YPSILANTI, Mich. —-The first Saturday of the month of October in the state of Michigan means a lot of wind blowing across Rynearson Stadium and even more changes across the Huron River valley with the feel of autumn in the air and of course the color and pageantry of watching NCAA college football.
Eastern Michigan University opened the 2011 Mid-American Conference season Saturday afternoon against the University of Akron. The Eagles are 13-23 when beginning the conference portion of the schedule.
Like the breeze that continued to sweep across landscape the Eagles defeated the University of Akron, 31-23 in front of 3,375 hearty Eastern Michigan University football fans.
Eastern Michigan University football coach Ron English blew off the dust of the old playbook because he stated that he wanted to establish the run game and keep the ball away from Zips offense.
Eagles’ quarterback Alex Gillett, tailbacks Dominique White and Javonti Green combined to provide a strong running game.
White took advantage of his opportunity and ran with the ball 28 times for 168 yards and he scored three touchdowns leading the Eagle offense.
“Today we had a great day, it just was not just me the offensive line executed and we followed our foundation and we got what we wanted,” White said about his performance. “It is a blessing and they are not getting the ball they are really good people to do that every down. It is a big win and we are undefeated at home too and add to it and that it makes it look good for the season.”
“I think that he did a good job we’ve liked Dominique we knew that he was going to be and he was going to have to run the ball because we have had some injuries at position,” English said. “We were not certainly surprised by the way he ran today.”
The Eagle offense finished the game with 322 total offense yards with 228 yards provided by the running game.
English wanted his team to be a physical team and he believes that running the ball gives his team the best chance of winning any game.
English said his team’s success running game begins with offensive line and he thought that the play of offense guard Allison Campbell and Scott Macleod inspired the rest of the offense.
“It starts with the offensive line sometime we miss the hole,” English said about the running game success behind the offensive line. “The point I am trying to tell you is that our offensive line blocks well and I am proud of them.”
Eastern Michigan University defense played with determination but a late touchdown scored in the fourth quarter placed some electricity in the air and made English a little uncomfortable on the Eagles’ sideline.
“The good thing about our team is we needed to play four quarters and we did not play as well at parts,” English said. “If we do not give up that fourth quarter touchdown I would feel good about what we did defensively because we want to shut out teams in the fourth quarter.”
The Eagles battled with field position and with the 3o mile per hour wind blowing from the north end zone the punting game suffered and according to English had a bad day.
“Our punting was terrible all day,” English said. “We allowed their offense to play on a short field most of the day.”
Eastern Michigan University is undefeated at home for the season and the Eagles got off on the right foot despite the poor punting.
“A win especially a league win is a beautiful thing,” English said. “I am happy with that!”
The Eastern Michigan University Eagles will be on the road next week to play the University of Toledo at the Glass Bowl in Toledo, Ohio. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 3 p.m.
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.