MAC Football Saturday Scoreboard: Oct. 5th

Updated 10/5/2013

MAC Football Scoreboard:  Saturday, Oct. 5th:

Ball State 48, Virginia 27  Final

Buffalo 42, Eastern Michigan 14  Final

Central Michigan 21, Miami 9  Final

Ohio 43, Akron 3  Final

Toledo 47, Western Michigan 20  Final

Bowling Green 28, UMass 7   Final

Northern Illinois 38, Kent State 24  Final

 
Stories courtesy of MAC Athletic Communication Departments.
 
 
Ball State 48, Virginia 27     Final     Stats     Postgame Notes
 
Ball State's football team, under the direction of third-year head coach Pete Lembo, defeated Virginia from the Atlantic Coast Conference 48-27 to improve to 5-1 on the season.
 
The win, which was the third in Lembo's three years over a Football Bowl Subdivision team from an automatic qualifying conference, was only the second over Virginia from a current Mid-American Conference team.  Virginia entered the game with a 10-1-1 mark over current MAC programs.  In addition, the victory marked the first non-conference loss in the month of October for Virginia since 2006.
 
Ball State's Keith Wenning completed 23-of-41 passes for 346 yards and two touchdowns in the win.  In addition, Wenning became the Cardinals' career passing leader with 9,250 yards, surpassing the previous mark of 9,233 by Nate Davis from 2006-08.
 
After falling behind 17-7 early in the second quarter, a Scott Secor 21-yard field goal closed the gap to 17-10 and began a run of 17 unanswered points by the Cardinals to take a 24-17 lead with 11:26 to play in the third quarter.  An 11-yard Wenning to Willie Snead pass and a one-yard run by Wenning accounted for the other 14 points in the stretch.
 
Virginia tied the game at 24-24 with 7:09 left in the third stanza before Jahwan Edwards rushed for his second touchdown of the game to put the Cardinals back in the lead at 31-24.  Secor added on to the lead with a 45-yard field goal as the fourth quarter began and Ball State led 34-24.
 
The final 10 minutes of the game were marked by a Wenning to Jordan Williams 72-yard scoring pass play, that was the all-time career yardage record setter for Wenning and the longest reception of Williams' career.  The big play gave Ball State a 41-27 lead with 10:02 to play.
 
Edwards set the Ball State career touchdowns rushing record with his 35th score at the 5:15 mark to give the Cardinals the 48-27 winning margin.  It also marked Edwards' third straight game with three rushing TDs and added on to his school standard with six career games with three rushing scores.
 
Ball State, 2-0 in MAC play, will return to league action Saturday with its Homecoming Game vs. Kent State at 3 p.m. in Scheumann Stadium.
 
 
Buffalo 42, Eastern Michigan 14     Final     Stats
 
For the second straight week, the University at Buffalo football team cruised to a victory – defeating Eastern Michigan, 42-14, in its Mid-American Conference opener at UB Stadium on Saturday afternoon. A homecoming crowd of 23,602 witnessed the Bulls improve to 3-2 and extend their home winning streak to five – their longest since the 1983 season.
 
"The effort was excellent today in all three phases," head coach Jeff Quinn said. "Our coaching job did a tremendous job in preparation. To beat this team was just another important step for us to accomplish the goals that we set for ourselves this season."
 
Branden Oliver rushed for a season-high 150 yards and two touchdowns. The senior running back set the tone early when, on the Bulls' sixth offensive play, he broke off a 60-yard touchdown run to give UB a 7-0 lead. It was Oliver's 13th career 100-yard game – tying the school record held by Anthony Swan (1994-97).
 
After the teams traded punts, Jake Stockman forced the game's first turnover. The junior linebacker forced and recovered a fumble at the EMU 18-yard line. Oliver scored his second touchdown of the game on a 2-yard plunge to give UB a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter.
 
The next time the Eagles had possession of the ball, Cortney Lester abruptly brought an end to a scoring drive when he intercepted a pass at the UB 1-yard line. The Bulls capitalized by marching 99 yards on 14 plays and capped it off with a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Joe Licata to give UB a 21-0 lead.
 
Eastern Michigan responded with a touchdown drive to cut the lead to 21-7.  But the good feelings on the Eagles sideline were short-lived as Devin Campbell returned the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown. It was the first kick return for a touchdown by a UB player since Ernest Jackson returned a kick 97 yards against Missouri in 2008.
 
