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2000 Mid-American Conference Year Summary

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Record: 67-79, .459 W-L% (10th of 12) (Schedule and Results)

SRS: -7.76 (10th of 12) ▪ SOS: -6.05 (12th of 12)

Division Champions: Marshall (East) and Western Michigan (West)
Conference Champion: Marshall (Won Championship Game 19-14)

Ranked in Preseason AP Poll: 0
Ranked in Final AP Poll: 0

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Standings

Overall Conference Pts/G SRS
East W L Pct W L Pct Own Opp SRS SOS Notes
Ohio 7 4 .636 5 3 .625 31.2 18.9 -0.88 -8.24
Marshall 8 5 .615 5 3 .625 28.2 22.8 -0.90 -4.83
Akron 6 5 .545 5 3 .625 30.3 26.8 -5.38 -7.65
Miami (OH) 6 5 .545 5 3 .625 24.7 26.0 -7.92 -7.65
Bowling Green State 2 9 .182 2 6 .250 15.8 26.3 -13.95 -4.49
Buffalo 2 9 .182 2 6 .250 16.1 41.1 -21.01 -7.28
Kent State 1 10 .091 1 7 .125 11.6 32.6 -22.09 -5.82
West W L Pct W L Pct Own Opp SRS SOS Notes
Western Michigan 9 3 .750 7 1 .875 29.9 11.6 5.96 -5.79
Toledo 10 1 .909 6 1 .857 36.4 11.4 8.63 -9.28
Northern Illinois 6 5 .545 4 3 .571 37.2 25.5 -0.39 -5.21
Ball State 5 6 .455 4 3 .571 19.3 31.7 -9.96 -4.41
Eastern Michigan 3 8 .273 2 5 .286 19.0 31.8 -15.40 -4.31
Central Michigan 2 9 .182 2 6 .250 12.5 34.2 -17.66 -3.66

AP Poll Summary

School Pre 8/27 9/3 9/10 9/17 9/24 10/1 10/8 10/15 10/22 10/29 11/5 11/12 11/19 11/26 12/3 Final
Toledo                             25 25  

1 Bowl Game

Date Bowl Winner/Tie Pts Loser/Tie Pts Notes
2000-12-27 Motor City Bowl Marshall 25 Cincinnati 14 Motor City Bowl (Detroit, MI)

Conference Leaders

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Pass Completions

1. Byron Leftwich (MARSH) 279
2. Walter Church (EMI) 238
3. Jeff Welsh (WMI) 207
4. Mike Bath (MIAOH) 189
5. Joe Freedy (BUF) 184
6. Tavares Bolden (TOL) 161
7. Butchie Washington (AKR) 143
8. Chris Finlen (NIL) 131
9. Talmadge Hill (BALLST) 130
10. Andy Sahm (BGSU) 123

Pass Attempts

1. Byron Leftwich (MARSH) 457
2. Walter Church (EMI) 399
3. Mike Bath (MIAOH) 384
4. Jeff Welsh (WMI) 354
5. Joe Freedy (BUF) 338
6. Butchie Washington (AKR) 283
  Tavares Bolden (TOL) 283
8. Andy Sahm (BGSU) 244
9. Chris Finlen (NIL) 231
10. Zach Williams (KENT) 213

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Talmadge Hill (BALLST) 61.3
2. Byron Leftwich (MARSH) 61.1
3. Walter Church (EMI) 59.6
4. Jeff Welsh (WMI) 58.5
5. Tavares Bolden (TOL) 56.9
6. Chris Finlen (NIL) 56.7
7. Joe Freedy (BUF) 54.4
8. Zach Williams (KENT) 53.5
9. Butchie Washington (AKR) 50.5
10. Andy Sahm (BGSU) 50.4

Passing Yards

1. Byron Leftwich (MARSH) 3358
2. Jeff Welsh (WMI) 2537
3. Mike Bath (MIAOH) 2415
4. Walter Church (EMI) 2326
5. Butchie Washington (AKR) 2319
6. Joe Freedy (BUF) 2060
7. Chris Finlen (NIL) 1857
8. Tavares Bolden (TOL) 1597
9. Andy Sahm (BGSU) 1490
10. Talmadge Hill (BALLST) 1455

