Two Kent State stars earn Mid-American Conference honors

Two Kent State stars earn Mid-American Conference honors
Two Kent State stars earn Mid-American Conference honors

Cleveland (WOIO) - Two Kent State football players earned Mid-American Conference Player of the Week honors for their performances against Western Michigan on Saturday.

Running back Trayion Durham was named the East Division Offensive Player of the week for rushing for a career-high 124 yards on 19 carries.  Archer also scored a touchdown in the Golden Flashes 41-24 win over the Broncos.  He also set up the go-ahead touchdown with a 33-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Kicker Freddy Cortez was named the MAC East Division Special Teams Player of the Week.  He kicked two field goals, a season-long 46-yarder and 43-yarder.  He also went five-for-five on extra point attempts.  During the game, he tied former KSU star Josh Cribbs as the school's all-time leading scorer with 246 points.

Here are the other MAC Players of the Week for Week 9.

East Division

Defensive Player of the Week:  Bowling Green LB Dwayne Woods

Senior linebacker Dwayne Woods (Cincinnati, Ohio) had two tackles, a pass break up and an interception returned for a touchdown in the Falcons 24-0 win at UMass. Woods' 48-yard interception return put Bowling Green up 21-0 late in the third quarter to secure the win. Woods and the entire Falcon defense held the Minutemen to just 118 total yards, including 33 passing on 34 attempts. The shutout was the Falcons first since 2004 and their first road shutout since 2001.

West Division

Offensive Player of the Week:  Eastern Michigan QB Tyler Benz

Sophomore quarterback Tyler Benz (Park Ridge, Ill.) threw for five touchdown passes, good for the second-most in the history of the program, in a 48-38 win over Army. Benz was 19 of 31 passing for a career-high 369 yards passing and also added five rushes for 16 yards in the contest.

Defensive Player of the Week:  Ball State DT Nathan Ollie

Junior defensive tackle Nathan Ollie (Chicago, Ill.) managed five tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss and one fumble recovery in Ball State's 41-30 win at Central Michigan on Saturday.

Special Teams Player of the Week:  Toledo KR Bernard Reedy

Junior kick returner Bernard Reedy (St. Petersburg, Fla.) had the key play in the game with a 91 yards kickoff return for a touchdown in a 29-23 win over No. 21 ranked Cincinnati. With Cincinnati taking its first lead of the game, 20-19, in the third quarter, Reedy took the ensuing kickoff 91 yards for the score to give Toledo a lead it never relinquished. It was the second straight game Reedy returned a kickoff for a touchdown and third score on special teams in the last three games. Reedy also had 38 yards on three punt returns, including a long of 15 yards.

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