Mac Football roundup | Saturday’s games
Kent State 28, Akron 17
The Kent State defense forced five turnovers and scored on two of them in Mid-American Conference. Leading 21-17 with 3:08 left in the game, Golden Flashes defensive lineman Roosevelt Nix sacked Akron’s Patrick Nicely in the end zone to force a fumble that Luke Batton recovered for the final touchdown. Kent State (2-3, 1-1) safety Luke Wollett (Poland/Poland High) intercepted Nicely for a 12-yard touchdown return in the first quarter to even the score at 7-7. Spencer Keith threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Tyshon Goode and Jacquise Terry scored on a 6-yard run to increase Kent State’s lead to 21-7 with 2:06 left before halftime.
Ohio 49, Bowling Green 25
Boo Jackson threw three first-half touchdown passes and Phil Bates ran for two scores. Jackson was 9-for-14 for 76 yards and had TD passes of 5, 7 and 6 yards, the last two to Jordan Thompson. Jackson also rushed for 53 yards for the Bobcats (3-3, 2-1 MAC).
N. Illinois 31, Temple 17
Chandler Harnish threw two touchdown passes and Chad Spann rushed for 100 yards and a score. Harnish was 20 of 25 for 211 yards and helped the Huskies (4-2, 2-0 MAC) rally from a second-quarter deficit with 21 unanswered points. The Owls (4-2, 1-1) led 17-10 after Chester Stewart threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Evan Rodriguez late in the first half. Northern Illinois then tied the score on a 10-yard TD strike from Harnish to Landon Cox with 30 seconds left before halftime. The Huskies took the lead for good on Harnish’s 4-yard scoring pass to Nathan Palmer with 4:15 remaining in the third.
N. Illinois 31, Temple 17
Chandler Harnish threw two touchdown passes and Chad Spann rushed for 100 yards and a score. Harnish was 20 of 25 for 211 yards and helped the Huskies (4-2, 2-0 MAC) rally from a second-quarter deficit with 21 unanswered points. The Owls (4-2, 1-1) led 17-10 after Chester Stewart threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to Evan Rodriguez late in the first half.
Virginia Tech 45, Cent. Michigan 21
Quarterback Tyrod Taylor rushed for 127 yards and two touchdowns and threw for another score. The Hokies (4-2), who have won four straight since losing their first two games, scored 38 unanswered points after the Chippewas (2-4) scored on the game’s opening possession. Taylor, who broke Bryan Randall’s school record with his 27th win as a starting quarterback, scored on a 72-yard run on Virginia Tech’s second play from scrimmage. The Hokies took the lead early in the second quarter, finishing a 67-yard drive with Darren Evans’ 6-yard touchdown run.Evans’ score was the first of three straight scoring drives in the second quarter by Virginia Tech.
Cincinnati 45, Miami, Ohio 3
Zach Collaros threw three touchdown passes — two of them long strikes to Armon Binns — and Isaiah Pead had a pair of long runs during Cincinnati’s big first half. The Bearcats (2-3) were determined to build on their momentum from a close loss to No. 6 Oklahoma. A quick-strike offense sent the two-time defending Big East champions into conference play with plenty of momentum.
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