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AKRON: In a game that went down to the wire, the Zips (1-4) came up just short in their 56-49 loss to Miami-Ohio. The contest was the MAC opener for Akron, which put up a fight behind the leadership of its signal caller, Dalton Williams, who threw for 446 yards and four touchdowns on 32-of-42 passing. Williams's total of 446 yards passing was the second-best performance in program history. Marquelo Suel recorded a team-best eight catches for 105 yards and a score while Dee Frieson grabbed seven balls for 98 yards and two touchdowns. Jawon Chisholm gained 156 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. Williams was intercepted near the RedHawks' goal line on the final play of the game as he attempted to engineer a game-tying drive in the waning seconds. Akron and Miami combined for 1,334 yards of total offense in the high scoring affair. The Zips will try to snap a two-game losing streak when they host Bowling Green this Saturday.
BALL STATE: Freddy Cortez kicked a 25-field goal with six seconds remaining to bury the Cardinals (3-2) and give Kent State a 45-43 win in a conference battle at Dix Stadium. Ball State, which entered the game leading the MAC in rushing yards per game, managed a season-low 112 yards and no touchdowns on the ground. While the rushing attack failed to get going, Keith Wenning threw for a career-high 445 yards and five touchdowns. Willie Snead caught two of those TD passes and finished with 14 catches for 216 yards, both career-highs. Junior receiver Connor Ryan caught two touchdown passes in a game for the first time in his career. The touchdown grabs were the third and fourth of Ryans career. Jamill Smith made a touchdown catch for the second week in a row and finished with 92 yards on six grabs. Senior linebacker Travis Freeman had 12 tackles in the game to lead Ball State in that category for the fourth time in five games this season. BSU will try to improve to 2-1 in MAC play this weekend when it takes on Northern Illinois.
BOWLING GREEN: Anthon Samuel was unstoppable as he gained 127 yards on 17 carries to lead the Falcons (2-3) to a 48-8 rout of Rhode Island. BGSU scored touchdowns on six of its 11 possessions, had seven drives of at least 50 yards, and recorded 30 first downs as it proved to be too much for the FCS Rams to handle. Matt Schilz was 20-of-27 for 281 yards and two scores. Chris Gallon caught both touchdown passes and finished with 43 receiving yards. Nine different Falcons reeled in a catch. BGSU had its best defensive performance of the season, holding its opponent to 171 yards in the game. The Falcons will look to parlay their success this Saturday when they travel to Akron to play the Zips.
BUFFALO: The Bulls (1-3) held their own, but came up short in their 24-17 loss to the Connecticut Huskies at Rentschler Field. Buffalo outgained its opponent by a yard, but turned the ball over on downs on its final possession which ended any threat of a comeback. Alex Zordich threw for 220 yards and a touchdown with an interception while completing 13-of-30 passes. Zordich also rushed for 76 yards on 14 carries. Alex Neutz reeled in a game-high six catches for 90 yards in the losing effort. Brandon Murie ran for 55 yards and a touchdown on 18 rushes. He also had one catch for 54 yards and touchdown. Murie's touchdowns were the first two of his career. The Bulls, who lost in their conference opener to Kent State last week, will try to hand Ohio its first loss of the season on Saturday.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN: The Chippewas (2-2) had no answer for Jordan Lynch as they were outdueled, 55-24, by Northern Illinois in their MAC opener at Huskie Stadium. Ryan Radcliff threw for a season-high 332 yards, two touchdowns and an interception while completing 20-of-39 pass attempts for Central Michigan. Cody Wilson caught a game-high eight passes for 111 yards while Titus Davis had 92 yards and a touchdown on just one reception. Wilson has made a catch in 33 consecutive games, which is tied for the third longest active streak in the NCAA. Zurlon Tipton caught the first touchdown reception of his career. CMU, which allowed a season-worst 622 yards to NIU, looks for its first MAC win of the season on Saturday when it travels to Toledo to face the Rockets.
EASTERN MICHIGAN: The Eagles (0-4) had a bye week after suffering a 23-7 setback at Michigan State on Sept. 22. EMU will try to snap its six-game losing streak and improve to 1-1 in MAC play on Saturday when it hosts Kent State.
KENT STATE: Freddy Cortez kicked a 25-yard field goal with six seconds remaining, to give the Kent Golden Flashes (3-1) to a 45-43 conference win over Ball State. Spencer Keith threw for 295 yards and three touchdowns for KSU, which eclipsed 400 yards of total offense for the third straight game. Dri Archer scored on a 99-yard kickoff return and finished with 104 yards and two TDs receiving, plus another 72 yards on the ground. Trayion Durham led the rushing attack with 91 yards and two scores on 21 carries. The win gives the Golden Flashes a 2-0 record in league action heading into this week's road game at Eastern Michigan.
