YPSILANTI —- For 85 years they have celebrated homecoming at Eastern Michigan University and Saturday afternoon with a chill in the air and with the smell of fall also in the air, the tradition continue for the Eagles this Saturday afternoon hosting Kent State University.
After two games in the conference and five games into the season the only thing that the Eagles posses is a record of 0-5 as Kent State University spoiled the Homecoming celebration by defeating the Eagles 41-14.
Eastern Michigan University football coach Ron English is on a mission to fix and rescue the Eagles. He is just not pleased with his team after the first five games. In fact after the 31-14, lost to Illinois State University back on September 8, English promised he would personally take care of the problems that his team possessed
English said last Monday morning that Eastern Michigan University do have good talent to play football in the Mid-American Conference and his players are excited to get back into league play.
When asked after the game, if English seen kind of improvement during the game, English gave a dramatic pause and then said, “No!”
“I am not making excuses. We are young in some places,” English said about his team’s lack of improvement. “I am going to tell you, were we are and then we can go from there but I’m not saying in the vain of making any excuses because in this profession there are no excuses.”
“We are playing with all new defensive tackles inside because we lost all of those guys we had to move Cudworth to the Mike position because Collin Weingrad couldn’t play this week so that hurts and we are playing with two new safeties,” English continued to talk about his team’s performance. “Plays that shouldn’t become big plays and the detail of execution are lost. I think we are growing up we are inconsistent.”
The Eastern Michigan University offense tried to get the in sync but there is no consistency to the running game.
Eastern Michigan University running back Bronson Hill showed that he has talent, as he took a toss from Eagle quarterback Tyler Benz to left sideline made a quick stutter step and made the corner for a 68-yard run for his first touchdown of his career at Eastern Michigan University.
Hill finish the game with four carries for a total 70 yards.
Benz day against the Golden Flashes was a struggle, he threw for an tantalizing 93 yards completing nine passes out of 17 attempts, he did have a touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter but he also threw two interceptions and was sacked once but he just did not look comfortable during the game.
The happy feeling did not last too long, the Eagles special team gave up a 30-yard kick off return by Eric Adeyemi putting the Golden Flashes in good field position and the NCAA all-purpose yardage leader Dri Archer took over and only a last ditch effort by Pudge Cotton kept Archer from scoring.
It only delayed the touchdown by one play.
Golden Flashes quarterback Spencer Keith took a deep breath turned around and place the ball into the waiting hands of running back Traylon Durham, who squared his shoulders and lowered his head and bulled his way across the goal line from the four-yard line for the score.
English said that kicking the ball to Archer is a dangerous and a tricky decision.
He was hoping that he could get the kickoff into the end zone for a touchback and then get a defensive stop.
“You have to be wise on how often you do that and style of kick,” English said about kicking the ball to Archer. “If you choose to kick it to him you eventually will pay the price.”
Eastern Michigan University special team paid the price opening of the second half.
Archer took the kickoff made one move and he sprinted to the other end of Rynearson Stadium 99-yards kick off return for a touchdown.
“If you saw the return the space was about this big and it was a fabulous run,” English said about Archer’s run. “A fabulous return by the returner and that is why he is who he is but certainly that hurt.”
The Eagles special team fell asleep on the field when the Golden Flashes executed a fake punt by Anthony Melchiori that set up the second touchdown run of the day by Durham in the third quarter.
Durham scored his second touchdown of the day that looked exactly like the first one he scored, he just lowered his shoulders and dared the Eastern Michigan University defense to try and stop him from reaching the end zone.
It turns out that letting Archer run with ball from the line of scrimmage is a dicey proposition too if you are the defense. With 3:07 left in the third quarter, Archer cut through the Eagle defense for a quick 64-yard run for his second touchdown of the day. His first score of the game when he caught a 5-yard pass from Spencer in the first quarter.
Archer finish the day with a total 222 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns.
Showing that he also is blessed with pass catching talent Eastern Michigan University wide reciever Demarius Reed made Benz looked like he posses talent for throwing the football with 7:30 left in regulation.
Reed starched out with his hand out and caught the ball and literally flew across the goal line for the second touchdown of the day for the Eagles.
English and the Eagles are looking for answers, he is convince that he has enough talent but young, the final result though are still the same as they were a short two years ago, too many mistakes and no running game to help the offense.
Next Saturday afternoon the Eagles will stay at Rynearson Stadium and will be waiting for the University of Toledo, the kickoff is slated to start at 1 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.