SATURDAY’S MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE FOOTBALL GAMES
Kent State 27, Central Michigan 24
MOUNT PLEASANT, MICH.
Shane Hynes’ 35-yard field goal as time expired lifted Kent State over Central Michigan. Hynes’ kick came at the end of an 11-play, 68-yard drive. Nick Holley had 102 yards passing with a touchdown and 144 yards rushing with a 68-yard TD run for Kent State (3-6, 2-3 Mid-American). Cooper Rush threw two touchdown passes and 244 yards for CMU, but also had three interceptions. Central Michigan benefited from a blocked-punt safety and a pick-6. In the third quarter, Rush found Mark Chapman from 40 yards to go up 17-10. On the ensuing possession, Tony Annese picked off Holley’s pass and went 28 yards for a touchdown to give the Chippewas (5-4, 2-3) a two-score lead. The Golden Flashes answered with an 82-yard drive, culminated by Justin Rankin’s 1-yard TD plunge. Then in the fourth, Holley busted off his long touchdown run to tie it at 24.
Miami 28, Eastern Michigan 15
Gus Ragland had a 54-yard touchdown throw to Jared Murphy and ran in another score Saturday to lead Miami over Eastern Michigan. Ragland finished 15 of 23 for 175 yards and punched in his rushing TD from the 2 on the game’s opening drive. Kenny Young made it 14-0 on the RedHawks next possession with a 54-yard touchdown run as Miami (3-6, 3-2 Mid-American Conference) notched its third-straight win. Also scoring for the RedHawks was Alonzo Smith with a 1-yard touchdown. In the fourth quarter, Eastern Michigan (5-4, 2-3) closed the gap to 28-15 with a 75-yard TD pass from Brogan Roback to Dieuly Aristilde, but the Eagles next drive stalled at the Ohio 41 and an interception by Heath Harding ended their final possession at midfield. Roback finished with 328 yards and two touchdowns, while Aristilde had a career-high 193 yards receiving.