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Mid-American Conference News and Notes

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AKRON: The Zips (1-5, 0-2) had their high-powered offense halted as they suffered a 24-10 loss to Bowling Green. Dalton Williams completed 29-of-50 passes for 228 yards and one touchdown. Running back Jawon Chisholm had 100 yards on the ground on 16 carries. Akron had averaged 47 points per game in its three previous outings. The Zips were held to a season-low 316 yards of total offense by the Falcons. Akron continues to seek its first MAC victory on Saturday when it takes on Ohio University, the only remaining unbeaten in the conference.

BALL STATE: Despite outgaining NIU, 563 total yards to 509, and controlling the clock for more than 33 minutes, the Cardinals (3-3, 0-2) lost to the Huskies, 35-23. Keith Wenning continued his impressive junior campaign, completing a school-record 42-of-71 passes for 434 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions, and he also added a rushing score. He has now passed for at least 400 yards in back-to-back games, although the Cardinals lost both occasions. Jamill Smith was his primary target with 14 receptions for 146 and Zane Fakes tallied 11 receptions for 98 yards. Willie Snead made six receptions for 87 yards and the only touchdown through the air. Ball State will try to end its two-game losing streak on Saturday when it hosts Western Michigan.

BOWLING GREEN: The Falcons (3-3, 1-1) played well on both sides of the ball as they bested Akron, 24-10, for their second win in a row. Matt Schilz completed 14-of-33 passes for 180 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, Anthon Samuel ran for 117 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, and Alex Bayer reeled in five catches for 93 yards while scoring two touchdowns. BGSU outgained Akron 472-316 in total yards. The Falcon defense recorded four sacks on the day, all in the second half, and all coming on third down plays. Bowling Green looks to make it three in a row on Saturday when it squares off with in-state rival, Miami-Ohio.

BUFFALO: The Bulls (1-4, 0-2) came up short in their upset effort against Ohio University and dropped a 38-31 decision to the Bobcats. It was the third straight defeat for Buffalo, which has yet to pick up a victory in MAC play this season. Despite being without their star running back Branden Oliver, the Bulls racked up a season-high 313 yards on the ground against OU's defense that was allowing just 94 rushing yards per game coming into the contest. Freshman Devin Campbell gained a career-high 160 yards in his first career start at tailback. Alex Zordich gained 108 yards on 18 carries to become the first QB in the school's FBS history to surpass the century mark. The Bulls have another tough test coming up as they head to DeKalb to try to end NIU's 18-game home winning streak.

CENTRAL MICHIGAN: Late turnovers ended up being the difference in the Chippewas' (2-3, 0-2) disappointing 50-35 loss to the Toledo Rockets. Ryan Radcliff was stellar for most of the game, going 28-of-44 passing for 327 yards and four touchdowns, but he also tossed two costly interceptions late in the contest. Both picks were returned for touchdowns. Zurlon Tipton rushed for 67 yards and a score, while Cody Wilson (108 yards), Titus Davis (97 yards, TD), and Courtney Williams (59 yards, two touchdowns) all had made impacts in the aerial attack. The Chippewas will try to end their two-game losing slide on Friday when they host Navy.

EASTERN MICHIGAN: The Eagles (0-5, 0-2) lost their seventh game in a row dating back to last season as they were dominated, 41-14, by Kent State. Bronson Hill gained 70 yards rushing and a touchdown on just four carries. Demarius Reed led all receivers with 55 yards, and Tyler Benz struggled under center, completing 9-of-17 passes for 93 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Four-year starting QB Alex Gillett played just three plays in the contest. The Eagles will have a difficult time avoiding another loss when they host Toledo on Saturday.

KENT STATE: Dri Archer scored three touchdowns in three different facets of the game as the Golden Flashes (4-1, 3-0) rolled over the Eastern Michigan Eagles, 41-14, to remain undefeated in league play. Archer had a rushing, receiving, and return touchdown in the contest, giving him a total of six scores over the past two games. Trayion Durham carried the ball 24 times for 116 yards and a pair of scores, while Spencer Keith completed 12-of-21 passes for 113 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Defensively, KSU had its best performance of the season as it limited EMU to 200 yards of total offense. The Golden Flashes step out of the MAC this weekend when they head to West Point to battle Army.

