MAC Football Scoreboard: Saturday, October 12th:
Army 50, Eastern Michigan 25 Final
Buffalo 33, Western Michigan 0 Final
Central Michigan 26, Ohio 23 Final
Ball State 27, Kent State 24 Final
UMass 17, Miami 10 Final
Northern Illinois 27, Akron 20 Final
Mississippi State 21, Bowling Green 20 Final
Game stories courtesy of MAC Athletic Communication Staffs.
Army 50, Eastern Michigan 25 Final Stats
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Closing out the non-conference portion of the 2013 season, the Eastern Michigan University football team dropped a 50-25 decision to the Army Black Knights Saturday afternoon, Oct. 12, at Michie Stadium. The Eagles (1-5, 0-2 MAC) held the early edge, but the Army (3-4) ground attack proved to be too much for the Green and White.
Army outgained EMU, 551-417, due in large part to 513 yards on the ground. Junior running back Terry Baggett had a career day, rushing for an Army record 304 yards on 18 carries, including four touchdowns. Baggett shattered the previous mark of 269 yards by Mike Wallace who accomplished the feat against Louisville in 1999.
Bronson Hill was the bright spot for the EMU offense, racking up 232 total yards. The junior running back ran 20 times for 143 yards while also catching four passes for 91 yards. Through the air, Tyler Benz went 17-of-26 with 223 passing yards and two touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball Hunter Matt led all Eagles with 13 tackles.
The dynamic duo of Benz and Hill has now combined for 920 yards and nine touchdowns in the past two games against the Black Knights. Last season versus Army, Oct. 20, 2012, Benz threw 19-of-31 for 369 yards and five touchdowns, including one to Hill. Meanwhile, Hill ran for 185 yards and one touchdown on the ground in the Eagles' 48-38 win at Rynearson Stadium.
The Green and White marched right down the field on the opening drive, going 10 plays in 76 yards, capped off by a 17 yard screen pass from Benz to Hill. Benz was a perfect 5-of-5 on the drive for 63 yards, including two completions to Hill for 44 yards. After getting inside the Army red zone and facing third-and-long, the redshirt junior quarterback scrambled to find an open Hill in the flat. The EMU running back made the catch and proceeded to shift his way until he found the end zone. On the extra point attempt, a bad snap forced backup quarterback/holder Mark Iannotti to try to make a play, and Schaumberg, Ill. native certainly did that, finding Cole Gardner just shy of the goal line. Gardner was able to break a tackle, reach out and break the break the plane for the unorthodox two-point conversion. With 9:24 remaining in the opening quarter, the Eagles led, 8-0.
The Black Knights responded, scoring on their own opening drive. The ground-and-pound triple option offense used eight plays, including seven on the ground, to go 70 yards down the field. Baggett ran four yards to finish the drive, and the point after attempt was good, cutting the EMU lead to one, 8-7 with 4:55 left in the first quarter.
Eastern wasted no time increasing the lead back to eight, taking 53 seconds to go 65 yards to the house. Benz completed a 10-yard pass to Duwhan Alford before Hill took over the rest of the drive using a 43-yard run to set up a 12-yard scamper, making it 15-7. However, 20 seconds later, Baggett answered for Army by heading 67 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. The Black Knights lined up for two, and Santiago kept the ball to convert, tying the game up, 15-15.
Following the first punt of the game, Army took its first lead of the game with a long, 17-play drive that lasted 7:13. On third-and-goal from the one-yard line, Trenton Turrentine took the pitch from Santiago and beat a few EMU defenders to the corner, putting the Black Knights up, 22-15, with 9:46 to go in the opening half.
Following drives where both teams were unable to score, the Eagles created a long drive of their own. Eating up nearly the entire remaining time in the first half, Hill made some key runs that eventually set up a 31-yard field goal by Dylan Mulder with five seconds left before halftime. Eastern used 17 plays to go 73 yards to cut into the deficit, heading into the locker room trailing 22-18.
Benz was efficient through the air in the first half, completing 8-of-13 passes yards. However, it was Hill who was the star of the EMU offense as he ran 15 times for 114 yards, including a 43-yard dash that set up a 12-yard touchdown run. The Grand Rapids, Mich. native also caught a pair of passes totaling 44 yards.
