2011 Eastern Michigan Eagles football team

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2011 Eastern Michigan Eagles football
Eastern Michigan Block E.jpg
Conference Mid-American Conference West
2011 record 6–6 (4–4 MAC)
Head coach Ron English
Offensive coordinator Ken Karcher
Defensive coordinator Phil Snow
Home stadium Rynearson Stadium
(Capacity: 30,200)
Seasons
« 2010 2012 »
2011 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Ohio xy   6 2         10 4  
Temple   5 3         9 4  
Kent State   4 4         5 7  
Bowling Green   3 5         5 7  
Miami   3 5         4 8  
Buffalo   2 6         3 9  
Akron   0 8         1 11  
West
Northern Illinois xy   7 1         11 3  
Toledo x   7 1         9 4  
Western Michigan   5 3         7 6  
Ball State   4 4         6 6  
Eastern Michigan   4 4         6 6  
Central Michigan   2 6         3 9  
Championship: NIU 23, Ohio 20
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011 Eastern Michigan Eagles football team represented Eastern Michigan University during the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Eastern Michigan competed as a member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) West Division, were coached by Ron English, and played their homes game at Rynearson Stadium. They finished the season 6–6, 4–4 in MAC play to finish in a tie for fourth place in the West Division. Despite being 6–6, the Eagles were not bowl eligible because two of their wins came against FCS teams. The 6 wins were the most wins the school had since 1995 when they also had 6 wins.[1]

Before the season[edit]

Previous season[edit]

The Eagles posted a 2–10 record in 2010, Ron English's second season as head coach, losing all four non-conference games and stretching their losing streak to 18 games before winning an overtime game at Ball State and another game at Buffalo in the latter part of the season.

Personnel[edit]

Name Position Year at EMU Alma Mater
Ron English Head Coach 3rd California
Ken Karcher Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach 3rd Tulane
Phil Snow Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs coach 2nd Cal-State Hayward
Kurt Anderson Running Game Coord./Offensive Line 4th Michigan
Tom Burpee Tight Ends Coach/Special Teams Coordinator 3rd Michigan
Ken Delgado Defensive Line Coach 2nd San Jose St.
Doug Downing Recruiting Coordinator/Running Backs Coach 2nd Purdue
Deon Maddox Wide Receivers Coach 2nd Syracuse
Steve Morrison Linebackers Coach 2nd Michigan

[2]

Pre-season expectations[edit]

In the 2011 Mid-American Conference media poll, the Eagles were picked to finish in last place in the West Division,[3] where they finished the past two seasons.

Post-season honors[edit]

Following the 2011 Mid-American Conference football season, five players were named to All-MAC teams, the most for EMU since 1996, though none were named to the first team. Senior defensive lineman Brad Ohrman was named to the second team, while sixth-year senior defensive back Latarrius Thomas, junior tight end Garrett Hoskins, junior linebacker Justin Cudworth, and sophomore defensive back Marlon Pollard were all named to the third team.[4] After leading the Eagles to their winningest season in 15 years, Ron English was named the MAC Coach of the Year.[5]

Senior offensive lineman Bridger Buche and senior defensive lineman Brad Ohrman are considered the top pro prospects from the team.[6]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 4 12:00 PM Howard* Rynearson StadiumYpsilanti, MI W 41–9   3,563[7]
September 10 1:00 PM Alabama State* Rynearson Stadium • Ypsilanti, MI W 14–7   4,771
September 17 12:00 PM at Michigan* Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI BTN L 3–31   110,343
September 24 12:00 PM at Penn State* Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA ESPN2 L 6–34   95,636
October 1 1:00 PM Akron Rynearson Stadium • Ypsilanti, MI W 31–23   3,375
October 8 3:00 PM at Toledo Glass BowlToledo, OH L 16–54   22,909
October 15 3:00 PM at Central Michigan Kelly/Shorts StadiumMount Pleasant, MI (Michigan MAC Trophy) W 35–28   17,158
October 22 1:00 PM Western Michigandagger Rynearson Stadium • Ypsilanti, MI (Michigan MAC Trophy) W 14–10   6,772
November 5 12:00 PM Ball State Rynearson Stadium • Ypsilanti, MI ESPN3 L 31–33   3,288
November 12 1:00 PM Buffalo Rynearson Stadium • Ypsilanti, MI W 30–17   4,994
November 19 1:00 PM at Kent State Dix StadiumKent, OH L 22–28   12,944
November 25 11:00 AM at Northern Illinois Huskie StadiumDeKalb, IL ESPNU L 12–18   15,111
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

[8]

Game notes[edit]

Howard[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bison 9 0 0 0 9
Eagles 3 24 7 7 41
Storms forced the postponement of the opening game from September 3 to September 4.

