Mid-American Conference News and Notes
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AKRON: The Zips (2-8, 2-4) earned their second win of the season as they defeated Kent State, 16-7, in a low-scoring affair at InfoCision Stadium. Jawon Chisholm spearheaded the charge with 151 rushing yards on 27 carries. Kyle Pohl completed just 8-of-19 passes for 98 yards for Akron, which scored its only touchdown on a 33-yard pass by wide receiver Zach D'Orazio. The Zips' defense forced five turnovers and limited KSU to just one red zone trip to notch the decision. Akron held a slight, 304-300, advantage in total yards of offense. Robert Stein made three field goals to lift the team to the win. The Zips will have a bye before their week 12 trip to Massachusetts.
BALL STATE: The Cardinals (8-1, 5-0) had the weekend off to prepare for their Wednesday night bout versus Central Michigan. Ball State brings a six-game win streak into that bout and is tied with Northern Illinois atop the West Division standings at 5-0.
BOWLING GREEN: The Falcons (5-3, 3-1) were out of action this weekend. They will visit Miami-Ohio on Tuesday as they attempt to snap a two-game losing streak. Bowling Green sits a game behind first-place Buffalo in the East Division standings, tied with Ohio.
BUFFALO: The Bulls (6-2, 4-0) had an open weekend. They will try to protect their perfect league record on Tuesday when they host Ohio University in a crucial East Division tilt.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN: The Chippewas (3-5, 2-2) were out of action for the second consecutive weekend. They return to the gridiron on Wednesday when they challenge the Ball State Cardinals in Muncie.
EASTERN MICHIGAN: The Eagles (1-8, 0-5) had no answer for the Rockets' offensive attack as they suffered a 55-16 setback at Toledo. The loss was the eighth in a row for EMU, which allowed the Rockets to net 729 yards of total offense without their star running back David Fluellen. The Eagles tallied only 309 total yards in the loss. Brogan Roback came off the bench to hit on 11-of-22 pass attempts for 209 yards and a pair of scores, but also threw an interception. Roback replaced Tyler Benz, who went 1-of-5 for 18 yards. Dustin Creel had a career day with 115 yards on six receptions, while Ryan Brumfield paced EMU on the ground with 67 yards on 17 attempts in his first career start.
KENT STATE: The Golden Flashes (2-8, 1-5) could not overcome their five turnovers as they suffered a 16-7 loss at Akron. Colin Reardon was responsible for three of the turnovers as he was picked three times in the fourth quarter while the team unsuccessfully tried to rally back to take the lead. Trayion Durham accounted for KSU's only touchdown with a 3-yard run in the second quarter before the Zips converted a field goal just before the half to go on top, 10-7. Akron's Robert Stein added two more field goals in the final quarter to put the game out of reach. Reardon finished 15-of-31 for 138 yards passing. Durham tallied 82 yards on 18 attempts and Dri Archer rushed seven times for 52 yards, but both of the Golden Flashes' running backs lost fumbles to end promising drives in Zips' territory. Despite the turnovers, KSU amassed 300 yards of total offense to Akron's 304 total yards. The Golden Flashes will have an open week before their Nov. 13 bout versus Miami-Ohio.
MASSACHUSETTS: The Minutemen (1-8, 1-4) were completely overmatched as they were dispatched, 63-19, by the undefeated Northern Illinois Huskies at home. UMass allowed the Huskies to amass 624 yards of total offense while only producing 324 total yards itself. Despite the loss, Lorenzo Woodley and Brendon Levengood both turned in career performances. Woodley tallied 163 rushing yards on 38 carries while Levengood tied the program record with four made field goal attempts. Mike Wegzyn started at quarterback and completed just 10-of-25 of his throws for 169 yards with two interceptions. Tajae Sharpe paced the team in receiving with 65 yards on five grabs. Stanley Andre led all players with a career-high 17 tackles and he forced a fumble. The Minutemen will have an open week before their Nov. 16 bout versus Akron.
MIAMI-OHIO: The RedHawks (0-8, 0-4) had the weekend off to prepare for their Wednesday night matchup versus Bowling Green. Miami will take aim at its first win of the season as it is the only winless team in the MAC.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS: Jordan Lynch led the way as the No. 21 Huskies (9-0, 5-0) stayed perfect with 63-19 rout of Massachusetts at Gillette Stadium. Lynch ran for 119 yards on 17 carries with four touchdowns and also completed 10-of-13 passes for 160 yards with a score in just two-plus quarters of play. Cameron Stingily and Drew Hare each added a rushing touchdown for NIU at it matched the best start in school history with its ninth straight win to begin the campaign. NIU has won 22 consecutive games against MAC opponents going back to 2011. The Huskies have also won 14 consecutive games on the road. They held a dominant, 612-324, edge in total yards of offense in the contest. Ken Bishop anchored the defense with nine total tackles and an interception. NIU will have a bye week before it takes on Ball State on Nov. 13 in a midweek matchup between the top two teams in the West Division.
OHIO UNIVERSITY: The Bobcats (6-2, 3-1) went into their open week on a two- game winning streak. They will try to keep the momentum going as they clash with the East Division leading Buffalo Bulls on Tuesday.
TOLEDO: With star tailback David Fluellen watching from the sidelines, Toledo (6-3, 4-1) powered past Eastern Michigan for a 55-16 victory at the Glass Bowl. Terrance Owens threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns on 18-of-24 efficiency to help the Rockets to their fourth consecutive victory. Kareem Hunt filled in for Fluellen nicely with 168 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 20 totes. Justin Olack tied his career high with four catches for a career- high total of 110 yards, including an 80-yard TD reception in the third quarter. Toledo amassed a season-high of 729 total yards of offense and also achieved 34 first downs. EMU tallied only 304 yards of total offense and just 15 first downs. With the win, Toledo is now bowl eligible and in sole possession of third place in the West Division. The Rockets will return have an open week before their Nov. 12 meeting versus Buffalo.
WESTERN MICHIGAN: The Broncos (1-8, 1-4) went into the bye week following their 31-30 victory over UMass that gave them their first win of the campaign. They will look to make it two in a row on Saturday as they hit the road to take on Eastern Michigan.
11/04 10:37:56 ET