YPSILANTI, Mich. — GAME NOTES—- Nov. 26, 2010
Northern Illinois University and Eastern Michigan University have played each other for the 41st time and the Huskies are leading the series 24-14-2 and the last time the Eagles defeated the Huskies back in Sept. 15 2007 and running back Dwayne Priest had a big day leading the Eagles to a 21-19 victory.
Friday’s afternoon game will begin at noon at the cozy and warmth of Rynearson Stadium and it will be the last game for 14 seniors as they graduate from a program that is improving. Eastern Michigan University football coach Ron English said these seniors want to be remembered as players that change the atmosphere at Eastern Michigan.
The Game Plan:
For Eastern Michigan University the offense will just continue to future the option-style offense and featuring the Mid-American Conference West Division player of the week Dwayne Priest…
Priest carrier day last Saturday afternoon at Buffalo, he ran through the Bulls 35 times for 192 yards, redemption after being suspended for a couple of games and also playing with some nicks and burses.
“”It is about time,” English said about Priest’s performance.
The passing ability of Eagle quarterback Alex Gillett will also have to be reintroduced to the offense to create a balance.
Yes the defense did step up and played a well-executed game against Buffalo but they can not rest the process of improvement needs to continue and if the Eagles want to feel another victory then the defense will have to provide and give the offense a short field to work with and score touchdowns putting the pressure on the Huskies.
“You have got to compete before you can win,” Eastern Michigan University football coach Ron English said about his team getting prepared for the last game of the season. “I think we have been competitive a lot this year. I think we have just got to detail it out to win games.”
“It is good to get it done,” Northern Illinois University football coach Jerry Kill said about his team’s success. “We were able to go on the road and get the job done, accomplish what we needed to do to get to Detroit.”
Key on these Eagles:
Offense Line: These are the unsung hero of the season, this group has over come injuries and penalties at the wrong time but they are a group that English and the Eagles offense begins. They are mobile especially the guards getting into the play by pulling the backside giving Gillett and the rest of the backfield some pretty good open lanes.
Defensive Line: This is the most improving group on the entire squad, there intensity showed up against Buffalo, if they can fill the gaps and the linebackers are in the right place then the Huskies are going to face an improve version of the worst defense in the Mid-American Conference.
Receivers: This group has all but disappeared from the offense but it is not there fault because of the option-style of running game which it is design to control the clock but the Eagles are going to need to all the points they can put up on the scoreboard.
The 2010 football season will be finished Friday afternoon and the future for the Eagles and English at times did not look too bright in Ypsilanti and at Eastern Michigan University especially after the defeat against Western Michigan University.
It is amazing though how winning can cure a lot of things and the two victories going into the game Friday were both on the road which English and a lot of coaches will tell anybody who will listen especially in the Mid-American Conference it is a big deal and an accomplishment and that will fuel the anticipation for next football season.
About the Author
Written by Mel Suiter
Graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2002 and have been working as a beat writer for The Ypsilanti Courier covering Eastern Michigan University football and men's basketball during my school career and after graduation. I like the Mid-American Conference and the rest of the mid-major conferences.