Ohio 14, Kent State 10
Dorian Brown and Maleek Irons each rushed for one touchdown and Ohio gained 208 yards on the ground. Brown scored on a 49-yard run after breaking a tackle at the line of scrimmage to give Ohio a 7-0 lead. Irons made it 14-0 midway through the second quarter when he powered it up the middle from 4 yards out. On Ohio’s next possession, Irons was stripped by Kevin Bourne near the goal line after a 68-yard drive. Brown carried it 12 times for 110 yards and Irons added 83 yards for Ohio (5-3, 3-1 Mid-American Conference). Nick Holley was just 12 of 29 for 101 yards for Kent State (2-6, 1-3).
Akron 35, Ball State 25
Thomas Woodson passed for 338 yards and ended a crucial late-game drive with three straight completions, including an insurance touchdown, after Akron scored 28 points after halftime. The win keeps the Zips (5-3, 3-1) tied with Ohio atop the East Division as they rebounded from a crushing shutout loss to No. 23 Western Michigan a week earlier. After losing to Western Michigan 41-0, Akron fell behind Ball State (4-4, 1-3) 10-0 before kicking into gear. Van Edwards broke the scoring drought with a 45-yard TD run early in the second quarter, and JoJo Natson put the Zips ahead for good at 21-17 late in the third when he hauled in a 23-yard pass from Woodson. Akron’s Jordan George sealed the win when he intercepted Neal Riley for the game’s only turnover. Riley passed for 187 yards with a touchdown and ran for another.
Toledo 31, Central Michigan 17
Logan Woodside and receiver Cody Thompson connected seven times for 122 yards and four touchdowns for the Rockets. It was the second-best scoring game for a wide receiver in program history, trailing just Eric Page with five scores in 2011. Woodside found Thompson for two 16-yard touchdowns — on back-shoulder throws — in the third quarter as Toledo took a 17-0 lead. On the Rockets’ first possession of the fourth, Thompson scored from 11 yards out for a 24-10 lead and the duo added a 34-yard TD with 7:30 remaining. Woodside went 23 of 32 for 264 yards and four touchdowns for Toledo (6-1, 3-0). The Rockets forced two turnovers. Central Michigan running back Devon Spalding caught a screen pass late in the first half but fumbled it at goal line for a touchback. In the third quarter, Connery Swift jumped a route and made Toledo’s third interception of the season. Cooper Rush was 18-of-31 passing for 229 yards for Central Michigan (5-3, 2-2). He pulled the Chippewas within 17-7 when he scrambled from 20 yards out and broke several tackles near the end zone.
Miami 40, Bowling Green 26
Gus Ragland threw for three touchdowns for Miami. The RedHawks (2-6, 2-2) won back-to-back games for the first time since October 2012 after opening this season with six losses. James Gardner had nine receptions for 120 yards and Kenny Young added another 118 yards, a career high, on eight carries for Miami. The Redhawks took the lead for good, 12-10, in the second quarter when a backwards pass by James Morgan went off Ronnie Moore into the end zone and resulted in a safety. Leading 19-17 at halftime, Ragland threw TD passes to Alonzo Smith and Ryan Smith with Spencer McInnis adding a 2-yard rushing TD.
No. 20 Western Michigan 45, Eastern Michigan 31
Zach Terrell threw for 398 yards and three touchdowns and Western Michigan had 569 yards of total offense. Carrington Thompson had eight catches for 177 yards and two touchdowns, and Jarvion Franklin ran for 114 yards and a touchdown for the Broncos (8-0, 4-0).