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The morning after

By mrasor Published: October 28, 2007

Football

    Grades...
    Quarterback -- I've said enough about the quarterback situation. I may have been too harsh on Chris Jacquemain though. The wind was pretty bad. His receivers dropped passes. My main complaint is his complete lack of accuracy when the Zips had a chance to get back in the game. Grade: D
    Running back -- Bryan Williams ran for 100 yards. Alex Allen was good in relief. The only blemish is the dropped touchdown pass to Williams. Grade: B+
    Tight end -- Merce Poindexter caught a ball for an important first down. Grade: B-
    Wide receiver -- The Bulls took away Jabari Arthur, which was smart. As a whole, the corps dropped too many passes. Grade: D
    Offensive line -- The line continues to produce results: only two sacks and 171 rushing yards. Grade: A-
    Defensive line -- Jared Cecchetti played the best game of his career. Almondo Sewell battled through a nagging injury and still logged seven tackles. It would be nice to see what Deni Odofin can do. The true freshman had a tackle for loss. Buffalo's James Starks could have done at lot more damage. Grade: A
    Linebacker -- The trio played pretty well and also should get credit for the successful run defense. Doug Williams finally made a big play. Brion Stokes continues to be the defensive cornerstone. Grade: B
    Secondary -- Buffalo's Drew Willy threw only 14 times, but he connected on 11 of them, including three touchdowns. Grade: D+
    Punter -- Although the depth chart suggests a platoon, John Stec punted all four times. He averaged 39 yards per attempt. Grade: C+
    Kicker -- Igor Iveljic made a 25-yarder and missed from 35. He's had a great season and was bound to miss a chip shot someday, I suppose. Grade: D+
    Coaching -- I liked Joe Moorhead's play calling more this week than before. Problem is, he doesn't have a quarterback that can execute it. The Zips could have cashed in on several opportunities if they had the right CJ on the field. Personnel errors fall squarely on the coaches. Grade: D

    Media clips...
    ABJ -- The "punchless Zips" failed to score with the wind at their backs. I like that term.
    Plain Dealer -- Buffalo's win was a triumph of a traditional offense.
    Niagara Gazette -- Buffalo's AD speculates on Turner Gill's possible departure to Nebraska.

    Around the MAC...
    Ball State allowed 324 rushing yards in a 28-17 loss to Illinois.
    Kent State tore the redshirt off quarterback Giorgio Morgan, who threw three touchdowns and no interceptions against Central Michigan. (Un)fortunately, KSU's kicker biffed two extra points and three field goals, and the Chips won, 41-32.
    Miami gave up 290 rushing yards in a 24-13 loss at Vanderbilt.
    Western Michigan's once-mighty running game gained only 57 yards in a 19-2 loss to Eastern Michigan.
    Toledo dropped a 70 spot on Northern Illinois. Yes, 70 points on 812 yards of offense. The MAC is so friggin' bizarre.
    Ohio's Kalvin McRae rushed for 200 yards in a 38-27 victory over Bowling Green.

    Power rankings...
    1) Ball State 2) Central Michigan 3) Buffalo 4) Bowling Green 5) Miami 6) Toledo 7) Ohio 8 ) Temple 9) Akron 10) Kent State 11) Eastern Michigan 12) Western Michigan 13) Northern Illinois
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