Army found success on offense as 218 yards of its 244 yards of total offense came on the ground. Baggett rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns on just six carries while Turrentine ran four times for 61 yards. Santiago kept the ball on 12 occasions for 31 yards while passing for 26 yards on 3-of-4 throws.
After another Baggett touchdown on Army's first drive of the second half, EMU quickly entered the red zone after a 53-yard screen pass from Benz to Hill. However, a fumble on a third down slant gave the ball back to Army. Two plays later, Baggett would find another hole and scamper 96 yards to increase the Army lead, 36-18, with 9:05 remaining in the third quarter.
On fourth-and-long, Benz hit Dustin Creel for 28 yards and a touchdown to give the Eagles its first points of the second half, making the score, 43-25.
Following back-to-back road games in New York, the Eagles return to Ypsilanti to host Ohio University, Oct. 19, in a Mid-American Conference cross-divisional contest. The contest is Band Day, with 13 high school bands performing as one during a special halftime concert. Kickoff from Rynearson Stadium is set for 1 p.m. and fans are encouraged to wear white as the game will be a "White Out."
Buffalo 33, Western Michigan 0 Final Stats
KALAMAZOO, MI – The University at Buffalo football team won its fourth straight game in convincing fashion, shutting out Western Michigan, 33-0, at Waldo Stadium on Saturday afternoon. It was just the second time the Bulls blanked a Mid-American Conference opponent and it was first road shutout by a UB team since 1965. Buffalo improved to 4-2 overall and to 2-0 in MAC play for the first time ever.
The UB defense completely dominated the game. The Bulls held the Broncos to just 202 yards of total offense, including only 38 yards rushing. Colby Way led the defensive attack with a career-high three sacks. The defense forced four turnovers, including interceptions by Najja Johnson and Marqus Baker. Khalil Mack finished with six tackles, 1.5 for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
"Well, as always, you know when you go on the road in this league, you really depend heavily on your leadership, and I thought our leadership did a great job today defensively, outstanding performance," head coach Jeff Quinn said. "To get a shut out on the road against a very good football team, says a lot about our leadership, and the takeaways in the second half obviously made a difference. Not really the best or well executed first half that I would have liked to see, but I just thought our kids did a good job, our coaches did in the half and coming out in the second half and getting some takeaways, capitalizing on them. I thought our defense was tremendous. Colby Way, Khalil Mack, Redden, Lee Skinner, all those guys, I mean, Beau Bachtelle, tremendous group of young men."
Offensively, the Bulls rushed for a season-high 290 yards in the game. Branden Oliver ran for 128 yards on 19 carries for his school-record 14th career 100-yard game. Potts chipped in with the best game of his young career, finishing with 91 yards on 16 carries.
Despite the lopsided score, it was a close game throughout the first half. The Bulls marched right down the field on their opening possession and Devin Campbell punched it in from 1-yard out. Patrick Clarke's extra point was blocked and the Bulls led 6-0. However, the UB offense stalled on several occasion in the first half and the score would remain 6-0 at the half.
The Bulls scored 17 points in the third quarter to break the game open. Clarke started the second-half scoring with a career-long 51-yard field goal that really seemed to ignite UB. Mack forced a fumble that Adam Redden recovered on the Broncos ensuing possession. Buffalo capitalized as Joe Licata connected with Mason Schreck on a 2-yard touchdown to extend the UB lead to 16-0 just over six minutes into the third quarter.
Following a three-and-out by Western Michigan, the UB offense went right back to work and marched 53 yards on five plays. Licata found Free Lee along the sideline and the senior receiver tip-toed into the endzone to put the Bulls ahead, 23-0.
Licata tossed his third touchdown of the game early in the fourth quarter when he found Alex Neutz in the corner of the endzone from two yards out. It was Neutz's sixth touchdown grab of the season. The senior receiver now has a touchdown catch in all six games this year.
Clarke capped the scoring with a 36-yard field goal with 6:27 left in the game.
After a rocky first half, Licata settled down in the second half. The sophomore signal caller was 5-for-8 for 44 yards and three touchdowns in the second half and finished with 124 total passing yards in the game.
Seven different players had catches in the game. Lee had a team-high four catches for 88 yards and a touchdown in the game.
