MAC Football Scoreboard: Saturday, Nov. 2nd:
Northern Illinois 63, UMass 19 Final
Akron 16, Kent State 7 Final
Toledo 55, Eastern Michigan 16 Final
Game stories courtesy of MAC Athletic Communication Staffs.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch scored three rushing touchdowns in the first quarter and the No. 17 (BCS) Northern Illinois University Huskies scored touchdown on its first five possessions en route to a 63-19 victory over the University of Massachusetts Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
NIU kept its perfect (9-0) record intact and improved to 5-0 versus Mid-American Conference foes on the season; the Huskies have won 22 straight games over MAC opponents. NIU also improved to 6-0 on the road in 2013; the Huskies have more road game victories than any other FBS team in the country. The Huskies won for the 22nd time in their last 23 games.
"It was a good win," said NIU Head Coach Rod Carey. "We started right and kept our foot on the game for the first half. Anytime you have that productivity, you've got to be happy."
Lynch, who put on a baseball cap and watched most of the third and fourth quarters from the sideline after scoring his fourth rushing touchdown of the game on an 11-yard run with 10:21 to play in the third, accounted for five scores on the day, including a career-high four rushing touchdowns. He scored on runs of six, 25 and 19 yards in the first quarter as the Huskies jumped out to a 21-6 lead.
Lynch carried the ball 17 times on the day for 119 yards to record his 18th career 100-yard rushing game. Through the air, he completed 10-of-13 passes for 160 yards and threw a season-long 66-yard touchdown pass to Juwan Brescacin that increased the NIU lead to 35-13 with 9:33 to play in the second quarter.
Cameron Stingily added a six-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter and Tommylee Lewis scored on a 15-yard run as the Huskies totaled seven rushing scores and 354 rushing yards in the game. Stingily's touchdown run was set up by an interception by defensive tackle Ken Bishop, who read the screen play, intercepted the UMass pass at the 20 and ran 14 yards to the six-yard line.
The Huskie defense followed its bend but don't break trend, as UMass scored just one touchdown - on a one-yard run by Lorenzo Woodley in the second quarter. Minutemen kicker Brendon Levengood made four field goals of 40 yards or longer to account for UM's other 12 points.
NIU had a field goal blocked and twice turned the ball over on fumbles in the third quarter, but got back on track in the final period as back-up quarterback Drew Hare led the Huskies to a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Hare connected with true freshman running back Chad Beebe on an 81-yard pass play, the longest pass play by a Huskie quarterback since August 30, 2008 when Chandler Harnish completed a 91-yard pass to Nathan Palmer versus Minnesota. The long TD pass made the score 56-19 with 9:02 to play.
Hare completed the scoring with a 47-yard touchdown run with 5:31 left in the game.
"I'm happy for Chad and really happy because of the great blocking by [Aregeros Turner] on that play," Carey said. "Really pleased with that. This team plays the next play. We have short memories and we're focused on the next play."
NIU will enjoy a "mini-bye" while transitioning to a mid-week schedule of MAC games for the remainder of the regular season. The Huskies play host to Ball State in a key MAC West battle on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Huskie Stadium.
Akron 16, Kent State 7 Final Stats
AKRON, Ohio – The Akron defense held Kent State to 300 total yards and forced five turnovers as the Zips defeated the Golden Flashes 16-7 in the 56th Annual Battle for the Wagon Wheel on Saturday afternoon in a Mid-American Conference East Division contest at InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field.
With the victory, the Zips regained the Wagon Wheel for the first time since Nov. 7, 2009. The win also gave Akron a 3.0-1.5 lead in the PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge.
Johnny Robinson recorded two turnovers for the Zips (3-7, 2-4 Mid-American Conference), recovering a fumble in the first half and intercepting a Colin Reardon pass to snuff out a Kent State drive midway through the fourth quarter. Jatavis Brown led the Zips with 16 tackles, a forced fumble and a pass breakup.
Jawon Chisholm led the Akron offense with 151 yards rushing on 27 carries.
Robert Stein kicked three field goals to help propel Akron to its third win in a season for the first time since 2009.
The running game and a key personal foul penalty against Kent State (2-8, 1-5 MAC) combined to put Akron within field goal range late in the game as it attempted to protect a 13-7 lead. Following Robinson's interception, the Zips marched 60 yards in 12 plays and Stein converted his third field goal of the game – this one from 29 yards – to cap the drive and extend the lead to two scores.
Interceptions by Malachi Freeman and Martel Durant on the ensuing Kent State drives helped secure the win for Akron.
Early on, it appeared the Zips could be in for a big day offensively after they went to the air successfully on their first drive.
Kyle Pohl completed a 45-yard pass to Fransohn Bickley on the second play from scrimmage. On the next snap, Pohl lateraled to Zach D'Orazio, who lofted a 33-yard TD pass to a wide-open L.T. Smith for the game's first touchdown.
