MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE Saturday’s football games
Kent State 44, Buffalo 20
Nick Holley rushed for 224 yards on 24 carries with four touchdowns — tying a team record with six other players — and Kent State handled Buffalo. Holley also completed 7 of 13 passes for 89 yards. The Golden Flashes (2-4, 1-1 Mid-American) built a 20-3 halftime lead on Holley’s 67-yard touchdown run and a 15-yard fumble recovery by James Alexander just before intermission. Holley had a 3-yard touchdown run in the third, then scoring runs of 2 and 43 yards in the fourth quarter. Shane Hynes added field goals of 31, 43 and 32 yards. Buffalo (1-4, 0-1) was led by Tyree Jackson, who went 20 of 39 for 250 yards and a 1-yard touchdown pass to Johnathan Hawkins, and also rushed for 40 yards and a 1-yard touchdown.
Akron 35, Miami (Ohio) 13
Tra’Von Chapman threw three touchdowns passes and ran 70 yards for another to lead Akron to a 35-13 victory over Miami (Ohio). Noah Wezensky threw a 6-yard pass TD to Ryan Smith to get the Redhawks (0-6, 0-2 Mid-American) within 21-13, but his fumble late in the third quarter and interception early in the fourth led to two touchdowns for the Zips (4-2, 2-0). Chapman scored on a 70-yard keeper and threw TD passes to Austin Wolf and JoJo Natson for a 21-3 halftime lead. After Wezensky fumbled at the Miami 16, Mykel Traylor-Bennett scored from the 1 and Chapman added another TD pass to Natson after Wezensky was intercepted at the Redhawks 32. Chapman made his second straight start in place of injured Thomas Woodson. This was Wezensky’s first career start after the Redhawks lost three quarterbacks to injuries in spring and fall camps and in last week’s loss to Ohio.
Central Michigan 24, Ball State 21
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Cooper Rush threw for 269 yards and one touchdown, and Central Michigan held on to beat Ball State. Riley Neal led the Cardinals to the Chippewas 29 with 1:43 remaining, but threw an interception to Amari Coleman in the end zone to end the drive. On the ensuing series, Devon Spalding ran 52 yards on a second-and-4, and then Central Michigan (4-2, 1-1 Mid-American) ran out the clock. Spalding finished with 157 yards and a touchdown. Corey Willis had six receptions for 105 yards, including a 15-yard TD in the second quarter for Central Michigan.
Toledo 35, Eastern Michigan 20.
Logan Woodside threw four touchdown passes, including a 12-yard fade route to Corey Jones with 2:37 left, and Toledo outlasted Eastern Michigan. Woodside finished 25 of 31 for 247 yards, while Kareem Hunt rushed for 141 yards on 29 carries with a touchdown for Toledo (4-1, 1-0 Mid-American).
Ohio 30, Bowling Green 24
Greg Windham passed for one touchdown and ran for another and Ohio turned four Bowling Green turnovers into 17 points in a win. A first quarter fumble recovery led to a field goal and second-quarter interceptions by Chad Moore and Javon Hagan led to touchdowns as the Bobcats (4-2, 2-0 Mid-American) opened a 23-7 lead. Maleek Irons had a 17-yard TD run after the first pick and Windham hit Sebastian Smith for 15 yards after the second. Irons added a second TD of 2 yards just before halftime. Windham finished 20 of 27 for 190 yards and also threw one interception. James Morgan was 22 of 38 for 253 yards and a pair of touchdowns for Bowling Green (1-5, 0-2) but also had three interceptions. His 37-yard strike to Scott Miller pulled the Falcons within six with 1:27 to play, but Jordan Reid recovered the onside kick.