EMU's opening game was originally scheduled for 7 PM on Saturday, September 3. Due to severe storms in the area, which caused problems at football games throughout the Midwest, including the cancellation of the Western Michigan at University of Michigan game near the end of the third quarter,[9] the kickoff was first postponed until 8:30 PM, then to 9:30 PM, and finally to noon on Sunday, with free admission offered.[10] After a slow start by the EMU offense, which saw junior quarterback Alex Gillett throw an interception returned for a touchdown on the Eagles' first offensive play, EMU took charge of the game in the second quarter, scoring touchdowns on four of their next five drives while holding Howard to just 13 net yards on their next six possessions.[11] EMU's offense was led by running backs Dominique Sherrer and Javonti Greene, each gained 120 yards and a touchdown in 14 carries, while Justin Cudworth led EMU's defense with 13 tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble.[12]

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

  • 10:54 Howard  – Julien David 29-yard interception return (two-point conversion failed) 0–6 Howard
  • 7:43 EMU – Kody Fulkerson 45-yard field goal 3–6 Howard
  • 2:23 Howard – Parker Munoz 39-yard field goal 3–9 Howard

2nd Quarter

  • 14:53 EMU – Kody Fulkerson 31-yard field goal 6–9 Howard
  • 11:31 EMU – Garrett Hoskins 25-yard pass from Alex Gillett (Kody Fulkerson kick) 13–9 EMU
  • 1:31 EMU – Javonti Greene 1-yard run (Kody Fulkerson kick) 20–9 EMU
  • 0:56 EMU – Alex Gillett 14-yard run (Kody Fulkerson kick) 27–9 EMU

3rd Quarter

  • 14:05 EMU – Dominique Sherrer 77-yard run (Kody Fulkerson kick) 34–9 EMU

4th Quarter

  • 3:13 EMU – Joe Fleming 9-yard pass from Alex Gillett (Kody Fulkerson kick) 41–9 EMU


Alabama State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hornets 0 0 7 0 7
Eagles 7 0 7 0 14

[13]

Dominique Sherrer scored a leaping touchdown for EMU in the third quarter.

Scoring summary

1st quarter

  • 2:47 EMU – Nick Olds 13-yard pass from Alex Gillett (Kody Fulkerson kick) 7–0 EMU

2nd quarter
None

3rd quarter

  • 11:42 EMU – Dominique Sherrer 6-yard run (Kody Fulkerson kick) 14–0 EMU
  • 5:18 Alabama State – T.C. McWilliams 22-yard pass from Devin Dominguez (Bobby Wenzig kick) 14–7 EMU

4th quarter
None


at Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 3 0 0 3
Wolverines 0 14 14 3 31

[14]

EMU drove inside the Michigan 10-yard line several times but was never able to reach the end zone.

Scoring summary

1st quarter
None

2nd quarter

  • 14:55 EMU – Kody Fulkerson 21-yard field goal 3–0 EMU
  • 9:28 Michigan – Kevin Koger 9-yard pass from Denard Robinson (Brendan Gibbons kick) 3–7 Michigan
  • 0:39 Michigan – Denard Robinson 11-yard run (Brendan Gibbons kick) 3–14 Michigan

3rd quarter

  • 9:17 Michigan – Fitzgerald Toussaint 1-yard run (Brendan Gibbons kick) 3–21 Michigan
  • 1:05 Michigan – Drew Dileo 19-yard pass from Denard Robinson (Brendan Gibbons kick)3–28 Michigan

4th quarter

  • 4:32 Michigan – Brendan Gibbons 21-yard field goal 3–31 Michigan


at Penn State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 0 0 6 6
Nittany Lions 3 14 14 3 34

[15]

Penn State's win was subsequently vacated as part of the NCAA's penalties in the Penn State child sex abuse scandal.[16]

Scoring summary

1st quarter

  • 4:18 Penn State - Anthony Fera 29-yard field goal 0-3 Penn State

2nd quarter

  • 8:19 Penn State - Joe Suhey 27-yard pass from Matt McGloin (Anthony Fera kick) 0-10 Penn State
  • 0:56 Penn State - Derek Moye 5-yard pass from Matt McGloin (Anthony Fera kick) 0-17 Penn State

