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THE MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE

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Name/Title

Office Ext

E-Mail

Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher Commissioner

310

jsteinbrecher@mac-sports.com

Bob Gennarelli Senior Associate Commissioner/COO

308

bgennarelli@mac-sports.com

Jeff Bacon

316

jbacon@mac-sports.com

Associate Commissioner/Championships & Sport Programs

Donyale Canada

Associate Commissioner/SWA/Women’s Basketball

312

dcanada@mac-sports.com

Jackie Mynarski Associate Commissioner/Institutional Services

318

jmynarski@mac-sports.com

Ricky Stokes Associate Commissioner/Men’s Basketball

307

rstokes@mac-sports.com

Ken Mather

301

kmather@mac-sports.com

Assistant Commissioner/Media & Public Relations

Jeremy Guy Director of Communications

303

jguy@mac-sports.com

Korinth Patterson Director of Compliance & Championships

302

kpatterson@mac-sports.com

Betty Sislak Director of Finance

314

esislak@mac-sports.com

Phil Burwell Associate Director/Media Relations

319

pburwell@mac-sports.com

Julie Kachner Executive Assistant to the Commissioner

311

jkachner@mac-sports.com

Kerri Krawczak

324

kkrawczak@mac-sports.com

Director of Football Operations & Special Events

Tori Kohl Media Relations Assistant

322

tkohl@mac-sports.com

Kelsey Burglund

323

kburglund@mac-sports.com

Championships Assistant

IMG College Staff:

Angela Palomba

305

angela.palomba@img.com

General Manager

Scott Klein Senior Account Executive

304

sklein@img.com

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Table Of Contents

This Is the Mid-American Conference

2-3

Dr. Jon Steinbrecher

4

Media Information

5

Composite Schedule/Non-Conference

6

MAC Football Notes

7-9

MAC Postseason Information

10

2012

MAC Standings/2013 Breakdown

11

2012

Postseason Awards

12

2012

Academic All-MAC Team

13

2012

Team Leaders

14-16

2012

Individual Leaders

17-19

2012

MAC Superlatives

20-21

MAC West Division

22-57

Ball State

22-27

 

Central

Michigan

28-33

Eastern Michigan

34-39

Northern Illinois

40-45

Toledo

46-51

Western Michigan

52-57

MAC East Division

58-99

Akron

58-63

Bowling Green

64-69

Buffalo

70-75

Kent State

76-81

UMass

82-87

Miami

88-93

Ohio

94-99

MAC Year-By-Year Champions

100

MAC Coaching Records

101-103

MAC Players of the Year

104

Vern Smith Leadership Award

105

MAC Standings

106-112

MAC Championship Games

113-121

MAC Championship Game Records

122-124

MAC Bowl Results

125-126

MAC Bowl Game Records

127-128

MAC

All-Americans

129-131

MAC All-Star Selections

132-133

All-MAC First Team Selections

134-137

All-MAC Second Team/HM Selections

138-143

All-Time Players of the Week

144-154

Team Year-By-Year Leaders

155-158

Individual Year-By-Year Leaders

159-165

Total Offense Records

166-167

Rushing Records

168-169

Passing Records

170-172

Receiving Records

173-174

Scoring Records

175-178

Defensive Records

179-180

Special Teams Records

181-182

Miscellaneous Records

183-184

MAC in the NFL

 

185-188

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Providing leadership in education and diversity, the Mid-American Conference moves into its 67th year of service to the student-athlete.

moves into its 67th year of service to the student-athlete. Since its inception in 1946, the

Since its inception in 1946, the Mid-American Conference has progressively grown and developed into one of the most aggressive Division I conferenc- es in the country. One of only ten football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) confer- ences, the MAC named Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher as its eighth commissioner in March of 2009.

The league has grown its commitment to championships by expanding to seven its number of neutral site post season events – football (Ford Field, Detroit), volleyball (SPIRE Academy, Geneva, Ohio), men’s and women’s basketball (Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland), softball (Firestone Stadium, Akron) and baseball (All Pro Freight Stadium, Avon, Ohio). In addition, the SPIRE facility will also serve as the site for the 2014 women’s swimming & diving championship and 2015 men’s swimming & diving championship.

In 2012, the MAC set a conference record with seven teams receiving a bowl invitation, including the first ever BCS Bowl invitation with Northern Illinois playing in the Discover Orange Bowl on Jan. 1, following a thrilling 44-37 double overtime win over Kent State in the 2012 Marathon MAC Football Championship game. The seven MAC programs that were extended bowl invitations included: Toledo (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl); Ball State (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg); Central Michigan (Little Caesars Pizza Bowl); Bowling Green (Military Bowl); Ohio (Advocare V100 Independence Bowl); Northern Illinois (Discover Orange Bowl) and Kent State (GoDaddy.com Bowl).

The 2012 season witnessed four football programs ranked in the top 25 of national polls – Northern Illinois, Kent State, Toledo and Ohio—as the BCS Standings had two MAC programs in the Top 25 at the end of the regular season with No. 15 Northern Illinois and No. 25 Kent State. The MAC also set a conference record for the most wins against FBS opponents with 16 victories. MAC programs were 4-4 against the Big East Conference, including wins over Rutgers, Cincinnati, UConn and South Florida, and three wins against opponents from the Big Ten Conference, including wins over Penn State, Iowa and Indiana. The dramatic 2012 football season was capped as Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher was selected as the first overall selection by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2013 NFL Draft, becoming the first football player from the MAC with such an honor.

For the first time in league history, the MAC will have seven bowl relationships--three primary and four secondary. The three primary agree- ments are with the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl (Detroit, Mich.), GoDaddy Bowl (Mobile, Ala.) and Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, Ida.). In addition, the MAC has secured secondary agreements with the BBVA Compass Bowl, the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, the Beef O’Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl and the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.

In its partnership with ESPN, the MAC is in the fifth year of its eight- year rights agreement (through 2016-2017 academic years) for foot- ball, as well as men’s and women’s basketball. The deal is the most extensive in the 67-year history of the conference. The agreement calls for a minimum of 25 events annually to be produced and aired on an ESPN platform including the men’s and women’s basketball champi- onships, a regular-season MAC presence on ESPN, the Marathon MAC Football Championship Game and a minimum of 11 regular-season football games.

In men’s basketball, the MAC witnessed Akron reach the FirstEnergy MAC Men’s Basketball Tournament for the seventh consecutive sea- son, as the Zips won their third title in five years. Also, Ohio Univer- sity earned an invitation to the NIT, while Western Michigan reached the College Basketball Invitational Final Four after wins over North Dakota State and Wyoming. Kent State received an invitation to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament and defeated Fairfield in the opening round. Akron center Zeke Marshall and Ohio point guard D.J. Cooper were selected to play in the 2013 Reese’s Division I College All-Star Game, as Cooper garnered MVP game honors.

I College All-Star Game, as Cooper garnered MVP game honors. During the 2012-13 academic year, the

During the 2012-13 academic year, the University of Akron men’s soccer team won its ninth MAC championship and fifth in the last six years, as the Zips advanced to their fifth consecutive NCAA Round of 16 appearance after defeating Michigan. Akron witnessed senior midfielder Scott Caldwell named as the All-America Scholar Athlete of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and a semi- finalist for the Hermann Trophy. The MAC had two student-athletes selected in the first round of the 2013 Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft – No. 3 overall Akron goalkeeper David Meyes (Portland Timbers) and No. 12 overall West Virginia defender Eric Schoenle (Philadelphia Union). The MAC also welcomed the addition of West Virginia as an affiliate member in men’s soccer for the 2012-13 academic year.

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In wrestling, the MAC welcomed Missouri, Northern Iowa and Old Dominion (2014-15) as affiliate members. Missouri won the 2013 conference tournament title as an affiliate member, snapping Central Michigan’s 11-year reign as champions. The MAC had a conference-best 40 wrestlers earn an invitation to the NCAA Division I National Championship and 11 wrestlers earned All-America status – Central Michigan seniors Ben

Bennett, school’s first four-time All-American, and Jarod Trice; Kent State senior Dustin Kilgore, schools first three-time All-American; Missouri’s Alan Waters, Nathan McCormick, Drake Houdashelt, Mike Larson, and Dom Bradley, matching the schools most All-Americans in a single- season; Northern Iowa’s David Bonin and Ryan Loder; and Ohio redshirt freshman Cody

David Bonin and Ryan Loder; and Ohio redshirt freshman Cody Walters. In men’s cross country, Eastern

Walters.

In men’s cross country, Eastern Michigan claimed its 17th conference championship, while the Eagles captured their 31st conference title in men’s swimming and diving. The 31 championship titles for Eastern Michigan in men’s swimming and diving is a conference record. In addition, Eastern Michigan won the program’s 14th conference championship in indoor track and field.

Kent State won the program’s fifth consecutive and 19th overall conference title in men’s golf and received its 26th NCAA appearance. Kent State and Ball State both advanced to the NCAA Men’s Conference Championship, marking only the fifth time since 1983 the conference had two programs advance in the NCAA postseason tournament. In men’s tennis, Western Michigan won its second consecutive conference championship and tenth title in the last 15 years. In men’s outdoor track and field, Akron won its third consecutive conference title and program’s fifth championship in the last six years. In baseball, Bowling Green won the program’s first conference title since 1999 as the No. 6 seed in the conference tournament.

Women’s athletics continued to shine for the MAC this past year. The MAC had a total of six women’s basketball programs invited to postseason tournaments. Central Michigan claimed the MAC tournament title for the first time since 1984 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, while Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Miami and Toledo all received at-large invitations to the WNIT Tournament. Three MAC programs – Ball State, Bowling Green and Toledo – all reached the WNIT Sweet 16.

In women’s soccer, Miami earned its fourth MAC title in program history and Central Michigan earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, becoming the first team in conference history to earn an at-large bid. Central Michigan fell to Michigan in overtime, 2-1, while Miami defeated Tennessee 3-2 (OT) in the first round of the NCAA tournament and fell to Duke in the second round. Miami senior forward Jess Kodiak was named third team All-America by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Kodiak, along with Katie Slaughter of Central Michigan and Kayla Zakrzewski of Miami, were named All-Great Lakes Region First Team by the NSCAA.

In volleyball, Bowling Green claimed the MAC title for the second time since 1991 and became the first team in program history to win a NCAA Tournament match. The Falcons defeated Yale in the first round, 3-2, and fell to Penn State in the second round. In women’s cross country, Toledo claimed its fifth title in school history in record fashion. The Rockets scored a conference record-low 24 points and have now won three consecutive conference titles for the first time in school history.

In field hockey, Miami won the program’s first conference title in program history, while the RedHawks won the programs 17th conference cham- pionship in women’s swimming and diving. In women’s tennis, Miami won the conference championship for the third time in the last five years. In gymnastics, Central Michigan and Western Michigan claimed share of the conference championship. For Central Michigan it claimed a share of its fourth consecutive championship and for Western Michigan was the programs fourth overall tournament title. Central Michigan and Kent State advanced to the NCAA Regionals.