Buffalo led 28-7 at the half.
 
The Bulls added a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter to extend the lead. Campbell had a one-yard touchdown run and Licata connected on a 27-yard touchdown pass with Alex Neutz.
 
Neutz finished with five catches for 104 yards. It was his ninth career 100-yard receiving game. The Grand Island, NY native now has a touchdown catch in all five games this season and 24 for his career – four shy of the school record held by Naaman Roosevelt.
 
Licata finished 15-for-22 for 224 yards and a touchdown. Six different UB receivers had receptions in the game. Oliver and Campbell had three apiece.
 
Blake Bean led the defensive effort with seven tackles, including a tackle for loss. Stockman and Adam Redden each chipped in with five tackles. Witney Sherry added his first career interception in the game.
 
"Another tremendous effort by our front seven," Quinn said. "We knew Eastern Michigan was going to come in and run the ball and move the chains, but I thought we did a tremendous job of playing gap-sound defense and disengaging from blocks and making plays."
 
After playing three straight home games, the Bulls will head back on the road and play at Western Michigan next Saturday at 2 pm.
 
 
Central Michigan 21, Miami 9     Final     Stats     Postgame Notes
 
Sophomore running back Saylor Lavallii rushed for a career-high 151 yards and two touchdowns and the CMU defense recorded four sacks to help lift the Chippewas to a 21-9 MAC win over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday at Yager Stadium in Oxford.
 
The game was suspended with 10:45 remaining in the second quarter due to lightning in the area but resumed after a 49-minute delay. 
 
CMU rushed for a total of 184 yards on the day. For the second straight week, redshirt freshman Maurice Shoemaker-Gilmore starred while spelling Lavallii, running for 50 yards and one touchdown. 
 
Miami (0-5, 0-1) got on the scoreboard first, taking a 3-0 lead late in the first quarter on a 40-yard field goal by Kaleb Patterson.
 
Central Michigan (2-4, 1-1) responded early in the second quarter, assisted by a big play on special teams. 
 
After the Chippewas forced Miami to punt, thanks in part to a Louis Palmer six-yard tackle for loss and a Kavon Frazier pass break-up on third down, RedHawks punter Zac Murphy dropped a kick into the hands of Titus Davis at the CMU 27-yard line. Davis fielded it cleanly in the face of a driving rain and headed right. Finding only would-be tacklers, he reversed his field, found a seam and sprinted up the far sideline before being taken down at the MU 19-yard line. Two plays later, Saylor Lavallii busted a 16-yard scoring run up in the middle, carrying tacklers into the end zone. 
 
The RedHawks took their second lead of the game midway through the third quarter, capitalizing on a Titus Davis fumbled punt return. Taking over at the CMU 15 yard-line, MU quarterback Austin Boucher hit David Frazier for a 10-yard touchdown on the drive’s second play. The ensuing two-point conversion failed, giving Miami a 9-7 lead.  
 
CMU answered back on the next possession, driving 84 yards on 16 plays while eating up 7:46 of clock time. Cooper Rush completed passes to four different receivers, moving the Chippewas to the three-yard line. Lavallii then powered in for his second touchdown of the day, moving CMU ahead 14-9. Rush would finish the day 11-21 for 110 yards and one interception. 
 
Central put the game out of reach with 6:13 remaining when Shoemaker-Gilmore burst up the middle for a 16-yard touchdown, his second in as many games. 
 
Senior linebacker Shamari Benton led the CMU defense with nine tackles, including seven solos, and one forced fumble. Sophomore defensive tackle Leterrius Walton was a force in the middle for the Chippewas, recording seven tackles with three for a loss while Frazier headlined the secondary, totaling four pass break-ups.
 
Looking for its first win of the season, Miami frequently employed a two-quarterback rotation, using Austin Boucher and Austin Gearing on most drives. The CMU defense registered seven tackles for a loss and six pass break-ups and held Miami scoreless for the final 23-plus minutes of the game.
 
The RedHawks rushed for 123 yards on the ground, led by quarterback Austin Gearing and his 15 carries for 108 yards.
 
Central Michigan will finish out a three-game road swing next weekend when it travels to face Ohio at Peden Stadium in Athens. The MAC contest is scheduled for a 2 p.m. kickoff and will be aired on MAC TV/ESPN3.
 
