Two out of three isn't bad. Northern Illinois senior defensive end Craig Rusch and junior kicker Mike Salerno were honored by the Mid-American Conference Monday by being selected as West Division Players of the Week on defense and special teams for their roles in Saturday's 16-13 win over Bowling Green.
Both were worthy.
Rusch had only three tackles but one was a key sack on the Falcons' last possession that led to the change of possession punt that preceded the game-winning drive. More importantly, the honor helps recognize the strong team defense being played by the Huskies, who have allowed no more than one TD in each of the last six games.
Salerno kicked three field goals, including the game-winner with 11.9 seconds left. Another was from 52 yards, which was his career long and tied a school record.
NIU quarterback Chandler Harnish, who rushed for 113 yards, was nominated for the offensive honor but Ball State quarterback Nate Davis received the honor for his role in the Cardinals' win over Eastern Michigan.