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Butchie Washington (AKR) 8.2
2. Chris Finlen (NIL) 8.0
3. Byron Leftwich (MARSH) 7.3
4. Jeff Welsh (WMI) 7.2
5. Talmadge Hill (BALLST) 6.9
6. Mike Bath (MIAOH) 6.3
7. Andy Sahm (BGSU) 6.1
8. Joe Freedy (BUF) 6.1
9. Derrick Vickers (CMI) 5.9
10. Walter Church (EMI) 5.8

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Butchie Washington (AKR) 7.6
2. Byron Leftwich (MARSH) 7.4
3. Chris Finlen (NIL) 7.2
4. Jeff Welsh (WMI) 6.5
5. Tavares Bolden (TOL) 5.9
6. Talmadge Hill (BALLST) 5.5
7. Walter Church (EMI) 5.5
8. Derrick Vickers (CMI) 5.4
9. Andy Sahm (BGSU) 5.1
10. Mike Bath (MIAOH) 5.0

Passing Touchdowns

1. Byron Leftwich (MARSH) 21
2. Butchie Washington (AKR) 17
3. Jeff Welsh (WMI) 15
4. Joe Freedy (BUF) 14
5. Mike Bath (MIAOH) 13
  Tavares Bolden (TOL) 13
  Talmadge Hill (BALLST) 13
8. Walter Church (EMI) 11
  Chris Finlen (NIL) 11
10. Andy Sahm (BGSU) 8
  Dontrell Jackson (OH) 8

Passing Interceptions

1. Joe Freedy (BUF) 18
2. Mike Bath (MIAOH) 17
3. Jeff Welsh (WMI) 12
  Talmadge Hill (BALLST) 12
5. Butchie Washington (AKR) 11
6. Andy Sahm (BGSU) 9
  Byron Leftwich (MARSH) 9
  Chris Finlen (NIL) 9
9. Dontrell Jackson (OH) 8
  Zach Williams (KENT) 8
  Walter Church (EMI) 8

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Byron Leftwich (MARSH) 134.0
2. Chris Finlen (NIL) 132.2
3. Butchie Washington (AKR) 131.4
4. Talmadge Hill (BALLST) 127.9
5. Jeff Welsh (WMI) 125.9
6. Tavares Bolden (TOL) 116.6
7. Walter Church (EMI) 113.7
8. Joe Freedy (BUF) 108.7
9. Andy Sahm (BGSU) 105.1
10. Mike Bath (MIAOH) 104.4

Rush Attempts

1. Robert Sanford (WMI) 293
2. Chester Taylor (TOL) 250
3. Marcus Merriweather (BALLST) 225
4. Brandon Payne (AKR) 220
5. Thomas Hammock (NIL) 215
6. Michael Turner (NIL) 200
7. Chante Murphy (KENT) 199
8. Steve Little (MIAOH) 189
9. Anthony Jones (BALLST) 159
10. John White (EMI) 155
  Dontrell Jackson (OH) 155
  John Gibson (BGSU) 155

Rushing Yards

1. Robert Sanford (WMI) 1571
2. Chester Taylor (TOL) 1470
3. Thomas Hammock (NIL) 1083
4. Brandon Payne (AKR) 1062
5. Marcus Merriweather (BALLST) 1004
6. Steve Little (MIAOH) 986
7. Michael Turner (NIL) 983
8. Dontrell Jackson (OH) 864
9. Chante Murphy (KENT) 800
10. Chad Brinker (OH) 734

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Chester Taylor (TOL) 5.9
2. Jamel Patterson (OH) 5.8
3. Dontrell Jackson (OH) 5.6
4. Franklin Wallace (MARSH) 5.5
5. Robert Sanford (WMI) 5.4
6. Tavares Bolden (TOL) 5.3
7. Albert Grundy (BUF) 5.3
8. Steve Little (MIAOH) 5.2
9. Thomas Hammock (NIL) 5.0
10. Chad Brinker (OH) 5.0