 
Ohio 43, Akron 3     Final     Stats     Postgame Notes
 
A little rain didn't stop the Ohio University football team (4-1, 1-0 MAC) from rolling to its fourth straight victory, a 43-3 triumph over the University of Akron (1-5, 0-2 MAC) Saturday afternoon at Infocision Stadium-Summa Field.
 
The Bobcats opened Mid-American Conference play with a win for the third straight season and won their sixth straight over the Zips. Ohio has won 19 of its last 25 games dating back to the 2011 season. Ninth-year head coach Frank Solich earned his 121st career win and 63rd at Ohio, moving him into eighth-place on the all-time MAC coaching list.
 
Ohio's defense dominated the game, limiting Akron to 157 yards and recording eight sacks - Ohio's most in a game since 1999. Redshirt senior defensive end Ty Branz (York, Neb.) recorded 2.5 sacks, and freshman defensive lineman Tarell Basham (Rocky Mount, Va.) added two more. Redshirt junior safety Thad Ingol (Barberton, Ohio) intercepted his second career pass and returned his first career fumble recovery for a touchdown.
 
Offensively, the Bobcats piled up 362 yards, converted 7-of-14 of their third-down attempts and scored on six of seven trips to the red zone.
 
Senior quarterback Tyler Tettleton (Norman, Okla.) went 14-of-21 for 171 yards and two touchdowns, passed former Kent State quarterback Joshua Cribbs for 25th all-time on the MAC passing list and matched former Eastern Michigan quarterback Charlie Batch for 22nd all-time on the conference's touchdown pass list. Tettleton improved to 22-9 since taking over as Ohio's starting quarterback in 2011.
 
Redshirt senior wide receiver Donte Foster (Guthrie, Okla.) hauled in a team-high four receptions for 76 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt senior running back Beau Blankenship (Norman, Okla.) rushed for a team-high 67 yards on 14 carries.
 
The Bobcats were aided by 12 Akron penalties that resulted in 135 yards. 
 
After failing to score on its first offensive series for the first time since the opening week of the 2013 campaign, the Bobcats landed the first punch courtesy of a big special teams play on the ensuing punt. Redshirt sophomore punter Grant Venham (Belpre, Ohio) booted the ball to the Akron 17-yard line. Akron sophomore punt returner Imani Davis fumbled the ball when he was hit by redshirt sophomore long snapper Miles Chapman (Tiffin, Ohio). Davis fell on the ball in the end zone and was swarmed by the Ohio coverage unit for a safety.
 
The Zips forced the Bobcats to go three-and-out on their second possession, then marched 49 yards down the field in nine plays over 4:02 and capped the drive with a 31-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Robert Stein.
 
Ohio's offense came to life on its fourth possession after being forced to punt on each of its first three drives. Tettleton connected with redshirt senior tight end Anthony Talbert (Cincinnati, Ohio) on third-and-one for a gain of 29 yards to the Akron 18-yard line. Two plays later, Foster hauled in a 13-yard scoring strike from Tettleton to help extend Ohio's edge to 9-3 with 3:02 remaining.
 
The Bobcats exploded for 21 points in the second quarter to go into halftime with a 30-3 advantage.
 
Ohio extended its lead to 16-3 on a nine-play, 87-yard drive that covered 3:55. Blankenship rushed five times for 32 yards - including a 19-yard scamper to start the drive. Tettleton found Foster for a 43-yard gain and scrambled for 11 yards to set up a one-yard touchdown pass to freshman tight end Troy Mangen (Union, Ohio), the rookie's first scoring reception of his career.
 
Ingol snuffed out Akron's ensuing drive by picking off sophomore quarterback Kyle Pohl and returning the interception 34 yards to the Akron 26. The Bobcats then moved 13 yards on six plays and upped their lead to 20 points with 4:45 to play in the half by way of a one-yard touchdown run by redshirt senior running back Ryan Boykin (Woodstock, Ga.).
 
Ingol helped push the lead to 30-3 a minute later when he scooped up a Pohl fumble forced by redshirt junior safety Josh Kristoff (Pickerington, Ohio) and ran it back 18 yards for a score.
 
The Bobcats increased their lead to 30 points with 1:13 to go in the third quarter by way of a 35-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Josiah Yazdani (Albany, Ohio), capping a seven-play, 35-yard drive that was engineered by sophomore quarterback Derrius Vick (Lincoln, Neb.).
 
