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Here are the Mid-American Conference divisional Players of the Week for Week Two:

EAST

Offensive: Akron QB Dalton Williams, who was 27 of 54 for 313 yards and 5 TDS (ties school record) in a 41-38 OT loss at FIU. He's the first Akron QB to throw for 300 yards since Chris Jacquemain way back in 2007. Wow. Hard to believe that in this day of wide-open football. Is Terry Bowden getting the Zips back on track?

Defensive: Bowling Green DT Chris Jones had 5 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss in a 21-13 win over Idaho. The MAC certainly could have gone with UB LB Khalil Mack (8 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks) but UB won the award last week (Colby Way) and it's hard to make a strong case when the defense gives up 34 to Morgan State.

Special Teams: Ohio's Matt Weller went 3 of 4 on FGs, hit 6 EXP's and became school's all-time leading scorer as Bobcats whipped New Mexico State, 51-24. Also had three touchbacks on kickoffs.

WEST

Offensive: Toledo QB Terrance Owens. I'll start out by saying I saw Owens a couple of times last year and I love him. Nice arm. Elusive. Went 25 of 41 for 300 and 4 TDs as Toledo won at Wyoming, 34-31. He'll play at UB Oct. 27.

Defensive: Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward was in on 10 tackles for the second straight week, broke up two passes and had an INT as Huskies pummelled UT-Martin, 35-7.

Special Teams: Western Michigan K Andrew Haldeman made 7 PATs and his first career FG in a 52-31 victory over Eastern Illinois. Get this: WMU kickers have made 137 straight PATs.

Intriguing MAC Game of the Week: Bowling Green plays at longtime rival Toledo in a crossover Saturday night. 

Intriguing Nonconference Game of the Week: Miami hits the bluegrass at Boise State at 4 Saturday afternoon.

-- Bob DiCesare

 

 

 

UB/MAC Football Chat -- 2 p.m.

A-10 Weekly Highlight Video

The Atlantic 10 likes to make use of social and multimedia and today tweeted out a link to their first highlight video of the season. The clip includes women's soccer, men's soccer, volleyball and cross country. Didn't catch any Bonnies, but they may be in there. Regardless, some fun goals and celebrations to whittle away your Monday afternoon -- Amy Moritz  

UB's Potts Could Miss Season

    UB back-up tailback James Potts will miss the Kent State game on Sept. 19 and could be lost for the season Bulls coach Jeff Quinn said this morning on the MAC coaches conference call. The Bulls continue to await a definitive medical determination.

    The injury is a cruel blow for Potts, who worked his way back to academic eligibility and showed the speed and elusiveness that made him a prized recruit in going 49 yards for a TD against Morgan State Saturday. It was his second collegiate carry.

    Potts suffered a right leg injury (it appeared to be the knee) in the ensuing celebration.

    UB has depth at running back in Brandon Murie (a junior from Elma), true freshman Devin Campbell from Youngstown, Ohio and sophomore Anthone Taylor from Huber Heights, Ohio. Another true freshman, former Sweet home star Jordan Johnson, has not played to this point and appeared headed for a redshirt freshman season. Murie had three carries for 13 yards Saturday.

-- Bob DiCesare

 

Parker, BU and hockey culture questions

You don't get much bigger than Jack Parker in college hockey. But as the last few years of collegiate sports culture have demonstrated, being a beloved, winning coach doesn't guarantee immunity. Bu__parker

This week, the debate about the future of the Boston University men's hockey program continues after a public report was issued last week from an internal investigation into the school's hockey culture. The investigation came after accusations of sexual assualt were made against two players last year.

And the debate includes talk about what Parker's future role with BU will be. He already has left his post as executive athletic director -- a position which in part was to monitor team behavior. The 67-year old with 876 career wins was sharply criticized in the report by students, faculty and even some former players.

The most cited example of Parker's lax discipline came in descriptions of debauchery at Agganis Arena after BU won the 2009 national championship.

According to a report on boston.com "Parker told the task force he did not know much about the party beyond the fact that there was some drinking in the locker room. But two players and the athletics staffer said Parker found out about the party days after it occurred, reprimanded the team, and never informed administrators or campus police."

At the moment, Parker will still be behind the bench for the Terriers when they open the regular season at home against Providence on Oct. 13, but one of the most storied programs in college hockey has lost a lot of luster, and respect, over the last week.

*photo of Jack Parker from College Hockey News

-- Amy Moritz
www.twitter.com/amymoritz 

 

Audio: DiCesare, McKissic break down UB's victory over Morgan State

The University at Buffalo rolled up the most points in its FBS history to tantalize a crowd of 15,570 with a 56-34 stroll over Morgan State. The News' Bob DiCesare and Rodney McKissic discuss the Bulls' performance:


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Morgan State vs. UB live chat

Week Two Football Tidbits

MAC Game of the Week: Kent State faces Kentucky of the SEC in Lexington after blowing out Towson in Week One. It's a game of particular interest to UB, which opens MAC play by hosting the Golden Flashes on Sept. 19 (a Wednesday). Kent junior Dri Archer ran for 54 yards and two TDs on just eight carries in the 41-21 blitz of Towson.

National Game of the Week: It'll be interesting to see what Washington QB Keith Price can manage against LSU in Baton Rouge. Price completed 70 percent of his throws against San Diego State but none of his 25 completions went for more than 20 yards.

Name Your Score: Sixth-ranked Florida State is a 70 1/2-point favorite of Savannah State, which dropped its opener, 84-0, to Oklahoma State. Savannah State was 1-10 overall and 1-7 in the MEAC last year. What's the program's motto: We'll Play Anyone for a Buck?

Give Me Liberty: Turner Gill's new team, the Liberty Flashes, nearly knocked off Wake Forest in Week One, falling, 20-17, on a late TD. Former UB assistants Juan Taylor and Aaron Stamn are on Gill's staff. Gill, who guided UB to the 2008 MAC championship, missed most of practice this week after the death of his mother Hattie.

-- Bob DiCesare

 

 

 

 

Block Party

The highlights from UB's season opener at Georgia were rolling in the lobby outside the football offices Thursday and Fred Lee had a couple of prominent clips. Lee's block on the outside helped spring Branden Oliver on a 36-yard second quarter run. He also had a vicious block on Dixon Cordero's 33-yard punt return. Lee, a junior wide out from Chester, S.C., added two receptions for 13 yards.

-- Bob DiCesare

 

WNY College Chat - 3 p.m.

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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

@TBNDicesare | bdicesare@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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