AKRON: The Zips fell to 0-5 on the season after suffering defeat in their first league contest, 50-14 to Northern Illinois this past weekend. Alex Allen who ran for 99 yards and two touchdowns on 14 attempts in the setback. Quarterback Patrick Nicely connected on 14-of-26 passes for 128 yards, was intercepted once and sacked two times on the evening. If the Zips are going to grab their first win on the year this week, they will have to accomplish the feat on the road at Kent State.
BALL STATE: The Cardinals snapped a three-game slide this past weekend with an impressive 31-17 victory over Central Michigan. Keith Wenning threw for 130 yards and two touchdowns on 12-of-18 passing. Eric Williams caught just three balls, but they went for 83 yards and both scores, while David Brown carried the ball seven times for 117 yards and a touchdown on the ground. After a three-game road trip the Cardinals will return home this weekend to host the Western Michigan Broncos.
BOWLING GREEN: Bowling Green dropped its fourth game in five tries this season, as the Falcons were defeated by Buffalo, 28-26. Aaron Pankratz threw for 167 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the way for Bowling Green, but also threw three costly interceptions in the loss, the squad's second consecutive setback. Willie Geter and Tyrone Pronty were responsible for 63 yards and a touchdown apiece, but the Falcons amassed just nine yards rushing as a team in the contest. The Falcons will return to the road this weekend when they take on the Ohio Bobcats at Peden Stadium.
BUFFALO: The Bulls snapped a three-game slide this past weekend with a thrilling, 28-26 victory over Bowling Green. Jerry Davis threw for 241 yards and three touchdowns while completing 19 of his 34 passes in the win for Buffalo. Jeffvon Gill and Ike Nduka led the Bulls' ground attack with 52 and 47 yards, respectively, with Nduka registering a touchdown as well. Terrell Jackson hauled in seven passes for 90 yards and a touchdown for the Bulls, while Marcus Rivers grabbed five balls for 59 yards and a score. The Bulls will have this weekend off, but will return to the field on October 16th when they travel to DeKalb to battle the Northern Illinois Huskies.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN: The Chippewas fell for the second straight week, as the team was defeated by Ball State, 31-17. Ryan Radcliff threw for 295 yards on 25- of-48 passing, but was also intercepted three times and sacked on six occasions. David Blackburn hailed in one touchdown pass, and finished with 89 yards on seven receptions. The Chippewas will take a break from league play this upcoming weekend and will travel to Blacksburg to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies.
EASTERN MICHIGAN: The Eagles fell to 0-5 on the year and more importantly dropped their 17th straight contest since the start of last year with a 30-17 setback to Ohio. Dwayne Priest led the team with 117 rushing yards and scored once on 19 carries. Alex Gillett threw for 208 yards with one touchdown and one interception on 15-of-30 passing. The Eagles will take a break from conference action and travel to Nashville to battle the Vanderbilt Commodores.
KENT STATE: After a three-game road trip the Golden Flashes will finally return home when they take on the Akron Zips this weekend.
MIAMI-OHIO: The RedHawks played from behind for most of their matchup against Kent State on Saturday, but the team racked up 17 fourth quarter points to grab a 27-21 victory over the Golden Flashes. Zac Dysert threw for 294 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions, while completing an efficient 31-of-46 under center in the win. Thomas Merriweather gained 54 yards on the ground with a touchdown on just 11 carries. Chris Givens caught five passes for 104 yards for the RedHawks, while Jamal Rogers grabbed eight balls for 90 yards. The RedHawks will not be in the midst of a conference game this weekend, as the team will instead travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS: The Huskies had no problems winning their first league matchup, as coach Jerry Kill's squad demolished Akron, 50-14. Chandler Harnish threw for 281 yards and three touchdowns, while completing 16-of-20 passes for the Huskies. Willie Clark turned three receptions into 46 yards and two scores, while Chad Spann generated a team-best 84 yards and a TD on 16 carries. The Huskies will have an important matchup this upcoming weekend when they host the Temple Owls.
OHIO: Ohio snapped its three-game slide with a 30-17 victory over Eastern Michigan this past weekend. It was the sixth straight road win in conference action for Ohio. Vince Davidson totaled 101 yards and scored three touchdowns in the win. Boo Jackson completed 15-of-24 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown, and also led the team with 60 rushing yards on 13 totes. The Bobcats will finally return home after playing three straight road matchups, and at Peden Stadium this weekend the Bobcats will host Bowling Green.
TEMPLE: The Owls scored 21 fourth quarter points to grab a 42-35 victory over the Army Black Knights this past weekend. Matt Brown rumbled for a career-high 226 rushing yards and four touchdowns, as he replaced Bernard Pierce who was inactive with an injured ankle. Michael Campbell finished with five catches for 124 yards and two scores for Temple. The Owls will play their third straight road matchup this weekend when they battle the Northern Illinois Huskies in DeKalb.
TOLEDO: After not scoring in the first half, the Rockets posted 15 points over the final 30 minutes of action, but fell just short against Wyoming, 20-15. Adonis Thomas ran for 94 yards and one touchdown for the Rockets on 16 carries. Austin Dantin and Terrance Owens combined to go 14-of-35 through the air for 184 yards. Eric Page caught six balls for 101 yards in the setback. For a third straight week the Rockets will battle a non-conference opponent, but this will clearly be the tougher of the three games, as Toledo will take on the Boise State Broncos on the blue turf.
WESTERN MICHIGAN: The Broncos suffered their second straight loss this past weekend with a 33-13 loss to Idaho. Western Michigan struggled on all fronts in this contest, as Aaron Winchester led a ground-game that amassed just 80 yards with a 47-yard effort. Signal-caller Alex Carder completed just 14-of-33 passes for 104 yards with a touchdown and an interception for WMU. The Broncos will begin a three-game road stint this Saturday when they travel to Muncie to battle Ball State.