In women’s indoor track and field, Kent State won its fourth overall conference title and consecutive conference championships for the first time in program history, while the Golden Flashes won the women’s outdoor track and field championship for the fourth consecutive year. In women’s golf, Kent State won its 15th consecutive conference championship. In softball, Central Michigan won the conference championship for the tenth time in program history. Ball State’s Jennifer Gilbert was named NFCA All-Great Lakes Region First Team, while Macy Merchant was named NFCA All-Great Lakes Region Second Team.

From two-time Super Bowl quarterback winning Ben Roethlisberger (Miami University), NFL Defensive MVP James Harrison (Kent State Uni- versity), four NFL Pro Bowlers (OT Joe Staley, KR Josh Cribbs, TE Antonio Gates, LB James Harrison), British Open winner Ben Curtis (Kent State University), World Series winning manager Bob Brenly (Ohio University) and Olympic bobsled team member Brock Kreitzburgh (University of Toledo), the Mid-American Conference continues to excel in producing leaders in the world of athletics.

History of the MAC Based in Cleveland since July 1999 following a 15-year stay in Toledo, Ohio, the MAC has established historic measurements in both football and men’s and women’s basketball since moving to Northeast Ohio. The MAC was founded as a five-school league on February 24, 1946 in Colum- bus, Ohio with Ohio, Butler, Cincinnati, Wayne State and Western Reserve admitted as charter members. The Mid-American Conference has 12 full-time schools and a 13th, UMass for football only beginning in 2012.

In 1946 men’s basketball was the first competitive sport in the MAC, which now sponsors a total 23 sports. Women’s sports were brought into the conference’s structure in 1980. For men, championships (11) are sponsored in football, basketball, baseball, cross country, soccer, swimming & div- ing, indoor track & field, outdoor track & field, wrestling, golf and tennis. For women, championships (12) are sponsored in basketball, softball, volleyball, cross country, field hockey, golf, soccer, swimming & diving, gymnastics, indoor track & field, outdoor track & field and tennis.

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MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE COMMISSIONER, Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher

Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher enters his fifth year with the Mid-American Conference (MAC) after being named the league’s eighth commissioner on March 16, 2009.

Steinbrecher has expanded bowl oppor- tunities for the conference and stabilized conference membership in football, in- creased national and regional televi- sion exposure, launched the conference’s first-ever digital network, renegotiated the conference marketing rights agree- ment with IMG College and enhanced neutral site conference championships in basketball, volleyball and baseball.

Steinbrecher played an integral role in the development of the new College Football Playoff and serves on the BCS Administrative Committee. Steinbrecher secured a one-year contract extension of the ESPN syndi- cated package, and developed and implemented a new MAC Coaches Orientation program. He has secured the MAC bid to host the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Regional at Quicken Loans Arena and the 2014 NCAA Women’s Bowling Championship.

Specifically in football, Steinbrecher has stabilized and increased confer- ence membership with 13 programs as the MAC welcomed the addition of the University of Massachusetts (UMass) to begin as a football-only member in 2012. This provides the conference the opportunity to ex- pand the conference footprint into New England and into the Boston and Hartford/Springfield markets.

Last season, Steinbrecher witnessed Northern Illinois earn the first ever BCS bowl berth by a MAC member in the Discover Orange Bowl and

a conference record seven teams receive bowl invitations – Ball State

(Beef O’Brady’s St. Petersburg), Bowling Green (Military Bowl), Central Michigan (Little Caesars Pizza), Kent State (GoDaddy.com), Ohio (Ad- voCare V100 Independence) and Toledo (Famous Idaho Potato).

Steinbrecher has built upon the conference bowl agreements to a conference-best three primary (Little Caesars Pizza Bowl; GoDaddy Bowl and Famous Idaho Potato Bowl) and multiple secondary agree- ments (Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Beef O’Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl, BBVA Compass Bowl and the San Diego County Credit Union Poinset- tia Bowl). These bowl agreements provide the MAC the opportunity to build on relationships with multiple bowl partners, expand national television exposure and broaden geographical opportunities to perform against other FBS conferences.

Steinbrecher directed a strategic planning process for the MAC, in- creased national exposure for the conference, as well as new opportuni- ties for the conference in the areas of a new regional television network deal, marketing and sponsorships and securing long-term partnerships for MAC neutral site championship events.

In the summer of 2010, the MAC entered into a three-year regional tele-

vision deal with SportsTime Ohio to expand its television coverage in football and men’s and women’s basketball. This provides the MAC a

regional television presence for programming throughout the year, and increases promotion and marketing opportunities for the conference.

In 2011-12, Steinbrecher led the conference as it launched the first-ever MAC Digital Network in partnership with XOS Digital. This new initia- tive provided the conference with a new website, enhanced 16 x 9 video player for live streaming events and On-Demand programming, mobile platforms via the iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, and weekly video content featuring football, basketball and championship previews.

In 2011, Steinbrecher also negotiated a new marketing agreement with

ISP for the conference marketing and sponsorship rights through 2019. ISP merged with IMG College and this long-term deal solidified the con- ference marketing partnership with the new IMG College brand.

Steinbrecher negotiated a six-year contract extension with Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena to host the FirstEnergy MAC Men’s and Wom- en’s Basketball Conference Tournament through 2017. The contract extension guarantees the continuation of the conference tournament at the same neutral site since 2000, originally Gund Arena and now named Quicken Loans Arena. Steinbrecher also announced in 2011 the MAC Women’s Volleyball Tournaments will move to SPIRE, part of the GaREAT family, located in Geneva, Ohio, a state of the art facility only 30 minutes east of Downtown Cleveland. The SPIRE facility will also serve as the site for the 2014 MAC Women’s Swimming & Diving Cham- pionship and 2015 MAC Men’s Swimming & Diving Championship. In addition, the MAC baseball tournaments in 2012-14 will be played at All Pro Freight Stadium in Avon, Ohio.

He joined the MAC after serving six years as commissioner of the Ohio

Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher
Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher

Valley Conference (OVC). Prior to the OVC, Steinbrecher served as com- missioner of the Mid-Continent Conference (the Summit League). He is the only person to serve as commissioner in all three NCAA Division I Subdivisions (FBS, FCS, DI).

In six years with the OVC, Steinbrecher significantly increased the league’s exposure through additional television coverage at the regional and na- tional level. In 2005, he negotiated a five-year contract with ESPN that secured increased exposure for the league. That included being the first conference to sign a deal to have games appear on ESPNU, the OVC had the first sporting event telecast on that network (the 2005 OVC Men’s Basketball Tournament Semifinal).

Steinbrecher secured an invitation for the OVC to participate in ESPN’s BracketBusters event. He also implemented conference merchandising and corporate partner programs and in 2008 negotiated a five-year agreement with IMG College to manage the OVC’s multimedia rights and sponsorship sales.

In July 2006, Steinbrecher helped spearhead a venture into streaming video with the launch of OVCSports.TV. The multimedia platform pro- vided live and on-demand coverage of every OVC football and men’s and women’s basketball games as well as selected other sports, coaches’ shows, press conferences and special events. In its first two years of ex- istence, OVCSports.TV streamed over 800 events and recorded nearly 5,000 paid subscribers.

Under his leadership, the OVC re-emphasized its commitment to sportsmanship by implementing a series of good sports initiatives, in- cluding sportsmanship affidavits signed by coaches and administrators, student-athlete ethical conduct orientation and an institutional and team sportsmanship awards. Steinbrecher also initiated a Conference Basketball Issues Committee and oversaw increased promotional efforts for the OVC Basketball Tournament, which resulted in an increase in ticket sales revenue. He also spearheaded the efforts in bidding for, and ultimately securing, the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Final Four for Nashville.

Prior to being named Mid-Continent Conference Commissioner in Nov. 1994, Dr. Steinbrecher had previously served the league as Director of Communications, Director of Marketing and Communications and As- sistant Commissioner. He joined the Mid-Con staff in 1989 after previ- ously serving in the athletics departments at Houston Baptist University, Indiana University and Davidson College.

Steinbrecher has served on a number of prominent NCAA committees, including the Division I Basketball Issues Committee, serving as a mem- ber of subcommittees for both men’s and women’s basketball, and in 1999 he became the first non-Division I-A commissioner elected as presi- dent of the Collegiate Commissioner’s Association (CCA). In June 2007, he was appointed to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Academic Enhancement Group by the late NCAA President Myles Brand. He has served on the NCAA Division I Legislative Council, the NCAA Champi- onship Cabinet, the NCAA Committee on Athletics Certification and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Issues Committee.

Steinbrecher is currently a member of the NCAA Championships Cabi- net, serves on the Board of Directors of NCAA Football, is Chair of the College Football Officiating Board of Managers and the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel. He is also the Chair of the National Letter of Intent Policy and Review Committee.

Steinbrecher has also served as Division I-AAA vice president of the CCA and as a member of the National Invitation Tournament’s District IV Advisory Board.

Steinbrecher is a 1983 graduate of Valparaiso University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and journal- ism. In 2006, he was bestowed an Alumni Achievement Award from his alma mater. Steinbrecher graduated with a master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University in 1984, and he was awarded the doctorate of physical education in sports administration from Indiana University in 1989.

An all-conference and academic all-conference selection in football and a conference champion in tennis, Dr. Steinbrecher was named Val- paraiso’s and the Heartland Collegiate Conference’s Student-Athlete of the Year in 1983. In 2006, he was inducted into the Watauga County (N.C.) Sports Hall of Fame.

Steinbrecher and his wife Anne have three children, daughter Grace and twin sons Matt and Will.

Steinbrecher follows Rick Chryst, who served as MAC Commissioner (1999-2009). David Reese served as the first commissioner from 1946-64, followed by Bob James (1964-71), Fred Jacoby (1971-82), Jim Lessig (1982- 90), Karl Benson (1990-94), Jerry Ippoliti (1994-99).

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2013 MAC Football Coaches Weekly Teleconference

The Mid-American Conference football coaches will be available each Monday beginning Aug. 26 and running through Nov. 25 for a weekly teleconference. There will be an additional football championship teleconference Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. All times listed below are Eastern.

Format: We will go immediately to questions from the media and will forego any introductory statement from each coach. Should your schedule not permit you to dial in, questions for a coach may be e-mailed to Ken Mather (kmather@mac-sports.com) and we will make every effort to ask the question. Please e-mail your question no later than 8 a.m. (ET) each Monday. Each e-mailed question must include your name and affiliation.

For call in number for the media please contact the MAC media relations staff.