MASSACHUSETTS: After a display that inspired optimism the week before, the Minutemen (0-6, 0-3) were dismantled, 52-14, by the Alex Carder-less Western Michigan Broncos. The loss was the ninth in a row for UMass dating back to last season. Mike Wegzyn went 12-of-19 passing for 88 yards and he was sacked four times. Deion Walker hauled in nine catches for 81 yards. WMU outgained UMass, 551 yards to 218, and it recorded twice as many first downs as the Minutemen (32 to 16). The Minutemen continue their quest for their first win as an FBS program next Saturday when they host the Bowling Green Falcons.

MIAMI-OHIO: The RedHawks (3-3, 2-0) were simply overmatched as they were defeated, 52-14, by the Cincinnati Bearcats. Coming off the first 500-yard passing and 100-yard rushing game in FBS history in the win over Akron in the previous week, Zac Dysert threw for 303 yards and two touchdowns on 25-of-49 passing. He was also intercepted three times. The loss ended the program's brief two-game winning streak. Miami, which is still undefeated in league action, returns to MAC play on Saturday when it hits to road to face Bowling Green.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS: Jordan Lynch was unstoppable as he led the Huskies (5-1, 2-0) in their 35-23 triumph over Ball State. Lynch rushed 29 times for 207 yards and three scores and added 195 yards passing and a touchdown as NIU picked up its fifth consecutive win. Akeem Daniels was the Huskies' leading receiver with five catches for 78 yards and a score. Lynch's strong performance gives him an average of 340.7 total yards per game, which is the best in the MAC and the seventh best in the FBS. NIU will look to extend its overall winning streak to six games and its home winning streak to 19 games on Saturday when it hosts Buffalo for MAC action.

OHIO UNIVERSITY: The Bobcats (6-0, 2-0) overcame another deficit to stay perfect as they held off Buffalo to pick up a 38-31 win. The triumph made Ohio the first bowl eligible team in the FBS just six games into the season. Tyler Tettleton led the way by completing 14-of-26 passes for 183 yards and a score. Tettleton did throw his first interception of the season in the game, which snapped a streak of 161 attempts without a pick. Beau Blankenship was productive yet again with a team-high 86 yards with a touchdown on 25 carries. Ryan Boykin added two touchdowns and 64 yards on just six rushes. Ohio tries to stay perfect this weekend when it welcomes Akron to Athens for league action.

TOLEDO: The Rockets (5-1, 3-0) remained unbeaten in MAC play and won for the fifth straight time as they overcame Central Michigan to earn a 50-35 victory over the Chippewas. Terrance Owens completed 23-of-33 passes for 229 yards with zero touchdowns and an interception, but he managed to produce 66 yards and a pair of scores on the ground. David Fluellen gained 100 yards rushing and a touchdown on 21 carries, and Bernard Reedy hauled in 10 catches for 92 yards. Toledo's defense came up huge in the final frame a Mark Singler and Jermaine Robinson each returned interceptions for touchdowns to seal the deal. The Rockets will try to carry their momentum into this Saturday's road test at Eastern Michigan.

WESTERN MICHIGAN: Despite being without their star QB, the Broncos (3-3, 1-1) were impressive as they coasted to a 52-14 victory over the Massachusetts Minutemen. Tyler Van Tubergen completed 23-of-28 passes for five touchdowns and rushed for another score to tally a career-high six total touchdowns while stepping in for the injured Alex Carder. The Broncos rushed for 268 yards, paced by Brian Fields, who gained 71 yards on 11 carries. Jaime Wilson led all receivers with 88 yards. WMU's defensive unit had its best outing of the season, as it set a new season-best, allowing only 218 yards of total offense. The Broncos, who have won two of their last three, will try to carry their success on the road as they head to Muncie to challenge Ball State on Saturday.

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