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Mid-American Conference News and Notes
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
AKRON: Although the Zips (1-2) came up just short of a victory, they gave their fan base a glimpse of the bright upcoming future as they fell, 28-24, to the Big Ten's Michigan Wolverines at The Big House. The 11th-ranked Wolverines needed a late Fitzgerald Toussaint touchdown run and a goal-line stand in the closing seconds to earn the four-point win over Akron it what was a very near upset. Kyle Pohl finished 25-of-49 for 311 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in defeat. L.T. Smith and Zach D'Orazio both had huge days receiving, racking up 125 and 97 yards, respectively. Senior cornerback Malachi Freeman led the defense with nine total tackles and Justin March recorded two interceptions. Akron will end its non-conference slate at home on Saturday as it hosts Louisiana.
BALL STATE: The Cardinals (2-1) suffered their first setback of the 2013 campaign as they blew an 11-point lead and dropped a 34-27 decision to North Texas in Denton. After falling behind at the 9:47 mark of the fourth quarter, BSU was unable to mount a comeback as it was limited to 18 total yards over its final three possessions. Keith Wenning completed 27-of-46 pass attempts for 333 yards and two touchdowns. Willie Snead tallied 77 yards and two scores on five catches, while Jamill Smith racked up 115 yards on four receptions. Star tailback Jahwan Edwards was sidelined again as he continues to recover from a concussion. Horactio Banks contributed 141 yards and a touchdown on 11 attempts. The Cardinals will begin their league schedule in week four at Eastern Michigan.
BOWLING GREEN: The Falcons (2-1) could not stay perfect as they were dismantled in a 42-10 loss at Indiana. Matt Johnson threw for 248 yards and an interception for BGSU, which was aiming for its first 3-0 start since 2003. After averaging 226 yards per game on the ground through their first two games, the Falcons were limited to 136 by the Hoosiers. Travis Greene had his worst outing of the year, gaining only 43 yards on 11 attempts. Shaun Joplin had seven catches for 104 yards. BGSU's defense also let it down as IU piled up 601 yards of total offense. It will look to bounce back as it hosts FCS opponent Murray State on Saturday.
BUFFALO: Although they needed five overtimes to get it done, the Bulls (1-2) finally notched their first win of the season as they outlasted Stony Brook for a 26-23 victory at home. Anthone Taylor rushed for a career-high 118 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including the game-winner in the fifth extra session. Buffalo held a 10-0 lead at the start of the fourth quarter before the Sea Wolves rallied to even the score with a field goal and late touchdown pass. Joe Licata completed 27-of-48 pass attempts for 193 yards with a single touchdown and interception. Alex Neutz made 10 receptions for 43 yards and a score, while Fred Lee compiled 61 yards on seven catches. Khalil Mack finished with 10 tackles and had 1.5 tackles for loss, as the senior linebacker continues his pursuit of the all-time NCAA record for tackles for loss. He now has 60 for his career and sits in 10th place, 15 shy of the record. The Bulls have a week off before their home game against Connecticut on Sept. 28.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN: The Chippewas (1-2) are still winless against FBS competition after their 31-21 loss at UNLV. In his first career start for CMU, Cooper Rush hit 23-of-46 passes for 265 yards and a score, but he was also intercepted twice and sacked three times. Titus Davis reeled in eight passes for 116 yards and a score, while Saylor Lavallii chipped in with 65 rushing yards and two TDs on 19 attempts. The Rebels, who had lost their previous five games coming into the contest, scored 10 consecutive points in the fourth quarter to down CMU. UNLV ran seven less plays, but still held a 411-378 advantage in total yards of offense. The Chippewas will stay at home for week four to play their MAC opener against Toledo.
EASTERN MICHIGAN: The Eagles (1-2) were overpowered for the second straight outing as they were defeated, 28-10, at Rutgers by the Scarlet Knights. EMU took the double-digit loss despite out-gaining RU, 373 to 274 in total yards of offense and a strong performance by senior quarterback Tyler Benz, who set a career-high with 24 completions on 40 attempts. Benz finished with 335 yards passing, a touchdown and an interception. Bronson Hill was held to just 30 rushing yards. Tyreese Russell tallied nine receptions for 84 yards. Dylan Mulder had a forgettable game, making only 1-of-3 field goal attempts with misses from distances of 31 and 42 yards. The Eagles will host Ball State for the MAC opener on Saturday.