2013 MAC Football Coaches Teleconference Schedule:

Full Teleconferences with all 13 Head Coaches:

First Teleconference: Monday, August 26

Last Full Teleconference: Monday, Nov. 25

Championship Teleconference: Monday, Dec. 3 with the two schools in the MAC Championship game (head coach and two student-athletes from each team), from 10:00 – 10:30a.m. (ET).

WEST DIVISION

9:30-9:38 P.J. Fleck, Western Michigan

9:38-9:46 Matt Campbell, Toledo

9:46-9:54 Rod Carey, Northern Illinois

9:54-10:02 Ron English, Eastern Michigan

10:02-10:10 Dan Enos, Central Michigan

10:10-10:18 Pete Lembo, Ball State

EAST DIVISION

10:18-10:26 Frank Solich, Ohio

10:26-10:34 Don Treadwell, Miami

10:34-10:42

10:42-10:50 Jeff Quinn, Buffalo

10:50-10:58 Dave Clawson, Bowling Green

10:58-11:06 Terry Bowden, Akron

11:06-11:14 Charley Molnar, UMass

Paul Haynes, Kent State

11:06-11:14 Charley Molnar, UMass Paul Haynes, Kent State Flagship Radio Stations East Division School Akron BGSU

Flagship Radio Stations

East Division

School

Akron

BGSU

Buffalo

Kent State

UMass

Miami

Ohio

School

Ball State

CMU

EMU

NIU

Station WARF 1350 AM

WFRO 99.1 FM

WECK 1230 AM

WHLO 640 AM

WEEI 105.5 FM (Springfield)

WMOH 1450 AM WXTQ 105.5 FM

West Division

Station WLBC 104.1 FM

WCFX 95.3 FM

WEMU 89.1 FM

WLBK 1360 AM (DeKalb)

WSCR 670 AM (Chicago)

Toledo

WSPD 1370 AM

WMU

WKZO 96.5 FM

Press Box Numbers

EAST DIVISION

Akron

(330) 972-2913

Bowling Green

(419) 372-2069

Buffalo

(716) 645-6837

Kent State

(330) 672-2036

Miami

(513) 529-7261

UMass

(508) 698-1960

Ohio

(740) 593-0050

WEST DIVISION

Ball State

(765) 285-5381 or 5382

Central Michigan

(989) 774-3579 or 3594

Eastern Michigan

(734) 481-0014 or 0072

Northern Illinois

(815) 753-0609 or 0630

Toledo

(419) 530-3732

Western Michigan

(269) 387-3065

MEDIA INFORMATION

MAC Player of the Week

Each week, the MAC office will choose a player of the week on offense, defense and special teams from each division. The player of the week will be announced at approximately 1:00p.m. (ET) each Monday and will be posted on the league web site.

POSTSEASON AWARDS

Following the conclusion of the regular season, voting is conducted on the all-conference team by league coaches, as well as several individual awards by the MAC News Media Association. The MNMA votes on the Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, Special Teams Player of the Year and Coach of the Year. The coaches vote on the Vern Smith Leadership Award, honoring the league’s top football student-athlete. An Academic All-MAC team is honored in voting by the league’s faculty athletic representatives.

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Tori Kohl Media Relations Assistant e-mail: tkohl@mac-sports.com Cell: (440) 867-3697

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2013 COMPOSITE SCHEDULE/2013 NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENTS

Aug. 29 – Thursday Liberty at Kent State, 6:00 pm ET (ESPN3) Akron at Central Florida, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN3) Illinois State at Ball State, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN3) Tulsa at Bowling Green, 7:00 pm ET (ESPNU)

Aug. 30 – Friday Western Michigan at Michigan State, 8:00 pm ET (Big Ten Network)

Aug. 31 – Saturday Buffalo at Ohio State, Noon ET (ESPN2) UMass at Wisconsin, Noon ET (Big Ten Network) Toledo at Florida, 12:20 pm ET (SEC Network/ESPN3) Central Michigan at Michigan, 3:30 pm ET (Big Ten Network) Northern Illinois at Iowa, 3:30 pm ET (Big Ten Network) Howard at Eastern Michigan, 6:00 pm ET (ESPN3) Miami at Marshall, 7:00 pm ET (CBS Sports Network)

Sep. 1 – Sunday Ohio at Louisville, 3:30 pm ET (ESPN)

Sep. 7 – Saturday *Bowling Green at Kent State, Noon ET (ESPN Regional/ESPN Plus/Game Plan/ESPN3) Eastern Michigan at Penn State, Noon ET (Big Ten Network) Miami at Kentucky, Noon ET (FOX Sports Net) Army at Ball State, 1:00 pm ET (ESPN3) Maine at UMass, 2:00 pm ET (ESPN3) New Hampshire at Central Michigan, 3:00 pm ET

(ESPN3)

Buffalo at Baylor, 3:30 pm ET (Fox Sports Net) Toledo at Missouri, 3:30 pm ET (ESPNU) James Madison at Akron, 6:00 pm ET (ESPN3) Nicholls State at Western Michigan, 7:00 pm ET

(ESPN3)

North Texas at Ohio, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

Sep. 14 – Saturday Akron at Michigan, Noon ET (Big Ten Network) Bowling Green at Indiana, Noon ET (ESPNU) Eastern Michigan at Rutgers, 1:00 pm ET (ESPN3) Stony Brook at Buffalo, 3:30 pm ET (ESPN3) Ball State at North Texas, 4:00 pm ET (Fox Sports Net) Northern Illinois at Idaho, 5:00 pm ET Eastern Washington at Toledo, 7:00 pm ET (ESPN3) UMass at Kansas State, 7:00 pm ET Marshall at Ohio, 8:00 pm ET (ESPNews) Western Michigan at Northwestern, 9:00 pm ET (Big Ten Network) Central Michigan at UNLV, TBA Kent State at LSU, 7 pm ET (ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU)

Sep. 21 - Saturday *Toledo at Central Michigan, Noon ET (ESPN Regional/ESPN Plus/Game Plan/ESPN3) Vanderbilt at UMass, Noon ET *Ball State at Eastern Michigan, 1:00 pm ET Austin Peay at Ohio, 2:00 pm ET Murray State at Bowling Green, 3:30 pm ET Louisiana-Lafayette at Akron, 6:00 pm ET Eastern Illinois at Northern Illinois, 7:00 pm ET Cincinnati at Miami, TBA Kent State at Penn State,TBA Western Michigan at Iowa, TBA

Sep. 28 – Saturday Northern Illinois at Purdue, Noon ET *Toledo at Ball State, 3:00 pm ET UConn at Buffalo, 3:30 pm ET *Kent State at Western Michigan, 7:00 pm ET *Akron at Bowling Green, TBA Central Michigan at North Carolina State, TBA Miami at Illinois, TBA

Oct. 5 – Saturday *Eastern Michigan at Buffalo, Noon ET (ESPN Regional/ESPN Plus/Game Plan/ESPN3) *Ohio at Akron, 2:00 pm ET

*Western Michigan at Toledo, 3:00 pm ET *Northern Illinois at Kent State, 3:30 pm ET *UMass at Bowling Green, 3:30 pm ET Ball State at Virginia, TBA *Central Michigan at Miami, TBA

Oct. 12 - Saturday Eastern Michigan at Army, Noon ET (CBS Sports Network) *Buffalo at Western Michigan, 2:00 pm ET *Central Michigan at Ohio, 2:00 pm ET *Kent State at Ball State, 3:00 pm ET *Miami at UMass, 3:00 pm ET *Akron at Northern Illinois, 5:00 pm ET Bowling Green at Mississippi State, TBA

Oct. 19 - Saturday *Ohio at Eastern Michigan, 1:00 pm ET *Ball State at Western Michigan, 2:00 pm ET *Northern Illinois at Central Michigan, 3:00 pm ET *UMass at Buffalo, 3:30 pm ET (TW Cable Sports) Navy at Toledo, 7:00 pm ET *Akron at Miami, TBA Kent State at South Alabama, TBA

Oct. 26 – Saturday *Ball State at Akron, Noon ET (ESPN Regional/ESPN Plus/Game Plan/ESPN3) *Buffalo at Kent State, Noon ET *Miami at Ohio, 2:00 pm ET *Western Michigan at UMass, 3:00 pm ET *Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois, 3:30 pm ET *Toledo at Bowling Green, TBA

Nov. 2 – Saturday *Northern Illinois at UMass, Noon ET (ESPN Regional/ESPN Plus/Game Plan/ESPN3) *Kent State at Akron, 3:30 pm ET *Eastern Michigan at Toledo, 7:00 pm ET

Nov. 5 – Tuesday #*Bowling Green at Miami, 8:00 pm ET

(ESPN2/ESPNU)

#*Ohio at Buffalo, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

Nov. 6 – Wednesday *Central Michigan at Ball State, 8:00 pm ET

(ESPN2)

Nov. 9 – Saturday *Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan, 1:00 pm ET

Nov. 12 – Tuesday #*Buffalo at Toledo, 7:30 pm ET (ESPNU/ESPN3) #*Ohio at Bowling Green, 7:30 pm ET

(ESPNU/ESPN3)

Nov. 13 – Wednesday #*Ball State at Northern Illinois, 8:00 pm ET

(ESPN2/ESPNU)

#*Miami at Kent State, 8:00 pm ET

(ESPN2/ESPNU)

Nov. 16 – Saturday *Central Michigan at Western Michigan, Noon ET (ESPN Regional/ESPN Plus/Game Plan/ESPN3) *Akron at UMass, 1:00 pm ET

Nov. 19 – Tuesday #*Buffalo at Miami, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU) #*Kent State at Ohio, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2/ESPNU)

Nov. 20 – Wednesday *Northern Illinois at Toledo, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2)

Nov. 23 – Saturday *Bowling Green at Eastern Michigan, 1:00 pm ET *UMass at Central Michigan, 1:00 pm ET

Nov. 26 – Tuesday *Western Michigan at Northern Illinois, 7:00 pm ET

(ESPN2)

Nov. 29 – Friday #*Bowling Green at Buffalo, TBA (ESPNU/ESPN3) #*Eastern Michigan at Central Michigan, TBA

(ESPNU/ESPN3)

#*UMass at Ohio, TBA (ESPNU/ESPN3) #*Miami at Ball State, TBA (ESPNU/ESPN3) #*Toledo at Akron, TBA (ESPNU/ESPN3)

Dec. 6 – Friday Marathon MAC Championship Game, 8:00 pm ET (ESPN2) -- At Ford Field in Detroit, Mich.

Dec. 21 – Saturday Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, 5:30 pm ET (ESPN)

Dec. 26 – Thursday Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, 6:00 pm ET (ESPN)

Jan. 5 – Sunday Go Daddy Bowl, 9:00 pm ET (ESPN)

# indicates an ESPN Multiple-Game Selection Date (ESPN weekday multiple-game selection date will be announced three weeks prior to the listed date).