This was just the second time UB shut out a MAC foe. The other was a 44-0 win over Ohio in 2001. The last shutout on the road was a 22-0 win at Delaware in 1965. It was the first time a Western Michigan team was shutout at home since 1987.
Buffalo will return home to host Massachusetts next Saturday at 3:30 pm.
Central Michigan 26, Ohio 23 Final Stats
ATHENS, Ohio – Redshirt freshman quarterback Cooper Rush threw a five-yard touchdown pass to junior receiver Courtney Williams with :22 seconds remaining and the Chippewa defense held on to earn Central Michigan a thrilling 26-23 road victory over MAC East favorite Ohio on Saturday afternoon at Peden Stadium in Athens.
Ohio (4-2, 1-1) went ahead, 23-19, on a one-yard rush by Ryan Boykin, giving CMU the ball back with 4:35 on the clock. However, the Chippewas couldn’t gain a first down and were forced to punt. OU returner Travis Carrie muffed the kick and redshirt freshman linebacker Joe Bacci recovered the ball at the Bobcats 39-yard line. Seven plays later, CMU was in the end zone, securing the Chippewas their second straight MAC win.
Rush finished the day with 224 yards passing and three touchdowns with one interception. His 20 total completions went to 10 different receivers.
Sophomore running back Saylor Lavallii set a career high in rushing for the second consecutive week, running for 184 yards on 26 carries. In the first half, he gained yards in chunks, rushing for 131 yards on just 13 carries, a 10.1 average.
Central Michigan (3-4, 2-1) finished the day with a total of 208 yards rushing against an Ohio defense that entered the game allowing only an average of 126 per game.
The CMU defense also did its part, forcing four turnovers, including two interceptions of Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton.
After Ohio opened the scoring with a field goal, CMU got on the board late in the first quarter when Rush lofted a perfect pass into the corner of the end zone to senior tight end Connor Odykirk for a 17-yard touchdown.
Redshirt freshman kicker Ron Coluzzi extended CMU’s lead to 10-3 in the second quarter with 27-yard field goal. A 38-yard rush by Lavallii highlighted Central’s 47-yard drive.
The Chippewa defense thwarted three consecutive Ohio drives in the second quarter with turnovers, beginning with a forced fumble of Matt Waters by sophomore safety Kavon Frazier, which was recovered by redshirt freshman defensive tackle Kelby Latta.
Frazier again took center stage on the Bobcats’ next possession, recording his third interception of the season and returning it 23 yards.
Sophomore cornerback Brandon Greer ended another Ohio drive just before halftime, picking off Tettleton in the end zone. The interception was the first of his career.
In the third quarter, Coluzzi gave CMU a 10-point lead at 13-3 with a 36-yard field goal, his second of the day. Lavallii fueled the 58-yard drive, recording his third 30-yard plus rush of the game, running for 37 on 1st-and-10 from the CMU 38.
Ohio scored back-to-back touchdowns at the end of third quarter and early in the fourth quarter off two touchdown passes by Tettleton to take the lead, its first of the game, at 17-13.
The Chippewas responded to take back the advantage with a nine-play, 75-yard drive, capped off by a Rush seven-yard pass to Lavallii. The extra point was blocked, making the game, 19-17. A 30-yard pass from Rush to junior tight end Ben McCord on 2nd-and-9 was key to the possession.
With leading receiver Titus Davis on the shelf for the game, Williams was CMU’s top pass catcher, hauling in five passes for 43 yards and the game-winning touchdown. McCord finished with three receptions for 42 yards.
CMU is now 22-5-2 all-time against Ohio, including a 10-3-1 mark at Peden Stadium.
CMU will return home for the first time since September 21 next weekend, hosting defending MAC champion Northern Illinois in the Chippewas’ annual Homecoming game. The intradivisional contest is scheduled for a 3 p.m. kickoff and will be broadcast by ESPN3. Central is the last team to hand the Huskies a conference loss, claiming a 48-41 victory in Mount Pleasant in 2011.
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State football team became bowl eligible for the third straight season under the direction of third-year head coach Pete Lembo, after the Cardinals defeated Kent State 27-24 in their 87th Homecoming contest.
