MAC Football Scoreboard: Saturday, Sept. 21:
Toledo 38, Central Michigan 17 Final
Vanderbilt 24, UMass 7 Final
Iowa 59, Western Michigan 3 Final
Ball State 51, Eastern Michigan 20 Final
Ohio 38, Austin Peay 0 Final
Bowling Green 48, Murray State 7 Final
Penn State 34, Kent State 0 Final
Cincinnati 14, Miami 0 Final
Louisiana-Lafayette 35, Akron 30 Final
Northern Illinois 43, Eastern Illinois 39 Final
Game stories courtesy of MAC Athletic Communications Departments.
Mount Pleasant, MI - Senior quarterback Terrance Owens came off the bench to spark the Rockets while the Toledo defense forced four turnovers in a 38-17 victory over Central Michigan in Mount Pleasant on Saturday.
Owens, who came out of last week’s 33-21 victory over Eastern Washington with a sprained knee, missed his usual starting assignment in favor of true freshman Logan Woodside. He came in on Toledo’s second possession of the second quarter, completing 13-of-17 passes for 139 yards and one touchdown for the contest.
Senior running back David Fluellen, who came in the game nursing a sore ankle, looked to be in top form, gaining 197 yards, his third consecutive game over the 100-yard mark. Senior wide receiver Bernard Reedy had another big game, catching nine passes for 96 yards.
Toledo’s defense may have been the difference, however, as sophomore linebacker Chase Murdock led the way with 12 tackles, two sacks, three tackles-for-loss, an interception and a forced fumble. Junior linebacker Junior Sylvestre added 12 tackles of his own, with two fumble recoveries and a defensive touchdown to go along with one sack.
The defense set the tone in the first quarter, forcing two turnovers that led to Toledo touchdowns. Murdock picked off a pass at the CMU 40-yard-line and returned it 11 yards to the 29. Seven plays later, Fluellen ran it in from two yards out to put the Rockets up, 7-0.
After CMU answered with a nine-play, 75-yard drive to knot the score at 7-7, the Rocket defense came up with another big play. This time, Sylvestre sacked CMU quarterback Cooper Rush, scooped up the fumble and raced 22 yards for his first collegiate score to put the Rockets back up by seven, 14-7.
Owens entered the game on Toledo’s second drive of the second quarter and drove the Rockets 96 yards in nine plays to put the Rockets up, 21-7. The drive was sparked by a 44-yard catch and run by Reedy and was finished with a superb one-handed grab by sophomore wide receiver Alonzo Russell from three yards out.
CMU closed out the scoring in the first half with a one-yard TD run by Saylor Lavalli with 35 seconds remaining.
Toledo put three more points on the board on its first drive of the second half on a 35-yard field goal by Jeremiah Detmer to extend the lead to 24-14. CMU countered with a 40-yard field to cut the lead to 24-17 with 58 seconds left in the third quarter.
A 50-yard kickoff return by Reedy set up Toledo’s next score, a 15-yard rush by redshirt freshman Damion Jones-Moore from the Wildcat formation on third-and-one.
Fluellen scored his third touchdown of the game with 5:02 remaining in the game on a four-yard run out of the Wildcat formation to cap off a nine play, 74-yard drive and close out the scoring.
Toledo improves to 2-2 on the season and records its first win in the Mid-American Conference. Central Michigan falls to 1-3, 0-1 in MAC play.
The Rockets return to the road next week, travelling to Muncie for a big MAC West game with Ball State.
Vanderbilt 24, UMass 7 Final Stats
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The Massachusetts football team battled hard with Vanderbilt of the Southeastern Conference, but allowed two fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 24-7 loss at Gillette Stadium on Saturday. UMass tied the game at 7-7 early in the second quarter before Vandy scored 17 unanswered to pull away for the win. The Minutemen drop to 0-4 on the season, while the Commodores move to 2-2.
A.J. Doyle threw for 133 yards on 20-of-28 with a touchdown before missing parts of the fourth quarter with an injury. Doyle was also the leading rusher for UMass, collecting 29 nets yards on eight carries.
On the defensive side of the ball, Devin Brown led UMass with 10 stops. Kevin Byrne had a career-high nine tackles and he forced a fumble on Vanderbilt's opening possession.
