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Offensive Player of the Week: Miami QB Zac Dysert
Senior quarterback Zac Dysert (Ada, Ohio) had a hand in all four RedHawk touchdowns as Miami defeated UMass in the season opener at Yager Stadium, 27-16. Dysert completed nearly 55 percent of his 22 passes, throwing for 192 yards and three touchdowns (49, 17 and 33 yards). He also ran the ball 12 times for 76 net yards and scored one TD. In MAC career passing categories, Dysert now ranks tenth in passing yardage (9,427), eighth in completions (855, also a school record, passing Ben Roethlisberger with 854) and is tied for 19th in touchdown passes (53).
Defensive Player of the Week: Kent State DB Darius Polk
Junior defensive back Darius Polk (Lynchburg, Va.) had a pair of interceptions in Kent State’s 23-7 victory at Buffalo, including a third quarter pick that ended one of the Bulls’ longest drives of the night. Polk had three solo tackles and a pair of pass breakups. The only score the Golden Flashes’ defense allowed came on a 46-yard Hail Mary pass at the end of the first half.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Akron K Robert Stein
Freshman kicker Robert Stein (Cincinnati, Ohio) provided 14 of Akron's 26 points in a 47-26 loss at Tennessee by converting 4-of-4 field goal attempts, including a career-long of 45 yards in the first quarter to tie the score at 10-all. He also nailed two attempts from 37 yards out and one from 32 yards away (the 32-yarder tied the game at 13-all). He was also 2-for-2 in point-after attempts. The school record for field goals made in a game is five.
Co-Offensive Player of the Week: Central Michigan QB Ryan Radcliff
Senior quarterback Ryan Radcliff (Sherwood, Ohio) was the triggerman of a potent Central Michigan offense on Saturday at Iowa, helping the Chippewas engineer an epic come-from-behind 32-31 road win over the Hawkeyes. Radcliff was on-target all day, completing 26-of-35 (74%) of his passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. He started the game red hot, completing his first eight passes, and finished with a flurry, leading a late fourth quarter scoring drive that covered 64 yards in just 1:33. Radcliff found receiver Titus Davis with a 13-yard touchdown strike with 45 seconds remaining to pull CMU within two and then, after the Chippewas recovered an onside kick, guided the offense into field goal position.
Co-Offensive Player of the Week: Ball State QB Keith Wenning
Junior quarterback Keith Wenning (Coldwater, Ohio) threw for 244 yards in Ball State’s 31-27 win vs. South Florida. He became only the fourth quarterback in Ball State history to pass for 5,000 or more yards in a career as he has now passed for 5,020 yards in his career. Wenning made his 26th career start vs. South Florida, threw his 37th and 38th career touchdown passes against the Bulls and now ranks fourth on Ball State's all-time list. He moved past current assistant coach Joey Lynch, who threw 37 TD passes from 2003-06. He completed 24-of-36 passes against the Bulls.
Co-Offensive Player of the Week: Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch
Junior quarterback Jordan Lynch (Chicago, Ill.) led Northern Illinois to 17 points in the fourth quarter as the Huskies came back from a 23-13 deficit to defeat Kansas, 30-23. Lynch threw for 235 yards and two touchdowns while completing 25-of-35 passes and ran for 134 yards on 22 carries to total 369 yards of total offense on 57 plays. His 65-yard touchdown pass to Martel Moore on a fake run/pass look started the Huskie comeback. With the Huskies’ facing third and one from the Kansas 26 on the game-winning touchdown drive, Lynch ran for 14 yards on a quarterback sneak, leading to the NIU score.
Defensive Player of the Week: Western Michigan LB Desmond Bozeman
Junior linebacker Desmond Bozeman (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) had the key play in the Western Michigan's 30-24 win over Connecticut. On first-and-15 in the fourth quarter, with the Broncos leading 24-17, Bozeman stripped the Huskies quarterback of the ball, scooped it and ran untouched 53 yards to the end zone. He had a career high 12 tackles with career bests in sacks (2.0) and tackles for loss (2.0). For his efforts, Bozeman was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week. The fumble recovery was the first defensive score of the year for Western Michigan and first career score for Bozeman. Western Michigan's win over Connecticut is the second in as many seasons and gives the Broncos two-game win streak over the Huskies and Iowa in program history.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Central Michigan K David Harman
Senior kicker David Harman (Traverse City, Mich.) was 4-for-4 on field goals, including nailing a career-long 47-yarder with three seconds left to complete a last minute rally in the Chippewas’ stunning 32-31 road win at Iowa. In blustery Kinnick Stadium conditions, which featured winds in the 20 mph range, he also converted on attempts of 33, 25, and 20 yards. Harman set the stage for his last second heroics, executing a perfect onside kick that was recovered by Central Michigan with under a minute left to play and the Chippewas down by two points.