Receptions

1. Kenny Christian (EMI) 78
2. Nate Poole (MARSH) 70
3. David Bautista (BGSU) 69
4. Steve Neal (WMI) 67
5. Justin McCareins (NIL) 66
6. Kevin Walter (EMI) 55
7. David Foye (MARSH) 53
8. Mel Long (TOL) 50
9. Lavel Bailey (AKR) 44
10. Ty Buxton (MIAOH) 42
  Jake Schifino (AKR) 42

Receiving Yards

1. Justin McCareins (NIL) 1168
2. David Bautista (BGSU) 915
3. Lavel Bailey (AKR) 876
4. Steve Neal (WMI) 848
5. Nate Poole (MARSH) 818
6. Kenny Christian (EMI) 808
7. Jake Schifino (AKR) 778
8. Kevin Walter (EMI) 721
9. Sly Johnson (MIAOH) 620
10. Darius Watts (MARSH) 616

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Lavel Bailey (AKR) 19.9
2. Jake Schifino (AKR) 18.5
3. Corey Alston (WMI) 17.8
4. Justin McCareins (NIL) 17.7
5. Darius Watts (MARSH) 17.1
6. Sly Johnson (MIAOH) 16.8
7. Andre Forde (BUF) 16.4
8. Ira Gooch (CMI) 16.3
9. David Westbrook (BALLST) 15.6
10. Jason Branch (MIAOH) 15.0

Receiving Touchdowns

1. Justin McCareins (NIL) 10
2. Lavel Bailey (AKR) 8
3. David Westbrook (BALLST) 6
  Mel Long (TOL) 6
  Darius Watts (MARSH) 6
  Andre Forde (BUF) 6
7. Sly Johnson (MIAOH) 5
  John Cooper (MARSH) 5
  Kevin Walter (EMI) 5
  Corey Alston (WMI) 5

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Robert Sanford (WMI) 299
2. Chester Taylor (TOL) 267
3. Brandon Payne (AKR) 242
4. Marcus Merriweather (BALLST) 233
5. Chante Murphy (KENT) 222
6. Thomas Hammock (NIL) 221
7. Michael Turner (NIL) 204
8. Steve Little (MIAOH) 193
9. John White (EMI) 168
10. Anthony Jones (BALLST) 166

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Robert Sanford (WMI) 1623
2. Chester Taylor (TOL) 1599
3. Brandon Payne (AKR) 1273
4. Justin McCareins (NIL) 1241
5. Thomas Hammock (NIL) 1154
6. Marcus Merriweather (BALLST) 1037
7. Michael Turner (NIL) 1028
8. Steve Little (MIAOH) 1018
9. Chante Murphy (KENT) 993
10. David Bautista (BGSU) 936

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Chester Taylor (TOL) 19
2. Robert Sanford (WMI) 18
3. Thomas Hammock (NIL) 16
  Brandon Payne (AKR) 16
5. Chad Brinker (OH) 12
6. Justin McCareins (NIL) 10
7. Steve Little (MIAOH) 8
  Marcus Merriweather (BALLST) 8
  Lavel Bailey (AKR) 8
  Raynald Ray (OH) 8
  Franklin Wallace (MARSH) 8

Total Plays

1. Byron Leftwich (MARSH) 539
2. Mike Bath (MIAOH) 462
3. Walter Church (EMI) 426
  Jeff Welsh (WMI) 426
5. Joe Freedy (BUF) 393
6. Tavares Bolden (TOL) 356
7. Butchie Washington (AKR) 335
8. Andy Sahm (BGSU) 325
9. Talmadge Hill (BALLST) 300
10. Robert Sanford (WMI) 294

Total Yards

1. Byron Leftwich (MARSH) 3441
2. Mike Bath (MIAOH) 2694
3. Jeff Welsh (WMI) 2553
4. Butchie Washington (AKR) 2418
5. Walter Church (EMI) 2236
6. Tavares Bolden (TOL) 1987
7. Chris Finlen (NIL) 1947
8. Joe Freedy (BUF) 1870
9. Dontrell Jackson (OH) 1745
10. Talmadge Hill (BALLST) 1711