Vanderbilt outgained UMass 406-248 in total offense, with 230 coming through the air. Carta-Samuels was 18-for-27 for 219 yards, rushed nine times for 39 yards and caught a halfback pass for 21 yards on the
Both teams opened the game with turnovers - Randell Jette picking off a Carta-Samuels pass for his first interception of the year - third of his career - and Adam Butler recovering a UMass fumble near midfield.
Vanderbilt was able to strike first when Jonathan Krause scored on a 49-yard pass over the top to cap a 6-play, 81-yards drive late in the first quarter.
UMass answered right back on the ensuing drive when Tajae Sharpe caught a 3rd and goal pass from Doyle. The 75-yard scoring drive was the longest for the Minutemen this season.
Carey Spear gave the Commodores a 10-7 lead just before halftime with a 32-yard field goal.
UMass had a chance to tie it before the break, but Blake Lucas' 45-yard attempt sailed wide right.
Vandy extended the margin to 17-7 early in the final period as Carta-Samuels completed a 11-yard pass to Jordan Matthews. UMass' Stanley Andre appeared to secure the sack as he had the quarterback wrapped up and was bringing him down, but the fifth-year senior was able to get rid of the ball before falling to the ground.
The Commodores put the game out of reach with a final scoring drive that consumed 89 yards and took 7:03 off the clock. Jerron Seymour scored from a yard out to put the visitors ahead 24-7 at the 4:41 mark. Vandy converted a pair of third downs and a fourth down on the drive.
UMass will be off next week before traveling to Ohio where it will face Bowling Green on Oct. 5. Kickoff at Doyt Perry Stadium is set for 3:30 p.m. Eastern time.
Iowa 59, Western Michigan 3 Final Stats
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Western Michigan football team suffered its first-ever loss to Iowa, 59--3, at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Western Michigan’s defense held the Iowa offense to just 160 yards in the first half but two punt returns for touchdowns by Kevonte Martin-Manley and an interception return for a touchdown changed the makeup of the game. The Hawkeyes scored 28 points in the second quarter to go into the half with a 38-3 lead.
The Broncos (0-4) forced two turnovers off of fumbles on the day by Rontavious Atkins and Mikhail Dubose. The forced fumble was Atkins’ second of the season, while Jabarai Bothwell and Kyle Lark were credited with the fumble recoveries. The WMU defense has forced at least one fumble in each game so far this season. Justin Currie led all tacklers with nine on the day, including one tackle-for-loss that helped hold Iowa to a field goal early in the first quarter. Atkins also had eight tackles to go with his forced fumble. Travonte Boles recorded a sack on the day to go with five tackles and 1.5 tackles-for-loss.
Brian Fields led the Bronco offense with 116 total yards on the day. The senior running back finished with 15 carries for 58 yards and a team-best five receptions for 57 yards. Red-shirt freshman Alec Moulton made his collegiate debut and made 3 catches for 28 yards, including an 18-yard grab on a pivotal fourth down that led to a Bronco field goal.
Iowa went up 10-0 in the first quarter on a field goal 20-yard field goal after 19-yard drive and then a 21-yard touchdown pass by Jake Rudock to Jacob Hillyer with 1:54 left in the first quarter. After the back-to-back punt returns Andrew Haldeman kicked a 23-yard field goal to cap off a 22 yard drive and cut the lead to 24-3. It was Haldeman’s third field goal of the season, staying a perfect three-for-three.
The Hawkeyes added 21 points in the second half to push the final score to 59-3.
Western Michigan opens up Mid-American Conference play on Saturday, Sept. 28 against Kent State at 7 p.m. at Waldo Stadium.
For the third straight season, under the direction of head coach Pete Lembo, the Ball State football team won its Mid-American Conference opener with a 51-20 win at Eastern Michigan Saturday afternoon in Ypsilanti, Mich.
With the win, the Cardinals improved to 3-1 on the season and 1-0 in MAC play, while the Eagles fell to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the MAC. Ball State forced Eastern Michigan into four turnovers lost with a pair of interceptions and two fumble recoveries to secure the win.
Offensively, Ball State scored on a 36-yard Jahwan Edwards’ touchdown run on its opening drive to take a 7-6 lead in the game and become the only team in the Football Bowl Subdivision to score on its first possession in all four contests this year. Just over two minutes later, Horactio Banks scored on a 43-yard run and Ball State was off to another record setting day.
This marked the second time this season Ball State has scored 51 points in a game, which gave the Cardinals two 50-point or more games in a single season for the first time since 1965 and for only the second time in school history.
