Miami (7-4, 6-2) rolled over Buffalo (0-11, 0-8) 43-0 as Travis Prentice, the MAC's all-time leader in rushing and scoring, closed out a brilliant career. The RedHawk tailback rushed for 163 yards and one touchdown to record the final career numbers as follows: Rushing yards (5,596); Rushing attempts (1,138); Rushing touchdowns (73), Overall touchdowns (78); Points scored (468); 100-yard rushing games (28); All-purpose yardage (6,118); Receptions (54); and Receiving yards (522). He broke the NCAA's major college rushing touchdown mark with his 73rd on a 49-yard TD scamper in the first quarter. Prentice also holds the NCAA record for most points and touchdowns. Buffalo's Drew Haddad, the MAC's top receiver, closed his season with 85 receptions and 1,158 yards. Haddad's 100 receiving yards marked the 18th time in his career he had reached 100 yards or more in a game. Buffalo competed this year at the I-A level for the first time since 1970. Mike Bath passed for 257 yards and three TDs for Miami.
The Toledo Rockets won their third game in a row, 45-21 over West MAC Division champion Western Michigan, to finish the season with a winning record after posting a 3-5 record at one point. The Rockets' (6-5, 5-3 MAC) Chester Taylor and Antwon McCray combined for 241 yards rushing and four touchdowns. The Toledo defense held the Broncos to minus seven yards rushing. Taylor scored on first-half runs of 1, 3 and 7 yards as the Rockets jumped to a 28-7 halftime lead. McCray's scoring run of 33 yards came early in the fourth quarter. WMU quarterback Tim Lester completed 27-of-41 passes for 342 yards and two touchdowns. UT's Tavares Bolden completed 15-of-22 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. The Rocket defense forced five turnovers.
Northern Illinois (5-6, 5-3 MAC) defeated Eastern Michigan (4-7, 7-7) 30-23 for its best season since 1992 when they were also 5-6. The Huskies tied Toledo for second place in the MAC West Division. The Huskies benefited from 229 passing yards and two touchdowns by Chris Finlen. Finlen also hit Darrell Hill with a school record 96-yard scoring pass in the third quarter. William Andrews ran 37 times for 154 yards and Kent Baker kicked field goals of 27, 49 and 41 yards for NIU. The Eagles received a 96-yard kickoff return by Lincoln Dupree to cut the deficit to 27-16 before Reggie Gage closed the gap to three with a one-yard touchdown run. Eagles quarterback Troy Edwards was 12-of-23 passing for 141 yards.
Central Michigan head coach Dick Flynn, who resigned earlier this month, closed on a winning note with a 27-21 win against Ball State (0-11, 0-8). The Chippewas (4-7, 3-5) got 131 rushing yards from Ira Gooch and freshman wide receiver Jammarl O'Neal caught seven passes for 147 yards and a touchdown. CMU trailed 21-14 at the half but rallied on two Paul Savich field goals and a three-yard TD pass from Pete Shepherd to Rob Turner that put the Chippewas ahead 24-21 with 12:40 left in the game. BSU's Brain Conn had thrown first half TD passes to Adrian Reese (30 yards) and David Westbrook (10 yards) and also ran 13 yards for another score.
In a non-conference game, Bowling Green (5-6, 3-5) won its third game in a row with a 33-30 overtime triumph at Central Florida (4-7). The Falcons trailed 24-12 early in the fourth quarter before sustaining a comeback. Matt Bunsey caught a 14-yard pass from Andy Sahm with 12:08 remaining, cutting the score to 24-20. Following a UCF field goal, Sahm scored on a one-yard run with 2:11 left to tie the game. UCF's Javier Beorlegui booted a 28-yard field goal on its possession. BG moved the ball to the eight-yard line before calling on Joe Alls, who took it in for the game winner. Alls ended the game with 81 yards on 23 carries.
Remaining MAC Schedule
Friday, November 26
Ohio @ Marshall, 11:30 a.m..*
FOX SPORTS NET National Game of the Week
Friday, December 3 - MAC Championship Game
Western Michigan vs. Marshall @ Huntington, W.Va.
8:00 (ET) ESPN2
Monday, December 27 - Motor City Bowl
MAC Champion versus At-large selection,
1:30 (ET) ESPN