2013 Non-Conference Opponents ACC (2) North Carolina State (Central Michigan) Virginia (Ball State) America Athletic
2013 Non-Conference Opponents
ACC (2)
North Carolina State (Central Michigan)
Virginia (Ball State)
America Athletic (5)
Central Florida (Akron)
Cincinnati (Miami)
Connecticut (Buffalo)
Louisville (Ohio)
Rutgers (Eastern Michigan)
Big Ten (13)
Illinois (Miami)
Indiana (Bowling Green)
Iowa (2) (Northern Illinois, Western Michigan)
Michigan (2) (Akron, Central Michigan)
Michigan State (Western Michigan)
Northwestern (Western Michigan)
Ohio State (Buffalo)
Penn State (2)(Eastern Michigan, Kent State)
Purdue (Northern Illinois)
Wisconsin (UMass)
Big 12 (2)
Baylor (Buffalo)
Kansas State (UMass)
Conference USA (5)
Marshall (2) (Ohio, Miami)
North Texas (2) (Ball State, Ohio)
Tulsa (Bowling Green)
Mountain West (1)
UNLV (Central Michigan)
SEC (6)
Florida (Toledo)
Kentucky (Miami)
LSU (Kent State)
Mississippi State (Bowling Green)
Missouri (Toledo)
Vanderbilt (UMass)
Sun Belt (2)
La-Lafayette (Akron)
South Alabama (Kent State)
Independent (4)
Army (2) (Ball State, Eastern Michigan)
Navy (Toledo)
Idaho (Northern Illinois)
FCS Opponents (I-AA)
Big Sky (1)
Eastern Washington (Toldeo)
Big South (2)
Liberty (Kent State)
Stony Brook (Buffalo)
Colonial (3)
James Madison (Akron)
Maine (UMass)
New Hampshire (Central Michigan)
MEAC (1)
Howard (Eastern Michigan)
Missouri Valley (1)
Illinois State (Ball State)
Ohio Valley (3)
Austin Peay (Ohio)
Eastern Illinois (Northern Illinois)
Murray State (Bowling Green)
Southland (1)
Nicholls State (Western Michigan)

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MAC BOWL SYNOPSIS The MAC will have seven bowl relationships--three primary and four secondary. The three primary agreements are with the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl (Detroit, Mich.), GoDaddy Bowl (Mobile, Ala.) and Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, Ida.). In addition, the MAC has secured sec- ondary agreements with the BBVA Compass Bowl, the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, the Beef O’Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl and the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.

The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl will own the MAC’s No. 1 selection for the

2013 football season and Go Daddy Bowl will have the No. 2 selection,

while the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl will own the MAC’s No. 3 selection of bowl eligible teams in 2013.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS BUSTS THE BCS IN 2012 Northern Illinois became the first MAC program to receive an invitation to a BCS Bowl game as the Huskies suffered a 31-10 loss to Florida State in the Discover Orange Bowl on Jan. 1, 2013.

The 2013 Discover Orange bowl between Northern Illinois and Florida State was successful from a competitive, ratings and attendance per- spective. The Huskies trailed the Seminoles 17-10 entering the fourth quarter and the 31-10 final was the closest Discover Orange Bowl in three years. The game had over 10.5 million viewers and a 7.1 rating as viewership was up 47% and ratings 34% from the previous year. Also, the attendance for the Discover Orange Bowl was 72,023, the largest crowd since 2009.

The Huskies earned the program’s second consecutive MAC Champion- ship with a thrilling 44-37 double overtime win over Kent State in the Marathon MAC Championship Game and entered bowl selection Sun- day with a BCS No. 15 ranking – higher than two AQ conferences--Big

Ten (No. 16 Nebraska) and Big East (No. 21 Louisville). At the end of the

2012 bowl season, Northern Illinois was ranked No. 22 in the Associated

Press Top 25 Poll and No. 24 in the USA Today Poll.

MAC SPECIAL FOOTBALL SEASON IN 2012 The 2012 football season was a special one for the MAC. From open- ing week to the Marathon MAC Football Championship and continuing through the bowl games, the season was filled with thrilling wins over the best competition in college football, national rankings for multiple MAC programs and the conference’s first appearance in a BCS bowl as Northern Illinois received an invitation to the Discover Orange Bowl.

As the MAC football success continued throughout the ‘12 season, so did the reaction from the national polls as four different MAC teams were ranked in the Top 25 during the regular season—Northern Illinois, Kent State, Toledo and Ohio--were ranked in either the BCS Standings, As- sociated Press Top 25 Poll, USA Today Coaches Poll or the Harris Poll.

The MAC momentum began the opening week of the season as the Ohio Bobcats went on the road and defeated Penn State, 24-14. Seven days later, Ball State led a thrilling last minute win with a 41- 39 road win at Indiana. The MAC had four special wins on Sept. 22 when the conference defeated opponents from the Big Ten, Big East and Big 12. That day began with Central Michigan kicker David Harman’s 47-yard field goal to defeat Iowa (Big Ten), 32-31, while Western Michigan upset UConn (Big East), 30-24, Northern Illinois beat Kansas (Big 12), 30-23, and Ball State held off South Florida (Big East), 31-27.

October witnessed two occasions where the MAC defeated a Top 25 ranked opponent from the Big East. On Oct. 20, Toledo defeated then ranked No. 20 Cincinnati, 29-23, as the Rockets improved to 5-1 in school history against Top 25 ranked opponents in home games at the Glass Bowl. One week later, Kent State went on the road to then ranked No. 15 Rutgers and came away with the program’s first win against a Top 25 ranked opponent with a 35-23 road victory.

As the regular season concluded, the MAC set the conference single- sea- son record with 16 wins against opponents from FBS conferences. With the regular season success, the MAC had two programs ranked in the Top 25 appear in the conference championship game for the first time since 2003. No. 21 ranked Northern Illinois defeated No. 17 ranked Kent State, 44-37 in double overtime. The MAC witnessed a league-record seven programs receive an invitation to a bowl game, highlighted by BCS-busting Northern Illinois in the Discover Orange Bowl on Jan. 1.

MAC FOOTBALL NOTES

MAC Big Wins in 2012 Sept. 1, Ohio wins at Penn State, 24-14 Sept. 15, Northern Illinois wins at Army, 41-40 Sept. 15, Ohio wins at Marshall, 27-24 Sept. 15, Ball State wins at Indiana, 41-39 Sept. 22, Central Michigan wins at Iowa, 32-31 Sept. 22, Western Michigan defeats UConn, 30-24 Sept. 22, Ball State defeats South Florida, 31-27 Sept. 22, Northern Illinois defeats Kansas, 30-23 Oct. 13, Kent State wins at Army, 31-17 Oct. 20, Toledo defeats Cincinnati, 29-23 Oct. 20, Eastern Michigan defeats Army, 48-38 Oct. 27, Kent State wins at Rutgers, 35-23 Oct. 27, Ball State wins at Army, 30-22

MAC 2012 SEASON/BOWL NOTES

• Seven MAC programs played in bowl games last season—Northern

Illinois (Discover Orange Bowl), Kent State (GoDaddy.com Bowl), Ball State (Beef ‘O’ Brady’s St. Petersburg Bowl), Toledo (Famous Idaho Po- tato Bowl), Ohio (Advocare V100 Independence Bowl), Bowling Green (Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman), and Central Michi- gan (Little Caesars Pizza Bowl).

• The seven bowl invitations set a conference record for bowl invitations in a single season. The previous high for the MAC was five bowl invita- tions on four separate occasions (2004, 2008, 2009 and 2011).

• The MAC has received five or more bowl invitations in four of the last

five seasons. In addition, the MAC has sent four or more schools to bowl games in seven of the last nine years.

• For the first time in MAC history a member played in one of the five

prestigious BCS Bowl games as MAC Champion Northern Illinois lost 31- 10 to Florida State in the Discover Orange Bowl on Jan. 1 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

• The MAC tied the Big Ten for the fourth most teams in bowl games

last season. Only the SEC (9), Big 12 (9) and Pac 12 (8) had more teams receive bowl invitations in 2012-13.

• The MAC finished the bowl season with a 2-5 bowl record. Ohio (Ad-

voCare V100 Independence Bowl) and Central Michigan (Little Caesars Pizza Bowl) provided the MAC with wins last bowl season.

• Six teams from the MAC had eight wins or more in 2012 for the first

time in MAC history. Those six teams (Northern Illinois 12-2, Kent State 11-3, Ball State 9-4, Toledo 9-4, Ohio 9-4 and Bowling Green 8-5) had a combined 58-22 (.725) record.

• 2012 was a banner season for the conference as the MAC witnessed

its first BCS Bowl invitation with Northern Illinois and throughout the season, four different MAC programs were ranked nationally –either in the BCS Standings, Associated Press Top 25 Poll or USA Today Coaches Poll – Northern Illinois, Kent State, Toledo and Ohio.

• The MAC won a conference record 16 regular season games against

non-conference FBS programs last season – including eight wins against AQ programs – Penn State, Iowa and Indiana from the Big Ten; Cincin- nati, Rutgers, South Florida and UConn from the Big East; and Kansas from the Big 12.

• Kent State became the first team in the MAC East to go 8-0 since the 2003 season. Kent State had a 10-game winning streak entering the Marathon MAC Football Championship game and 11 total wins last year established a new single-season record in school history.

2012-13 BOWL RESULTS Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Dec. 15): Utah State 41 (WAC), Toledo 15 Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl (Dec. 21): UCF 38 (Conf. USA), Ball State 17 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (Dec. 26): CMU 24, W. Kentucky 21 (Sun Belt) Military Bowl (Dec. 27): San Jose State 29 (WAC), Bowling Green 20 AdvocareV100 Independence (Dec. 28): Ohio 45, La.-Mon. 14 (Sun Belt) Discover Orange Bowl (Jan. 1): Florida St. 31 (ACC), Northern Illinois 10 GoDaddy.com Bowl (Jan. 6): Arkansas St. 17 (Sun Belt), Kent State 13

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MAC FOOTBALL NOTES

MAC PROGRAMS IN BOWL GAMES

In the last four bowl seasons, ten different MAC programs have received

a bowl invitation, as both Northern Illinois and Ohio lead the way with

invites in each of the last four consecutive years. Toledo (2010, 2011, 2012) received three invitations, while Bowling Green (2009, 2012), Cen- tral Michigan (2009, 2012) and former member Temple (2009, 2011) received two invites. Ball State (2012), Kent State (2012), Miami (2010) and Western Michigan (2011) each received one invite in that span.

HUSKIES SET SCHOOL RECORD WITH 12 WIN SEASON Northern Illinois 44-37 double-overtime win over Kent State in the Mar- athon MAC Championship game was a program record 12th win in 2012, which set a new school record for most wins in a single season.

