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Mid-American Conference News and Notes

10:47 AM, Sep 9, 2013   |    comments
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AKRON: The Zips (1-1) used a two-quarterback system that produced 287 yards and four touchdowns through the air in their 35-33 home opening win over James Madison at InfoCision Stadium. Nick Hirschman and Kyle Pohl threw two touchdowns each to help Akron overcome an early 13-0 deficit. Andrew Pratt racked up 118 yards and a touchdown on three receptions, while Jawon Chisholm rushed for 87 yards. Akron's defense stopped JMU on fourth down as time expired to seal the deal and give Tommy Bowden his second win with the program. Johnny Robinson led the defense with 10 tackles and Malachi Freeman added eight stops and two pass break-ups. Akron will have a tough test as it continues its season with its first-ever trip to the "Big House" to face nationally-ranked Michigan on Saturday.

BALL STATE: Keith Wenning led the way with 325 passing yards and two touchdowns as the Cardinals (2-0) coasted to a 40-14 win over Army to remain undefeated. Ball State has not been 2-0 since 2008. With star tailback Jahwan Edwards out with an injury, Horactio Banks stepped in to gain 51 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. Jamill Smith made five catches for 83 yards and a touchdown, while Willie Sneed also made five grabs for 64 yards. Zack Ryan paced the defensive unit with 11 tackles. The Cardinals will play their first road game on Saturday when they travel to the Lone Star State to tangle with North Texas.

BOWLING GREEN: The Falcons (2-0) outscored Kent State 24-0 over the final 34:40 of the contest en route to a 41-22 victory at Dix Stadium. The win improved BGSU to 1-0 in MAC play as well. Matt Johnson completed 19-of-25 passes for a career-high 357 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start at quarterback. Travis Greene carried 24 times for 145 yards and a score for BGSU, which was coming off a 34-7 rout of the defending Conference USA champion Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Shaun Joplin (113 yards) and Ryan Burbrink (101 yards, TD) both went over 100 yards receiving in the victory. Burbrink's 92-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter was the first of his career and marked third-longest touchdown pass in school history. The Falcons have scored on all 11 of their red zone visits this season. BGSU will stay on the road next week as it faces Indiana in Bloomington.

BUFFALO: The Bulls (0-2) fell to 0-4 all-time against Big 12 schools as they were defeated, 70-13, by Baylor in Waco. Joe Licata threw for 214 yards, a touchdown and an interception on 10-of-16 efficiency, while Alex Neutz caught six passes for 197 yards and a score. Buffalo had trouble keeping up with the speed of the Bears' offense, which scored nine of its touchdowns on drives that lasted less than two minutes. The Bulls allowed 781 yards of total offense in the loss. After facing a pair of Top 25 teams, Buffalo will play its home opener against Stony Brook of the FCS on Saturday.

CENTRAL MICHIGAN: The Chippewas (1-1) collected their first win of the season as redshirt freshman kicker Ron Coluzzi connected on a 27-yard field goal as time expired to lift them to a 24-21 win over New Hampshire at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. The kick completed a rally that saw CMU score 17 points in the final quarter of play. Cooper Rush went 19-of-32 under center for 326 yards and three touchdowns, including a 97-yard pass to Titus Davis, who contributed 184 yards and two scores on six receptions. Saylor Lavallii chipped in career- highs of 93 yards rushing on 20 carries. Justin Cherocci led CMU on the defensive side of the ball with 13 total stops, 1.5 tackles for loss, one sack and two forced fumbles. The Chippewas take aim at their first road win on Saturday when they face UNLV.

EASTERN MICHIGAN: The Eagles (1-1) held an early 7-0 lead, but were outscored 45-0 the rest of the way by Penn State as they suffered their inaugural loss of the season. EMU allowed 251 yards and five touchdowns to the Nittany Lions' rushers in the contest, while racking up just 61 yards on 35 carries for itself. PSU also passed for 323 yards against the Eagles' secondary. Tyler Benz finished 17-of-26 for 115 yards while Tyreese Russell made eight catches for 73 yards. EMU's only touchdown came on an 11-yard fumble return by linebacker Matt Hunter in the first quarter. The Eagles will stay on the road as they visit Rutgers for their next matchup.