Keith Wenning threw for 317 yards and became Ball State’s career leader with 10 all-time 300-yard passing games in his career. He has now passed for 300 or more yards in all four games after entering the game as one of only four FBS quarterbacks in the nation to pass for 300 or more yards in the first three games.
Wenning spread the ball to five different receivers, including Willie Snead, who led the Cardinals with nine catches for 175 yards. Jordan Williams tallied four catches for 105 yards and two TDs, while Jamill Smith had four catches for 37 yards.
Edwards returned to the lineup for the first time after suffering an injury in the season opener and led Ball State’s rushing attack with 15 carries for 81 yards and three scores. Banks managed seven rushes for 65 yards and one TD, while Teddy Williamson had 10 carries for 28 yards.
After trailing at the start of the contest, Ball State managed to score on every possession in the first quarter and its first four drives of the game. All four drives were six plays or fewer and took less than 2:30 off the clock. Two of the scoring drives were only two plays and took a combined 56 seconds.
The 31-point victory margin was the largest for Ball State since a 45-14 victory over Northern Illinois Nov. 5, 2008.
Ben Ingle led the Cardinals with 13 tackles and added one forced fumble, while Brian Jones tallied 12 tackles, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. Zack Ryan added 10 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Ball State returns home for the first time in two weeks Saturday as it hosts Toledo in MAC action at 3 p.m. in Scheumann Stadium.
Ohio 38, Austin Peay 0 Final Stats
ATHENS, Ohio - Behind its first shutout of an opponent in nine seasons, the Ohio University football team (3-1) won its third-straight game with a 38-0 victory over Austin Peay (0-4) Saturday afternoon inside Peden Stadium.
The Bobcats never trailed in the game and jumped on the Governors quickly with three touchdowns in the contest's first 17 minutes.
The shutout was Ohio's first in the Frank Solich era, as the Bobcats last blanked an opponent on Sept. 25, 2004 (34-0 vs. Buffalo). The 38-point margin of victory also was Ohio's largest since the 2002 season.
Senior quarterback Tyler Tettleton (Norman, Okla.) became the first Ohio signal caller to throw for more than 7,000 career yards after passing for 213 yards and three touchdowns. Tettleton completed 13 of his 15 throws on the day.
Sophomore tailback Daz'mond Patterson (Plant City, Fla.) rushed for a game-high 94 yards on seven carries, including a second half touchdown scamper. Senior tailback Ryan Boykin (Woodstock, Ga.) added 59 yards and a score on 14 carries, while fellow senior Beau Blankenship (Norman, Okla.) added 38 yards on the ground.
Senior wideout Matt Waters (Council Bluffs, Iowa) posted a career-best two touchdown receptions and finished with four grabs for 55 yards, while junior Chase Cochran (Lebanon, Ohio) chipped in a game-high 84 receiving yards on four catches. Senior Donte' Foster (Guthrie, Okla.) added 64 yards receiving and a touchdown to round out the Ohio receiving corps.
Ohio held a commanding 494-298 edge in total yards for the game, including a 251-155 cushion on the ground. The `Cats limited Austin Peay to 13 first downs on the day and a 5-of-17 mark on third down conversions.
Defensively, freshman linebacker Blair Brown (Moreno Valley, Calif.) and sophomore linebacker Jovon Johnson (Solon, Ohio) each tallied eight tackles to lead the `Cats. Three different Ohio players posted a sack in the contest.
After forcing a three-and-out on Austin Peay's first drive, the Bobcats took their opening drive 43 yards down the field for a score. The offensive series culminated with a six-yard strike from Tettleton to Waters to make it 7-0, Ohio with 11:13 to play in the first quarter. It marked Tettleton's 50th touchdown pass in a Bobcat uniform.
Ohio added to its lead on the `Cats third possession of the quarter, as the Bobcats marched 78 yards down the field on just seven plays to build a two-score lead. On 3rd-and-9 at the Ohio 47-yard line, Tettleton lobbed a beautiful pass down the field to Foster who beat his man and raced 53 yards into the end zone. The score gave Ohio a 14-0 edge with 2:56 to play in the quarter.
After a shanked punt by Austin Peay, Ohio took over at the Governors' 25 yard-line with nine seconds to play in the opening quarter. Boykin compiled 14 yards on two carries to move Ohio into the red zone, where the `Cats made it 21-0 after Tettleton found Waters for a six-yard score and his third touchdown pass of the game.