Total Yards Per Play

1. Byron Leftwich (MARSH) 6.4

Total Touchdowns

1. Byron Leftwich (MARSH) 22
2. Chester Taylor (TOL) 18
  Tavares Bolden (TOL) 18
  Robert Sanford (WMI) 18
5. Butchie Washington (AKR) 17
  Jeff Welsh (WMI) 17
7. Thomas Hammock (NIL) 16
  Chris Finlen (NIL) 16
  Mike Bath (MIAOH) 16
  Joe Freedy (BUF) 16

Points

1. Chester Taylor (TOL) 114
2. Robert Sanford (WMI) 108
3. Thomas Hammock (NIL) 96
  Brandon Payne (AKR) 96
5. Todd France (TOL) 94
6. J.R. Jenkins (MARSH) 82
7. Steve Azar (NIL) 80
8. Kevin Kerr (OH) 75
9. Chad Brinker (OH) 72
10. Brad Selent (WMI) 71
  Zac Derr (AKR) 71

Extra Point Attempts

1. Todd France (TOL) 49
2. Brad Selent (WMI) 48
3. Kevin Kerr (OH) 42
4. J.R. Jenkins (MARSH) 41
  Zac Derr (AKR) 41
6. Steve Azar (NIL) 40
7. Andy Brumbergs (MIAOH) 33
8. Toller Starnes (EMI) 23
9. Scott Keller (BUF) 22
10. Mike Langford (BALLST) 16
  Mike Knapp (BGSU) 16

Extra Points Made

1. Todd France (TOL) 49
2. Brad Selent (WMI) 47
3. J.R. Jenkins (MARSH) 40
4. Kevin Kerr (OH) 39
5. Steve Azar (NIL) 38
  Zac Derr (AKR) 38
7. Andy Brumbergs (MIAOH) 30
8. Toller Starnes (EMI) 22
9. Scott Keller (BUF) 19
10. Mike Knapp (BGSU) 15

Field Goal Attempts

1. J.R. Jenkins (MARSH) 20
2. Todd France (TOL) 19
3. Kevin Kerr (OH) 18
  Mike Knapp (BGSU) 18
5. Andy Brumbergs (MIAOH) 17
6. Zac Derr (AKR) 16
7. Steve Azar (NIL) 15
8. Toller Starnes (EMI) 14
9. Scott Keller (BUF) 13
10. Brad Selent (WMI) 12

Field Goals Made

1. Todd France (TOL) 15
2. Steve Azar (NIL) 14
  J.R. Jenkins (MARSH) 14
4. Kevin Kerr (OH) 12
  Andy Brumbergs (MIAOH) 12
6. Zac Derr (AKR) 11
  Toller Starnes (EMI) 11
8. Mike Knapp (BGSU) 10
9. Brad Selent (WMI) 8
10. Dave Pavich (KENT) 6
  Scott Keller (BUF) 6

Field Goal Percentage

1. Steve Azar (NIL) 93.3
2. Todd France (TOL) 78.9
3. Toller Starnes (EMI) 78.6
4. Andy Brumbergs (MIAOH) 70.6
5. J.R. Jenkins (MARSH) 70.0
6. Zac Derr (AKR) 68.8
7. Brad Selent (WMI) 66.7
  Kevin Kerr (OH) 66.7
9. Mike Knapp (BGSU) 55.6
10. Scott Keller (BUF) 46.2

Punting Yards

1. Brian Brandt (CMI) 3440
2. Nick Avondet (EMI) 2954
3. Jared Fritz (KENT) 2908
4. Curtis Head (MARSH) 2444
5. Patrick Fleming (BGSU) 2360
6. Kent McCullough (MIAOH) 2344
7. Pat Fleming (BGSU) 2340
8. Reggie Hodges (BALLST) 2321
9. Dave Zastudil (OH) 2084
10. Brandon Hannum (TOL) 2083

