Mid-American Conference News and Notes
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
AKRON: The first year of the Terry Bowden era at Akron (1-10, 0-7) continued its rocky course as the Zips were defeated, 22-14, at home by Massachusetts, which entered the contest with the longest active losing streak among FBS programs. The loss was the eighth in a row for Akron. It managed to gain 427 yards of total offense, but five turnovers kept the Zips from lighting up the scoreboard. Dalton Williams went 34-of-51 for 332 yards and one TD with four interceptions. Marquelo Suel made 10 receptions for 105 yards and Jawan Chisholm paced the rushing attack with 103 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. Justin March anchored the defense with 11 stops and a tackle for loss. The Zips' season will come to an end on Nov. 20 when they go on the road to play Toledo in a Tuesday night contest.
BALL STATE: The Cardinals (7-3, 4-2) picked up a vital, 34-27 win on the road over the No. 23 Toledo Rockets in a Tuesday night thriller at the Glass Bowl. BSU was outgained by 80 yards in the win, but forced a timely turnover to pull off the upset. Jahwan Edwards became a campus hero when he scored a 15-yard go-ahead touchdown run late in the fourth quarter. He finished with 105 yards on 16 attempts. Keith Wenning completed 29-of-42 passes for 280 yards with three touchdowns and the same number of interceptions. BSU will try to extend its four-game winning streak on Wednesday when it hosts Ohio University.
BOWLING GREEN: The Falcons (7-3, 5-1) extended their winning streak to six games with an impressive 26-14 victory over Ohio University in Athens on Wednesday. Anthon Samuel continued to drive the offense as he gained 181 yards and scored on two of his 29 carries. Matt Schilz finished 7-for-17 for 91 yards and a touchdown pass which Chris Gallon was on the receiving end of for a 55- yard score. BGSU's defense, which is now ranked sixth in the FBS in total defense after limiting the Bobcats to 244 yards of total offense. Ohio came in with an average of 462.2 ypg. The triumph placed Bowling Green just one game behind Kent State in the West Division standings, which makes Saturday's bout with the nationally ranked Golden Flashes a must-win for both sides.
BUFFALO: The Bulls' (2-7, 1-4) tough play led to their second straight win as they defeated Western Michigan, 29-24, for their second MAC win of the season. Buffalo pulled off a fourth quarter comeback for the second consecutive week despite being penalized 11 times for 105 yards. Filling in the injured Alex Zordich, Joe Licata went 21-of-33 for 285 yards and one touchdown. Branden Oliver gained 79 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries while freshman Devin Campbell amassed 107 yards and a score on 22 attempts. Alex Neutz recorded nine receptions for 140 yards and a score. Lee Skinner and Steven Means both recorded nine tackles and a sack on the defensive side of the ball. Buffalo will close out its season with two straight road games. The first of which is on Saturday at Massachusetts.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN: The Chippewas (4-6, 2-4) picked up their second win in three games as they downed Eastern Michigan, 34-31 on the road. The offense produced 403 yards of total offense in the win. Ryan Radcliff operated with ease under center, completing 20-of-34 attempts for 284 yards and two touchdowns. Zurlon Tipton was a factor in the rushing attack with 110 yards and a score on 21 carries. Jahleel Addae was all over the place on the other side of the ball and finished with a team-high 11 tackles. CMU will try to string together wins for the first time this season on Saturday when it hosts Miami-Ohio.
EASTERN MICHIGAN: The Eagles (1-9, 0-6) suffered a loss for the third week in a row as they were defeated 34-31 by Central Michigan at home. EMU tallied 414 yards of total offense in the contest after producing a total of 483 yards in its previous two outings. Alex Gillett saw considerable action under center and amassed 239 total yards and three total touchdowns. Bronson Hill picked up 83 yards on 13 carries. Andy Mulumba paced the defensive unit with 11 tackles, one tackle for loss, and a forced fumble. The Eagles hit the road to face their instate rival Western Michigan on Saturday.