The Governors countered with a 10-play, 31-yard drive that moved the visitors into Ohio territory with under seven minutes to play in the second quarter, but the series stalled at the Ohio 47.
The Bobcats responded with a 10-play drive in which 44 of the Green & White's 49 yards came on the ground. The series set up a 48-yard field goal attempt from Matt Green that went wide with 1:39 left in the half.
Ohio entered the break holding a 21-0 lead. The home team held a 239-114 edge in total yards during the opening half, including a 165-57 cushion through the air. The `Cats were 6-of-8 on third down conversions and posted 13 first downs to Austin Peay's four in the stanza.
The Bobcats threatened on their second possession of the second half, as Tettleton took the first play from scrimmage and rifled a 64-yard strike to Cochran. However, Cochran fumbled the ball at the Austin Peay five-yard line and the Governors pounced on it in the end zone for a touchback.
Ohio held Austin Peay to a three-and-out on its next possession, then responded with a nine-yard, 69-yard drive that took more than four minutes off the clock. The series included a nice 32-yard rush on a reverse by Daz Patterson and a one-yard touchdown scamper from Boykin that gave Ohio a 28-0 lead with 6:40 to go in the quarter.
The Governors put together a strong 62-yard drive on their next possession, but could not get on the board after kicker Walter Spears misses a 32-yard field goal with 2:31 to play in the quarter. After a Patterson fumble on Ohio's next possession, Austin Peay took over with golden field position at the Ohio 30, but the Governors missed another field goal, this time from 26 yards, with 12:58 to play in the game.
The Bobcats extended their lead to 31-0 after a 12-play, 50-yard drive led by sophomore quarterback Derrius Vick (Lincoln, Neb.). Vick and junior tailback Tim Edmond (Cincinnati, Ohio) combined for all 50 yards on the ground. The drive culminated with a 48-yard field goal from sophomore kicker Josiah Yazdani (Albany, Ohio).
Ohio then blocked an Austin Peay field goal attempt on the Governors next drive, which led to an Ohio series that featured three carries for 46 yards from Patterson. He scored on a 13-yard TD scamper to give Ohio a 38-0 edge.
Ohio then held Austin Peay without a score over the game's final five minutes to preserve the shutout.
The Bobcats now enjoy a week off before returning to action Oct. 5 with a game at MAC East rival Akron. Kick-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. at InfoCision Stadium.
Bowling Green 48, Murray State 7 Final Stats
The Bowling Green State University football team exploded with one of the finest afternoons of offense in school history on Saturday (Sept. 21) as the Falcons defeated the Murray State Racers, 48-7, in front of 16,094 fans at Doyt Perry Stadium in Bowling Green, Ohio.
The team rolled up 660 yards of total offense, which broke the Dave Clawson-era record of 576 yards set just two weeks ago at Kent State. The number fell just 46 yards shy of the all-time school record, which was set against Grand Valley State in 1978.
The Falcons did not discriminate between the pass or the run; three Falcon passers accounted for 378 yards through the air, while eight different runners pounded out 278 yards on the ground. Those yards led to 32 first downs, and that is just five shy of the BGSU record. Bowling Green also averaged 8.9 yards on their 74 plays.
Want more? Seven of the team's ten possessions resulted in touchdowns. That included five consecutive touchdown possessions during the middle of the game (and six of the final seven). BGSU punted only twice and had just one turnover. The Falcons were 8-for-10 on third down attempts and converted all seven drives into the Murray State red zone into touchdowns.
On defense, the Falcons allowed only 117 yards in the first half and a total of 312 for the game. Those 312 yards came on 66 plays, for an average of just 4.7 per play. They converted only four out of 14 chances on third down and scored on just one of three red zone opportunities.
The game started innocently enough for Murray State. They won the toss and deferred, so BGSU received the opening kickoff. After getting 20 yards and one first down, the Falcons were forced to punt. That would amount to their shortest drive of the game, and they wouldn't punt again until the end of the third quarter.
The defense quickly forced Murray State to punt after three plays, and BGSU scored the game's first points on an eight-play, 63-yard drive. Matt Johnson passed to Chris Gallon for four yards to cap the march with a touchdown. Tyler Tate missed the extra point, but the Falcons led 6-0.
