Score one for the Good Guys. The Toledo Chapter of Cobra Kai suffers a defeat in DeKalb. - Screen Capture: Karate Kid (1984)
Ranking the Divisions after Week 12 action.
MAC Divisional Rankings (Week 12)
- NIU (10-1, 7-0): History repeats itself; try and you'll succeed. Never doubt that you're the one, and you can have your dream! You're the Best! Around! Nothing's gonna ever keep you down. You're the Best! Around! Nothing's gonna ever keep you down. You're the Best! Around! Nothing's gonna ever keep you dow-ow-ow-ow-own. (Soundtrack | Video)
- Ball State (8-3, 5-2): Keith Wenning was 16/20 for 173 yards with two touchdowns when he was injured right before the end of the first half on a play as a wide receiver that could have turned out to be disastrous. Kelly Page stepped in and ran in a touchdown on the following play that gave the Cardinals a 21-17 lead, but Wenning would not return. As it turned out, it hardly mattered as the Cardinals shifted the focus to their running game, and after only rushing for 65 yards in the first half, exploded for 292 yards after the intermission. Jahwan Edwards and Horactio Banks each ran for a touchdown and 169 yards and 135 yards, respectively.
- Toledo (8-3, 5-2): Toledo played the Huskies tough and led at the half, but got thrashed coming out of halftime. The Rockets were outscored 21-0 and outgained 347 yards to just 69 in the third quarter. Toledo fell further behind at 31-14 in the fourth quarter, and did score at the end to make the game's final score look a little more competitive than it was, but the game ended with the Huskies in Victory Formation at the Toledo 13-yard line. The Rockets have now lost three in a row, and four of the last five, to NIU.
- Central (5-6, 3-4): The Chips kept their Bowl hopes alive with the win over the Redhawks and can secure bowl eligibility with a win on the road in its season finale against the UMass Minutemen.
- Western (4-8, 2-6): The Broncos closed out their disappointing 2012 season with a loss to in-state EMU. The loss set a new low in total losses for the Broncos in the Cubit era, which ended shortly after the loss with Cubit's dismissal.
- EMU (2-9, 1-6): EMU beat in-state Western Michigan for its second win of the season. The win helped the Eagles avoid going winless in conference play.
- Kent State (10-1, 7-0): Kent State came into the game at +20 in turnovers but had three early turnovers on the day that helped equalize the score for much of the game until Bowling Green threw two late interceptions to end up with three turnovers themselves. The last interception sealed the victory and, along with Dri Archer's 241 rushing yards, clinched the first ever MAC East title for Kent State. The win also gave the Flashes a new record for wins in a season.
- Bowling Green (7-4, 5-2): Bowling Green's Chris Gallon went off for 213 receiving yards, including touchdown grabs of 72 and 81 yards, to help keep the game close well into the final quarter but a late interception by Matt Schilz led to a go-ahead touchdown that proved to be the game-winning score for Kent State when Schilz threw his third pick of the game in the Kent State end zone with 21 seconds left in the game.
- Ohio (8-3, 4-3): Ohio's Beau Blankenship ran for a 58-yard touchdown on the fifth play of the second half to give the Bobcats a 24-21 lead. That was the last time they would lead in the game and would only go on to add a field goal in a 52-27 loss. The Bobcats surrendered 357 yards rushing, and 588 yards in total offense, in their third loss in four games. The road doesn't get any easier, as the Bobcats travel to Division Champ Kent State to end their regular season.
- Buffalo (4-7, 3-4): Buffalo was shut out in the first half and almost became the second team in a row to lose to UMass but came back after halftime to get its third win in a row. The Bulls finish the season against the Falcons in Bowling Green.
- Miami U. (4-7, 3-4): Miami's loss officially knocked them out of Bowl contention. The Redhawks host the red hot Ball State Cardinals to end the regular season.
- UMass (1-10, 1-6): The Minutemen notched their second game in a row where they led at the half. Unfortunately, unlike last week, they were not able to hold on for the win. The Minutemen face their third team from the West Division in the season finale when they host the Chippewas.
- Akron (1-10, 0-7): The Zips were on a BYE week.