“I do not know if people will appreciate this as much as this team does, but we beat a good football team today,” Lembo says. “We really think highly of those guys on both sides of the football and special teams. Our defense just played extremely well and we were able to contain a dynamic guy.”
The Cardinals improved to 6-1 on the season and remain undefeated in the Mid-American Conference with a 3-0 record. Kent State falls to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in league action. Today’s win marked Lembo’s 100th career victory and came on a Keith Wenning to Willie Snead 7-yard touchdown pass with 1:29 left in the contest.
After uncharacteristically early turnovers by Ball State and stalwart defensive efforts by both teams caused the game to be tied at 7-7 at the half, the Cardinals rallied for 13 third quarter points to take a 20-14 lead as the third quarter neared an end.
“The turnovers, particularly in the first half, hurt us,” Lembo says. “Offensively, we had opportunities down in the red zone to come away with points but we need to learn to make better decisions with the football and with ball security down there.”
In the opening minutes of the third quarter, Wenning threw a two-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Jordan Williams to give Ball State its first 14-7 lead of the ball game. Kent State answered back on its ensuing possession tying the contest for the second time, 14-14.
After a Jeffery Garrett interception to give the Cardinals the ball back, Wenning connected on a 25-yard pass to Jamill Smith at the 2:53 mark of the third quarter to give Ball State the 20-14 lead. Kent State responded early in the fourth quarter to take a 21-20 lead, and less than two minutes later, the Golden Flashes scored again on a 21-yard field goal and led 24-20 with 7:14 to play.
With 3:12 left in the game and down by four, Ball State put together a 5-play, 57-yard drive which resulted in a seven-yard touchdown pass from Wenning to Snead earning the Cardinals the victory.
“It was really neat to see how gutsy this team plays,” Lembo says. “How many times have we seen this in two and a half years. We are in these back-and-forth games and we are counting on guys to make plays down the stretch and they definitely did that today.”
The Ball State football team continues MAC action when it travels to Western Michigan Saturday for a 2 p.m. kickoff in Waldo Stadium.
UMass 17, Miami 10 Final Stats
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Sophomore A.J. Doyle threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns to lead Massachusetts to a 17-10 win over Miami (Ohio) at Gillette Stadium on Saturday. UMass (1-5, 1-0 Mid-American Conference) established season-highs with 376 yards of total offense and 23 first downs. Doyle was 19-of-35 on the day and had two interceptions as well.
Redshirt sophomore Jamal Wilson had his second 20-plus carry game as he rushed 23 times for 82 yards. Redshirt senior Rob Blanchflower led the UMass receiving corps with five catches for 98 yards and touchdown.
The Minutemen defense continued it's strong play by forcing three turnovers, with two interceptions by sophomore Khary Bailey-Smith and one by senior Devin Brown. Redshirt junior Stanley Andre led all players with a career-high 14 tackles.
Miami (0-6, 0-2) had 290 yards of offense and was just 1-of-11 on third down. Austin Boucher threw for 166 yards on 14-of-34 with one touchdown.
The last time UMass held an opponent to fewer than 300 yards of total offense came on Oct. 29, 2011 at Richmond (299).
The UMass offense came out strong in the early going, compiling a pair of drives that penetrated the red zone.
After a turnover at the Miami one-yard line on their first possession, the Minutemen made good on drive number two as Doyle found redshirt sophomore Elgin Long on a scramble for a 22-yard strike to go ahead 7-0 just past the midway point of the first quarter. Long finished with a career game as he caught four passes for 29 yards.
Miami answered with a 64-yard drive that saw Boucher connect with Steve Marck for a 13-yard pass to tie the game up at 7-7.
The RedHawks took their only lead of the game at 10-7 when Kaleb Patterson connected on a season-long 45-yard field goal with 8:09 left.
UMass regained the lead with a methodical 9-play, 81-yard drive that culminated in a 47-yard Doyle pass to Blanchflower. The ball was tipped and almost intercepted near the 20-yard line by Miami's Dayonne Nunely, but Blanchflower caught the ball behind the safeties and scampered in untouched for the longest reception of his career.
Early in the fourth, Bailey-Smith plucked a tipped ball out of mid air and returned it to the Miami 26, where Blake Lucas converted a 25-yard field goal six plays later to extend the lead to 17-10 with 11:19 to play.