Following another punt, BGSU began another drive, but, near midfield, Johnson threw wildly over the middle and the ball was intercepted by Darria Skinner. Skinner returned the ball to the MSU 47, and the Racers marched inside the Falcons' 10 yard line. Racer quarterback Maikhail Miller was poised to score a touchdown, but Paul Senn forced a fumble at the one-yard line, and it was recovered there by Paul Swan. Murray State would not threaten again until the game was no longer in doubt.
From there, the rest of the half was all Falcons. BGSU went on an 11-play, 99-yard touchdown drive, then forced a punt by Murray State. Then, another touchdown drive for the Falcons -- this time 69 yards in five plays. That was followed by another Racers' punt, which was downed at the BGSU 3. The Falcons finished the half with a 16-play, 97-yard touchdown march that took 5:01 of the final 5:08 off the clock.
At halftime, the Falcons led 27-0.
Murray State went three-and-out to start the second half, and Bowling Green put the game away for good on their first drive. Johnson led BGSU down the field for 68 yards in just four plays, and Andre Givens ended that drive with a nine-yard scoring run.
The two teams traded touchdowns later in the third quarter to make the score 41-7, before Ronnie Moore scored the final touchdown on a pass from third-string quarterback James Knapke during the final quarter.
Johnson finished his day in the third quarter after completing 19 of 22 passes for 244 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Matt Schilz replaced him and went 5-for-6 with 63 yards. Knapke was a perfect 4-for-4 on his drive and passed for 71 yards.
The three quarterbacks connected with 11 different receivers. Moore and Gallon led with five catches each; Moore had 63 yards and a touchdown, while Gallon had two scores and 36 yards. Tight end Alex Bayer caught four balls for a game-high 65 yards, and Shaun Joplin brought in three passes for 53 yards.
Of the eight players to register at least one carry, Travis Greene led with 17 for 133 yards and a touchdown. Three others also scored rushing touchdowns, including Andre Givens (8 carries, 47 yards), Johnson (5-40) and William Houston (7-24).
Defensively, Jude Adjei-Barimah and #D.J. Lynch# led with eight tackles. Adjei-Barimah's total included two tackles for loss and a sack. Taylor Royster also earned a sack for BGSU.
Maikhail Miller completed 22 of 32 passes, but most of them were near the line of scrimmage. He earned only 134 yards passing. Ten different receivers caught passes, but only one had more than three catches or 26 yards. That receiver was Nevar Griffin, whose five catches accounted for 42 yards.
Jaamal Berry led Murray State with 55 yards rushing on nine carries, one of which went for the team's only touchdown. Miller had ten carries for 52 yards, and Duane Brady also had ten for 44 yards.
Bowling Green continues their stretch of three consecutive home games next week against the Akron Zips in BGSU's second Mid-American Conference game. The contest will begin at 2:30 p.m. and will be televised online at ESPN3.com.
Penn State 34, Kent State 0 Final Stats
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Kent State stayed within striking distance of Penn State for the better part of three quarters before finally falling 34-0 on a soggy Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium.
Despite a difficult day on offense, the Golden Flashes trailed by just 14 points before Penn State's Zach Zwinak scored the second of his three touchdown runs to put the Nittany Lions ahead 21-0 with just 4:53 to play in the third quarter.
Zwinak's second three-touchdown day in as many weeks included scoring runs of 2 yards in the second quarter, 1 yard in the third quarter and another 1-yard plunge in the fourth quarter.
"This was another tough loss, but we'll go back and evaluate film to continue to try and see what we are doing well and to improve some of the things we need to fix," said Kent State head coach Paul Haynes. "Our guys fought hard and kind of got worn out in the end. We started to get banged up. That's tough when you go against a physical team like Penn State."
Despite losing a starting nose tackle to injury for the second consecutive week, Kent State's depleted defense forced the Nittany Lions (3-1) to work for all of their 34 points. Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg struggled to complete just 13 of his 35 passes for 175 yards, one interception and one touchdown. Prior to the start of the day, the freshman had completed better than 71-percent of his attempts in his first three starts.
Star wide receiver Allen Robinson, who racked up seven catches for over 100 yards in each of his first three games this season, managed just three catches for 43 yards against a Kent State secondary that gained some valuable confidence.
Safety Luke Wollet led the Flashes in tackles with 11 while cornerbacks Dylan Farrington and Darius Polk recorded eight tackles each.