LYNCH AND ARCHER AMONG MAC SINGLE SEASON LEADERS The 2012 season witnessed several notable offensive achievements by Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch. His 4,953 total yards of of- fense in a single season set a conference record, breaking Central Michi- gan’s Dan LeFevour’s 4,773 yards in 2007. Lynch also had 44 touch- downs scored or passed for in a single season, which ranks third in league history (47, Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan, 2007; 45, Omar Jacobs, Bowling Green, 2004).

Kent State’s Dri Archer combined for 2,577 all-purpose yards last sea- son and his single-season total ranks third in MAC history (2,690, Dante Love, Ball State, 2007; 2,582, Antonio Brown, Central Michigan, 2009).

ARCHER NAMED WALTER CAMP ALL-AMERICA FIRST TEAM Kent State’s Dri Archer was named to the Walter Camp All-America First Team as a kick returner. Although other Kent State players have earned All-America honors, Archer becomes the program’s first Walter Camp All-American, the nation’s oldest organization for such an honor.

In his first five games, Archer returned three kickoffs for touchdowns, beginning with a 98-yard score in the season’s opening game. In the Golden Flashes’ very next home game, Archer had the second longest return in program history at 99 yards against Ball State. The very next week, he broke a Rynearson Stadium record with a 98-yard return against Eastern Michigan.

After his first five games, opposing teams stopped using traditional kick- offs against the Golden Flashes. Archer is averaging an NCAA best 38.2 yards per kick return and his three touchdowns on kick returns are tied for the most in the nation. He was the only Mid-American Conference player selected to the All-America Team.

NATIONAL HONORS FOR MAC STUDENT-ATHLETES

• SI.com All-America Second Team: OL Eric Fisher (CMU).

• SI.com All-America Honorable Mention: QB Jordan Lynch (NIU); RB

Beau Blankenship (OU); RB David Fluellen (UT); OL Brian Winters

(KSU); DL Chris Jones (BGSU); LB Khalil Mack (UB); LB Dan Molls (UT);

K Steven Schott (BSU); AP Dri Archer (KSU); AP Bernard

Reedy (UT).

• Associated Press All-America Second Team: Jordan Lynch (NIU).

• Associated Press All-America Third Team: OL Eric Fisher (CMU); DT Chris Jones (BGSU); AP Dri Archer (KSU).

FISHER FIRST MAC PLAYER SELECTED NO. 1 IN NFL DRAFT Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher became the first MAC foot- ball player to be selected as the overall No. 1 selection in the NFL Draft. The Kansas City Chiefs selected Fisher as No. 1 in the 2013 NFL Draft.

The previous highest player drafted from the MAC was Marshall quar- terback Byron Leftwich, who was selected No. 7 overall by the Jack-

sonville Jaguars, in the 2003 NFL Draft. The last player from Central Michigan selected in the first round was offensive tackle Joe Staley (No. 28 overall) by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2007 NFL Draft. Staley last season was a part of the NFC Champion 49ers and started at left tackle

in the Super Bowl and was selected to the Pro Bowl.

Fisher was a mainstay up front starting all 13 games at left tackle last season for Central Michigan. He anchored a line that helped the Chip- pewas offense average 6.2 yards per play, second best in the MAC, and produce nearly 400 yards of offense per game. Central Michigan al- lowed just 18 sacks in 13 games in 2012, which ranked in the top 20 na- tionally.

For his standout season, Fisher earned All-America recognition from SI.com (2nd team) and the Associated Press (3d team) and was named First Team All-MAC by the conference and Phil Steele. Widely consid- ered as the top senior left tackle in the nation, Fisher was also selected to the inaugural Senior Bowl All-Futures Team, an honor presented to the nation’s top seniors based on their college careers and NFL future.

Fisher becomes the third MAC athlete to be selected overall as the No. 1 selection in a professional draft. Previously, Akron forward Steve Zakuani was the first selection in the 2009 Major League Soccer’s Su- perDraft by the Seattle Sounders FC on January 15, 2009. Also, Ball State all-American pitcher Bryan Bullington was the No. 1 overall pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft on June 4, 2002.

MAC First-Round NFL Draft Selection History 2011, DT Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple, NY Jets (30) 2009, DE Larry English, Northern Illinois, San Diego (16) 2007, OT Joe Staley, Central Michigan, San Francisco (28) 2004, QB Ben Roethlisberger, Miami, Pittsburgh (11) 2004, DE Jason Babin, Western Michigan, Houston (27) 2003, QB Byron Leftwich, Marshall, Jacksonville (7) 2000, QB Chad Pennington, Marshall, NY Jets (18) 1999, OT L.J. Shelton, Eastern Michigan, Arizona (21) 1998, WR Randy Moss, Marshall, Minnesota (21) 1993, DE Dan Williams, Toledo, Denver (11) 1978, DB Ron Johnson, Eastern Michigan, Pittsburgh (22) 1969, LB Bob Babich, Miami, San Diego (18) 1961, B Bernie Casey, Bowling Green, San Francisco (9)

SEVEN MAC RUNNING BACKS TOP 1,000 YARDS The 2012 season was highlighted by the return of the 1,000 yard rusher in MAC offenses. Seven different players recorded over 1,000 yards rush- ing for the first time since the 2005 season. The MAC had ten different backs top the 1,000-yard plateau during the 2002 season.

Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch ranked fourth in the nation in rushing and his 1,815 yards rushing are fifth most in a single-season in conference history, however the most by a quarterback. Lynch joins MAC rushing QBs topping the 1,000-yard rushing mark in a single sea- son: Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois (1,379, 2011); Julian Edelman, Kent State (1,370, 2008); Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan (1,122, 2007); Joshua Cribbs, Kent State (1,057, 2002; 1,019, 2001).

2012 MAC 1,000 Yard Rushers Yards, Player, School, (carries-touchdowns) 1,815, Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois (294-19) 1,604, Beau Blankenship, Ohio (312-15) 1,498, David Fluellen, Toledo (259-13) 1,492, Zurlon Tipton, Central Michigan (252-19) 1,429, Dri Archer, Kent State (159-16) 1,410, Jahwan Edwards, Ball State (232-14) 1,316, Trayion Durham, Kent State (276-14)

MAC FBS HEAD COACHES -- CURRENT AND FORMER Two more MAC football coaches have been promoted to new opportu- nities within FBS. Northern Illinois head coach Dave Doeren was named head coach at North Carolina State on Dec. 1 and Kent State’s Darrell Hazell was named head coach at Purdue on Dec. 5. There are 13 former head coaches from the MAC in a current FBS head coaching position– including nearly half of the Big Ten (five total) and both coaches in both the 2013 BCS Championship Game – Alabama’s Nick Saban (Toledo) and Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly (Central Michigan).

For the 2013 season, 26 of the 124 FBS coaches (21%) will be either current or former MAC head coaches.

Big Ten – Urban Meyer-Ohio State (Bowling Green), Brady Hoke- Michigan (Ball State), Jerry Kill-Minnesota (Northern Illinois), Tim Beck- man-Illinois (Toledo), Darrell Hazell-Purdue (Kent State) Ind. – Brian Kelly-Notre Dame (Central Michigan) SEC-Nick Saban-Alabama (Toledo), Gary Pinkel-Missouri (Toledo), Butch Jones-Tennessee (Central Michigan) ACC-Al Golden-Miami (Temple), Steve Addazio-Boston College (Tem- ple), Dave Doeren-North Carolina State (Northern Illinois), Jim Grobe- Wake Forest (Ohio).

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MAC WINS OVER NON-CONFERENCE FBS OPPONENTS The MAC set the conference single season record in 2012 with 16 wins over FBS non-conference opponents. Dating back to the 2000 season, the previous mark of wins vs. opponents from other FBS conferences was 14 regular season wins during the 2008 season. The 16 non-conference regular season wins were against opponents from the other FBS confer- ences and independents, including wins over Big Ten, Big East, Big 12, Conference USA, Mountain West, WAC and Independent opponents.

MAC Regular Season Wins vs. non-conference FBS opponents:

Year: Wins; FBS Opponents Defeated:

2012: 16; Penn State; Wyoming; Idaho; New Mexico St.; Army (4); UConn; Marshall; Indiana; Iowa; South Florida; Kansas; Cincinnati; Rutgers 2011: 10; Indiana; Army (4); UConn; Idaho; New Mexico State; Marshall; Maryland 2010: 7; Minnesota; Purdue; Marshall; Colorado State; UConn; Army; Louisiana-Lafayette 2009: 9; Michigan State; Purdue; Colorado; Florida International; Troy; UTEP; North Texas; Army; Navy 2008: 14; Navy; Indiana (2); Western Kentucky; Michigan; Idaho; Illinois; Syracuse; Army (3); Pittsburgh; Wyoming; UTEP 2007: 10; Navy; Army (2); Idaho; Iowa State (2); Iowa; Minnesota; Syra- cuse; Louisiana-Lafayette 2006: 11; Temple (5); Kansas; Virginia; North Carolina State; North Tex- as; Florida International; Illinois 2005: 9; Army; Louisiana-Lafayette; Temple (4); Pittsburgh; Middle Tennessee State; Cincinnati 2004: 3; Temple (2); Kentucky 2003: 9; Kansas State; Northwestern; Colorado State; Cincinnati; Pur- due; Maryland; Alabama; Iowa State; Pittsburgh 2002: 10; Rutgers; Troy; North Carolina; Cincinnati; UConn; Missouri; Kansas; Wyoming; Wake Forest; UNLV 2001: 11; UConn (2); Army; Cincinnati; Missouri; Temple (2); Minnesota; Northwestern; South Florida; Navy 2000: 9; Central Florida (2); Vanderbilt; Minnesota; UConn (2); Navy; Penn State; Iowa

MAC NATIONAL RANKINGS DURING 2012 SEASON In 2012, the MAC had four different programs ranked among the na- tional polls at during the regular season.

BCS Standings:

• Week 9 (Oct. 21) Ohio (No. 24);

• Week 11 (Nov. 4) Toledo (No. 25);

• Week 13 (Nov. 18) Kent State (No. 23);

• Week 14 (Nov. 25) Kent State (No. 17), Northern Illinois (No. 21);

• Week 15 (Dec. 2) Northern Illinois (No. 15), Kent State (No. 25).

Associated Press Top 25:

• Week 8 (Oct. 14) Ohio (No. 25);

• Week 9 (Oct. 21) Ohio (No. 23);

• Week 11 (Nov. 4) Toledo (No. 23);

• Week 12 (Nov. 11) Kent State (No. 25);

• Week 13 (Nov. 18) Kent State (No. 23), Northern Illinois (No. 24);

• Week 14 (Nov. 25) Kent State (No. 18), Northern Illinois (No. 19);

• Week 15 (Dec. 2) Northern Illinois (No. 16), Kent State (No. 25).

