MAC Football Scoreboard: Saturday, Oct. 19th:
Toledo 45, Navy 44 2OT Final
Akron 24, Miami 17 Final
Ohio 56, Eastern Michigan 28 Final
Ball State 38, Western Michigan 17 Final
South Alabama 38, Kent State 21 Final
Northern Illinois 38, Central Michigan 17 Final
Buffalo 32, UMass 3 Final
Game stories courtesy of MAC Athletic Communication Departments
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Toledo showed Navy it has a pretty good running game too. The Rockets, relying on a pair of freshmen after their top rusher went down, ran for 316 yards Saturday against the Midshipmen in a thrilling 45-44 double overtime victory that came down to a pass and a kick.
Terrance Owens tossed a 20-yard touchdown to Bernard Reedy -- his first TD pass of the day -- and Jeremiah Detmer kicked the extra point, allowing Toledo to survive after it gave up a late fourth quarter lead.
Navy (3-3) piled up 419 yards rushing, but Toledo managed to match the Midshipmen's formidable triple-option time after time.
Toledo's' David Fluellen controlled things on the ground early on and finished with 154 rushing yards on 19 carries before being taken into the locker room at the beginning of the fourth with an injured back.
Fluellen, a senior, was carted off after getting pulled down awkwardly on a hard hit. He didn't return. Despite his early exit, he still extended his streak of six straight 100-yard games.
The Rockets (4-3) then turned it over to a pair freshmen backs.
"We've got a lot of faith in them," said Toledo coach Matt Campbell. "I really believe our young guys are talented and some of those guys don't get a chance to go out and play."
Freshman Kareem Hunt took over for the Rockets in the fourth quarter. His 19-yard touchdown, coming five plays after Fluellen was hurt, put Toledo up 31-21 with 12:10 to play.
Hunt ended up with 128 yards rushing on 15 carries. He also scored on a 52-yard run in the third quarter.
In the two overtimes, Toledo inserted freshman Damion Jones-Moore who scored on a 1-yard touchdown to give Toledo a 38-31 lead in the first overtime.
Jones-Moore set up the score by running five yards on a fourth-down play.
Campbell initially decided to try a field goal, but then called time out and changed his mind.
"I looked at our kids as they were coming off and they almost looked at me like what are you doing," he said. "I felt like then we had to score a touchdown or we weren't going to win."
Owens had struggled much of the game until finding Reedy wide open in the end zone on Toledo's second play of the second overtime.
The winning play came after Navy's Geoffery Whiteside scored on a 9-yard touchdown to give Navy a 44-38 lead. But Nick Sloan missed the extra point.
Sloan had just sent the game into overtime with a 40-yard field goal on the final play in regulation.
Navy coach Ken Niumatololo refused to blame his kicker. "When you have two teams that are pretty evenly matched going at it . an extra point, a missed block, a missed assignment are crucial," he said.
Navy scored in both overtimes but gave the Rockets an opening after the failed kick.
"That's kicking. That's just how it is," Sloan said. "You make one, one second then you miss one the next second."
The teams traded touchdowns in the first overtime.
Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds scored on 1-yard keeper to send the game into a second overtime.
Navy came back in the fourth quarter with a pair of impressive drives.
"We could have folded the tent in the fourth quarter when we were down by 10," Niumatololo said. "That's a true testament to the type of kids we have."
The Midshipmen put together a 96-yard drive that was capped off by Reynolds' 3-yard touchdown run, pulling Navy within 31-28 with just under five minutes left.
Navy got the ball quickly after forcing to Toledo to punt and drove 43-yards to set up Sloan's tying field goal that sent the game into overtime. The kick was a yard shy of his career long.
Reynolds completed just 5 of 12 passes for Navy, but he ran for three short touchdowns.
Noah Copeland led Navy on the ground with 153 yards rushing.
Navy had little trouble moving the ball against the Rockets in the first half, but twice the Midshipmen drove inside Toledo's 30-yard-line without getting any points. They were stopped on downs the second time they had the ball and Nick Sloan later missed a 38-yard field goal in the second quarter.
Toledo's only touchdown of the first half came on a Navy turnover.
