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Assessing the Carnage in the MAC

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The Big One – Toledo 16, No. 18 Arkansas 12

Sept. 12 – So much for the Southeastern Conference being head and shoulders above the rest of the country. If a MAC team knocks off one of your higher-ranked teams, at home no less, you don’t have very much to brag about on the national scene.

The Rockets headed into War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, where the Razorbacks have played one game per season since 1932, and stunned Arkansas behind the solid performance of quarterback Phillip Ely, who transferred to Toledo from Alabama in 2013.

The Razorbacks had two chances from the Toledo 16-yard line in the game’s final 10 seconds, but a pair of Brandon Allen passes fell incomplete…the last as the Rockets celebrated. The UT cheerleaders were seen snapping selfies on the Arkansas logo at midfield after the teams cleared the field.

“I’m embarrassed for our fans and the people that traveled today…for all the people here in Little Rock this game means a lot to,” Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema said.

It should be noted, all seven teams in the SEC-West were ranked prior to opening weekend. And the award for most overrated conference in the nation goes to…

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Meanwhile…in College Park – Bowling Green 48, Maryland 27

Sept. 12 – While Toledo was pulling off its stunner in Little Rock, Bowling Green traveled to the beautiful campus of the University of Maryland and gave the Terrapins an unexpected beat-down. Maryland led 10-0 after the first quarter, but things quickly spiraled out of control for the home team.

Falcons quarterback Matt Johnson threw for a career-high six touchdowns and Bowling Green outscored Maryland 42-14 in the second half to demolish the Atlantic Coast Conference foe.

Johnson finished the game 36 for 55 throwing the ball, rolling up 491 yards through the air. The BG offense got plenty of help as the Falcons defense forced four turnovers including a pair of interceptions by Bernard Turner.

The win was the first road win by Bowling Green over a Power Five team since it knocked off Pittsburgh in Heinz Field on Aug. 30, 2008.

The Falcons offense ran a staggering 105 plays from scrimmage, picking up 692 total yards.

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Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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