YPSILANTI, Mich. —- Eastern Michigan University football coach Ron English stepped out of the football building 90 minutes before Saturday afternoon’s game and into the bright stream and soothing sunshine, he said earlier this week that all the games left on the schedule are huge for the Eagles.
The second weekend in the month of November and the sky is clear of clouds and the sunshine is abundant a good day to play a football game.
Eastern Michigan University closing the home portion of the 2011 schedule against the State University at Buffalo also known as University at Buffalo
Eastern Michigan University celebrated Senor Day with 30-17, victory over the University at Buffalo. The victory keeps the Eagles division title breathing and a maybe chance to play in a bowl game.
The Bulls are a struggling team this season and Buffalo football coach Jeff Quinn is waiting for his team to take a giant step to respectability and he felt like that, if his team could do that against an improving Eagles squad it would help in making this season a successful campaign and should build confidents.
Saturday’s victory against the Bulls is the fifth time in the program history and Eastern Michigan University has not loss a game against the Bulls.
The offensive game plan for English and the Eagles simple enough – to establish the run game, which will dictate the tempo of the game and keep the ball in the hand of the offense
The Eagles offense gained 413 yards of total offense and Eastern Michigan ran 69 plays against the Bulls defense.
Eastern Michigan University quarterback Alex Gillett ran the ball 13 times in the first half for 68 yards. The Eagles rushed for 121 yards in the first half.
Gillett threw four touchdown passes against the Bulls passing defense and finished the day with 234 yards and led his team in rushing with 89 yards.
“He came off after he threw that corner route and ‘I have to tell you that I’m proud of the way you are throwing the ball’ I have not hammered him but I have publicly said that he is not playing up to the expectation that we have for him,” English said about the play of his starting quarterback. “Now in the second half of the season and playing the way he is now playing he has been tremendous. He is a tremendous character guy and he is a winner.”
In the second quarter, Eagle tight Garrett Hoskins caught a two-yard pass from Gillett for the score, his first touchdown of the day but place-kicker Kody Fulkerson attempt for the point after was blocked. Hoskins second touchdown reception was a 34-yard catch from Gillett in the fourth quarter.
Gillett also completed two touchdown passes to Demarius Reed.
Reed finished the day with two touchdown receptions and 78 yards including his first touchdown of his career a 67-yard reception.
English waited for his defense to make a statement during the game.
Buffalo ran for 115 yards and finished the game with 252 yards of total offense.
“It is about time, last week if we shut them out in thr fourth quarter we win that game,” English said about his defensive squad’s play. “As a coach especially a defensive coach you want a shut out in the fourth quarter and a chance to win. It helps the guys it helps their confidence to finish.”
The Eagles did not hurt themselves by taking unnecessary penalties or make a mistake on the field.
“It is the difference between offense and defense we train harder we got bigger and faster,” senior defensive lineman Brad Ohrman said. “We play more physical and last year or two years ago we did not play physical or we did not run to the ball and now we have people doing that.”
Ohrman finished the game with eight tackles and one sack.
English said the turn around of the program is because of the commitment by the senior class that the 3,830 football fans honored today before the start of the game today.
“Well the seniors are 5-1 at home and that was important to me I wanted those guys to be 5-1 at home,” English said about his senior class, “It is about these guys these they get every accolade they can get because they are the ones that turned this program around and I love those guys so much.”
Eastern Michigan University will be on the road next Saturday afternoon beginning at 1 p.m. at Nix Stadium in Kent, Ohio to take on Kent State University.
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.