coach, he has turned the team from 2-10, to a bowl eligible team for the first time in 11 seasons.

By the Skin of their Teeth – Middle Tennessee State won in crazy fashion Thursday night over the Marshall Thundering Herd when QB Logan Kilgore threw a 9-yard TD pass to Tavarres Jefferson as time expired. It was a heartbreaking loss for the Thundering Herd, who rallied in the fourth quarter from 10 down, but failed to stop the Blue Raiders as time expired.

 

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