MAC Football Saturday
October 27, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
MAC Football Scoreboard: Saturday, Oct. 26th
Ball State 42, Akron 24 Final
Ohio 41, Miami 16 Final
Toledo 28, Bowling Green 25 Final
Western Michigan 31, UMass 30 Final
Buffalo 41, Kent State 21 Final
No. 18 Northern Illinois 59, Eastern Michigan 20 Final
Game stories courtesy of MAC Athletic Communication staffs.
Ball State 42, Akron 24 Final Stats
Ball State's football team improved to 8-1 overall and 5-0 in the Mid-American Conference with a 42-24 victory at Akron. The win was the Cardinals 10th straight MAC win, while Ball State has won six games in a row overall and 14 of its past 15 contests.
"We knew how much talent they had, but It sort of played out the way we hoped it would," Ball State head coach Pete Lembo says. "It was good to get out to an early lead and set the tone and then the touchdown just before the half really helped out. We figured it could be a close game coming down to the fourth quarter and having the wind really worked into our game plan."
Ball State jumped out to an early 14-3 lead after the first quarter on a pair of touchdown passes from Keith Wenning to Willie Snead. The two scoring tosses were two of the five Wenning would throw on the day to tie the Ball State single-game record and accomplish the feat for a second time in his career.
After Akron closed the gap to 14-10 in the second quarter, the Cardinals responded with a Jahwan Edwards 3-yard touchdown run, which tied the school's career record for total TDs. Wenning went to Jordan Williams three minutes later for his third touchdown pass of the day and gave Ball State a 28-10 advantage as the half came to a close.
Akron opened the third quarter scoring and closed the gap to 28-17 before Wenning and Williams combined again on a 20-yard scoring strike to make it 35-17 in favor of the Cardinals.
The fourth quarter saw the Zips come within 35-24 with 8:42 to play in the game, but Ball State responded with yet another Wenning TD pass. This time his 2-yard scoring strike to Jamill Smith at the 6:02 mark sealed the Cardinals' victory.
Edwards ended the day with 25 carries for 120 yards and one touchdown. It marked his second 100-yard rushing game of the season and the 10th of his career.
Wenning completed his record-setting play by making 25-of-35 passes for 240 yards and five TDs with zero interceptions. Wenning ended a streak of eight straight games with 300 or more yards passing, but increased his season passing yards total to 2,865. The yardage total is the fifth highest in a single season in the Ball State record books.
Williams managed 12 catrches for 124 yards and two scores, while Snead tallied seven receptions for 100 yards and two TDs. It marked only the 11th time in Ball State history for two 100-yard receivers in the same game, but it was the third time this year Williams and Snead have combined to accomplish the feat.
Ben Ingle led the team with 10 tackles, while Nick Miles added seven tackles, 1.5 sacks and one fumble recovery on the day. Dae'Shaun Hurley was second on the team with eight tackles, while Jonathan Newsome added seven tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss.
Ball State will host Central Michigan Wed., Nov. 6, in a 7 p.m. game at Scheumann Stadium that will be nationally televised on ESPN2.
ATHENS, Ohio -The Ohio University football team (6-2, 3-1 MAC) soared over rival Miami University (0-8, 0-4 MAC), 41-16, Saturday in the 90th annual Battle of the Bricks at Peden Stadium, making the Bobcats bowl eligible for the fifth consecutive season.
The victory pushed Ohio to the .500 mark all-time at 531-531-48, marking the first time the program has reached the milestone since the start of the 1995 campaign. The Bobcats beat the RedHawks for the seventh time in the last eight years and have won 21 of their last 28 games dating back to the 2011 season.
Redshirt senior wide receiver Donte Foster (Guthrie, Okla.) hauled in three touchdown passes from redshirt senior quarterback Tyler Tettleton (Norman, Okla.) to break the program’s career touchdown receptions record with 20. The previous standard of 19 was held by Terrence McCrae (2007-2010). Foster led all receivers with eight catches for 122 yards.
Tettleton finished 22-of-32, throwing for 306 yards and tossed three scoring strikes and no interceptions. He has thrown 300 or more yards eight times in his career and improved to 24-10 since taking over as the Bobcats’ starting quarterback in 2011.
Redshirt senior running back Beau Blankenship (Norman, Okla.) rumbled for a season-high 173 yards on 20 carries – his first 100-yard rushing effort of the 2013 season.