"Our coaches challenged us after we played LSU last week," said Farrington, who intercepted Hackenberg and batted down several fade passes for Robinson in the end zone during the second half. "We made a lot of plays in the back end, but that doesn't matter as much if you can't stop the run in the front end as well."
Led by Zwinak and a career 123-yard day by Akeel Lynch, Penn State out-rushed Kent State 287-to-56. The Nittany Lions out-gained Kent State 463-to-190.
Kent State misfired on an opportunity for a fast start in the first quarter after its defense forced a quick three-and-out on Penn State's opening drive. Unfortunately for the Golden Flashes, after marching to the Lions' 24, Anthony Melchiori slid a 31-yard field goal attempt just wide to the right.
Melchiori more than made up for that early miss with a brilliant day punting the football. The sophomore punted 10 times for a 46.5-yard average that included a long boot of 54 yards.
Trayion Durham led the Kent State ground game with 38 yards on 11 attempts. Colin Reardon completed 12-of-28 passes for 100 yards and one interception. Chris Humphrey added five catches for 47 yards.
Kent State (1-3) returns to action next week when it returns to Mid-American Conference play with a visit to Western Michigan at 7 p.m. on Sept. 28.
"I'm proud of a lot of the things we did today," said Haynes. "You know, this is where our season really starts. Right now with the MAC. Our guys will go back to work and concentrate on Western Michigan."
Cincinnati 14, Miami 0 Final Stats
OXFORD, Ohio—After more than 55 minutes of scoreless play, the University of Cincinnati scored two touchdowns in the final 4:55 to claim a 14-0 win over Miami University in the 118th playing of the Battle of the Victory Bell.
Cincinnati (3-1) put the first score on the board with 4:55 to play in the game on a 1-yard run by Hosey Williams that capped a 16-play, 79-yard drive over 7:41. The Tony Miliano extra point gave the Bearcats a 7-0 lead. Just under three minutes later, Cincinnati scored again on a Brendon Kay 1-yard run at the 2:05 mark to finish a five-play, 21-yard drive.
Miami (0-3) and Cincinnati played to a 0-0 tie through the first three quarters, but there were plenty of highlights for the RedHawks, especially in the second quarter.
Senior cornerback Dayonne Nunley recorded his 13th career interception and his first of the season at the 10:39 mark of the second quarter. He picked off a Kay pass at the Cincinnati 45-yard line to move within one of the No. 3 spot on the Miami career interception chart.
Senior punter Zac Murphy booted a Miami University and Yager Stadium-record punt of 84 yards with 1:19 to go in the opening half. His punt traveled to the Cincinnati 4-yard line and was returned 7 yards. He eclipsed the previous Miami record of 78 yards by Gary Layton against Bowling Green in 1994 and the Yager Stadium record of 76 yards by Toledo’s Gabe Lindstrom in 1998. It also tied for the fourth-longest punt in Mid-American Conference history, equaling Central Michigan’s Todd Winters’ punt against Ball State in 1989. The MAC record of 92 yards was set by Toledo’s Brandon Hannum in 2001 against Bowling Green.
True freshman cornerback Heath Harding then notched his first career interception on the Miami 17-yard line with two seconds remaining in the opening half to halt the Bearcat drive.
Most of the second half went much like the first half.
Early in the fourth quarter, Cincinnati faced fourth-and-four on the RedHawks’ 19-yard line. The Bearcats set up for a field goal attempt from the 36, but senior defensive tackle Austin Brown came up with a huge play, blocking the kick and preventing the Bearcat score. Harding picked up the ball at the 25-yard line and returned it 5 yards.
The RedHawks were unable to put points on the board however, as Cincinnati retained the Victory Bell for the eighth straight year with two late fourth-quarter scores.
Junior wide receiver Dawan Scott paced the RedHawks on offense with three catches for 50 yards. Defensively, sophomore linebacker Kent Kern led all players with 15 tackles, including 12 solo stops.
Kay led the Bearcats with 171 yards passing, completing 23-of-37 attempts.
Miami travels to Illinois for a noon (ET) kickoff on Saturday, Sept. 28.
Louisiana-Lafayette 35, Akron 30 Final Stats
AKRON, Ohio – Akron erased an early 14-point deficit and fought back to take a 24-21 lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Zips were unable to hold on in a 35-30 loss to Louisiana on Saturday night at InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field.