USA Today Coaches Poll:

• Week 9 (Oct. 21) Ohio (No. 23);

• Week 11 (Nov. 4) Toledo (No. 25);

• Week 13 (Nov. 18) Northern Illinois (No. 23), Kent State (No. 25);

• Week 14 (Nov. 25) Northern Illinois (No. 18), Kent State (No. 19);

• Week 15 (Dec. 2) Northern Illinois (No. 16).

Harris Poll:

• Week 9 (Oct. 21) Ohio (No. 23);

• Week 13 (Nov. 18) Northern Illinois (No. 24), Kent State (No. 25);

• Week 14 (Nov. 25) Kent State (Nov. 18), Northern Illinois (No. 19);

• Week 15 (Dec. 2) Northern Illinois (No. 16), Kent State (No. 23).

THREE NEW HEAD COACHES JOIN THE MAC IN 2013 The 2013 season will witness the transition of three new head coaches into the MAC. Northern Illinois elevated offensive coordinator Rod Carey, while Kent State named Arkansas defensive coordinator and Flashes alum, Paul Haynes, to the top post. Western Michigan named Tampa Bay wide receivers coach P.J. Fleck to lead the Broncos program.

MAC FOOTBALL NOTES

Paul Haynes, Kent State: Haynes was named Kent State head coach on Dec. 18, 2012 as the programs 21st head football coach. Haynes, 43, spent last season as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Arkansas. Haynes spent seven seasons at Ohio State (2005-11), as co- defensive coordinator and safeties coach in 2011 and defensive back coach from 2005-10. Haynes also served at Kent State in 1999 as defen- sive backs and was promoted to assistant head coach and safeties coach in 2000 under then head coach Dean Pees. Haynes walked on at Kent State in 1987 and played four seasons for the Golden Flashes (1987-91) and ended his career with 440 tackles, seventh-best in school history.

Rod Carey, Northern Illinois: Carey was named Northern Illinois head coach on Dec. 2, 2012 as the program’s 22nd head football coach, two days after Dave Doeren left the Huskies for North Carolina State. Carey was promoted from offensive coordinator and coached the Hus- kies in the Discover Orange Bowl. In his second season at Northern Il- linois, Carey began 2012 as offensive line coach and assumed offensive coordinator duties after the first game of the year when Mike Dunbar left the team for health reasons. Carey joined the Huskies after three seasons as offensive line coach at North Dakota (2008-10) and one year at Illinois State (2007). Carey served six years as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Wisconsin-Stout (2000-06).

P.J. Fleck, Western Michigan: Fleck was named Western Michigan head coach on Dec. 18, 2012 as the programs 15th head football coach. Fleck joins the Broncos after serving as wide receivers coach last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was a graduate assistant at Ohio State (2006), coached three seasons at Northern Illinois (2007-09) as wide receivers coach then joined Rutgers as wide receivers coach for two seasons (2010-11). Fleck played wide receiver at Northern Illinois (1999- 2003) and ranks third in career receptions (179) and fourth in career re- ceiving yards (2,162) in school history. Fleck signed as a rookie free agent with San Francisco and spent two years with the 49ers (2004-05).

BRONCOS HEAD COACH P.J. FLECK YOUNGEST IN COUNTRY P.J. Fleck, 32, is the youngest head coach in NCAA Division I (FBS), tak- ing over the youngest spot over Toledo’s Matt Campbell, 33, and Texas Tech’s Kliff Klingsbury, 33.

Coach P.J. Fleck, Western Michigan Matt Campbell, Toledo Kliff Klingsbury, Texas Tech Bryan Harsin, Arkansas State Willie Taggart, South Florida Justin Fuente, Memphis Lane Kiffin, USC Matt Rhule, Temple

MAC HISTORY IN BCS STANDINGS The 2012 season was a historic year for the MAC within the BCS as Northern Illinois received the school and conferences first BCS appear- ance with an invitation to the Discover Orange Bowl. Entering the 2012 bowl season, the MAC has two programs ranked in the Top 25 of the BCS Standings -- No. 15 Northern Illinois and No. 25 Kent State.

During 2012, the MAC had four separate programs ranked in the BCS Standings during the regular season -- Northern Illinois, Kent State, To- ledo and Ohio. The BCS rankings for Kent State, Toledo and Ohio were the first ever in each program’s history.

Ball State (8): 2008: Oct. 19 (20); Oct. 26 (16); Nov. 2 (17); Nov. 9 (14); Nov. 16 (17); Nov. 23 (15); Nov. 30 (12); Dec. 7 (22) Bowling Green (9): 2003: Oct. 27 (17); Nov. 3 (16); Nov. 10 (23); Nov. 17 (20); Nov. 24 (20); Dec. 1 (18); Dec. 7 (24). 2004: Nov. 15 (25); Nov. 22

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Kent State (3): 2012: Nov. 18 (23); Nov. 25 (17); Dec. 2 (25) Marshall (6): 1999: Oct. 25 (14); Nov. 1 (14); Nov. 15 (14); Nov. 22 (13); Nov. 29 (12); Dec. 5 (12) Miami (7): 2003: Oct. 27 (19); Nov. 3 (21); Nov. 10 (16); Nov. 17 (14); Nov. 24 (13); Dec. 1 (11); Dec. 7 (11) Northern Illinois (5): 2003: Oct. 20 (10); Oct. 27 (23); Nov. 3 (22); Nov. 10 (21). 2010: Nov. 28 (25). 2012: Nov. 25 (21); Dec. 2 (15) Ohio (1): 2012: Oct. 21 (24) Toledo (1): 2012: Nov. 4 (25)

Age (Date of Birth) 32 (11-29-80) 33 (11-29-79) 33 (8-9-79) 36 (11-1-76) 36 (8-27-76) 36 (7-30-76) 37 (5-9-75) 38 (1-31-75)

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THE MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE The 17th Marathon MAC Football Championship game will take place Friday, Dec. 6

The 17th Marathon MAC Football Championship game will take place Friday, Dec. 6 at 8:00 p.m. at Ford Field in Detroit. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

This marks the tenth time that the league’s title will be decided at the neutral site. The winners of their respective East Division and West Division will qualify for the game. Media credentials for the 2013 championship game will be available online via the MAC web site at www.mac- sports.com in early November.

From 1997-2000, the league’s title game was held at Marshall Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. Beginning with the 2001 game, the site alternated between the West Division and East Division champion. In 2004 the MAC championship game was moved to its current neutral site at Ford Field.

Previous MAC Championship Results

Year

Site

Results

2012

Detroit, Mich.

Northern Illinois 44, Kent State 37 2OT

2011

Detroit, Mich.

Northern Illinois 23, Ohio 20

2010

Detroit, Mich.

Miami 26, Northern Illinois 21

2009

Detroit, Mich.

Central Michigan 20, Ohio 10

2008

Detroit, Mich.

Buffalo 42, Ball State 24

2007

Detroit, Mich.

Central Michigan 35, Miami 10

2006

Detroit, Mich.

Central Michigan 31, Ohio 10

2005

Detroit, Mich.

Akron 31, Northern Illinois 30

2004

Detroit, Mich.

Toledo 35, Miami 27

2003

Bowling Green, Ohio

Miami 49, Bowling Green 27

2002

Huntington, W.Va.

Marshall 49, Toledo 45

2001

Toledo, Ohio

Toledo 41, Marshall 36

2000

Huntington, W.Va.

Marshall 19, Western Michigan 14

1999

Huntington, W.Va.

Marshall 34, Western Michigan 30

1998

Huntington, W.Va. Marshall 23, Toledo 27

1997

Huntington, W.Va.

Marshall 34, Toledo 13

MAC POSTSEASON INFORMATION

MAC In the BCS

The winner of the MAC Championship will receive an automatic berth into one of the five BCS bowl games if it is ranked in the top 12 of the final BCS standings, or if it is ranked in the top 16 of the final BCS stand- ings and its ranking in the BCS standings is higher than that of a champion of a conference that has an an- nual automatic berth in one of the five BCS bowls.

The champions of the ACC, American Athletic, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10, and Southeastern Conferences will have automatic berths in one of the five BCS bowl games. No more than one team from the MAC, Con- ference USA, the Mountain West Conference and the Sun Belt Conference shall earn an automatic berth in any year.

This year’s VIZIO BCS National Championship Game will be played Jan. 6 in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

will be played Jan. 6 in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. 2013-14 COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL

2013-14 COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL SCHEDULE: (Dates and Times are Tentative and Subject to Change)

Bowl Game

Date/Time (ET)

Site

Matchup

Network

Gildan New Mexico Las Vegas Bowl Famous Idaho Potato R+L Carriers New Orleans Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg Sheraton Hawaii Little Caesars Pizza San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia

Dec. 21/ 2:00 p.m. Dec. 21/ 3:30 p.m. Dec. 21/ 5:30 p.m. Dec. 21/ 9:00 p.m. Dec. 23/ 2:00 p.m. Dec. 24/ 8:00 p.m. Dec. 26/ 6:00 p.m. Dec. 26/ 9:30 p.m.

Albuquerque, N.M. Las Vegas, Nev. Boise, Ida. New Orleans, La. St. Petersburg, Fla. Honolulu, Hawaii Detroit, Mich. San Diego, Calif. Annapolis, Md. Houston, Texas San Francisco, Calif. Bronx, N.Y. Charlotte, N.C. Orlando, Fla. Tempe, Ariz. Forth Worth, Texas Nashville, Tenn. San Antonio, Texas San Diego, Calif. Shreveport, La. El Paso, Texas Memphis, Tenn. Atlanta, Ga. Jacksonville, Fla. Dallas, Texas Orlando, Fla. Tampa, Fla. Pasadena, Calif. Glendale, Ariz. New Orleans, La. Miami Gardens, Fla. Arlington, Texas Birmingham, Ala. Mobile, Ala. Pasadena, Calif.

MWC vs. PAC-12 (MAC backup) MWC vs. PAC-12 MAC vs. MWC C-USA vs. Sun Belt American vs. C-USA (MAC backup) C-USA vs. MWC Big Ten vs. MAC MWC vs. Army (MAC backup) ACC vs. C-USA Big Ten vs. Big 12 BYU vs. PAC-12 American vs. Big 12 American vs. ACC ACC vs. American Big Ten vs. Big 12 MWC vs. Navy ACC vs. SEC Big 12 vs. PAC-12 Big 12 vs. PAC-12 ACC vs. SEC ACC vs. PAC-12 C-USA/American vs. SEC ACC vs. SEC Big Ten vs. SEC Big Ten vs. C-USA Big Ten vs. SEC Big Ten vs. SEC BCS vs. BCS BCS vs. BCS BCS vs. BCS BCS vs. BCS Big 12 vs. SEC American vs. SEC (MAC backup) MAC vs. Sun Belt BCS No. 1 vs. BCS No. 2

ESPN

ABC

ESPN

ESPN

ESPN

ESPN

ESPN

ESPN

Military Bowl pres. by Northrop Grumman Dec. 27/ 2:30 p.m.