UMass will return to play next week when it travels to Buffalo (4-2, 2-0) on Oct. 19. Kickoff at UB Stadium is set for 3:30 p.m. Eastern time.
Northern Illinois 27, Akron 20 Final Stats
DEKALB, Ill. -- The 23rd ranked NIU Huskies earned their 23rd consecutive Huskie Stadium victory on Saturday, defeating Akron 27-20 before a Homecoming, sellout crowd of 23,595. The win set a new MAC record for consecutive home victories, breaking a tie with Marshall (1997-2000).
NIU improved to 6-0 with the victory and the Huskies are 2-0 in the MAC, while Akron dropped to 1-6, 0-3 despite a game effort that stretched Northern Illinois to its limits.
“We’re real happy with the win,” said NIU Head Coach Rod Carey, who improved to 6-1 as the Huskies’ head coach. “We had opportunities out there offensively and we left them on the field. We weren’t executing offensively and obviously there are a bunch of things we have to get corrected.
“I was really, really happy with our defense,” he continued. “We’ve played good defense; they have the ability to carry us and today they did.”
The Huskies held Akron to just six points after the first quarter and 372 total yards in the game, the lowest total by a Huskie opponent this season. The NIU defense combined for nine pass breakups in the contest.
Akron struck first with a 9-play, 71-yard drive to take a 7-0 lead. Kyle Pohl connected with Mykel Traylor-Benn for 34 yards to put the Zips inside the NIU 10 and Jawon Chisholm finished off the drive with a touchdown from a yard out giving Akron the lead four minutes into the contest.
It took NIU less than a minute to answer, going 74 yards in six plays, using just 59 seconds off the clock. The big play of the drive was a 25-yard Lynch to Juwan Brescain (Mississauga, Ont., Canada/Culver [Ind.] Academy) connection. Lynch capped the NIU drive with an 18-yard touchdown run as the Huskies evened the contest, 7-7.
Following a three-and-out by Akron, NIU took its first lead of the day on a 42-yard field goal by junior Tyler Wedel (McFarland, Wis./McFarland). The field goal capped an 8-play, 41-yard drive for the Huskies.
NIU increased its lead to 10 with 4:52 left in the first quarter on a 25-yard pass connection from Lynch to sophomore tight end Desroy Maxwell (Evanston, Ill./Amundsen). A 19-yard rush by junior Cameron Stingily (Romeoville, Ill./Romeoville) put the Huskies within striking distance at the Akron 25, but NIU faced a third-and-10 when Lynch found Maxwell for the score.
A pair of long pass receptions helped Akron pull back within three, 17-14. Pohl connected with Jerrod Dillard on the opening play of the drive for 42 yards. On the next play, Pohl hit L.T. Smith for 21 yards to the Huskie two-yard line. Three plays later Chisholm dove over the pile for his second score of the day as Akron cut into the NIU lead.
Defense dominated the second quarter as the Huskies and Zips combined for just 132 yards and seven punts. Neither team scored in the second quarter, the first scoreless quarter of the season for NIU, as the Huskies took a 17-14 lead into the locker room.
On its first possession of the second half, NIU pushed its lead back to 10. Junior wide receiver Tommylee Lewis (Riviera Beach, Fla./W.T. Dwyer) went 16 yards on an end around on the second play of the drive, followed by a 40-yard Lynch to Lewis connection to move the Huskies into Zips territory. Three plays later, Stingily finished the drive with a nine-yard touchdown run to give NIU a 24-14 lead.
Senior quarterback Jordan Lynch (Chicago, Ill./Mt. Carmel) was 16-of-35 through the air for 220 yards and a touchdown. Lynch also had 15 carries for 83 yards and a score. Stingily had 21 carries for 80 yards and a touchdown in the contest. Lewis finished with a team-high six receptions for 58 yards.
Still leading by 10 early in the fourth quarter, senior safety Jimmie Ward (Mobile, Ala./C.F. Vigor) came up with the only turnover of the game, intercepting a Pohl pass along the sideline at the Akron 30-yard line. It was the fourth consecutive game with an interception for Ward.