Ohio got after it on the defensive end, recording seven sacks.
The Bobcats set the tone quickly, scoring on their first offensive series for the sixth time in their last seven games. Blankenship took his first handoff of the contest 53 yards to the Miami 16, setting the stage for Tettleton’s two-yard touchdown pass to Foster four plays later.
Ohio increased its lead to 14-0 on its second drive as Tettleton found Foster for a 33-yard scoring strike.
The RedHawks cut the Ohio lead to 11 points courtesy of a 45-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Kaleb Patterson with 1:53 to play in the first quarter.
Miami made it a four-point game with 6:56 to play in the first half when redshirt senior quarterback Austin Boucher hit senior tight end Dustin White for a 22-yard touchdown.
Ohio struck back when Foster hauled in his third touchdown catch of the day – a five-yard strike from Tettleton that gave the Bobcats a 21-10 lead with just over three minutes to play in the half.
The Bobcats made it a 14-point contest again with just 18 seconds to play before halftime when redshirt sophomore kicker Josiah Yazdani (Albany, Ohio) connected on a 24-yard field goal attempt.
Yazdani added three more points to Ohio’s total when he successfully booted a 33-yard field with 8:38 to play in the third quarter, making the score 27-10.
Ohio added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Redshirt senior running back Ryan Boykin (Woodstock, Ga.) scored on a seven-yard scamper with 13:06 to play. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Derrius Vick (Lincoln, Neb.) took a keeper six yards into the end zone with 3:37 left on the clock.
Ohio looks to make it three in a row when they travel to Buffalo in a pivotal MAC East Division showdown on Nov. 5. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m., and the game will be televised on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.
Bowling Green, OH – Sophomore wide receiver Alonzo Russell pulled in an 11-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Terrance Owens with 1:22 left and the Toledo defense held off Bowling Green in the final minute as the Rockets defeated their rivals, 28-25, at Doyt Perry Stadium in Bowling Green on Saturday.
It was the fourth consecutive victory over the Falcons for UT’s seniors and keeps Toledo (5-3, 3-1 MAC) in the hunt for the MAC West Division title.
Toledo led 21-0 in the first half but Bowling Green rallied to take a 25-21 lead with 5:59 to play. Owens then led Toledo on a 10-play, 70-yard drive that turned out to be decisive. Late in the drive, UT faced a third-and-26 from the BGSU 28-yard line and Owens came through. First he scrambled 17 yards to the 11-yard line to make it fourth-and-nine. Then he hit Russell across the middle to give the Rockets a three-point cushion.
Bowling Green (5-3, 3-1 MAC) had one last chance to win the game but Matt Johnson’s pass on fourth-and-13 from the BGSU 32-yard line fell incomplete.
The Rockets were led by Owens, who completed 15-of-23 passes for 130 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to Russell, who led all receivers with eight catches. Owens also ran for 59 yards. Freshman Kareem Hunt rushed for 114 yards and one score. Senior David Fluellen added 61 yards on just three carries but left the game with an ankle injury in the first quarter. Junior linebacker Junior Sylvestre was dominant, racking up three sacks and a game-high 12 tackles.
Toledo got off to a great start, scoring on its first three possessions of the first half on long drives while stopping the Falcons on their initial three offensive forays. In fact, the only time Toledo failed to score in the first 30 minutes was when it ran out the clock with just 16 seconds left.
Bowling Green took the opening kickoff and advanced to the UT 23-yard line before failing to convert on fourth-and-10. Toledo took over on downs and two plays later Fluellen careened 47 yards down to the BG30-yard line, setting up a one-yard TD plunge by Hunt a few plays later. Unfortunately, Fluellen hurt his left ankle on the drive and never returned to the game. But with Hunt regularly gaining big chunks of yardage throughout the game, the Rocket offense hardly seemed to miss him.
Toledo made it 14-0 on an 18-play 89-yard drive that was extended thanks to a critical penalty by the Falcons. Jeremiah Detmer converted on a 35-yard field goal but the play was called back due to roughing the kicker. Toledo took advantage of the mistake four plays later when Owens hooked up with Russell, who pulled in a five-yard pass in the corner with one hand for the score.
The Rockets made it 21-0 on its next possession on a terrific leaping catch by Reedy in the back of the end zone from nine yards out.