Ohio opened the fourth quarter by marching 64 yards on eight plays over 3:30, with sophomore running back Daz'mond Patterson (Plant City, Fla.) putting the exclamation point on the drive with a one-yard touchdown run.
 
Yazdani made the score final when he connected from 28 yards out with 1:47 to play to cap a nine-play, 45-yard drive.
 
Ohio hosts Central Michigan in a MAC interdivision battle on Homecoming next Saturday at 2 p.m. 
 
 
Toledo 47, Western Michigan 20     Final     Stats     Postgame Notes
 
Senior David Fluellen rushed for 220 yards and a career-high four touchdowns while  the Rocket defense forced four  turnovers that led to 17 points as Toledo rolled to a 47-20 Homecoming victory over Western Michigan at the Glass Bowl on Saturday. The Rockets led by as many as 40 points in the third quarter before the Broncos tacked on two field goals and a touchdown late in the game.
 
The victory evens Toledo’s record at 3-3 (2-1 MAC). Western Michigan falls to 0-6, 0-2 in league play.
 
Fluellen, who cracked the 100-yard mark for the fifth-straight game and the 200-yard mark for the fourth time in his career, ran for touchdowns of seven and six yards in the first half, giving the Rockets a comfortable 23-7 lead at the intermission. He added scores of 66 and two yards in the second half. His 220 yards rushing gives him 3,061 for his career, just the fifth Rocket ever to crack the 3,000-yard mark.
 
Toledo’s defense set up the first Toledo score of the game on the first of two interceptions by sophomore safety Chaz Whitaker, and kept WMU out of the end zone until late in the first half. The Rocket ‘D’ scored a touchdown on its own in the third quarter on a sack by senior defensive end Jayrone Elliott that sophomore linebacker Trent Voss converted into a seven-yard TD return. For the game, the Broncos managed just 87 yards rushing on 40 attempts
 
Senior quarterback Terrance Owens finished 11-of-25 for 149 yards. Senior wide receiver Bernard Reedy caught four passes for 85 yards, including a 40-yard TD bomb from Owens to open the scoring.
 
The Rockets got out of the gate quickly when Whitaker picked off a Tyler Van Tubbergen pass at the WMU 43-yard line on the Broncos’ first drive. Toledo went for it all on the very next play as Owens hit a streaking Reedy down the middle.
 
Following a Western went three-and-out, the Rockets made it 13-0 on a 12-play, 86-yard drive, highlighted by a 34-yard run by Fluellen that set up his own seven-yard score with 7:41 to play in the first quarter. Toledo’s attempt for the two-point conversion was intercepted.
 
The Rockets scored on consecutive drives in the second quarter to run the score up to 23-0. Jeremiah Detmer connected on a 39-yard field goal, followed by a seven-play drive that ended with a six-yard TD run by Fluellen. WMU got on the board just before halftime on a 16-yard TD pass from Van Tubbergen to Eric Boyden to cut the lead to 23-7 at the break.
 
Fluellen wasted no time revving his engine in the second half, scoring on a 66-yard run out of the Wildcat on fourth-and-one on Toledo’s initial possession of the third quarter. Just three plays later, the margin ballooned to 37-7 when Elliott sacked Van Tubbergen and Voss scooped up the fumble for a seven-yard TD.
 
Toledo added to the rout on a second Detmer field goal, this one from 29 yards, and Fluellen’s fourth TD to make the score 47-7. Western scored 13 points in the fourth quarter to make the final score more respectable.
 
The Rockets are off next week, returning to action on Oct 19 in a home game vs. Navy.
 
 
Bowling Green 28, UMass 7     Final     Stats
 
The Bowling Green State University football team scored the first 28 points on Saturday afternoon (Oct. 5th) and cruised to a 28-7 victory over the University of Massachusetts at Doyt L. Perry Stadium in Bowling Green, Ohio.  The win completed a perfect stretch of three consecutive home games for the Falcons and improved the team's conference record to 3-0.
 
The game started very slowly on offense for both teams.  Each of the first ten possessions ended in punts, and neither team converted a third down attempt in any of those drives.  After the first quarter, the teams combined for just 115 yards and six first downs on a total of 35 plays.
 
Finally, on Bowling Green's sixth drive of the game, the offense started to generate some momentum.  Matt Johnson completed a third-down pass to Shaun Joplin for 13 yards and a first down on the third play of the series.  Three plays later, the Falcons faced another third down, and again, Johnson converted.  This time, the pass was to Alex Bayer, who hurdled a Massachusetts player and ran 20 yards down the right sideline to the BGSU 49 yard line.
 