MASSACHUSETTS: Despite another loss, the Minutemen (0-5) had their most promising performance of the season as they were defeated, 37-34, by the unbeaten Ohio Bobcats. UMass was led by Mike Wegzyn, who threw the ball with confidence as he completed 27-of-51 passes for 373 yards and four touchdowns. Deion Walker was his favorite target as he caught 11 passes for 162. Junior tight end Rob Blanchflower set a career-high with 80 receiving yards and one score. Alan Williams reeled in seven passes for 127 yards and three touchdowns. The loss was the eighth in a row for UMass, but it was the closest margin of the season. The Minutemen went into the final frame with a one touchdown lead, but the mighty Bobcats' offense proved to be too much to handle. Ohio gained 297 yards on the ground and 503 total yards on offense as they snuck past the Minutemen. UMass, which is 0-2 in MAC play, returns to action this weekend with a road game at Western Michigan.
MIAMI-OHIO: Zac Dysert completed 34-of-49 passes for 519 yards and six touchdowns to lead the RedHawks (3-2) to a thrilling, 56-49, victory over the Akron Zips in a MAC shootout at InfoCision Stadium. Dysert also ran for 108 yards, which helped him set a new MAC record with 624 yards of total offense. Additionally, Dysert set a new Miami record with six touchdown passes. Dawan Scott was Dysert's favorite target on his record setting day. Scott reeled in 11 receptions for 208 yards and two scores. Andy Cruse also had a very productive game with nine catches for 111 yards and a touchdown. Miami set a school record with 705 yards of total offense. The RedHawks also set a new program record with 42 first downs. Miami will try to win for the third week in a row when it heads to Cincinnati to play the Bearcats on Saturday.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS: The Huskies (4-1) gained 407 rushing yards as they routed Central Michigan, 55-24, in their MAC opener at Huskie Stadium. The victory extended the team's school-record home winning streak to 18 games. Jordan Lynch tallied 359 yards of total offense with a pair of touchdown contributions. Leighton Settle ran for a career-high 152 yards and three scores. Martel Moore caught a touchdown pass for the fourth game in a row and Sean Progar recorded his first career interception in the victory. NIU out- gained Central Michigan by a 622-462 margin while converting on 8- of-16 third down attempts and 3-of-3 fourth downs. The Huskies head to Indiana to take on the Ball State Cardinals this weekend.
OHIO UNIVERSITY: Beau Blankenship ran for a career-high 269 yards on 43 carries, resulting in two touchdowns as he delivered his fifth straight 100- yard effort to push the Bobcats (5-0) to a 37-34 victory over UMass at Gillette Stadium. Tyler Tettleton completed 15-of-27 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns as Ohio came back in the fourth quarter to remain the MAC's only unbeaten squad. Tettleton extended his streak of passing attempts without an interception to 156. Neal Huynh made an impact on the defensive side of the ball with 3.5 tackles for loss. Ohio is now 5-0 for the first time since 1968 and has won 11 of its last 12 games. It will look to stay perfect this week when it welcomes Buffalo to Athens for conference action.
TOLEDO: The Rockets (4-1) improved to 2-0 in MAC play with a 37-17 win over Western Michigan at Waldo Stadium. David Fluellen ran for a career-high 213 yards and three touchdowns while Terrance Owens threw for 243 yards. J.D. Detmer made a career-high three field goals. Jordan Hayden made his first career interception and returned it 64 yards for a score in the third period. Dan Molls recorded 13 tackles to lead the team for the fourth time in five games in that category. Toledo is 16-2 in its last 18 conference games. It will look to improve upon that mark this weekend when it hosts the Central Michigan Chippewas for MAC action.
WESTERN MICHIGAN: Playing without their leader Alex Carder, the Broncos (2-3) lacked the firepower to keep up with the Rockets in their 37-17 loss to Toledo. Tyler VanTubbergen made his second career start in place of the injured Carder, and hit on 26-of-46 passes for 232 yards and a score, but he was sacked twice and picked off three times, one of those INTs being returned for a touchdown. Dareyon Chance gained 102 yards on 17 carries and Justin Currie paced the Bronco defense with 15 tackles. WMU allowed a season-worst 521 yards to Toledo in the loss. The Broncos will try to bounce back this week when they host the winless Massachusetts Minutemen.
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