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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 Massachusetts.
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 at Toledo.
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.