On the next play, Johnson executed a brilliant fake that resulted in the game's first score.  He looked left after the snap and faked a screen to Ronnie Moore, then turned to the right and faked an end-around run by Jordan Hopgood.  He turned back to the left and saw Moore wide open for the screen.  Moore caught the ball and weaved his way for a 51-yard touchdown.
 
The Minutemen went three-and-out again on their next possession, and the Falcons took over after the punt at their own 30.  Travis Greene took over on this drive, as he ran six times for 56 yards. BGSU eventually moved the ball to the Massachusetts' 1, and William Houston came in for his specialty, the one-yard touchdown run.  Houston's rumble into the end zone was his seventh score of the season; six of those have been one-yard runs.  The other was a two-yard run.
 
After halftime, Bowling Green forced a punt on Massachusetts' opening drive and began their first possession of the half at their own 44.  Three Greene runs earned 21 yards, and Johnson then finished off the scoring drive with two passes.  First, he completed a dart to Joplin for 12 yards, then he passed to Tyler Beck down the right sideline.  Beck raced untouched into the end zone for his second career touchdown and a 21-0 lead.
 
The Minutemen had to punt again, for the eighth time in eight drives, after the Falcon touchdown.  This time, Colter Johnson's punt went just 18 yards and sailed out-of-bounds at the BGSU 45.  Five plays later, the Falcons were in the end zone again. 
 
Greene and Heath Jackson were the stars of this drive. After Jackson caught a Johnson 13-yard pass to start the series, Greene carried three straight times for 21 yards.  Massachusetts was also called for a face mask penalty after the second one.  From the nine yard line, Johnson led a perfect play-action fake and found Jackson all alone in the end zone.  The nine-yard touchdown connection gave BGSU a 28-0 lead.
 
The score was also gave BGSU touchdowns in four consecutive possessions for the third straight game.  They also accomplished this feat against Murray State and Akron.
 
Mike Wegzyn replaced A.J. Doyle at quarterback after the final BGSU score.  He led Massachusetts on two long drives.  The first ended in the end zone with Bowling Green's first interception of the season, courtesy of Ryland Ward.  (Two plays earlier, a Justin Ford holding penalty negated another interception.)  The second drive ended with the only Minutemen points of the game, as Wegzyn connected with Tajae Sharpe for a 24-yard touchdown pass.
 
Matt Schilz came in and led BGSU on a drive that took the final 4:34 off the game clock.  The march included a short pass over the middle to Moore, who ran until he had a 43-yard reception.
 
Bowling Green finished the game with 448 yards on 65 plays and held Massachusetts to 280 yards on 57 plays.  Much of the Minutemen yardage came on those final two drives, including 88 yards in the final period.  BGSU ran the ball 43 times for 232 yards and passed for another 216.  The Minutemen accumulated 184 rushing yards on 32 carries but were held to just 96 yards through the air.
 
The Falcons held the ball for 32:23 compared to 27:37 for Massachusetts and converted five of 12 third-down attempts as opposed to four of 13 by the Minutemen.  BGSU also had the advantage in penalties, as they committed just two, while Massachusetts had eight.
 
Johnson ended the game with 11 completions in 20 attempts.  He also had three touchdowns and 166 yards.  Schilz was 2-for-2 in his short stint of playing time.  Greene led all rushers with 22 carries and a career-high 160 yards.  Andre Givens posted 60 yards, including a 47-yard run right up the middle.  Jackson led Falcon receivers with four catches for 33 yards and a touchdown. Moore's three catches netted 91 yards and a score, and Joplin had 25 yards on two receptions.  Defensively, the team was led by Justin Ford and Gabe Martin in tackles, with seven and six, respectively.  Brian Schmiedebusch had a 42.2 yard average on five punts; of those, two went inside the 20 yard line.
 
Doyle was just 4-for-17 in two quarters plus two third-quarter possessions.  Those four completions managed only 20 yards and none was longer than seven.  Wegzyn completed seven of eight passes for 76 yards in mop-up duty.  His only "incompletion" was Ward's interception.  Jamal Wilson led Massachusetts runners with 119 yards on 20 carries.  Nearly half of that came on one 51-yard run in the second quarter.  Tajae Sharpe led their receivers with three catches, 38 yards and a touchdown.
 