Reynolds fumbled on a keeper and Toledo defensive end Jayrone Elliott picked it up in the middle of a pile, racing 68 yards for a touchdown to give Toledo a 10-7 lead with 13:08 left in the second quarter.
It was the fourth straight game the Rockets' defense scored a touchdown -- all on fumble recoveries.
Story courtesy of the Associated Press.
Akron 24, Miami 17 Final Stats
OXFORD, Ohio – Jawon Chisholm rushed for three touchdowns to lead the Akron football team to a 24-17 victory over Miami (Ohio) in a Mid-American Conference East Division matchup on Saturday afternoon at Yager Stadium.
Chisholm, who is responsible for five of the Zips' last six touchdowns, closed out the day with 86 yards rushing on 16 carries and also had one catch for 18 yards. His first score came with 12:09 to go in the first quarter. The first Akron (2-6, 1-3 MAC) scoring drive was set up after Andrew Pratt blocked a Miami (0-7, 0-3 MAC) punt to give UA the ball on the MU 13.
The RedHawks evened the tally with 4:36 left in the opening period, when David Frazier hit Austin Boucher with a six-yard pass.
The score remained tied at 7-all at halftime.
The Zips scored the first 17 points of the second half to go up 24-7 about midway through the fourth quarter. Chisholm had touchdown runs of eight and one yards in the third quarter, and Robert Stein converted a 19-yard field goal with 8:19 left in the fourth quarter.
Miami pulled to within 24-14 when Boucher found Dawan Scott on the end of a 44-yard pass play to complete a nine-play, 83-yard drive. The RedHawks then recovered an on-side kick and nailed a 52-yard field goal to close the margin to 24-17.
MU attempted another on-side kick that was recovered by Akron with 1:27 to play and the Zips ran out the clock.
Akron posted 374 yards of total offense, behind 227 passing yards by quarterback Kyle Pohl. Pohl completed 23-of-32 pass attempts and had zero interceptions. Zach D'Orazio led the UA receivers with seven catches for 88 yards.
Miami's Boucher was 23-of-34 passing for 226 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception. He was sacked six times.
UA's Nico Caponi and Albert Presley recorded two sacks apiece, while Jatavis Brown and Cody Grice had one each. Brown and Justin March tied for a team-high seven tackles each. Nick Rossi was credited with two forced fumbles.
Akron returns home to take on Ball State on Saturday, Oct. 26 at noon ET for an ESPN Regional telecast.
Ypsilanti, Mich. - The Ohio University football team (5-2, 2-1 MAC) used a plethora of big plays to push past Eastern Michigan University (1-6, 0-3 MAC), 56-28, Saturday in a Mid-American Conference contest at Rynearson Stadium. The victory marked Ohio's sixth consecutive win over Eastern Michigan. The Bobcats picked up their 20th win in their last 27 games dating back to the 2011 season.
Ninth-year head coach Frank Solich earned his 122nd career win and 64th at Ohio - moving him into a seventh-place tie with former Miami/Northern Illinois head coach Bill Mallory on the all-time MAC coaching wins list. The 56 points scored by the Bobcats marked the most ever in the Solich era.
Senior quarterback Tyler Tettleton threw for a career-high 375 yards and four touchdown passes. He improved to 23-10 since taking over as the Bobcats' starting quarterback in 2011.
Redshirt senior wide receiver Donte Foster matched his career high 11 receptions to go along with 143 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt junior wide receiver Chase Cochran hauled in three passes for 138 yards and a touchdown.
Redshirt senior running back Beau Blankenship rushed for 62 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries.
It was an emotional day in Ypsilanti as both squads mourned the tragic loss of Eastern Michigan junior wide receiver Demarius Reed.
The Eagles struck quickly, as junior wide receiver/running back Tyler Allen raced 90 yards to the end zone on the game's opening kickoff. Sophomore kicker Dylan Mulder tacked on the extra point to give Eastern Michigan a 7-0 advantage 13 seconds into the contest.