The Huskies got down to the Akron three, but were forced to settle for a field goal from 21 yards out by Wedel to take a 27-14 lead with 11:19 to play in the fourth quarter.
With 5:27 left, Akron cashed in an 18-play, 75-yard drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Pohl to Tyrell Goodman for the Zips’ only points of the final three quarters. The extra point was blocked and the Zips trimmed the Huskie lead to seven, 27-20.
Following a Huskie punt, Akron turned the ball over on downs as Ward had a pass breakup on fourth down, giving the ball back to NIU with three minutes to play.
After a Huskie field goal attempt was blocked, giving Akron one more chance with no timeouts left and 1:15 on the clock. The Zips got one first down, but then four straight incomplete passes gave the ball back to NIU and secured the Huskie victory.
The Huskies will return to action next Saturday, Oct. 19, as they travel to Mount Pleasant, Mich., to face Central Michigan. Game time against the Chippewas is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on ESPN3.
Mississippi State 21, Bowling Green 20 Final Stats
The Bowling Green State University football team fell to 5-2 on the season following a hard-fought 21-20 loss at the hands of the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium Saturday night.
Mississippi State opened the scoring on with an opening-drive touchdown. The Bulldogs traveled 75 yards over 5:02 of play, eventually getting on the board with a one-yard rush from LaDarius Perkins on second-and-goal.
Bowling Green stalled on its opening drive, but BooBoo Gates intercepted a Dak Prescott pass on the Bulldogs' ensuing drive. Aaron Foster tipped the ball before Gates picked it off at the Mississippi State 47-yard line and returned it 34 yards down to the Bulldogs' 13-yard line. The Falcons would settle for a 35-yard Tyler Tate field goal to cut the deficit to 7-3.
Mississippi State extended its lead quickly, however, as Prescott scored on the Bulldogs' next possession. The quarterback used a play fake in the backfield to trick the Falcons' defense before rushing it in from 75 yards out on the first play of the drive.
After a punt apiece from each team, Bowling Green orchestrated a 96-yard touchdown drive that was capped off by a seven-yard rush from Andre Givens. The Falcons took advantage of a pass interference call that negated a Bulldog interception, and used a 29-yard rush from Travis Greene and a 28-yard reception from quarterback Matt Johnson to tight end Tyler Beck on consecutive plays prior to Givens' carry.
Mississippi State once again countered with a score, as the Bulldogs drove 75 yards for the second time on the night. Dak Prescott topped off the scoring drive with a 10-yard quarterback keeper, pushing Mississippi State's advantage to 21-10.
The Falcons, with only 1:04 remaining in the half, then traveled 48 yards before Tyler Tate hit a 45-yard field goal as time expired. The field goal, which tied a career long for Tate, made the score 21-13.
Both squads would once again trade a pair of punts to open the half, ultimately setting up a two-yard rushing touchdown from Matt Johnson that cut the Bulldogs deficit to a single point. On a drive that covered 76 yards over 3:15 of play, the Falcons were boosted by a pair of Ryan Burbrink completions. The first of which went for 17 yards and the latter went for 24. Travis Greene then rushed for 12 yards two plays prior to the Johnson score.
The score would remain at 21-20 deep into the fourth quarter.
Mississippi State kicker, Devon Bell, missed a 44-yard field goal attempt at the start of the frame. And with 4:21 remaining in the contest, Jairus Campbell made a key stop on fourth-and-two from the Falcon eight-yard line, keeping the Orange and Brown within a point.
Bowling Green would go on to drive the ball to their own 45-yard line, but failed to convert on fourth down. The Falcons had one more shot at winning the game, as they took over on their own 29-yard line with three seconds remaining, but a series of laterals ended in a lost fumble.
Alongside his rushing touchdown, Matt Johnson connected on 20 of his 34 passes for 224 yards. Travis Greene led the rushing attack for the Falcons, as the redshirt sophomore gained 99 yards on 15 carries. Through the air, Jared Cohen hauled in five receptions for 51 yards, while Ryan Burbrink gained 66 yards on four catches.
The Falcons will have an off week before returning to action against rival Toledo Oct. 26 at Doyt L. Perry Stadium. Following the Battle of I-75, Bowling Green will wrap up the regular season with four more Mid-American Conference matchups.