KENT STATE: The Golden Flashes (9-1, 6-0) kept the ball rolling with a 48-32 victory over Miami-Ohio in Oxford. The win kept Kent State in sole possession of first place of the MAC East Division and help them earn a No. 25 ranking. Trayion Durham has a big-time performance with 172 yards and two TDs on 20 rushes. Dri Archer's explosiveness was on full display as he racked up 151 yards and two TDs on just 11 carries. Archer also made two receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown. Spencer Keith had a rough outing as he went 10-of-16 for 147 yards and a touchdown with two picks. KSU will put its eight-game winning streak and sole possession of first place in the East Division standings on the line when it visits Bowling Green on Saturday.
MASSACHUSETTS: The Minutemen (1-9, 1-5) finally had their FBS leading losing streak snapped after 12 games when they defeated Akron, 22-14, on the road. The victory was the first for the program as a member of the MAC and the FBS. UMass showed improvement offensively and finished with 327 yards and only two turnovers. Mike Wegzyn went 23-of-39 for 266 yards with one touchdown and interception. Michael Cox gained only 44 yards on 15 carries. Alan Williams led the team with 86 yards and a score on eight receptions. The MVP of the game was the UMass defense, which forced five turnovers. Darren Thellen paced the unit with 11 tackles and a forced fumble. The Minutemen return to their temporary home of Gillette Stadium on Saturday to play Buffalo.
MIAMI-OHIO: The RedHawks (4-6, 3-3) had no answer for the Golden Flashes' offense in their 48-32 loss to Kent State. Miami lost its second game in a row as it surrendered 546 yards of total offense. Zac Dysert extended his school passing yards record by throwing for 455 yards and four TDs on 37-of-50 efficiency. He also threw two interceptions and felt the wrath of five sacks. Nick Harwell made 10 receptions for 122 yards with one score and Andy Cruse reeled in eight passes for 123 yards and two TDs. Wes Williams stood out on the other side of the ball with eight tackles, one sack, a one tackle for loss. Miami will try to put an end to its losing skid on Saturday at Central Michigan. It needs to win its final two games to become bowl eligible.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS: The Huskies (9-1, 6-0) had the weekend off after winning their ninth game in a row on Nov. 3. NIU will battle Toledo for first place in the West Division on Wednesday when the Rockets come to Huskie Stadium.
OHIO UNIVERSITY: The Bobcats (8-2, 4-2) have quickly had their dream season ruined as they suffered their second setback in three games with a 26-14 loss to Bowling Green at home on Wednesday. Ohio was held to a season-low 244 yards of total offense by the rock solid BGSU defensive unit. Coach Frank Solich gave Beau Blankenship the bulk of the carries as he rushed 18 times for 98 yards. Ryan Boykin tallied only 29 yards on 10 attempts. Tyler Tettleton completed 21- of-34 for 145 yards and one touchdown. Ohio still holds a slim chance of returning to the MAC Championship, but it would need some help. The Bobcats need to bounce back on Wednesday when they visit Muncie to tackle Ball State.
TOLEDO: The Rockets' (8-2, 5-1) stay in the top 25 was short lived as they were upset, 34-27, at home by Ball State on Tuesday. The loss ended Toledo's eight-game winning streak and dropped it to second place in the West Division standings behind Northern Illinois. The Rockets outgained the Cardinals in total yards of offense, 526-446, but could not overcome 110 penalty yards. Toledo's David Fluellen continued to rack up yardage and finished with 200 yards and a score on 34 carries. Terrance Owens threw for 215 yards and a TD on 14-of-27 attempts. Junior wideout Bernard Reedy caught a team-high seven passes for 98 yards, including a 24-yard TD reception in the first quarter. Dan Molls paced the defense with a game-high 16 stops and an interception. Although Toledo's loss was disappointing, it can redeem itself this Wednesday when its plays the first-place Huskies in DeKalb.
WESTERN MICHIGAN: The Broncos (4-7, 2-5) led in the fourth frame but could not hold on and fell, 29-24, on the road at Buffalo. WMU gained 376 yards of total offense and turned the ball over five times in the contest. Alex Carder made his return, completing 19-of-37 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns. The rust from his six-week recovery period was apparent as he tossed four interceptions. Justin Collins had a big receiving day with 122 yards and six receptions. Desmond Bozeman made a team-high 15 tackles to pace the defensive unit. WMU will try to end its season on a positive note when it hosts Eastern Michigan on Saturday.
11/12 10:49:47 ET