MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE FOOTBALL Recaps of Saturday’s games
Ohio 58, Massachusetts 50
Nathan Rourke threw for 181 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 113 yards and two scores and Ohio fought off winless Massachusetts. Ohio (4-1) took the lead for good at the beginning of the third quarter when A.J. Ouellette scored on a 5-yard run. On the Bobcats’ next drive, Rourke threw a 12-yard score to Ouellette to make it 41-27. After an Ohio field goal, Marquis Young returned the kickoff 81 yards to the Bobcats’ 6-yard line. Andrew Ford threw a 6-yard score to Adam Breneman to make it 24-20. UMass (0-6) forced Ohio to a three-and-out, then used a 7-play 71-yard drive that ended when Ford completed a 30-yard touchdown pass to Brennon Dingle to put the Minutemen up 27-24.
Buffalo 27, Kent State 13
Emmanuel Reed ran for career bests of 144 yards and three touchdowns to lead Buffalo to a victory over Kent State in a MAC opener. Buffalo (3-2, 1-0) took three points off the scoreboard in the third quarter after a running-into-the-kicker penalty before Drew Anderson threw 5 yards to Zac Lefebvre for a 27-13 lead in the third quarter. The TD pass completed a 99-yard drive that included a 64-yard run by Anderson. Dustin Crum connected with Kavious Price for a 75-yard score. The Bulls have won their last six games at Kent State (1-4, 0-1).
Akron 34, Bowling Green 23
Thomas Woodson accounted for three touchdowns and Kyron Brown returned a fourth-quarter interception for a clinching score in Akron’s victory over Bowling Green in a turnover-filled MAC opener. The victory snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Falcons (0-5, 0-1) dating to 2006. Woodson was 13-of-24 passing with 168 yards, connecting for touchdowns with A.J. Coney (4 yards) and Austin Wolf (43 yards). He added an 11-yard scoring run to give the Zips (2-3, 0-1) a 27-23 lead late in the third quarter. Brown snagged James Morgan’s pass in the flat and sprinted 38 yards with just under nine minutes left in the game to give Akron its 11-point cushion. Van Edwards’ 3-yard second-quarter run accounted for the Zips’ other touchdown. There were seven turnovers, four by Bowling Green. James Morgan threw touchdown passes to Andrew Clair and Hunter Folkertsma with Matt Domer rushing for a TD for Bowling Green.
Kentucky 24, Eastern Michigan 20
Benny Snell scored on a 12-yard run early in the fourth quarter after the second of Kentucky’s big special teams plays provided a cushion, and the Wildcats survived Eastern Michigan. A game that was tied at 14 at halftime began turning the Wildcats’ way when Tristan Yeomans recovered a muffed punt at EMU’s 42 and led to Austin MacGinnis’ 39-yard field goal. Josh Paschal’s blocked punt early in the fourth was downed at EMU’s 12, and Snell busted through on the next play for a 10-point lead. Ian Eriksen’s 2-yard TD run got EMU within 24-20 and gave the Eagles one last chance, but Brogan Roback’s desperation pass was intercepted by Mike Edwards in the end zone in the final seconds.
Western Michigan 55, Ball State 3
Obbie Jackson returned a fumble 21 yards for a touchdown on the opening kickoff and Western Michigan never looked back in a romp over Ball State. Jackson ignited a 31-point first half that included a 12-yard scoring strike from Jon Wassink to Keishawn Watson, TD runs from LeVant Bellamy and Jarvion Franklin and a 43-yard field goal by Josh Grant. Western Michigan (3-2, 1-0) have won four straight in the series. Jack Milas completed 22 of 40 passes for 170 yards and a pick, while Justin Hall snagged six passes for 121 yards for the Cardinals (2-3, 0-1). Ball State avoided the shutout with a Morgan Hagee field goal in the third quarter. The Cardinals’ Anthony Winbush was held without a sack.