3rd quarter

  • 13:59 Penn State - Devon Smith 71-yard pass from Rob Bolden (Anthony Fera kick) 0-24 Penn State
  • 2:27 Penn State - Derek Moye 20-yard pass from Matt McGloin (Anthony Fera kick) 0-31 Penn State

4th quarter

  • 11:50 EMU - Kody Fulkerson 21-yard field goal 3-31 Penn State
  • 8:32 Penn State - Sam Ficken 43-yard field goal 3-34 Penn State
  • 3:04 EMU - Kody Fulkerson 22-yard field goal 6-34 Penn State


Akron[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Zips 0 10 6 7 23
Eagles 7 10 7 7 31

[17]

EMU scored first and never trailed. The team was led by three touchdowns from walk-on running back Dominique White.

Scoring summary

1st quarter

  • 4:56 - Dominque White 14-yard run (Kody Fulkerson kick) 7-0 EMU

2nd quarter

  • 13:41 - Dominque White 1-yard run (Kody Fulkerson kick) 14-0 EMU
  • 5:24 - Keith Sconiers 36-yard pass from Clayton Moore (T.J. Marchese kick) 14-7 EMU
  • 1:57 - T.J. Marchese 29-yard field goal 14-10 EMU
  • 0:00 - Kody Fulkerson 26-yard field goal 17-10 EMU

3rd quarter

  • 12:45 - Dominque White 2-yard run (Kody Fulkerson kick)24-10 EMU
  • 3:09 - Clayton Moore 8-yard pass from Jawon Chisholm (T.J. Marchese kick failed)24-16 EMU

4th quarter

  • 12:43 - Alex Gillett 4-yard run (Kody Fulkerson kick) 31-16 EMU
  • 3:18 - Jawon Chisholm 1-yard run (T.J. Marchese kick) 31-24 EMU


at Toledo[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 9 0 7 16
Rockets 7 16 17 14 54

[18]

Toledo wide receiver Eric Page caught a touchdown and returned a punt for another touchdown.

Scoring summary

1st quarter

  • 5:05 - Morgan Williams 19-yard pass from Austin Dantin (Ryan Casano kick) 0-7 Toledo

2nd quarter

  • 10:00 - Bernard Reedy 55-yard pass from Terrance Owens (Ryan Casano kick) 0-14 Toledo
  • 8:16 - Eric Page 85-yard punt return (Ryan Casano kick) 0-21 Toledo
  • 3:37 - Kody Fulkerson 48-yard field goal 3-21 Toledo
  • 1:22 - Kinsman Thomas 22-yard pass from Alex Gillett (Kody Fulkerson kick blocked) 9-21 Toledo
  • 1:22 - Desmond Marrow off a blocked extra point kick 9-23 Toledo

3rd quarter

  • 6:44 - Ryan Casano 19-yard field goal 9-26 Toledo
  • 4:13 - Kenny Stafford 2-yard pass from Terrance Owens (Ryan Casano kick) 9-33 Toledo
  • 0:28 - Eric Page 24-yard pass from Austin Dantin (Ryan Casano kick) 9-40 Toledo

4th quarter

  • 13:59 - Morgan Williams 1-yard run (Ryan Casano kick) 9-47 Toledo
  • 10:11 - Dominque White 3-yard run (Kody Fulkerson kick) 16-47 Toledo
  • 4:40 - David Pasquale 3-yard run (Ryan Casano kick) 16-54 Toledo


at Central Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 7 0 7 21 35
Chippewas 3 3 7 15 28

[19]

Alex Gillett ran 30 yards up the middle for a game-winning touchdown with 37 seconds remaining.

Scoring summary

1st quarter

  • 5:18 David Harman 28-yard field goal 0-3 Central Michigan
  • 0:30 Dominque White 1-yard run (Kody Fulkerson kick) 7-3 EMU

2nd quarter

  • 5:26 David Harman 40-yard field goal 7-6 EMU

3rd quarter

  • 11:13 Javonti Greene 36-yard run (Kody Fulkerson kick) 14-6 EMU
  • 6:33 David Blackburn 8-yard pass from Ryan Radcliff (David Harman kick) 14-13 EMU

4th quarter

  • 14:27 Javonti Greene 2-yard run (Kody Fulkerson kick) 21-13 EMU
  • 12:34 Javonti Greene 5-yard run (Kody Fulkerson kick) 28-13 EMU
  • 3:36 Titus Davis 11-yard pass from Ryan Radcliff (David Harman kick) 28-20
  • 1:09 Jerry Harris 2-yard pass from Ryan Radcliff (Ryan Radcliff pass to Titus Davis for two-point conversion) 28-28
  • 0:37 Alex Gillett 30-yard run (Kody Fulkerson kick) 35-28