In the first quarter, the defense forced a turnover when KSU's Dri Archer put the ball on the ground at the end of a short run and Robinson recovered. Archer's carry was the only time in the opening quarter that the Flashes reached Akron territory.
The second miscue by the Flashes came less than one minute into the second quarter, when Jatavis Brown stripped the ball from Trayion Durham and Albert Presley dove on it for the Zips.
Two plays later, the Golden Flashes returned the favor as Roosevelt Nix sacked Pohl and Mark Fackler recovered at the Akron 42. The turnover proved costly for the Zips as the Flashes methodically drove down the field in 11 plays and reached the end zone for the only time on a 3-yard TD run by Durham, tying the game at 7-all.
Akron retook the lead with 29 seconds left in the opening half as Stein capped a 15-play, 57-yard drive with a 28-yard field goal to stake the Zips to a 10-7 edge heading to the locker room. The drive also consumed 7:59 from the clock, leaving the Flashes just 29 seconds to work with before intermission.
Stein's 27-yard field goal with 14:03 to go in the fourth quarter gave the Zips a 13-7 cushion.
After a week off, Akron travels to Massachusetts on Nov. 16 for a 1 p.m. ET contest at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.
Zips Notebook: In the last two weeks, RB Jawon Chisholm has rushed for 317 yards on 53 carries ... WR Zach D'Orazio, who originally came to Akron as a QB, threw his first-career touchdown pass ... Akron leads the all-time series with Kent State, 30-23-2, and closed the gap in the Wagon Wheel era to 22-20-1 (played since 1946) .. today also was Jim Dennison Day, during which UA's winningest head coach (80-62-2) was honored in a variety of ways ... more than 200 former players and assistant coaches returned to campus to help recognize him.
Toledo, OH – Toledo played without star running David Fluellen but it made little difference as the Rockets crushed Eastern Michigan, 55-16, at the Glass Bowl Saturday night.
Fluellen, who entered the game as the MAC’s leading rusher with 1,067 yards, watched from the sidelines with a lower left leg injury suffered a week ago vs. Bowling Green. He had to be pleased with the efforts of his teammates. The Rockets outgained the Eagles in total offense, 792-309, and built a first-half lead of 35-3 before coasting to victory in the final 30 minutes.
Fluellen’s replacement, freshman Kareem Hunt looked Fluellen-like, rushing for 168 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns, his third consecutive game over the 100-yard mark. Senior quarterback Terrance Owens completed 18-of-24 passes for a season-high 375 yards and three TDs before calling it a night in the third quarter as head coach Matt Campbell began sending in his reserves. Junior Justin Olack was Owens’ favorite target, corralling four passes for career-high 110 yards.
Toledo upped its record to 6-3, 4-1 in MAC play, keeping pace with West Division leaders Ball State and Northern Illinois, who each have a 5-0 league record. It was the Rockets’ fourth consecutive victory. EMU fell to 1-8, 0-5 in MAC play.
The Rockets scored on their first four possessions, jumping out to a 28-0 lead before the Eagles had barely landed on the Glass Bowl turf. Toledo opened the scoring on a seven-yard TD pass from Owens to sophomore tight end Alex Zmolik. The bulk of the nine-play, 91-yard drive came from the legs of Hunt, who carried the ball five times for 40 yards, and Reedy, who caught two passes for 36 yards.
Toledo’s second score came about a minute later and took exactly one play, a 47-yard bomb from Owens to Dwight Macon to make the score 14-0 with 7:46 to play in the first quarter. Two minutes later, the score moved to 21-0 on a 30-yard run by redshirt freshman Damion Jones-Moore.
On the second play of the second quarter, Hunt got on the scoreboard with a two-yard rushing TD to make the score 28-0.
Eastern got on the board with a 41-yard field goal by Dylan Mulder with 7:43 to play in the half. Hunt came right back with a 39-yard touchdown rush, barreling over an Eagle defender and then bolting down the sidelines to make the score 35-3.
The Eagles cut the lead to 35-10 on their next possession with a 10-play, 76-yard drive capped off by a 16-yard touchdown pass from Brogan Roback to Dustin Creel. UT finished off the first half with a 20-yard field goal by Jeremiah Detmer to take a 38-10 lead into the locker room.
Toledo tacked on 17 more points in the second half. In the third quarter, Detmer made his second 20-yard field goal and Olack hauled in an 80-yard touchdown pass from Owens, his first score of the season. Redshirt freshman Marc Remy put on the icing with a nine-yard TD run with 6:50 left.
The Rockets are off next Saturday but return to the Glass Bowl on Tuesday, Nov. 12 for a critical matchup with MAC East Division leader Buffalo (6-2, 4-0 MAC).