KENT STATE: The Golden Flashes (1-2) were defeated, 45-13, by No. 8 LSU in Baton Rouge as they were out-gained, 571-248, in total yards of offense by the Tigers. Colin Reardon threw for 190 yards on 20-of-29 efficiency for Kent State and scored the Golden Flashes' lone touchdown on a 2-yard run in the second quarter. Dri Archer, who was being promoted for the Heisman Trophy Award by the school prior to the season, returned from an injury and made his first reception of the season. Trayion Durham could not find any rushing room and finished with 36 yards on 18 carries. KSU will have another difficult test in week four when it heads to University Park to play Penn State.
MASSACHUSETTS: The Minutemen (0-3) remain winless after their 37-7 loss to Kansas State at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The Wildcats exploded for 21 points in the second quarter to break away from UMass, which finished with only 309 yards of total offense. In his first career start, A.J. Doyle finished the day going 21-for-31 for 186 yards with two interceptions. Tajae Sharpe led the Minutemen with nine catches for a career-high 98 yards. That performance follows up his 11 catches for 85 yards and a touchdown against Maine last weekend. The Minutemen blocked a field goal in the game to mark the first blocked kick for the program since 2009. Joe Colton registered a sack in the first quarter after the team failed to get to the quarterback in its first two games. UMass will play its final non-conference game on Saturday when Vanderbilt visits Gillette Stadium.
MIAMI-OHIO: The RedHawks (0-2) had a bye week following their week 2 loss at Kentucky. They return to action on Saturday with a road bout versus in-state rival Cincinnati.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS: Senior quarterback Jordan Lynch was unstoppable as he carried the Huskies (2-0) to a 45-35 road victory over Idaho in a non- conference duel at the Kibbie Dome. Lynch amassed 152 yards and three touchdowns on 17-of-29 passing and rushed 22 times for 159 yards and two more scores for NIU as it collected its 15th consecutive regular season victory and 11th straight true road win. The Huskies trailed the Vandals by 14 points midway through the second quarter before they caught fire offensively. Tommylee Lewis gained 104 yards on just four rushes and Cameron Stingily added 62 yards and a touchdown on 13 attempts. Lewis also made a team-high nine catches for 56 yards and Da'Ron Brown finished with five receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown. NIU continues its non-conference slate on Saturday when it hosts FCS opponent Eastern Illinois.
OHIO UNIVERSITY: The Bobcats (2-1) took home the 2013 Battle for the Bell trophy after they held off Marshall for a 34-31 victory at Peden Stadium. The contest marked the third straight win for Ohio over the Thundering Herd, who came into the game with a 2-0 record. Senior quarterback Tyler Tettleton led the team with 266 yards and a touchdown on 25-of-38 passing efficiency. Beau Blankenship tallied 36 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Donte Foster caught eight passes for 80 yards and Matt Waters had a team-high 83 yards on six receptions. Ohio's defense forced three turnovers in the win as Devin Bass recorded a team-high 11 tackles and an interception. Xavier Hughes forced a fumble for the third straight game. The Bobcats stay at home this Saturday to host FCS opponent Austin Peay.
TOLEDO: After a competitive first quarter, the Rockets (1-2) took over full control and coasted to a 33-21 win over Eastern Washington, the FCS school that upset then ranked Oregon State in week one. Toledo held a 530-377 edge in total yards of offense as David Fluellen carried the ball 21 times for a season-high 143 yards and two touchdowns, topping the century mark for a second consecutive week. Senior quarterback Terrance Owens completed his first two passes on the evening before suffering a left knee injury that sidelined him for the rest of the contest. Freshman Logan Woodside replaced the injured Owens and completed 14-of-24 passes for 185 yards and one TD in his collegiate debut. Bernard Reedy caught a team-tying best five passes for a season-best 112 yards, including a career-long 81-yard TD reception in the third quarter. Toledo will begin its MAC season on Saturday at Central Michigan.
WESTERN MICHIGAN: The Broncos (0-3) were on the losing end of a 38-17 rout as they were overpowered by No. 17 Northwestern last time out. The Wildcats racked up 31 first downs and 471 yards of total offense, including 332 on the ground. Tyler Van Tubbergen threw for 202 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception on 16-of-41 passing, with freshman wideout Corey Davis catching five passes for 112 yards and a score. WMU held a 10-7 lead midway through the second quarter before allowing 24 unanswered points. Mike Jones had a game- high 10 tackles. Justin Currie finished with eight tackles and his second- career interception. The Broncos have another Big Ten foe on the docket this Saturday as they are set for a road game against Iowa.
09/16 10:44:32 ET
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