Ohio wasted little time in countering, though. Tettleton found Foster for a 44-yard gain to the Eastern Michigan 19, then connected with senior wide receiver Mario Dovell four plays later on 3rd-and-5 for a 14-yard touchdown strike. An extra point by redshirt sophomore kicker Josiah Yazdani knotted the score at seven-all with 12:31 to play in the opening quarter.
Ohio's defense fed off the momentum swing, as junior defensive lineman Cameron McLeod forced a fumble by Eastern Michigan junior running back Ryan Brumfield. The ball was recovered by Ohio redshirt senior linebacker Keith Moore at the Eastern Michigan 30, putting the Bobcats in business.
Tettleton picked up where he left off on the last drive, hitting senior tight end Troy Hill for a gain of nine. After picking up the first down on a rush for one yard, Blankenship took the next carry 11 yards to the Eastern Michigan 9. Four plays later on 3rd-and-goal, Tettleton fired a four-yard touchdown pass to redshirt senior wide receiver Matt Waters. Yazdani's extra point made it 14-7 in favor of Ohio with 9:12 on the clock in the first quarter.
Ohio's defense overcame a roughing the punter penalty to force Eastern Michigan to punt again, which Ohio senior cornerback Travis Carrie brought back a career-long 79 yards to the Eastern Michigan 8. Blankenship took the ensuing handoff on 1st-and-goal straight into the end zone, and Yazdani extended Ohio's lead to 21-7 courtesy of his successful extra point.
Both teams concluded the opening quarter by trading punts. Eastern Michigan then took over at their own 45 and moved 55 yards in eight plays and 3:37 and capped the drive with a 14-yard touchdown pass from redshirt junior quarterback Tyler Benz to sophomore wide receiver Dustin Creel. Mulder's extra point shaved Ohio's advantage to 21-14 with 14:47 remaining in the first half.
The Bobcats and Eagles traded punts again. Ohio then drove the ball to the Eastern Michigan 10 with just over two minutes to play in the half, but Tettleton was picked off at the five by sophomore linebacker Ike Spearman to put an end to the threat.
The Eagles forced the Bobcats to punt on their first drive of the second half, then put together a seven-play, 99-yard drive, which ended in Benz hooking up with junior tight end Tyreese Russell for a 62-yard scoring strike. Mulder's extra point evened the score at 21-all with 8:19 to play in the third quarter.
After Eastern Michigan's defense forced Ohio to punt again, it appeared as though momentum had swung completely in favor of the Eagles. Junior running back Bronson Hill rumbled 64 yards to the Ohio 14, then picked up an extra seven yards when the Bobcats were penalized for a personal foul. After Hill picked up three more yards to give the Eagles the ball at the Ohio 4, momentum swung back in favor of the Bobcats. Redshirt sophomore cornerback Devin Bass picked off Benz in the end zone to put an end to the Eastern Michigan scoring threat.
Ohio's offense made Eastern Michigan pay for its error on the ensuing play, as Tettleton hit Cochran in stride for an 80-yard touchdown. Yazdani's extra point put the Bobcats back up by seven with 4:58 remaining in the third quarter.
The Bobcats forced the Eagles to go three-and-out on the ensuing possession, and Carey returned the punt 37 yards to the Eastern Michigan 42. Ohio, aided by a personal foul penalty and a roughing the passer penalty, moved the ball to the Eastern Michigan 3 and scored on a touchdown pass from Tettleton to Foster, and Yazdani made it a 35-21 contest with just over two minutes to platy in the third thanks to his successful extra point attempt.
Ohio came up with yet another big defensive play on Eastern Michigan's next drive, as redshirt senior Xavier Hughes picked off Benz at the Ohio 36. Tettleton found Cochran again for a 41-yard gain to the Eastern Michigan 22, then Blankenship put an exclamation point on the drive on the next play by rumbling for his second touchdown of the day. Yazdani hit his sixth extra point of the day to make it 42-21 with 19 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
The Eagles countered with a five-play, 91-yard drive in which Hill rumbled for an 11-yard touchdown. Mulder's extra point cut Ohio's lead to 42-28 with 13:47 to play.
Ohio answered right back, though, as redshirt senior running back Ryan Boykin scored on a six-yard touchdown run to cap an eight-play, 60-yard drive.
