Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
AKRON: The Zips (3-7, 2-4) had an open week following their nine-point win
over Kent State. They return to action on Saturday when they visit
BALL STATE: The Cardinals (9-1, 6-0) coasted to a 44-24 victory over Central
Michigan on Wednesday to remain one of just three teams in the conference
without a loss to a league rival. Keith Wenning finished 20-of-29 passing for
299 yards and four touchdowns through the air. He is now just three touchdown
passes shy of Nate Davis's single-season record of 30. Willie Snead made nine
catches for 118 yards and a pair of scores while Jamill Smith reeled in six
catches for 91 yards and one touchdown. Horactio Banks paced the team on the
ground with 143 yards and a touchdown on just 11 carries. Jahwan Edwards added
90 yards on a team-high 18 rushing attempts. BSU outgained CMU, 549-397, in
total yards of offense and put the game out of reach early by building a 31-3
lead by halftime. The Cardinals have a crucial matchup on Wednesday as they
visit Northern Illinois to battle for first place in the West Division.
BOWLING GREEN: Dave Clawson's defense was impressive as the Falcons (6-3, 3-1)
coasted to a 45-3 victory over Miami-Ohio on Tuesday. BGSU limited the
RedHawks to only 228 yards of total offense and just 16 first downs. The
defensive unit also scored a touchdown as BooBoo Gates returned a fumble 11
yards for six points in the third quarter. Gates recovered two loose balls in
total and Bryan Thomas also registered a fumble recovery. Matt Johnson
accounted for four total touchdowns with three coming through the air. Johnson
went 20-of-26 passing for 252 yards, while Travis Greene racked up 112 yards
on 14 carries. The Falcons still trail Buffalo by a single game in the East
Division race. They will return to action on Tuesday when they host Ohio.
BUFFALO: Branden Oliver set the Division I era school record with 249 rushing
yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Bulls (7-2, 5-0) to a 30-3 rout of
Ohio on Tuesday. The victory was the seventh in a row for Buffalo, which
maintained sole possession of first place in the East Division standings with
only three games remaining. The UB defense held the Bobcats to a season-low
233 yards of total offense. Khalil Mack continued to shine on the defensive
side of the ball as he tallied five tackles, a forced fumble and a recovery.
Joe Licata improved to 10-3 as a starter as he threw for 169 yards with two
touchdown passes to Alex Neutz, who tied Naaman Roosevelt's program record of
28 career touchdown grabs. The Bulls will have another Tuesday bout this week
CENTRAL MICHIGAN: The Chippewas (3-6, 2-3) lost for the second game in a row
as they were routed, 44-24, by Ball State on Wednesday. Cooper Rush finished
20-of-32 passing for 284 yards with one touchdown and an interception. Rush
also produced his first career rushing touchdown. Titus Davis was his primary
target and tallied nine catches for 187 yards and a score. Davis is now tied
with Antonio Brown for second in the school's record book with 22 career
touchdown receptions. After being outscored 31-3 in the first half, CMU won
the second half, 21-13. Kevin King set a career-best with seven tackles
including his first sack of the season. Maurice Shoemaker-Gilmore posted 68
yards on just six carries in the loss. The Chippewas will return to action
Saturday when they visit Western Michigan.
EASTERN MICHIGAN: After the announcement that head coach Ron English was
relieved of his duties came out on Friday, the Eagles (2-8, 1-5) earned their
first win in league play of the 2013 season as topped Western Michigan, 35-32,
in an overtime thriller in Ypsilanti. EMU rushed a school record 44 times for
264 yards with Ryan Brumfield contributing a career-best 148 yards and two
touchdowns on 15 carries to lead the way. Bronson Hill also surpassed the
century mark with 108 yards on 23 rushes with one score himself. Brogan Roback
finished 9-of-22 for 136 yards with a touchdown and an interception. After the
EMU defense held the Broncos to a field goal in the first part of the overtime
session, Brumfield scored the game-winning touchdown on a four-yard run. The
team was guided to the win by interim head coach Stan Parrish, who will lead
the Green and White versus Bowling Green on Nov. 23 after this week's bye.
KENT STATE: The Golden Flashes (2-8, 1-5) had the week off to regroup from
their 16-7 loss to Akron. They will try to end their five-game losing streak
on Wednesday when they host Miami-Ohio.
MASSACHUSETTS: The Minutemen had an open week following their disheartening,
63-19, loss to the reigning MAC champion NIU Huskies. They will try to
conclude a three-game slide on Saturday when they host Akron.
MIAMI-OHIO: The RedHawks (0-9, 0-5) were stifled offensively by Bowling Green
and suffered a lopsided, 45-3, setback to the Falcons at Yager Stadium on
Tuesday. The team's only points came on a 51-yard field goal by Kaleb
Patterson. Miami's offense was without starting quarterback Austin Boucher for
the first time this season. Drew Kummer stepped in to throw for a career-high
100 yards on 9-of-19 efficiency. The RedHawks were limited to just 2.6 yards
per carry and produced only 228 yards of total offense. Kent Kern and Chris
Wade tied for the game-high with eight tackles apiece. Miami will hope to pick
up its first win on Wednesday when it visits Kent State.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS: The Huskies (9-0, 5-0) had a bye week. They will battle
Ball State for first place in the West Division standings on Wednesday.
OHIO UNIVERSITY: The Bobcats (6-3, 3-2) let a close one slip away as they
suffered a 30-3 loss to Buffalo on Tuesday. Ohio was limited to a season-low
233 yards of total offense and allowed the Bulls to rack up 421 total yards.
After a questionable safety was called on Tyler Tettleton early in the third
quarter, Buffalo scored three consecutive touchdowns to turn a close game into
a rout. Tettleton finished with 126 passing yards and was sacked three times
before leaving in the fourth quarter. Beau Blankenship was ineffective,
gaining only 68 yards on 20 carries. The Bobcats will try to bounce back on
Tuesday when they visit Bowling Green.
TOLEDO: The Rockets (6-3, 4-1) had an open week to prepare for their Tuesday
night bout versus Buffalo.
WESTERN MICHIGAN: P.J. Fleck was unable to produce his first winning streak as
a head coach, as his Broncos (1-9, 1-5) were defeated 35-32, in overtime by
Eastern Michigan to create a tie for last place in the West Division
standings. Zach Terrell threw for a career-high 348 yards with one touchdown
and an interception on 24-of-39 passing. Corey Davis continued to shine as
he tallied 112 yards and a score on six receptions to set a WMU freshman
record with five 100-yard receiving games. Kendrick Roberts also had a career
day with four catches for 106 yards. Dareyon Chance and Brian Fields combined
for 102 yards on 33 carries, with the latter registering a rushing touchdown.
After allowing EMU to tie the score at 29 with under a minute remaining in
regulation, WMU was held to a field goal in the top half of the overtime
session. The Broncos then allowed the Eagles' Ryan Brumfield to score the
game-winning touchdown. WMU outgained the hosts, 468-400, in total yards of
offense, despite allowing 264 rushing yards. Fleck will try to secure his
second career win on Saturday when his squad hosts Central Michigan.
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