Bulls host the RedHawks on Tuesday night in key MAC East division matchup Weeknight college football is back with the MAC kicking things off on Tuesday night. In one of the two games taking place on the first Tuesday night of the MAC schedule, a battle for first place in the MAC East will be in focus with Buffalo hosting Miami (Ohio). This past week in the Mid-American Conference. The Buffalo Bulls improved to 8-1 overall and remained one of two teams perfect in conference play after surviving a shootout against Miami.
Falcons Crush Kent State To Stay In Race For Mac 2017
During non-conference play this season, no team stormed out to a better start than Ohio, who began the year 12-1. Their only loss was a four-point contest to Louisville, which gave the impression that the Bobcats were the class of the MAC. However, NE Ohio has played house of horrors for OU. Falling in their first MAC contest against Bowling Green (14-13, 7-6) Jan. 7, and then shocked by Toledo (14-14, 5-8) Feb. 8, teams from that area have been a thorn in the side for the Bobcats. Now they host Akron at the Convocation Center in Athens on Sunday to get revenge for an earlier loss and stay in contention for second place.
This will be the last home game of the season for the Bobcats, who then will travel to Kent State and Miami (9-17, 5-8) to complete the regular season. Ohio will likely need to win at least two out of their last three. Buffalo has lost their last three games and has a must-win situation when they host Miami Saturday afternoon. Buffalo escaped Oxford with a one point victory when the two met in January.
The Bulls are in the best position out of the three competing for the triple-bye, with two of their last three games at home. Finally, Kent State will travel to Bowling Green Saturday, where the Falcons own a 4-2 record in the MAC. Bowling Green is also in a battle with Eastern Michigan (12-16, 7-6) for fifth place. Kent will play two of their final three at home, facing both Ohio and Akron in the final stretch.
GOING THE DISTANCE. Redshirt junior ran to a runner-up finish in the 10,000 for the second consecutive year, posting a time of 34:09.46. It marked the second consecutive year in which the winner broke the meet record in the event. Walny ran at the front of the lead pack for the first quarter of the race and was among a lead pack of three runners for the first half of the race. At the midway point, Miami's Maria Scavuzzo took off. Walny worked to stay within striking distance, building separation between herself and Eastern Michigan's Jordann McDermitt, the two-time defending champion in the event.
But Scavuzzo was strong enough to hold off any major challenge from Walny. HAMMERING THE COMPETITION. Bowling Green was the only program to place two student-athletes in the top six in the hammer throw as finished fourth and sixth.
The duo entered finals in seventh and eighth place but moved up the leaderboard throughout the competition to land in fourth and sixth. Combined, the pair scored eight points for the Falcons.
LONG DAY FOR FRAY. completed the first four events of the heptathlon, as well as competing in the javelin on the opening day of the MAC Championships. Fray set a new personal best in the high jump to finish day one in fourth place.
She will finish the heptathlon with three more events Friday morning. LIVING TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY. Redshirt senior and sophomore qualified for finals in their respective events.
Durbin placed fifth overall in the 1500 with a time of 4:36.07, less than a second off her PR. She will race in the 12-woman final Saturday. Brown placed third in the 400 hurdles by posting a new personal best time of 60.51 seconds, bettering her previous record of 60.60. She will also compete Saturday in the finals. OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMANCES. Senior and freshman were unable to qualify for the finals in the 200 despite posting personal best times in the event.
Short ran the 200 in 24.26 seconds to move into sixth in program history in the event. Draper shattered her PR with a time of 24.41 seconds to move onto the all-time leaderboard in eighth place in school history. THOUGHTS FROM COACH LOU SNELLING. 'It was a solid day. We're tied for second right now, four points out of first. We can't look at that and be disappointed.' .
'Our expectations are so high right now for the throws that you walk away from fourth and sixth in the hammer kind of melancholy. They were very solid and had nothing to be unhappy about. But they've largely carried us over the years.' . ' ran very well. To beat her, (Miami's Maria Scavuzzo) had to run a 30-second meet record. You have to give it to her.
Maria had a fantastic day and that was the only way Rachel was going to get beat today. There's only been two performances in the history of the conference that has been faster than Rachel. One was tonight and the other was last year.' RELOADING FOR FRIDAY. Bowling Green will compete in six events Friday on day two of the three-day MAC Championships. The day begins with the heptathlon at 11 am as completes the grueling competition. BGSU has three entrants in both the shot put, at 12:30 pm, and the 100 trials, at 2:20 pm.
Falcons will also compete in the long jump at 12:30 pm, the 400 trials at 1:40 pm, and the 3000 steeplechase at 3:40 pm.