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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (Sports Network) -
AKRON: The Zips (1-6, 0-3) came up short in their comeback effort and fell, 34-28, to Ohio last time out. Akron scored the last 14 points of the game, but ran out of time. The Zips gained 15 more yards of total offense than Ohio, but turned the ball over twice without recording a takeaway. Dalton Williams was 32-of-53 passing for 298 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. Jerrod Dillard had two touchdown catches, while Dee Frieson had 57 yards receiving on five catches. Jawon Chisholm ran for 177 yards on 28 attempts and caught five passes for 55 yards. Akron will try to end a four-game losing slide this Saturday when it hosts Northern Illinois.
BALL STATE: The Cardinals (4-2, 2-2) ended a two-game losing streak by out-dueling Western Michigan, 30-24, in an overtime thriller. Jahwan Edwards rushed for 138 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime. Edwards now has 19 touchdowns in 19 career games. Keith Wenning completed 27-of-43 passes for 265 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Willie Snead hauled in nine catches for 147 yards. The Cardinals held Western Michigan scoreless for a span of 35 minutes from the 5:01 mark of the second quarter until the Broncos' game-tying field goal on the final play of regulation. Ball State begins a three-game road trip this weekend at Central Michigan.
BOWLING GREEN: The Falcons (4-3, 2-1) gained 486 yards of total offense on their way to a 37-12 triumph over the Miami-Ohio RedHawks. Anthon Samuel rushed for a career-high 171 yards and John Pettigrew had 53 yards rushing and a pair of scores. Samuel now has nine career 100-yard games. Matt Schilz completed 20-of-27 passes for 235 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. The victory was the third in a row for the Falcons and it was also the third straight 200-plus yard rushing game for BGSU, which travel to Massachusetts to play the Minutemen this Saturday.
BUFFALO: The Bulls (1-5, 0-3) were completely overmatched in their 45-3 loss to Northern Illinois. Buffalo was out-gained in total yards of offense, 460-337. Alex Zordich completed 18-of-29 passes for 177 yards and two interceptions before being pulled for Joe Licata, who completed 9-of-20 attempts for 86 yards. Devon Hughes tallied 105 yards receiving on a game-high nine catches. Buffalo, which has lost four in a row, will try to pick up its first victory over an FBS program this season when it hosts Pittsburgh this Saturday.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN: The Chippewas (2-4, 0-2) dropped their third decision in a row as they were defeated, 31-13, by Navy at home. CMU was held to a season- low 221 yards on offense and allowed the Midshipmen to gain 372 yards. Ryan Radcliff threw for 139 yards and a touchdown on 11-of-19 passing. The touchdown reception was made by Titus Young, which extends his streak of games with a touchdown catch to four games. Avery Cunningham played well on the other side of the ball, making 12 tackles and his first career sack. CMU will try to end its losing streak on Saturday when it hosts Ball State.
EASTERN MICHIGAN: Despite scoring on all six of their second half possessions, the Eagles (0-6, 0-3) wee bested 52-47 by Toledo in a shootout. Tyler Benz completed 18-of-27 for 301 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Bronson Hill, who had just seven rushes on the season entering the game, ran for a career-best 283 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries. Garrett Hoskins led the Eagles with seven receptions for 103 yards. EMU, which is winless this season, remains at home this weekend for a non-conference tilt against Army.
KENT STATE: The Golden Flashes (5-1, 3-0) picked up their fourth consecutive victory as they defeated Army, 31-17, in a non-conference matchup at home. Dri Archer rushed for a career-high 222 yards on just 12 carries and also had a receiving and passing touchdown. Spencer Keith was 6-of-11 for 60 yards and a touchdown in the air, while Trayion Durham add 65 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries on the ground. Eric Adeyemi and Keith each had a receiving touchdown. KSU will try to keep its winning streak intact when it hosts Western Michigan this weekend.
MASSACHUSETTS: The winless Minutemen (0-6) had a bye week. They will try to end their nine-game losing slide dating back to last season, when they host Bowling Green on Saturday.
MIAMI: The RedHawks (3-4, 2-1) lost their second game in a row as they fell, 37-12, to Bowling Green on the road. Miami's total of 253 yards of offense was its second lowest of the season. Zac Dysert threw for 198 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions before being replaced by Austin Boucher (4- of-8, 55 yards) late in the game. Nick Harwell led all receivers with seven receptions for 117 yards. Andy Cruse made a 2-yard touchdown catch for his fourth receiving score of the season. The RedHawks netted just three yards rushing. Miami has a week off to recover before hosting the undefeated Ohio University Bobcats on Oct. 27.
NORTHERN ILLINOIS: The Huskies (6-1, 3-0) are off to their best start since the 2003 season after their 45-3 domination of Buffalo. NIU won its 11th straight Mid-American Conference game to extend the nation's-longest conference win streak. It also extended its school record home winning streak to 19 games, which is the third longest home winning streak in the nation. Jordan Lynch passed for 232 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 129 yards and two more scores. Martel Moore was busy in the receiving game, hauling in eight catches for 133 yards and a score. The win made NIU bowl eligible for the fifth straight year. The Huskies will try for their seventh win in a row overall on Saturday at Akron.
OHIO UNIVERSITY: The Bobcats (7-0, 3-0) improved to 7-0 for the first time since 1968 as they defeated Akron, 34-28, at Peden Stadium. Tyler Tettleton became Ohio University's all-time leader in touchdown passes as he finished 13- of-27 for 150 yards and two scoring strikes, giving him 40 for his career. Beau Blankenship rushed for 108 yards on 17 carries, Tettleton rushed for 65 yards on 12 carries, and Ryan Boykin rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Jelani Woseley had a team and career-high 14 tackles. He also tallied a sack, 2.5 tackles for loss and a pass breakup. The Bobcats' strong start to the season helped them finally crack into the top-25. They will return to action after a bye week on Oct. 27 when they head to Oxford to play Miami- Ohio.
TOLEDO: The Rockets had a high-scoring output for the second straight game as they took down Eastern Michigan, 52-47, in a shootout at Rynearson Stadium. Bernard Reedy had a record breaking performance with a career-high 11 catches for 237 yards and two touchdowns. He also picked up 170 yards on kick returns. His 407 all-purpose yards breaks the all-time Toledo record of 370 yards, which was set by Casey McBeth in 1994. Terrance Owens also had a career game, throwing for 401 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions on 21-of-32. He also ran the ball six times for 28 yards and a touchdown. David Fluellen led the Rockets on the ground with 188 yards and two scores on 24 carries. Toledo finished with a season-high of 655 total yards of offense. The Rockets will put their six-game winning streak on the line on Saturday when they host Cincinnati.
WESTERN MICHIGAN: The Broncos (3-4, 1-2) were unable to score in overtime which led to a 30-24 loss to Ball State. Dareyon Chance carried the ball 11 times for 116 yards and Brian Fields finished with 96 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. In his third start of the season, Tyler Van Tubbergen threw for 202 yards and a touchdown, but he completed just 16-of-31 passes and threw two interceptions. Josh Schaffer made six catches for 90 yards and a score. WMU gained 23 first downs, but the Cardinals were able to achieve 30 first downs. Ball State converted 7-of-17 third downs, while WMU was successful on just 1- of-9 third down attempts. The Broncos stay on the road this weekend when they travel to Ohio to face off with Kent State.