BGSU finally broke into the scoring column late in the first half, finishing off a 12-play, 81-yard drive on a third-and-one QB sneak by Matt Johnson to cut Toledo’s lead to 21-7 going into halftime.
The momentum changed in the second half as Toledo’s offense had a difficult time moving the ball and BGSU’s offense came to life.
Bowling Green got its first break of the game on Toledo’s opening drive of the second half on a fumble by Owens. Owens was hit by Gabe Martin as he was about to release a pass, and the Falcons recovered on UT’s 29-yard line. A two-yard BGSU touchdown by Johnson was called back after a replay review ruled the ball never crossed the goal line. The Falcons settled for a 23-yard field goal after an illegal procedure penalty moved them back to the six-yard line, cutting the lead to 21-10 with 8:46 left in the third quarter.
Bowling Green running back Travis Greene scored twice on a pair of seven-yard runs in the fourth quarter to give the Falcons their first lead of the game. The second came with 5:59 left in the game, setting up Toledo’s last-minute heroics.
The Rockets return to action next Saturday when they host Eastern Michigan at the Glass Bowl.
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Redshirt freshman quarterback Zach Terrell threw for 275 yards and four touchdowns as Western Michigan defeated Massachusetts, 31-30, for the team and head coach P.J. Fleck’s first career win, at Gillette Stadium on Saturday night.
With time winding down in the fourth quarter and the score deadlocked at 24-24 WMU faced a third-and-11 from the Bronco 46 yard-line. Terrell found Corey Davis on a slant route at the UMass 45 yard-line and the freshmen wide receiver took it to the house for the game-winning score.
UMass responded with a 13-play 68-yard drive to almost close the game at 31-30 after a two-yard touchdown run by Lorenzo Woodley. The Minutemen elected to try for two to win the game but the coverage by the Western Michigan defense forced a high throw into the back of the end zone to seal the win.
Terrell had career-highs in every passing category, completing 23-of-36 attempts with a long of 54 yards. Davis also had career highs with 10 receptions for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Brian Fields finished the night with a game-high 65 yards on 18 carries. Justin Currie led the Bronco defense with 13 tackles, while Mike Jones finished with 11 and 1.5 for loss. Ronald Zamort had two tackles on the night with two pass breakups, pushing his season-total to 15 for third-all time in program history for breakups in a single season.
Western Michigan out-gained Massachusetts 393-332 on the day. The defense clamped down on Bailey’s favorite target Rob Blanchflower in the second half. After catching four balls for 102 yards in the first half he only caught three passes for 32 yards the rest of the night.
After Kahry Bailey-Smith took the opening kickoff 90 yards to give UMass a 7-0 lead, the Broncos responded with their longest drive of the season at 18-play 57-yard drive that was capped off by a Andrew Haldeman 36-yard field goal with 6:06. The 18 plays tied for the second-longest in program history and the 8:44 made it the longest drive of the season in terms of time of possession. WMU converted three fourth downs to keep the drive going.
Jamal Wilson pushed UMass’ lead to 14-3 on a three-yard touchdown run to complete a seven-play 61-yard drive with 13:05 remaining in the second quarter.
Western Michigan responded on the next drive after Terrell found Antoin Scriven out in the flat and the fullback took it 31 yards to the house for the longest touchdown reception of his career.
A 55-yard completion to Minutemen tight end Blanchflower took the ball down to the WMU one-yard line. UMass quarterback A.J. Doyle reconnected with Blanchflower from six yards out to give the Minutemen a 21-10 lead.
Terrell led the Broncos 62 yards down the field for his second touchdown pass of the game after finding Kendrick Roberts in the end zone from five-yards out. Terrell was four-for-four on the drive for 35 yards, his first of two perfect drives on the day to cut the lead to 21-17 going into halftime.
He opened the second half going three-for-three for 45 yards and hit Davis for a 14-yard touchdown to give WMU its first lead of the game, 24-21, with 11:59 left in the third quarter. Davis had two catches for 36 yards on the drive.
UMass’s Blake Lucas connected on a 37-yard field goal with 6:36 left in the third quarter to tie the game 24-24.
Western Michigan heads into a bye week before heading to Eastern Michigan on Saturday Nov. 9 at 1 p.m.