ESPN

Texas Bowl Kraft Fight Hunger New Era Pinstripe Belk Russell Athletic Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Franklin American Mortgage Music City Valero Alamo Holiday Bowl AdvoCare V100 Independence Hyundai Sun AutoZone Liberty Chick-Fil-A TaxSlayer.com Gator Heart of Dallas Bowl Capital One Outback Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio Tostitos Fiesta Allstate Sugar Discover Orange AT&T Cotton BBVA Compass GoDaddy VIZIO BCS National Championship Game

Dec. 27/ 6:00 p.m. Dec. 27/ 9:30 p.m. Dec. 28/ 12:00 p.m. Dec. 28/ 3:20 p.m. Dec. 28/ 6:45 p.m. Dec. 28/ 10:15 p.m. Dec. 30/ 11:45 a.m. Dec. 30/ 3:15 p.m. Dec. 30/ 6:45 p.m. Dec. 30/ 10:15 p.m. Dec. 31/ 12:30 p.m. Dec. 31/ 2:00 p.m. Dec. 31/ 4:00 p.m. Dec. 31/ 8:00 p.m. Jan. 1/ 12:00 p.m. Jan. 1/ 12:00 p.m. Jan. 1/ 1:00 p.m. Jan. 1/ 1:00 p.m. Jan. 1/ 5:00 p.m. Jan. 1/ 8:30 p.m. Jan. 2/ 8:30 p.m. Jan. 3/ TBD Jan. 3/ 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4/ 1:00 p.m. Jan. 5/ 9:00 p.m. Jan. 6/ 8:30 p.m.

ESPN

ESPN

ESPN

ESPN

ESPN

ESPN

ESPN

ESPN

ESPN

ESPN

ESPN

CBS

ESPN

ESPN

ESPN2

ESPNU

ABC

ESPN

ESPN

ESPN

ESPN

ESPN

FOX

ESPN

ESPN

ESPN

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2012 MAC Standings

MAC OVERALL

OVERALL RECORD

EAST DIVISION

W

L

PCT.

PTS. OPP.

W

L

PCT.

PTS. OPP.

Kent State

8

0

1.000

292

174

11

3

.786

463

343

Bowling Green

6

2

.750

195

104

8

5

.615

298

218

Ohio

4

4

.500

221

236

9

4

.692

412

332

Miami

3

5

.375

214

258

4

8

.333

280

419

Buffalo

3

5

.375

153

219

4

8

.333

255

342

UMass

1

7

.125

126

288

1

11

.083

152

482

Akron

0

8

.000

169

278

1

11

.083

313

428

WEST DIVISION

W

L

PCT.

PTS. OPP.

W

L

PCT.

PTS. OPP.

#Northern Illinois Ball State Toledo Central Michigan Western Michigan Eastern Michigan

8

0

1.000

363

122

12

2

.857

540

278

6

2

.750

291

238

9

4

.692

437

416

6

2

.750

277

222

9

4

.692

410

369

4

4

.500

261

270

7

6

.538

375

421

2

6

.250

240

259

4

8

.333

352

356

1

7

.125

171

305

2

10

.167

256

451

# Winner of MAC Championship game

2013 Team Breakdown/Starters & Lettermen Returning

West Division

Off.

Def.

Ball State

7

6

Central Michigan

8

7

Eastern Michigan

7

5

Northern Illinois

8

5

Toledo

9

4

Western Michigan

5

8

East Division

Off.

Def.

Akron

7

7

Bowling Green

9

9

Buffalo

9

8

Kent State

7

6

UMass

4

7

Miami

8

6

Ohio

8

6

 

Date

Bowl Schedule Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Dec. 21

*Gildan New Mexico Bowl

Dec. 21

*Beef O’Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg Dec. 23

Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl

Dec. 26

*San Diego County Credit Union

Dec. 26

*BBVA Compass Bowl

Jan. 5

Go Daddy Bowl

Jan. 6

Lettermen

39

51

42

55

41

36

Crossover Opp. Kent State; at Akron; Miami at Miami; at Ohio; UMass at Buffalo; Ohio; Bowling Green at Kent State; Akron; at UMass at Bowling Green; Buffalo; at Akron Kent State; Buffalo; at UMass

Non-Conference Illinois State; Army; at North Texas; at Virginia at Michigan; New Hampshire; at UNLV; at NC State Howard; at Penn State; at Rutgers; at Army at Iowa; at Idaho; Eastern Illinois; at Purdue at Florida; at Missouri; Eastern Washington; Navy at Michigan State; Nicholls State; at Northwestern; at Iowa

Non-Conference at UCF; James Madison; at Michigan; La-Lafayette

Tulsa; at Indiana; Murray State; at Mississippi State

at Ohio State; at Baylor; Stony Brook; UConn Liberty; at LSU; at Penn State; at South Ala. at Wisconsin; Maine; at Kansas St.; Vanderbilt at Marshall; at Kentucky; Cincinnati; at Illinois at Louisville; North Texas; Marshall; Austin Peay

Lettermen

45

50

54

42

45

53

49

Crossover Opp. at Northern Illinois; Ball State; Toledo Toledo, at Eastern Michigan

Eastern Michigan; at Western Michigan; at Toledo at Western Michigan; Northern Illinois; at Ball State Western Michigan; Northern Illinois; at Central Mich. Central Michigan; at Ball State Central Michigan; at Eastern Michigan

Site Boise, Ida. Albuquerque, N.M. St. Petersburg, Fla. Detroit, Mich. San Diego, Calif. Birmingham, Ala. Mobile, Ala.

Matchup MAC vs. MWC MWC vs. PAC-12 American vs. Conf. USA MAC vs. Big Ten Army vs. MWC American vs. SEC MAC vs. Sun Belt

vs. Big Ten Army vs. MWC American vs. SEC MAC vs. Sun Belt *MAC has a

*MAC has a secondary agreement with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, BBVA Compass Bowl, Beef O’Brady’s Bowl St. Petersburg and the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.

Ford Field (right) will host the 2013 Marathon MAC Football Championship game on Friday, Dec. 6 and the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 26.

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2012 ALL-MAC TEAMS

2012 Postseason Honors -- Specialty Award Winners

Year Award Winner Darrel Hazell Jordan Lynch Kent State Northern Illinois of the Year Chris
Year
Award Winner
Darrel Hazell
Jordan Lynch
Kent State
Northern Illinois
of the Year
Chris Jones
Bowling Green
Offensive Player
of the Year
Jordan Lynch
Northern Illinois
of the Year
Jaime Wilson
Western Michigan
Special Teams Player
of the Year
Dri Archer
Kent State

OFFENSE Position Quarterback Center Offensive Lineman Offensive Lineman Offensive Lineman Offensive Lineman Tight End Wide Receiver Wide Receiver Wide Receiver Wide Receiver Running Back Running Back Placekicker Kickoff Return Specialist Punt Return Specialist

First Team Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois Zac Kerin, Toledo + Brian Winters, Kent State +% Eric Fisher, Central Michigan ! Dann O’Neill, Western Michigan ! Austin Holtz, Ball State Zane Fakes, Ball State Martel Moore, Northern Illinois Bernard Reedy, Toledo Willie Snead, Ball State Jamill Smith, Ball State Dri Archer, Kent State David Fluellen, Toledo Steven Schott, Ball State Dri Archer, Kent State Bernard Reedy, Toledo

Second Team Keith Wenning, Ball State Skyler Allen, Ohio Eric Herman, Ohio + Josh Kline, Kent State Tyler Loos, Northern Illinois Jordan Roussos, Bowling Green Garrett Hoskins, Eastern Michigan ! Nick Harwell, Miami #& Alex Neutz, Buffalo Jaime Wilson, Western Michigan Titus Davis, Central Michigan ! Beau Blankenship, Ohio Zurlon Tipton, Central Michigan Matt Weller, Ohio ^+ Bernard Reedy, Toledo Jaime Wilson, Western Michigan

Third Team Zac Dysert, Miami Kevin Galeher, Western Michigan Greg Mancz, Toledo Dominic Flewellyn, Bowling Green Jordan Hansel, Ball State + Cam Lowry, Ball State Alex Bayer, Bowling Green Marquelo Suel, Akron Andy Cruse, Miami Cody Wilson, Central Michigan #! Alonzo Russell, Toledo Jahwan Edwards, Ball State Trayion Durham, Kent State Jeremiah Detmer, Toledo Jamill Smith, Ball State Jamill Smith, Ball State +

DEFENSE

Position

First Team

Second Team

Third Team

Down Lineman

Chris Jones, Bowling Green %&

Jonathon Newsome, Ball State

Nate Ollie, Ball State +

Down Lineman

Roosevelt Nix, Kent State @&

Freddie Bishop, Western Michigan !

Jake Dooley, Kent State

Down Lineman

Sean Progar, Northern Illinois @+

Steven Means, Buffalo

Neal Huynh, Ohio

Down Lineman

Alan Baxter, Northern Illinois

Andy Mulumba, Eastern Michigan

Ted Ouellet, Bowling Green

Outside Linebacker

Khalil Mack, Buffalo &

Tyrone Clark, Northern Illinois

C.J. Malauulu, Kent State +

Outside Linebacker

Gabe Martin, Bowling Green

Justin Cudworth, Eastern Michigan !

Alphonso Lewis, Ohio

Inside Linebackers

Dan Molls, Toledo

Travis Freeman, Ball State +

Dwayne Woods, Bowling Green #&

Inside Linebackers

Perry McIntyre, UMass

Luke Batton, Kent State !

Desmond Bozeman, Western Michigan

Defensive Back

Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois +

Jahleel Addae, Central Michigan %&

Cam Truss, Bowling Green

Defensive Back

Dayonne Nunley, Miami &

Luke Wollet, Kent State !

Eric Patterson, Ball State

Defensive Back

BooBoo Gates, Bowling Green

Darren Thellen, UMass

Cheatham Norrils, Toledo

Defensive Back

Jermaine Robinson, Toledo

Justin Currie, Western Michigan

Johnnie Simon, Western Michigan +

Punter

Jay Karutz, Eastern Michigan

Brian Schmiedebusch, Bowling Green &

Colter Johnson, UMass

& 2011 First team All-MAC + 2011 Second team All-MAC ! 2011 Third team All-MAC

@ 2010 First team All-MAC # 2010 Second team All-MAC % 2010 Third team All-MAC

^ 2009 First team All-MAC

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2012 ACADEMIC ALL-MAC TEAM

The Mid-American Conference announced its 2012 Football Academic All-MAC team as voted by faculty athletic representatives at MAC institutions. A total of 38 student-athletes were named to the 2012 Academic All-MAC team. The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academ- ics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.