The Bobcats made the score final when Carrie scored from one-yard out and Yazdani nailed his eighth extra point with 1:54 on the clock.
Ohio returns to Peden Stadium next Saturday as it squares off with rival Miami in the Battle of the Bricks. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Behind three touchdown passes from Keith Wenning, the Ball State football team improved to 7-1 while remaining undefeated in Mid-American Conference action with a 38-17 win Saturday afternoon at Western Michigan.
With the win, the Cardinals extended their MAC winning streak to nine in a row dating back to last season. That is the third longest streak in program history. Ball State's longest league winning streak was 12 games over the 1977 and 1978 seasons.
Wenning set the school record for career touchdown passes at Ball State with 75. He broke the record on a 2-yard scoring strike to senior tight end Zane Fakes with 8:39 remaining in the game. Former Ball State quarterback Nate Davis (2006-08) previously held the record with 74.
Wenning threw for 324 yards, marking the eighth straight game he has gone over 300. Junior wide receiver Willie Snead led the Cardinals with seven catches for 90 yards and a touchdown, while running backs Jahwan Edwards and Horactio Banks combined for 159 yards and two scores on the ground.
It was a low-scoring game early with both teams held to a field goal in the first quarter. Ball State then scored two long touchdowns in the second quarter, one on a 38-yard Horactio Banks run and the other on a 43-yard Wenning to Jamill Smith pass, to take a 17-3 halftime lead over the Broncos.
The Cardinals stretched their lead to three touchdowns on their first possession of the third quarter when Wenning found Snead for a 27-yard score.
The teams traded touchdowns to start the fourth quarter, and then Edwards broke off a 25-yard touchdown run to give the Cardinals their biggest lead of the day at 38-10 with 4:07 left in the game.
Dae’Shaun Hurley led the Cardinals defensively with 11 total tackles while Nathan Ollie ended the day with a career-high 10 stops. The Cardinals, which entered the game third in the county in turnovers gained, added two more takeaways on the day.
Ball State continues Mid-American Conference action on the road next Saturday when the Cardinals travel to Akron Saturday for a noon kickoff.
MT. PLEASANT, Mich. - Northern Illinois University quarterback Jordan Lynch set the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 316 yards on 32 carries leading the No. 23 Huskies (7-0, 3-0 MAC) to a 38-17 Mid-American Conference win over Central Michigan at Kelly/Shorts Stadium Saturday.
Lynch (Chicago, Ill./Mt. Carmel HS) broke the record held by former NIU quarterback Stacey Robinson, who set the previous FBS record on October 6, 1990 vs. Fresno State. Robinson rushed for 308 yards in a 73-18 Huskie win over the No. 24-ranked Bulldogs.
The game was tied 14-14 at halftime, but the Huskie defense held the Chippewas to three points and 97 yards in the second half while Lynch ran wild, compiling 232 yards on 18 carries after halftime. Lynch scored three rushing touchdowns and passed for another. He threw for 155 yards on 20-of-30 passing to tally 471 yards of total offense in the game.
NIU won its 20th straight game over a Mid-American Conference foe, the longest conference winning streak in the nation, and won its 13th straight road game. Five of the Huskies' seven wins this year have come on the road.
"You have to run the ball and stop the run," said NIU Head Coach Rod Carey. "That's what we had to have and we did what we wanted to do. I'm so proud of our defense. They got a couple of key sacks in the second half."
After the teams played to a 14-14 tie in the first half, the Huskies dominated the second half of play on both sides of the ball. CMU totaled just 75 rushing yards on the day and their 346 yards of total offense was the lowest total by a Huskie opponent this year. NIU forced a pair of turnovers with cornerback Jhony Faustin picking off a first-half pass and recovering a fumble forced by Dechane Durante.
For the fourth time this season, the Huskies' opponent scored first. CMU quarterback Cooper Rush hit Titus Davis from nine yards out to complete a four-play, 60-yard drive, giving Central Michigan a 7-0 lead with 6:05 to play in the first quarter.