Western Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 0 7 3 10
Eagles 0 7 0 7 14

[20]

Scoring summary

1st quarter
None

2nd quarter

  • 11:13 - Javonti Greene 50-yard pass from Alex Gillett (Kody Fulkerson kick) 7-0 EMU

3rd quarter

  • 12:25 - Tevin Drake 46-yard run (John Potter kick) 7-7

4th quarter

  • 10:59 - John Potter 37-yard field goal 7-10 Western Michigan
  • 7:46 - Javonti Greene 50-yard run (Kody Fulkerson kick) 14-10 EMU


Ball State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 14 6 7 6 33
Eagles 14 7 7 3 31

[21]

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Scoring summary

1st quarter

  • 9:38 Torieal Gibson 94-yard pass from Keith Wenning (Steven Schott kick) 0-7 Ball State
  • 6:46 Trey Hunter 32-yard pass from Alex Gillett (Kody Fulkerson kick) 7-7
  • 4:50 Barrington Scott 8-yard pass from Keith Wenning (Steven Schott kick) 7-14 Ball State
  • 0:39 Nick Olds 42-yard pass from Alex Gillett (Kody Fulkerson kick) 14-14

2nd quarter

  • 13:23 Steven Schott 31-yard field goal 14-17 Ball State
  • 1:47 Tyreese Russell 14-yard pass from Alex Gillett (Kody Fulkerson kick) 21-17 EMU
  • 1:08 Steven Schott 29-yard field goal 21-20 EMU

3rd quarter

  • 9:39 Jahwan Edwards 15-yard run (Steven Schott kick) 21-27 Ball State
  • 0:04 Tyreese Russell 16-yard pass from Alex Gillett (Kody Fulkerson kick) 28-27 EMU

4th quarter

  • 6:52 Steven Schott 23-yard field goal 28-30 Ball State
  • 1:18 Kody Fulkerson 20-yard field goal 31-30 EMU
  • 0:09 Steven Schott 44-yard field goal 31-33 Ball State


Buffalo[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulls 0 3 14 0 17
Eagles 3 6 14 7 30

[22]

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Scoring summary

1st quarter

  • 7:04 Kody Fulkerson 39-yard field goal 3-0 EMU

2nd quarter

  • 11:50 Garrett Hoskins 2-yard pass from Alex Gillett (Kody Fulkerson kick blocked) 9-0 EMU
  • 0:04 Patrick Clarke 43-yard field goal 9-3 EMU

3rd quarter

  • 8:59 Branden Oliver 3-yard run (Patrick Clarke kick) 9-10 Buffalo
  • 8:00 Demarius Reed 67-yard pass from Alex Gillett (Kody Fulkerson kick) 16-10 EMU
  • 6:35 Branden Oliver 68-yard run (Patrick Clarke kick) 16-17 Buffalo
  • 2:24 Demarius Reed 11-yard pass from Alex Gillett (Kody Fulkerson kick)23-17 EMU

4th quarter

  • 14:11 Garrett Hoskins 34-yard pass from Alex Gillett (Kody Fulkerson kick) 30-17 EMU


at Kent State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 13 0 6 3 22
Golden Flashes 0 14 6 8 28

[23]

Scoring summary

1st quarter

  • 12:33 Kody Fulkerson 27-yard field goal 3-0 EMU
  • 6:10 Kody Fulkerson 44-yard field goal 6-0 EMU
  • 1:50 Javonti Greene 32-yard run (Kody Fulkerson kick) 13-0 EMU

2nd quarter

  • 7:49 Trayion Durham 1-yard run (Freddy Cortez kick) 13-7 EMU
  • 1:23 Spencer Keith 3-yard run (Freddy Cortez kick) 13-14 Kent State

3rd quarter

  • 10:49 Demarius Reed 83-yard punt return (Pat Failed) 19-14 EMU
  • 7:35 Freddy Cortez 35-yard field goal 19-17 EMU
  • 2:27 Freddy Cortez 49-yard field goal 19-20 Kent State

4th quarter

  • 12:59 Kody Fulkerson 40-yard field goal 22-20 EMU
  • 6:40 Tyshon Goode 70-yard pass from Spencer Keith (Spencer Keith pass to Tyshon Goode for two-point conversion) 22-28 Kent State


at Northern Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 3 0 3 6 12
Huskies 7 5 6 0 18