With the loss, Massachusetts falls to 0-5 overall and 0-1 in Mid-American Conference play.  They are at home for four of their next five games, and that stretch begins next Saturday against Miami at 3:00 p.m. ET.
 
Bowling Green's victory gives the Falcons a 5-1 record and improves their mark in the MAC to 3-0.  The team plays their final non-conference game of the regular season next Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET against Mississippi State.  The game can be seen on Fox Sports Net channels and will also be available on ESPN3. 
 
After a bye week following the trip to Mississippi, BGSU resumes MAC play on Oct. 26th at home against arch-rival Toledo.
 
     
Northern Illinois 38, Kent State 24     Final     Stats     Postgame Notes
 
Junior Cameron Stingily ran for 266 yards on 37 carries and the Northern Illinois University Huskies totaled 698 yards of total offense, 454 on the ground, to claim a 38-24 victory over Kent State Saturday in its 2013 Mid-American Conference opener.
 
The Huskies improved to 5-0, 1-0 in the MAC, with the win, while Kent State fell to 2-4, 1-2.
 
On a rainy Saturday in Ohio, Stingily punished the Golden Flashes, often dragging two and three defenders for extra yardage as he compiled the most yards by a Huskie running back since Garrett Wolfe set the NIU school record with 353 yards versus Ball State on Sept. 30, 2006. Stingily, who was celebrating his 22nd birthday Saturday, said he didn't think his teammates were serious when they told him his yardage total after the game.
 
"I just wanted to play hard and I wanted a win for my birthday," he said. "I didn't know I was going to touch the ball so many times. I read my keys and just tried to keep going."
 
"I'm proud of him," said NIU Head Coach Rod Carey. "He kept his pads low and held onto the football. I'm not surprised to see him have a game like this because of the work he's put in. I'm really happy for Spence [walk-on running back James Spencer] too. He was the next guy in and he was ready to go. He has worked so hard."
 
NIU piled up 698 yards of total offense in the game, the third-highest total in school history. The Huskies' 454 rushing yards were the eighth-most all-time. In addition to Stingily, quarterback Jordan Lynch had 94 yards on 14 carries, while Spencer gained 42 yards on six rushes.
 
Lynch also completed 21-of-35 passes for 244 yards and two scores while also throwing a pair of interceptions. He accounted for 338 yards of total offense in the game.
 
After falling behind for the only time all game when Kent State quarterback Colin Reardon hit Tyshon Goode with a 28-yard pass early in the third quarter to put the Flashes ahead 28-24, the Huskies outscored KSU 17-0 the rest of the second half.
 
Lynch directed NIU on a 10-play, 84-yard drive that took 4:05 off the clock with all but 11 yards coming on the ground. The Huskies took the lead for good on a 22-yard run by Spencer, who came into the game when Keith Harris went to the sidelines in the second quarter with an injury.
 
The Huskie defense forced Kent State to punt and NIU put together a signature drive. Starting from the NIU six-yard line and running behind an offensive line opening holes for everyone, Stingily, Lynch and Spencer methodically marched the Huskies downfield. Lynch hit Tommylee Lewis, who led the Huskies with eight catches in the game, for 13 yards on third and 12 to the Kent State six. NIU also overcame a holding penalty from the one before Lynch hit Spencer with a screen pass for the touchdown and an 11-point lead, 35-24.
 
Kicker Mathew Sims put the final points on the board with a 31-yard field goal with 7:28 to play to cap off a 10-play, 56-yard drive.
 
Kent State had one more shot and advanced to the NIU 12-yard line. Four passes went incomplete and the Huskie offense took over with 4:17 to play and collected three more first downs rushing to all but run out the clock.
 
A driving rainstorm limited the scoring early as neither team could generate much offense in the first quarter. NIU took a 7-0- lead on a Stingily 17-yard run, but Kent State's Dri Archer provided an immediate answer, taking the kickoff back 100 yards for a touchdown and a 7-7 tie.
 
Lynch hit Da'Ron Brown on a 53-yard completion midway through the second quarter to give NIU a 14-7 lead, but KSU answered again as Reardon completed a 66-yard pass to Archer who took it to the end zone for the second tie of the game.
 
NIU went to the ground game to take a 21-14 lead with Stingily scoring from the one. Kent State earned a field goal to cut the lead to 21-17 at halftime.