NIU responded with an 11-play, 75-yard drive that consumed 4:00 on the clock. Lynch completed a 12-yard pass to Juwan Brescacin on third and 12 for a big conversion to the CMU 41 and connected with Brescacin on a 25-yard play to the nine-yard line. From there, the quarterback hit Lewis on a receiver screen and the junior took it in, giving Lynch a touchdown pass in his 20th consecutive game. Lewis finished the game with a career-high 10 catches and had 54 receiving yards along with 28 rushing.
CMU took a 14-7 lead before the end of the first quarter when Rush connected with Andrew Flory on a 36-yard touchdown play. With 13 seconds to play in the period, Central Michigan led 14-7.
Over the final three quarters, the Huskies outscored CMU 31-3, although they did not tie the score until 8:11 remained in the second quarter. After Central Michigan stopped the Huskies on fourth-and-one from the CMU15, Faustin's interception two plays later set up the NIU offense on the Chippewas' 26-yard line.
Lynch and the Huskies overcame an offensive pass interference penalty before Lynch scored his first rushing touchdown of the day on a five-yard run. Tyler Wedel's extra point tied the score at 14.
Durante and Faustin teamed up to stop the Chippewas' next drive inside the red zone. On fourth and four from the NIU 33, Rush hit Jerry Harris for 13 yards to the NIU 20, but Durante's hit forced a fumble which Faustin recovered. The Huskies had a chance to take the lead before halftime, driving to the CMU 15 where Lynch's pass was tipped and then intercepted.
Northern Illinois took the lead for good on its first possession of the second half with a nine-play, 63-yard drive culminated by a 34-yard field goal by Wedel. Lynch ran for 53 yards on the drive as NIU took its first lead, 17-14, with 11:01 to play in the third quarter.
The Huskies extended the lead to 24-14 on its next possession as the NIU offensive line asserted itself. Lynch scored from one yard out for the 10-point margin with 3:22 left in the third quarter.
"With all the weapons we have - Jordan, Cameron Stingily, Da'Ron Brown and Tommylee and our tight ends, each defense plays us a little differently," Carey said. "Defenses have to make a choice and then we take what they are giving you."
Sacks by Boomer Mays and Stephen O'Neal helped stop CMU drives in the next two drives and Lynch scored his final rushing touchdown on a three-yard rush that finished a six-play, 77-yard drive. He had started that drive with a 40-yard rush, one of three runs of 40 or more yards in the game.
The Huskies finished the game, and the scoring, with their longest drive of the day. Holding a two touchdown lead, NIU drove 89 yards in seven plays beginning with 5:11 to play. Cameron Stingily, who added 70 rushing yards on 14 carries, scored from 19 yards out for the final margin.
NIU returns to Huskie Stadium to face Eastern Michigan Saturday, Oct. 26 at 2:30 p.m.
South Alabama 38, Kent State 21 Final Stats
MOBILE, Ala. – Two long touchdowns by Dri Archer were not enough for Kent State in a 38-21 loss to South Alabama on Saturday in a disappointing return to Ladd Peebles Stadium.
Just 10 months after playing in their first bowl game in 40 years at Ladd Peebles Stadium, the Golden Flashes suffered a loss that will add to the degree of difficulty as they hope to return to postseason play.
At 2-6, Kent State will need to win its final four regular-season games to become bowl eligible for a second consecutive year. Saturday's task was already made all the more demanding by the loss of several impact players. Starting quarterback Colin Reardon, perennial All-Mid-American Conference defensive lineman Roosevelt Nix and punter-kicker Anthony Melchiori all sat out against South Alabama due to injury.
Archer provided some excitement, accounting for two of Kent State's three touchdowns with a 74-yard run in the second quarter and a 73-yard touchdown catch of a David Fisher pass early in the fourth quarter.
A 10-carry, 114-yard afternoon secured Archer's first 100-yard rushing performance of the season. The speedster added 85 more yards on two carries along with a 28-yard kickoff return.
Fisher made some big plays with both his arm and his legs in his first Division I start at quarterback. The senior provided Kent State with a second 100-yard rusher while running 12 times for 106 yards. He also completed 14-of-26 passes for 177 yards in an interception-free performance.