[24]

Scoring summary

1st quarter

  • 10:17 Willie Clark 54-yard pass from Chandler Harnish (Mathew Sims kick) 0-7 Northern Illinois
  • 0:11 Kody Fulkerson 20-yard field goal 3-7 Northern Illinois

2nd quarter

  • 8:44 Dominique Sherrer tackled Sean Progar in end zone for a safety 3-9 Northern Illinois
  • 4:44 Mathew Sims 39-yard field goal 3-12 Northern Illinois

3rd quarter

  • 1:43 Kody Fulkerson 23-yard field goal 6-12 Northern Illinois
  • 0:12 Chandler Harnish 68-yard run (two-point conversion failed) 6-18 Northern Illinois

4th quarter

  • 6:19 Nick Olds 24-yard pass from Alex Gillett (two-point conversion failed) 12-18 Northern Illinois


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/div_ia/mac/eastern_michigan/yearly_totals.php
  2. ^ "Eastern Michigan Eagles roster". emueagles.com. Retrieved 2011-11-15. 
  3. ^ Chaney, Jeff (2011-07-26), "After disappointing season, Central Michigan football coach wants to see improvements", The Grand Rapids Press (Advance Publications), retrieved 2011-07-27 
  4. ^ Five Players Named All-MAC; Ron English Named Coach of the Year, Eastern Michigan University, 2011-11-30, retrieved 2011-12-24 
  5. ^ "Eastern Michigan football coach Ron English named MAC Coach of the Year", AnnArbor.com, 2011-11-30, retrieved 2011-12-24 
  6. ^ "Eastern Michigan — Team Notes", USA Today, 2011-11-28, retrieved 2011-12-24 
  7. ^ Howard Bison vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles – Box Score, ESPN, 2011-09-04, retrieved 2011-09-07 
  8. ^ "2011 Football Schedule". Eastern Michigan University. Retrieved 2011-04-19. 
  9. ^ "Michigan football stadium cleared due to lightning, game ended". Reuters. 2011-09-03. Retrieved 2011-09-07. 
  10. ^ Lozen, Phil (2011-09-03), "Eastern Michigan's football game with Howard postponed, rescheduled for noon Sunday – with free admission", AnnArbor.com, retrieved 2011-09-07 
  11. ^ "Howard Bison vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles – Drivechart", ESPN, 2011-09-04, retrieved 2011-09-07 
  12. ^ "Eastern Michigan wins football opener, 41–9, over Howard", AnnArbor.com, 2011-09-04, retrieved 2011-09-07 
  13. ^ Alabama State Hornets vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles — Box Score, ESPN, 2011-09-10, retrieved 2011-12-23 
  14. ^ Eastern Michigan Eagles vs. Michigan Wolverines — Box Score, ESPN, 2011-09-17, retrieved 2011-12-23 
  15. ^ Eastern Michigan Eagles vs. Penn State Nittany Lions — Box Score, ESPN, 2011-09-24, retrieved 2011-12-23 
  16. ^ Prisbell, Eric (2012-07-23), "NCAA hands out severe punishment for Penn State", USA Today, retrieved 2012-07-24, "Emmert also vacated all of Penn State's victories from 1998 through 2011, meaning former coach Joe Paterno loses 111 wins from what had been a total of 409 victories, the most all time in major college football." 
  17. ^ Akron Zips vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles — Box Score, ESPN, 2011-10-01, retrieved 2011-12-23 
  18. ^ Eastern Michigan Eagles vs. Toledo Rockets — Box Score, ESPN, 2011-10-08, retrieved 2011-12-23 
  19. ^ Eastern Michigan Eagles vs. Central Michigan Chippewas — Box Score, ESPN, 2011-10-15, retrieved 2011-12-23 
  20. ^ Western Michigan Broncos vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles — Box Score, ESPN, 2011-10-22, retrieved 2011-12-23 
  21. ^ Ball State Cardinals vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles – Box Score, ESPN, 2011-11-05, retrieved 2011-12-23 
  22. ^ Buffalo Bulls vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles – Box Score, ESPN, 2011-11-12, retrieved 2011-12-24 
  23. ^ Eastern Michigan Eagles vs. Kent State Golden Flashes – Box Score, ESPN, 2011-11-19, retrieved 2011-12-24 
  24. ^ Eastern Michigan Eagles vs. Northern Illinois Huskies – Box Score, ESPN, 2011-11-25, retrieved 2011-12-24 

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