Buffalo 41, Kent State 21 Final Stats
KENT, OH – Led by a career-high four touchdown runs from senior tailback Branden Oliver, the University at Buffalo football team won its sixth straight game, defeating Kent State, 41-21. The win improved the Bulls to 6-2, making it bowl eligible for just the second time as a FBS program.
"This is probably the most exciting time to be a UB Bull," said head coach Jeff Quinn. "I couldn't be more proud of how this football team has responded. We challenged them all week; we know we had to come on the road against a very good Kent State team. Give Kent State a lot of credit, they played hard, they have a lot of good football players, but our guys weren't going to be denied today. We knew the challenge and to be able to do it on the road against the defending MAC East champions say a lot about our football team."
Oliver continued his tear in conference action on Saturday afternoon as he finished the game with 185 rushing yards and scored on four straight UB touchdowns. With his 100-yard effort, Oliver has now rushed for over 100 yards on the ground in all four conference games and now has a school record 16 games breaking the 100 yard plateau. The four touchdown runs are a Division I-A record and the most by a Buffalo player since Anthony Swan in 1996.
It was a record day for a number of UB Bulls, including linebacker Khalil Mack, who was credited with his school-record 25th career sack as he forced Kent State into an intentional grounding in the third quarter. The sack was also Mack's 67th career tackle for loss.
Not to be outdone by the senior duo was signal caller Joe Licata, who went 20-for-31 with 285 yards and two touchdowns. The 285 yards tied a career high for Licata.
Alex Neutz opened up the scoring for the Bulls late in the opening quarter as he hauled in an eight-yard touchdown strike from Licata. The touchdown reception for Neutz was his 26th career touchdown, ranking second in school history, two behind Naaman Roosevelt.
Following a missed point after attempt by the Bulls made the score 6-0, the Golden Flashes responded with a touchdown of their own as Trayion Durham bulled into the end zone from five-yards out, giving the home team the 7-6 lead with 14:27 to play in the half. It was the first time that Buffalo had trailed in a game since Sep. 14 and the first time all year that the Bulls had trailed in a MAC game.
Buffalo claimed the lead back just over a minute later as Neutz hauled in a game-long 47 yard catch to set up Oliver's first rushing touchdown on the afternoon, a five-yard scamper.
With Kent State driving towards the end of the opening half, Mack came up with the biggest defensive play of the game as he intercepted a Colin Reardon pass at the UB nine-yard line and returned the ball to the Kent State 46-yard line. Mack's team-leading third interception on the season led to an Oliver 18-yard touchdown run as he carried a Kent State defender into the end zone.
The Oliver touchdown carry gave Buffalo the 20-7 halftime lead.
Oliver added two more touchdown runs in the third quarter to cap off his career-high four touchdown effort, giving the Bulls the dominate 34-7 lead with 4:55 to play in the third.
The home team responded with back-to-back touchdowns as Dri Archer finished off a 17-yard touchdown run and Tyshon Goode hauled in a 18-yard touchdown catch, making the score 34-21 in favor of the visitors.
Licata capped off his career day with a perfectly thrown 30-yard touchdown pass to Devon Hughes.
Hughes was one of nine different UB players to catch a pass from Licata, including senior Fred Lee, who hauled in six passes for 72 yards.
The Bulls used quick strikes to their advantage as five of their six touchdown drives went 1:30 or less. A lot of that can be attributed to good starting field position, either by turnovers or long kick returns from freshman Boise Ross, who averaged 37.0 yards per return.
Defensively, Mack and Brim each finished with double figures in tackles with 10. Lee Skinner added eight tackles as well. Junior cornerback Cortney Lester picked off his third pass of the season during the third quarter.
Again the Bulls did an excellent job taking care of the football and have not turned it over in a conference game this season. UB did turn both of its forced turnovers into points.
The Bulls have their first six-game winning streak since ending the 1959 season with six straight victories. The win was UB's fourth straight at Dix Stadium.
UB will now be off until Nov. 5 when it plays its final game at UB Stadium, hosting Ohio in a nationally televised game on ESPN2.
DEKALB, Ill. - Senior quarterback Jordan Lynch (Chicago, Ill./Mt. Carmel) had four touchdown passes, one touchdown run and one touchdown reception as 18th-ranked Northern Illinois University defeated Eastern Michigan, 59-20, on Saturday afternoon at Huskie Stadium.
