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Eastern Michigan opened some eyes with its last-second, 20-19 victory at Purdue on Saturday. On Monday, the Mid-American Conference recognized the Eagles accordingly.

Quarterback Tyler Wiegers, a transfer from Iowa, was named West Division offensive player of the week after throwing for 312 yards — the most by an Eastern Michigan quarterback in two years.

Wiegers had a 75-yard touchdown pass to Mathew Sexton.

Also, freshman kicker Chad Ryland was named special teams player of the week for the West Division after he nailed a 24-yard field goal as time expired. Ryland had two other field goals and a pair of PATs.

Eastern Michigan is the only undefeated Division I team in the state of Michigan, and opens MAC play this Saturday at Buffalo.

Other weekly MAC winners:

East Division

Offense: Tyree Jackson, QB, Buffalo, a Norton Shores, Mich., native who threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns in a 36-29 victory over Temple.

Defense: Cameron Lewis, DB, Buffalo, a Detroit native who had four tackles and two interceptions in the victory over Temple.

Special teams: Nick Gasser, K, Akron, who had two field goals and four PATs in a 41-7 victory over Morgan State.

West Division

Defense: Sutton Smith, DE, Northern Illinois, who had eight tackles, including 4.5 for a loss and two sacks, in a 17-6 loss to Utah.

 

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