Toledo (Jeremiah Detmer, Zac Kerin, A.J. Lindeman, Greg Mancz, Dan Molls, Ben Pike, Matt Wall) topped the 2012 Academic All-MAC squad with seven selections, followed by Northern Illinois (Alan Baxter, Nabal Jefferson, Ryan Neir, Jason Schepler, Courtney Stephen, Rob Sterling) with six selections. Ball State (Zane Fakes, Scott Kovanda, Tony Martin, Nick Miles, Jacob Richard) had five honorees, while Bowling Green (Tyler Beck, Dominic Flewellyn, Gabe Martin, Tyler Tate) and Central Michigan (Richie Hogan, Ryan Radcliff, A.J. Westendorp, Cody Wilson) both had four selections.

Kent State (Jake Dooley, Spencer Keith, Anthony Meray) had three selections, while Buffalo (Alex Neutz, Colby Way), Ohio (JD Bales, Neal Huynh) and Western Michigan (Justin Currie, Chris Prom) each had two honorees. Akron (Robert Stein), Eastern Michigan (Jay Karutz) and Miami (Mason Krysinski) had one selection.

Three-time selections include Scott Kovanda (Ball State), Cody Wilson (Central Michigan), Spencer Keith (Kent State), Nabal Jefferson (Northern Illinois) and Dan Molls (Toledo). Two-time selections include Alex Neutz (Buffalo), Colby Way (Buffalo), Ryan Radcliff (Central Michigan), Jay Karutz (Eastern Michigan), Mason Krysinski (Miami), Ryan Neir (Northern Illinois) and Zac Kerin (Toledo).

2012 Academic All-MAC Football Team Name, School

Year

GPA

Major/Hometown

Robert Stein, Akron

Freshman

3.82 GPA

Mechanical Engineering (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Zane Fakes, Ball State

Senior

3.58 GPA

Exercise Science (Plainfield, Ind.)

#& Scott Kovanda, Ball State

Senior

3.80 GPA

Finance (Hartland, Mich.)

Tony Martin, Ball State

Senior

3.40 GPA

Physical Education (Park Hills, Mo.)

Nick Miles, Ball State

Sophomore

3.54 GPA

Business (Burlington, N.C.)

Jacob Richard, Ball State

Sophomore

3.64 GPA

Business (Carmel, Ind.)

Tyler Beck, Bowling Green

Junior

3.77 GPA

Accounting (Wyomissing, Pa.)

Dominic Flewellyn, Bowling Green

Junior

3.24 GPA

Accounting (Maple Heights, Ohio)

Gabe Martin, Bowling Green

Sophomore

3.49 GPA

Marketing (Grand Blanc, Mich.)

Tyler Tate, Bowling Green

Freshman

4.00 GPA

Exercise Science (Carroll, Ohio)

# Alex Neutz, Buffalo

Junior

3.59 GPA

Business Administration (Grand Island, N.Y.)

# Colby Way, Buffalo

Junior

3.49 GPA

Computer Engineering (State College, Pa.)

Richie Hogan, Central Michigan

Junior

3.45 GPA

Health and Fitness (Laguna Hills, Calif.)

#

Ryan Radcliff, Central Michigan

Senior

3.47 GPA

Accounting (Sherwood, Ohio)

A.J. Westendorp, Central Michigan

Junior

3.96 GPA

Biomedical Sciences (Holland, Mich.)

#& Cody Wilson, Central Michigan

Senior

3.66 GPA

Marketing (Rochester Hills, Mich.)

#

Jay Karutz, Eastern Michigan

Senior

3.88 GPA

Individualized Studies (North Ryde, New South Wales)

Jake Dooley, Kent State

Senior

3.32 GPA

Business Management (Mason, Ohio)

#& Spencer Keith, Kent State

Senior

3.74 GPA

Pre-Med Biology (Little Rock, Ark.)

Anthony Meray, Kent State

Sophomore

3.89 GPA

Exercise Specialist (Spanaway, Wash.)

#

Mason Krysinski, Miami

Junior

3.95 GPA

Biochemistry (Shelby Township, Mich.)

Alan Baxter, Northern Illinois

Senior

3.63 GPA

Finance (Buffalo Grove, Ill.)

#& Nabal Jefferson, Northern Illinois

Senior

3.69 GPA

Accountancy (Chicago, Ill.)

#

Ryan Neir, Northern Illinois

Senior

4.00 GPA

MBA (Roscoe, Ill.)

Jason Schepler, Northern Illinois

Senior

3.87 GPA

Electrical Engineering (Sycamore, Ill.)

Courtney Stephen, Northern Illinois

Senior

3.78 GPA

Psychology (Brampton, Ontario, Canada)

Rob Sterling, Northern Illinois

Sophomore

3.66 GPA

Accountancy (Lansing, Ill.)

JD Bales, Ohio

Senior

3.60 GPA

Mechanical Engineering (Beavercreek, Ohio)

Neal Huynh, Ohio

Senior

3.20 GPA

Health Services Administration (Altoona, Pa.)

Jeremiah Detmer, Toledo

Sophomore

3.71 GPA

Education (Hilliard, Ohio)

#

Zac Kerin, Toledo

Junior

3.63 GPA

Civil Engineering (Delaware, Ohio)

A.J. Lindeman, Toledo

Senior

3.35 GPA

Construction Engineering (Aurora, Ill.)

Greg Mancz, Toledo

Sophomore

3.49 GPA

Finance (Cincinnati, Ohio)

#& Dan Molls, Toledo

Senior

3.56 GPA

Exercise Science (North Royalton, Ohio)

Ben Pike, Toledo

Senior

3.58 GPA

Education (Mentor, Ohio)

Matt Wall, Toledo

Junior

3.85 GPA

Mechanical Engineering (Centerville, Ohio)

Justin Currie, Western Michigan

Sophomore

3.52 GPA

Criminal Justice (Big Rapids, Mich.)

Chris Prom, Western Michigan

Junior

3.59 GPA

Secondary Education (Saukville, Wis.)

#2011 Academic All-MAC selection; &2010 Academic All-MAC selection

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Avg

--------------------------------------------------------------

SCORING OFFENSE

G

TD

XP 2XP DXP

FG Saf

Pts

2012 Statistics -- TEAM LEADERS

TD Yds/G

--------------------------------------------------------------

Rushes

RUSHING DEFENSE

G

Yards

Avg. Long

1.

Northern Illinois

14

71

15

69

0

0

0

540

38.6

1.

Bowling Green

13

413

1385

3.4

79

14 106.5

2. Ball State

13

52

25

50

0

0

0

437

33.6

2.

Kent State

14

507

1936

3.8

68

15 138.3

3. Kent State

14

58

19

58

0

0

0

463

33.1

3. Northern Illinois

14

587

2049

3.5

60

21 146.4

4. Ohio

13

49

23

49

0

0

0

412

31.7

4. Western Michigan

12

462

1862

4.0

53

21 155.2

5. Toledo

13

49

24

44

0

0

0

410

31.5

5.

Buffalo

12

501

1865

3.7

57

22 155.4

6. Western Michigan

12

46

10

42

1

0

1

352

29.3

6.

Ohio

13

467

2077

4.4

68

12 159.8

7. Central Michigan

13

47

15

44

1

0

1

375

28.8

7.

Toledo

13

445

2370

5.3

73

19 182.3

8.

Akron

12

41

9

38

1

0

0

313

26.1

8.

Central Michigan

13

511

2492

4.9

55

28 191.7

9. Miami

12

34

15

23

4

0

0

280

23.3

9. Ball State

13

522

2692

5.2

71

24 207.1

10. Bowling Green

13

39

9

35

0

0

1

298

22.9

10. Akron

12

517

2533

4.9

72

22 211.1

11. Eastern Michigan

12

33

10

28

0

0

0

256

21.3

11. UMass

12

513

2709

5.3

74

33 225.8

12. Buffalo

12

32

11

28

1

0

0

255

21.2

12. Miami

12

529

2893

5.5

65

35 241.1

13. UMass

12

18

10

14

0

0

0

152

12.7

13. Eastern Michigan

12

510

3199

6.3

87

34 266.6

SCORING DEFENSE

G

TD

XP 2XP DXP

FG Saf

Pts

Avg

PASS OFFENSE

G Comp-Att-Int Pct. Yds Avg/A TD Yds/G

--------------------------------------------------------------

------------------------------------------------------------------

1. Bowling Green

13

25

14

22

1

0

1

218

16.8

1.

Akron

12

364-583-18

62.4

3753

6.4

30

312.8

2. Northern Illinois

14

34

15

27

1

0

0

278

19.9

2. Miami

12

311-495-12

62.8

3584

7.2

26

298.7

3.

Kent State

14

42

16

39

1

0

1

343

24.5

3. Western Michigan

12

304-511-21

59.5

3477

6.8

28

289.8

4. Ohio

13

41

11

41

0

0

1

322

24.8

4. Ball State

13

319-492-10

64.8

3302

6.7

28

254.0

5. Toledo

13

46

16

39

2

0

1

369

28.4

5. Toledo

13

271-441-11

61.5

3276

7.4

19

252.0

6.

Buffalo

12

43

15

39

0

0

0

342

28.5

6. Central Michigan

13

244-413-9

59.1

3170

7.7

23

243.8

7.

Western Michigan

12

43

19

39

1

0

0

356

29.7

7. Ohio

13 250-402-5

62.2

3139

7.8

23

241.5

8.

Ball State

13

53

15

43

4

0

1

416

32.0

8. Northern Illinois

14 245-410-6

59.8

3239

7.9

26

231.4

9. Central Michigan

13

54

15

52

0

0

0

421

32.4

9. Bowling Green

13

239-442-13

54.1

2757

6.2

16

212.1

10. Miami

12

55

11

52

1

0

1

419

34.9

10. Buffalo

12

196-380-10

51.6

2391

6.3

17

199.2

11.

Akron

12

53

19

49

2

0

0

428

35.7

11. UMass

12

237-444-19

53.4

2240

5.0

9

186.7

12.

Eastern Michigan

12

57

18

55

0

0

0

451

37.6

12.

Eastern Michigan

12

159-308-15

51.6

2059

6.7

19

171.6

13.

UMass

12

65

9

63

1

0

0

482

40.2

13.

Kent State

14

198-358-11

55.3

2275

6.4

14

162.5

TOTAL OFFENSE

G Rush Pass Plays Yards Avg/P TD Yds/G

PASS DEFENSE

G

Comp-Att-Int Pct. Yds Avg/A TD Yds/G

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1.

Northern Illinois

14

3335 3239

1023

6574

6.4 70 469.6

1.

Bowling Green

13

238-411-10

57.9

2471

6.0

11

190.1

2. Ball State

13

2642 3302

1035

5944

5.7 52 457.2

2.

Buffalo

12

189-341-13

55.4

2499

7.3

18

208.2

3. Toledo

13

2512 3276