Hiliare, Wimberly honored by Mid-Am

Bowling Green wide receiver Odieu Hiliare and running back PaSean Wimberly earned Mid-American Conference East Player of the Week honors for their roles in the Falcons’ 42-35 win over Toledo at the Glass Bowl last Tuesday.

It was BGSU’s first win at Toledo since 2008.

Hiliare was named the MAC East Offensive Player of the Week and Wimberly was named the MAC East Special Teams Player of the Week. It is the first career weekly accolade for both.

Hiliare (Sr., Belle Glade, Fla.) caught eight passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns in the win. The 246 receiving yards ranks third all-time on BGSU’s single-game ledger and 11th all-time on the MAC’s single-game list.

The 246 receiving yards are also tied for the second-most in the nation this season. Hiliare made three receptions of 50 or more yards (50, 54, 59) and five of his eight receptions went for 25 or more yards.

His first touchdown was on a 25-yard pass to put BGSU up 7-0 in the first quarter. Hiliare scored his second touchdown on a 59-yard strike in the fourth quarter that put BGSU up 34-21 late.

Wimberly (Jr., Toledo Whitmer) blocked his third punt of the season in the second quarter, and it went into the end zone and was recovered by BGSU for a touchdown.

It is the second time this season he blocked a punt that was recovered for a touchdown. The block against UT for a touchdown put BGSU up 21-0 and helped set the tone for BGSU. Wimberly is tied for first in the nation with three blocked punts.

The Falcons return to action tonight against the Ohio Bobcats in Athens. The game will kick off at 7 p.m. and be broadcast live on ESPNU.

If the Falcons win and Kent State defeats Buffalo on Saturday, BGSU will be MAC East champions and will take on Toledo in a rematch for the conference championship at Ford Field in Detroit at noon on Dec. 3.