Kent State takes home two MAC Players of the Week awards

Kent State takes home two MAC Players of the Week awards
Kent State takes home two MAC Players of the Week awards

Cleveland (WOIO) - Two Kent State football players took home Mid-American Conference Players of the Week honors for their performances against Bowling Green on Saturday.

Golden Flashes running back Dri Archer was named the MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for a career-high 241 yards on 17 carries.  Archer scored twice, on runs of 79 and 74 yards, in Kent State's 31-24 win over the Falcons.  The junior from Laurel, Florida broke the Kent State single-season touchdown mark earlier this year.

Anthony Melchiori, the Golden Flashes punter, won the MAC East Special Teams Player of the Week award.  Melchiori punted six times against the Falcons with three of them landing inside the 20-yard line.  For the eighth time in 11 games, opponents did not finish with a positive punt return.  Melchiori is a freshman from Aurora.

Here are the other MAC Players of the Week.

East Division

Defensive Player of the Week:  Buffalo LB Khalil Mack

Junior linebacker Khalil Mack (Fort Pierce, Fla.) had a career-high 15 tackles in Buffalo's 29-19 win over UMass. The junior linebacker also had a career-best 2.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. He kept the Minutemen out of the end zone on back-to-back plays, stopping a third and fourth and goal try from the 1-yard line on UMass' opening possession. In the game he broke the school record for tackles for loss in a career with 53.5 and continues to be the NCAA's active career leader for tackles for loss.

West Division

Offensive Player of the Week:  Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch

Junior quarterback Jordan Lynch (Chicago, Ill.) became the first quarterback in FBS history to pass for more than 400 yards and rush for more than 150 in the same game while leading Northern Illinois to a 31-24 win over Toledo Wednesday night at Huskie Stadium.  Lynch completed 25-of-36 passes for 407 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 162 yards on 30 carries to tally a school record 569 yards of total offense.  Lynch established career highs for completions, attempts, passing yards, carries and total offense yards, while his 73-yard touchdown pass to Martel Moore in the third quarter was the longest of his Huskie career.  In the third quarter alone, Lynch completed 13-of-15 passes for 296 yards and two touchdowns as Northern Illinois outscored the Rockets 21-0 in the period.  Lynch extended his NCAA record for consecutive rushing games by a quarterback to nine, broke the MAC record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a season and broke the Northern Illinois record for 100-yard rushing games in a season.

Defensive Player of the Week:  Central Michigan DB Jahleel Addae

Senior defensive back Jahleel Addae (Valrico, Fla.) headlined a strong Chippewas defensive effort in a 30-16 win over Miami. Addae recorded his second straight double digit tackle game, totaling 10, including seven solos and 1.5 for a loss, to go along with half of a sack, and an interception, his team-high third of the season. His second quarter interception of quarterback Zac Dysert turned the tide of the game in Central Michigan's favor. Tied at 7-7, the RedHawks were driving for the go-ahead touchdown but Addae snagged a tipped ball out of the air at the one-yard line and returned it 16 yards, ending the threat.

Special Teams Player of the Week:  Eastern Michigan K Dylan Mulder

Freshman kicker Dylan Mulder (Saline, Mich.) proved to be the difference in Eastern Michigan's 29-23 win at Western Michigan. Mulder booted a career-high three field goals including a career-long 43-yard kick. Also, with 2:33 left in the game Mulder capped off a nine-play, 52-yard Eastern Michigan drive with a 34-yard kick, which proved to be the decisive margin in the 29-23 victory at Waldo Stadium.

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