Punting Yards Per Punt

1. Dave Zastudil (OH) 44.3
2. Kent McCullough (MIAOH) 41.9
3. Nick Avondet (EMI) 41.6
4. Mike Masucci (BUF) 41.4
5. Curtis Head (MARSH) 40.7
6. Jared Fritz (KENT) 40.4
7. Pat Fleming (BGSU) 40.3
8. Patrick Fleming (BGSU) 40.0
9. Andy Jerdon (AKR) 39.6
10. Brian Brandt (CMI) 39.5

Punt Returns

1. Eddie Tillitz (MIAOH) 37
2. Joshua Bush (WMI) 35
3. Raynald Ray (OH) 33
4. Billy Lynch (BALLST) 24
5. Chad Long (BGSU) 23
6. Brandon Payne (AKR) 20
7. Justin McCareins (NIL) 19
  Brandon Hefflin (TOL) 19
9. Maurice Hines (MARSH) 17
10. Ira Gooch (CMI) 16

Punt Return Yards

1. Joshua Bush (WMI) 526
2. Eddie Tillitz (MIAOH) 450
3. Raynald Ray (OH) 396
4. Justin McCareins (NIL) 362
5. Ira Gooch (CMI) 211
6. Maurice Hines (MARSH) 205
7. Brandon Payne (AKR) 161
8. Brandon Hefflin (TOL) 159
9. Ashantti Watson (EMI) 142
10. Chad Long (BGSU) 139

Punt Return Yards Per Return

1. Justin McCareins (NIL) 19.1
2. Joshua Bush (WMI) 15.0
3. Ira Gooch (CMI) 13.2
4. Eddie Tillitz (MIAOH) 12.2
5. Maurice Hines (MARSH) 12.1
6. Raynald Ray (OH) 12.0
7. Brandon Hefflin (TOL) 8.4
8. Brandon Payne (AKR) 8.1
9. Lanier Washington (MARSH) 7.2
10. Chad Long (BGSU) 6.0

Punt Return Touchdowns

1. Joshua Bush (WMI) 2
  Paul Dye (TOL) 2
  Eddie Tillitz (MIAOH) 2

Kickoff Returns

1. Jimmie Gray (AKR) 35
2. Milt Bowen (MIAOH) 32
3. Shawn Shoemaker (KENT) 26
4. Andre Forde (BUF) 20
5. Joe Alls (BGSU) 19
6. Justin McCareins (NIL) 18
7. Sean Schembra (BALLST) 17
8. Dahnel Singfield (BUF) 16
  Chad Brinker (OH) 16
10. Curtis Jones (MARSH) 15
  Ira Gooch (CMI) 15

Kickoff Return Yards

1. Milt Bowen (MIAOH) 706
2. Jimmie Gray (AKR) 692
3. Shawn Shoemaker (KENT) 546
4. Justin McCareins (NIL) 411
5. Joe Alls (BGSU) 371
6. Chad Brinker (OH) 364
  Curtis Jones (MARSH) 364
8. Andre Forde (BUF) 362
9. Ira Gooch (CMI) 331
10. Tony Miller (TOL) 316

Kickoff Return Yards Per Return

1. Tony Miller (TOL) 26.3
2. Curtis Jones (MARSH) 24.3
3. Justin McCareins (NIL) 22.8
4. Chad Brinker (OH) 22.8
5. Ira Gooch (CMI) 22.1
6. Milt Bowen (MIAOH) 22.1
7. Kenny Christian (EMI) 21.5
8. Rashad McDade (WMI) 21.4
9. Shawn Shoemaker (KENT) 21.0
10. Randee Drew (NIL) 20.5

Interception Return Yards

1. Dwight Smith (AKR) 208
2. Demerist Whitfield (NIL) 108
3. Jacob Yavasile (MIAOH) 99
4. Janssen Patton (BGSU) 89
5. Kevin Rollins (TOL) 83
6. Brandon Godsey (MIAOH) 82
7. Duane Williams (BUF) 73
8. Corey Morris (TOL) 67
9. Doug Hodges (MARSH) 65
10. Rodrico Epps (CMI) 63
  Tedaro France (CMI) 63

Interception Return Touchdowns

1. Dwight Smith (AKR) 2