KENT STATE: The Golden Flashes (1-1) suffered their first regular season MAC loss since Nov. 25, 2011 as they downed, 41-22, by Bowling Green. Kent State had trouble gaining ground without injured star tailback Dri Archer and Trayion Durham was limited to only 24 yards on 11 attempts. Colin Reardon threw for 164 yards and two TDs, while Chris Humphrey caught four passes for 84 yards and a score. DeVante Strickland anchored the Golden Flashes' defense with 11 total tackles and Luke Wollett registered 10 stops in the setback. KSU has a pair of difficult upcoming road contests as it takes on LSU and Penn State before returning to conference play.

MASSACHUSETTS: The Minutemen (0-2) joined the growing list of FBS programs to lose to an FCS school as they were upset, 24-14, by Maine in their home opener at Gillette Stadium. Tajae Sharpe established new career-highs with 11 catches for 85 yards, including his first touchdown as a member of UMass. Mike Wegzyn went 13-of-25 under center for 139 yards with one touchdown and one interception. A.J. Doyle also got a chance at quarterback, but completed only seven of his 17 passes for 62 yards and a score. Stacey Bedell was limited to only 58 yards on 11 carries as the Minutemen were very ineffective when they tried to rush the ball. Ed Saint-Vil registered 14 total tackles in the losing effort. The Minutemen will visit another squad that was upset by an FCS program this season on Saturday when they challenge Kansas State in Manhattan.

MIAMI-OHIO: The RedHawks (0-2) generated only 122 yards of total offense as they were dispatched, 41-7, by Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium. Austin Boucher connected on only 4-of-14 pass attempts for 23 yards and was sacked five times. He tied Austin Gearing for the team-lead in rushing yards with just 28. Dayonne Nunley paced Miami's defense with 7.5 total tackles and Chris Wade scored the team's only touchdown on a fumble return. Miami will hope to collect its first win on Sept. 21 when it visits its instate rival Cincinnati.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS: The Huskies (1-0) had a bye following their 30-27 win over Iowa in week one. They will continue their non-conference slate on Saturday with a visit to Idaho.

OHIO UNIVERSITY: Matt Green connected on a pair of field goal attempts in the fourth quarter to help the Bobcats (1-1) secure a 27-21 win over North Texas. Tyler Tettleton completed 19-of-30 pass attempts to throw for 239 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the win for Ohio, which has won 10 of its last 12 non- conference games. Chase Cochran collected six passes for 103 yards and a touchdown and Donte Foster had seven catches for 59 yards. Ryan Boykin rushed for 93 yards on 19 attempts, while Beau Blankenship had 83 yards on 14 carries. Ohio has a rivalry game next week when it hosts its former MAC rival, Marshall.

TOLEDO: The Rockets (0-2) were handed their second loss to begin the year as they suffered a 38-23 loss to Missouri at Faurot Field. Terrance Owens was 26- of-41 passing, for 262 yards with a touchdown, but he also threw three interceptions. David Fluellen rushed for 111 yards and also reeled in a career-high 10 receptions for 100 yards. Alonzo Russell (seven receptions, 101 yards, TD) was also an active receiver for Toledo, which lost by 18 points to Florida in its opener. Junior Sylvestre led the defense for the second game in a row with 13 total tackles. Chase Murdock also had a busy game with 12 stops including one sack. The Rockets will try to bounce back next week when they host Eastern Washington of the FCS, which upset a nationally-ranked Oregon State team in its season opener.

WESTERN MICHIGAN: The Broncos (0-2) were upset 27-23, in their home opener by an FCS opponent in Nicholls at Waldo Stadium. WMU fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter before it claimed its first lead at 23-21 in the third quarter. Nicholls connected on a pair of field goals in the final frame to go back ahead and the Colonels ended the Broncos' hopes of a win when Josh Dewey recorded an interception at the goal line with 1:44 remaining. After making an early exit in the season-opening loss to Michigan State due to injury, Tyler Van Tubbergen got the start under center, completing 24-of-43 passes for 254 yards with two interceptions. Corey Davis led all receivers in the contest with 116 yards on eight receptions. Dareyon Chance gained a team-best 123 yards on 21 carries and Brian Fields racked up 103 yards and three touchdowns on 19 attempts. Johnnie Simon anchored the defensive unit with 11 tackles and two quarterback hurries. WMU returns to action on Saturday when it challenges the unbeaten Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field.

 

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