Last week's Mid-American Conference East Division Offensive Player of the Week Kyle Pohl shook off two early interceptions to throw for 321 yards and three touchdowns for Akron (1-3). Anthony Holmes led a strong defensive effort for the Zips with eight tackles, six of which were solo efforts.
Louisiana (2-2) struck first with eight minutes left in the first quarter, capitalizing two plays after a Pohl interception when quarterback Terrance Broadway flipped a nine-yard pass to Jamal Robinson for a touchdown.
The Cajuns extended their lead to 14-0 just under the 10-minute mark in the second quarter, as Broadway capped an 80-yard drive with a 15-yard rushing score of his own.
Less than a minute later, the Zips answered in dramatic fashion, finding the endzone in the form of a 77-yard completion from Pohl to Zach D'Orazio – the sophomore receiver's fourth TD catch in the last three games. D'Orazio finished the night with 111 yards on four catches.
After a solid defensive sequence, Akron evened the score at 14-all courtesy of a Jawon Chisholm 22-yard run.
Another remarkable defensive stand from UA would follow to keep Louisiana from scoring again before halftime. The Cajuns rattled off 14 plays and penetrated the redzone, but the Zips stuffed UL on a fourth-and-6 at the Akron 16-yard line to regain control and momentum.
Akron took its first lead of the night at the 4:45 mark of the third quarter on a career-long field goal from Robert Stein, as the sophomore put a 49-yard attempt through the uprights to give the Zips a 17-14 advantage.
UL's Robinson caught his second TD pass from Broadway as he fell out of bounds with 57 seconds remaining in the third quarter, and the play stood after review to put the Cajuns back on top by four heading into the fourth (21-17).
The Zips came firing out of the gate with Pohl connecting on a 37-yard pass to freshman Fransohn Bickley for his first collegiate touchdown. A Stein extra point gave Akron a 24-21 lead with 13:51 left in the game, but the Cajuns would not go quietly.
Broadway registered his second rushing TD of the game with 8:07 on the clock, and Louisiana's ensuing on-side kick led to another TD to turn the tables and put the score at 35-24 in the Cajuns' favor with just over six minutes to play.
Justin March picked off an interception at UL's 32-yard line to set up the second of two more Stein FG attempts (46 and 48 yards), but they were both off the mark. The Zips made a final push when Bickley scooped up another pass from Pohl for a TD with 29 seconds on the clock, but the two-point conversion attempt was no good. The Zips would be unabe to recover their onside kick.
Akron opens Mid-American Conference play on Saturday, Sept. 28, when it travels to Bowling Green, Ohio, to face the BGSU Falcons. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. ET and the game will be carried by ESPN3.
Zips Notebook: Justin March, who entered the game tied for 14th nationally in interceptions per game (0.7 per game), added his third pick of the season in the fourth quarter ... March's three interceptions are the most by a Zips player in a single season since Anthony Holmes recorded three in 2010 ... Fransohn Bickley, who entered the game with six catches for 61 yards and no touchdowns, posted five catches for 79 yards and two scores ... tonight's 100-yard receiving performance by Zach D'Orazio was the first of his career ... Jawon Chisholm moved into tenth place on the career rushing list with his 44 yards on 11 carries ... Chisholm passed Brett Biggs (2004-05) and now has 2,113 yards.
Northern Illinois 43, Eastern Illinois 39 Final Stats
Huskies Outlast Eastern Illinois for 22nd Straight Home Win; Cameron Stingily rushes for a career-high 134 yards and two touchdowns
DEKALB, Ill. -- After trailing 20-0 midway through the first quarter, Northern Illinois came back to earn a 43-39 victory over Eastern Illinois in front of a sellout crowd of 23,595 Saturday at Huskie Stadium. Senior quarterback Jordan Lynch (Chicago, Ill./Mt. Carmel) threw for 235 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 189 yards. Running back Cameron Stingily (Romeoville, Ill./Romeoville) added a career-high 134 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries.
“It’s a win, [but] we’ve got a lot of improvement to do,” said NIU Head Coach Rod Carey. “It was a lot like the Idaho game [last week]. I didn’t think we came out quite ready, but this team responds.”
A 10-yard touchdown pass from EIU’s Jimmy Garoppolo to Erik Lora with 9:53 to go in the fourth quarter gave Eastern Illinois a 39-36 lead, its first lead of the second half. Garoppolo threw six touchdown passes in the contest while going 34-of-49 for 450 yards. Lora caught 14 passes for 198 yards, including three scores.