With the victory, NIU improves to 8-0, 4-0 in Mid-American Conference play, and won its 24th consecutive game at Huskie Stadium. The Huskies won their 21st consecutive game versus a MAC opponent and NIU's 8-0 start is the program's best since 1965. Eastern Michigan falls to 1-7, 0-4 in the MAC.
"I'm really happy with the win, happy with the way we started both halves we came out quick and I was looking for that," said NIU head coach Rod Carey. "It's not about the points, it's not about how it looked like. It's how you did those little things to create points and that's what I was interested in seeing today and I saw it. We challenged ourselves for 60 minutes. I was really happy with the 60 minutes of football that we played today."
Lynch finished the contest 16-of-20 passing for 223 yards and four scores, he had 18 carries for 99 yards and a score, and also caught one pass for 17 yards and a touchdown. Lynch became just the second player in FBS in the last 10 years with four passing touchdowns, one rushing touchdown and one receiving touchdown, joining Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor.
NIU struck first, marching 82 yards in 13 plays on its opening drive of the game to take a 7-0 lead. Lynch connected with junior running back James Spencer (Fremont, Ohio/Ross) on a 27-yard swing pass on the drive before hitting junior wide receiver Da'Ron Brown (Chicago, Ill./Morgan Park) from five yards out for the opening score of the game.
Brown finished with three catches for 38 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
After an Eastern Michigan punt, it took NIU just three plays and 38 seconds to go 80 yards and double its lead to 14-0. Junior wide receiver Tommylee Lewis (Riviera Beach, Fla./W.T. Dwyer) went 54 yards on an end-around on the first play of the drive and Lynch found freshman running back Joel Bouagnon (Aurora, Ill./Aurora Christian) for a 10-yard touchdown pass to cap the drive.
The Huskies made it three-for-three with another touchdown on their third drive. Lynch went 30 yards down the sideline for the score as NIU took a 21-0 lead with 4:31 to play in the first quarter.
Eastern Michigan got on the board with a 25-yard field goal from Dylan Mulder with 1:01 to play in the first quarter.
NIU increased its lead to 28-3 as Lynch was in the receiving end of a 17-yard touchdown from Lewis. Lynch handed the ball to Lewis in the backfield before running a pass pattern, Lewis found him down the left side and Lynch leaped over Eagle defenders for the score. It was the first reception of his career and Lewis' first career pass attempt and completion.
Lynch returned to his typical role throwing touchdown passes as he found sophomore wide receiver Juwan Brescacin (Mississauga, Ont., Canada/Culver Academy) with 2:08 to play in the first half to give the Huskies a 35-3 advantage.
NIU got the ball back with 20 seconds left in the half and quickly went 57 yards to pick up a field goal on the final play of the half. Lynch connected with Lewis for passes of 16 and 41 yards to set up a 28-yard field goal by Huskie kicker Mathew Sims (Hannibal, Mo./Hannibal HS).
Lewis finished the day with eight catches for a career-high 107 yards as he recorded the first 100-yard receiving day by a Huskie this season and his first career 100-yard game; he also had four carries for 81 yards.
Eastern Michigan made a 32-yard field goal on the opening drive of the second half but NIU answered with a 28-yard touchdown from Lynch to Brown, giving the Huskies a 45-6 lead with 8:11 to play in the third quarter and finishing Lynch's day.
The Huskies and Eagles then traded touchdowns. Eastern Michigan found the end zone for the first time as Tyler Benz threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to Tyreese Russell. NIU responded as sophomore Matt McIntosh (Evansville, Ind./Reitz) hooked up with freshman Matt Williams (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) for 36 yards and a score, giving NIU a 52-13 lead with just under five minutes left in the third quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter, freshman quarterback Drew Hare (O'Fallon, Mo./Fort Zumwalt West) became the fourth Huskie to throw a touchdown pass at he found junior fullback Ricky Connors (Powder Springs, Ga./Harrison) in the end zone from 11 yards out.
A total of 10 Huskies caught at least one pass in the contest, with six different players recording a touchdown catch.
The Eagles closed the scoring with a five-yard touchdown run by Ryan Brumfield with 4:11 left in the contest.
NIU will return to action next Saturday, Nov. 2, when the Huskies travel to meet UMass in Foxborough, Mass. Game time against the Minutemen is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT, and will be televised live on ESPN Regional, ESPN3 and ESPN GamePlan.