Miami's Prentice Sets MAC and NCAA Records

Updated 11/6/1999
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Miami RedHawk running back Travis Prentice rushed for a Mid-American Conference record 376 yards and added three touchdowns in a 32-23 victory over Akron Saturday at Yager Field in Oxford, Ohio.

Travis Prentice scored three touchdowns and rushed for a school record 376 yards in a 32-23 win over Akron. Prentice now holds the NCAA record for career touchdowns with 76.

Miami (6-3, overall, 5-1 MAC) kept its hopes for a playoff berth in the Dec. 3 MAC championship game alive, keeping pace with Marshall, a 28-16 victor at Kent.

Prentice also established NCAA career records for touchdowns (76) and points (456), eclipsing the former standards of 75 and 352 set by Ricky Williams of Texas. He increased his career rushing yardage to 5,364, fifth best all-time. Akron freshman Brandon Payne kept the Zips in the game with touchdown runs of one and four yards, however Prentice's fourth-quarter, 72-yard scoring run secured the win.

Marshall (9-0, 6-0) won over Kent (2-8, 2-5) despite a second-quarter hand injury to quarterback Chad Pennington and three other starters who did not play. Pennington tossed three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth, completing 19-of-25 passes for 209 yards in the process. Kent's Jose Davis completed 22-of-38 passes for 195 yards and one touchdown.

Eastern Michigan (4-5, 4-2) tied Northern Illinois for second place in the MAC West Division with a 31-21 win against Ball State (0-9, 0-6). True freshman Troy Edwards made his first collegiate start for the Eagles and completed 16-of-23 passes for 248 yards and one touchdown. Reggie Gage scored on three touchdown runs for EMU. Ball State's Adrian Reese caught 13 passes for 141 yards, including a 14-yard TD reception from Brian Conn. EMU led at the half 31-7.

Toledo (4-5, 3-3) received 218 rushing yards from Chester Taylor in a 32-13 win at Central Michigan (2-7, 1-5) as the Rockets snapped a three-game losing streak. Taylor's 66-yard TD run in the second quarter gave UT a 12-7 lead. CMU's Ira Gooch answered with a kickoff return of 82 yards for a score and a 13-12 lead for the Chippewas. The Rockets took the lead for good with 46 seconds left in the first half on a 10-yard TD pass from Tavares Bolden to Mel Long. Taylor added a two-yard scoring run in the third quarter. CMU's Eric Flowers gained 120 yards on 31 carries.

In the lone non-conference game, Buffalo (0-9, 0-7) nearly came back from a 20-0 deficit before falling to Hofstra (8-1) 20-17. The Bulls Drew Haddad had 10 receptions for 141 yards and became the school's all-time leader in all-purpose yards with 2,433. UB's scores came on a Joe Freedy to Andre Forde 22-yard pass in the third quarter, and a 15-yard run by Josh Roth with 9:04 left in the fourth quarter.

Games Scheduled for Nov. 13
Kent at Akron, noon
Ball State at Bowling Green, 1:00
Buffalo at Virginia, 1:00
Eastern Michigan at Central Michigan, 1:00
Marshall at Western Michigan, 1:00
Miami at Ohio, noon
Northern Illinois at Toledo, 1:00