“He is the best quarterback we’ve played,” Carey said. “He’s going to be playing on Sundays. He’s legit.”
NIU answered Eastern Illinois’ score on the ensuing drive, going 62 yards in four plays, all on the ground, to retake the lead. Stingily’s 46-yard carry on the second play of the drive helped setup an eight-yard Keith Harris Jr. (Chicago, Ill./Leo) touchdown two plays later.
After forcing Eastern Illinois to punt, Northern Illinois got the ball back with 5:04 left and ran out the clock with its longest drive of the game. Facing third-and-11, Lynch found redshirt junior tight end Luke Eakes (St. Marys, Kan./St. Marys) for 21 yards and a first down, a play that allowed the Huskies to take a knee and claim their 22nd consecutive victory at Huskie Stadium.
“I was pleased with how we ended the game,” Carey said. “We got the ball with five minutes left, handed the ball off and got first downs.”
Eastern Illinois jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the first seven-and-a-half minutes of the game. The Panthers took the opening kickoff and went 75 yards in nine plays, capped by a 14-yard pass from Garoppolo to Lora for the score. EIU failed to convert a two-point try.
The Panthers caught the Huskies by surprise with an onside kick and recovered to maintain possession. On the first play of the drive, Garoppolo found Adam Drake for 43 yards to give EIU a 13-0 lead before the Huskies had the ball on offense. Drake finished the game with eight catches for 137 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Following a three-and-out by the Huskie offense, Eastern Illinois increased its lead to 20-0 with a nine-play, 64-yard drive. Garoppolo hit Keiondre Gober from 13 yards out as EIU led 20-0 with 7:36 to play in the first quarter.
Northern Illinois responded on its next drive, going 60 yards in eight plays for a touchdown. Stingily finished off the drive with a five-yard touchdown run, the extra point was missed as the Huskies trimmed the EIU lead to 20-6.
With the Panthers driving into Huskie territory, sophomore defensive back Marlon Moore (Mobile, Ala./C.F. Vigor) picked off a Garoppolo pass at the 16-yard line.
After a penalty moved the Huskies back to their own four to begin the drive, NIU marched 96 yards in just eight plays to trim the Panther lead to seven, 20-13, a minute into the second quarter. Lynch went 4-of-5 through the air on the drive, which was capped by another Stingily five-yard touchdown run.
Still leading by seven, EIU attempted a fake punt in its own territory, but the Panthers fumbled on the play and turned the ball back over to NIU at the Panther 39-yard line.
A spectacular 32-yard run by Lynch on the first play of the drive set up NIU with first-and-goal and Lynch hit Eakes on the next play from three yards out as the Huskies evened the contest, 20-20.
NIU took the lead just before halftime as senior kicker Mathew Sims (Hannibal, Mo./Hannibal) converted an 18-yard field goal attempt to give NIU a 23-20 lead with five seconds left in the first half. Sims’ field goal finished a drive that went 14 plays and 82 yards for the Huskies.
After the halftime intermission, NIU increased its lead to 10 on a nine-yard touchdown run by Harris Jr., with 10:17 to play in the third quarter.
Eastern Illinois answered on the next drive with a 33-yard touchdown pass from Garoppolo to Lora, cutting the NIU lead to four, 30-26, after a bad snap on the extra point attempt.
The Huskies marched back down to the Eastern Illinois one-yard line before a penalty helped stall the NIU drive and the Huskies were forced to settle for a field goal to push the lead back to seven, 33-26, with 2:50 to play in the third quarter.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Garoppolo hooked up with Drake from 15 yards out to even the score, 33-33.
Another Sims field goal put the Huskies back on top, 36-33, before Garoppolo’s 10-yard touchdown pass to Lora gave EIU its first lead of the second half, 39-36.
Junior wide receiver Tommylee Lewis (Riviera Beach, Fla./W.T. Dwyer) made a team-high nine catches for 82 yards while redshirt junior wide receiver Da’Ron Brown (Chicago, Ill./Morgan Park) had a team-best 99 receiving yards on seven catches.
The Huskies will return to the road for the final non-conference game of the regular season next Saturday, Sept. 28, when they travel to West Lafayette, Ind., to take on Purdue. Game time against the Boilermakers is scheduled for 11 a.m., and will be televised on ESPN2.