The Flashes continued to fight to the end, tacking on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Fisher to tight end Casey Pierce with six seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
The Kent State offense nearly matched the output of South Alabama. The Jaguars won the rushing battle by a slim 259-to-247 margin. And overall, South Alabama out-gained Kent State 483-to-428. But while the Flashes saw several drives end without points, including two on missed field goals, the Jaguars managed to cap their long marches by reaching the end zone.
South Alabama running back Jay Jones opened the scoring with a 5-yard run midway through the first quarter. Fellow back Kndall Houston added touchdown runs of 3 yards in the third quarter and 14 yards in the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Ross Metheny accounted for two of South Alabama's touchdowns. His 16-yard throw to Danny Woodson late in the second quarter put the Jaguars ahead 17-7 going into halftime. He also gave South Alabama a commanding 31-7 lead in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter with a 16-yard bootleg.
Metheny completed 16-of-23 passes for 224 yards. Jones added 99 rushing yards on 13 carries.
Kent State's defense managed four sacks of Metheny, including the first two in the career of Kent Roosevelt High School graduate Marcus Wright, who made the most extended playing time due to the injury to Nix.
Linebackers DeVante' Strickland and Matt Dellinger led Kent State with 12 tackles each.
Buffalo 32, UMass 3 Final Stats
BUFFALO, NY – Branden Oliver rushed for a season-high 216 yards and broke the school record for career rushing yards to help the University at Buffalo football team to a 32-3 win over Massachusetts at UB Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Oliver has now rushed for 3,203 yards, surpassing James Starks' previous mark of 3,140.
Although the day belonged to Oliver, it was UB's defense that put on another dominant display. The Bulls held the Minutemen to 85 yards rushing, had three sacks, 11 tackles for loss and forced three turnovers, including a Khalil Mack interception return for a touchdown for the game's first touchdown.
Mack finished the day with a sack, two tackles for loss and an interception. His sack was the 24th of his career, tying him with Rich Dadabo (1989-92) and Vince Canosa (1992-95) for the school record for career sacks. The senior linebacker intercepted a pass and did his best impression of Oliver, dodging defenders and racing 35 yards to the endzone for the game's first touchdown. It was his second pick six of the season.
Fellow linebackers Adam Redden and Lee Skinner also had standout games. Redden finished with 12 tackles, a half sack, two tackles for loss, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup. Skinner had a season-high 11 tackles, including 1.5 for loss.
"Tonight, it was a complete victory and a necessary step to take as we continue to strive to accomplish the goals we set forth for our program," Head Coach Jeff Quinn said. "Congratulations to Branden Oliver. To break James Starks' all-time (rushing) record is very significant to our program because we know what a talented player James was and what he meant to this program. The guy that sparked us tonight was Khalil Mack. It was a great job by Lou (Tepper) putting him in the right place and coming up big with that interception. It was a great lift and a spark for this team."
Patrick Clarke made field goals of 44, 36 and 27 yards to help extend the Buffalo lead to 16-3 early in the third quarter. It was another special teams play that sparked the Bulls for their next points as well. Tyler Grassman hit a beautiful punt that was downed at the UMass 1-yard line. On the very next play, Redden and Okoye Houston converged on UMass running back Jamal Wilson in the endzone for a safety.
The offense got in the act in the fourth quarter. Joe Licata found Fred Lee on a 7-yard touchdown strike to give the Bulls a 25-3 lead. Oliver capped the scoring with a 5-yard touchdown run to make the score 32-3.
Lee finished with a career-high eight catches for 70 yards. Licata went 18-for-27 for 167 yards and a touchdown.
Oliver was a workhorse for the Bulls. The senior running back set a school record with 43 carries in the game. His 216-yard performance was his third career 200-yard game.
"It was a battle – we knew the team that was less affected by the external factors would come off that field victorious and I thought our kids really responded and stayed in the game," Quinn said. "It was a solid effort and a great feeling for me and the staff to come out this evening with a victory."
The Bulls improved to 5-2 overall and 3-0 in the Mid-American Conference. The five-game winning streak is UB's longest since the 2008 season. Buffalo will next play at Kent State next Saturday.