MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE FOoTBALL Saturday’s games
Northern Illinois 24, Kent State 3
Marcus Childers threw three touchdowns and Northern Illinois’ defense suffocated Kent State’s offense with a win in the Huskies’ Mid-American Conference opener. Northern Illinois (3-2, 1-0) held Kent State to 29 yards passing and intercepted Dustin Crum once and George Bollas twice. The Huskies defense also forced and recovered a fumble and held Kent State (1-5, 0-2) to 2 for 16 on third-down conversions. Childers, meanwhile, threw for 114 yards and rushed for 65. Childers threw touchdown passes of 10, 25 and 2 yards to Spencer Tears, Shane Wimann and Jordan Huff, respectively.
Akron 31, Ball State 3.
Thomas Woodson tossed two touchdown passes and John Lako returned an interception 35 yards for a score as Akron cruised past Ball State. Woodson opened the scoring for the Zips (3-3, 2-0 Mid-American Conference) with a 24-yard strike to Austin Wolf on an eight-play, 75-yard drive to begin the game. Woodson also connected with Kwad Smith from 21 yards out in the fourth quarter.
Western Michigan 71, Buffalo 68, 7OT
Jarvion Franklin ran in from the 12 to give Western Michigan a victory over Buffalo Saturday in a record-tying seven overtimes with a record-breaking 139 total points. Buffalo had just converted on a 25-yard field goal to open the door for the Broncos who scored in just four plays. This was the fourth game in FBS history to go into seven overtimes. Missed, made and blocked field goals made the difference in this game.Buffalo’s Adam Mitcheson nailed a 34-yarder to tie the game at 31 with 34 seconds left in regulation. Western Michigan’s Josh Grant attempted a 52-yarder as time expired but Jarrett Franklin blocked it. Grant also missed a 29-yard attempt that would have been a game winner in the third overtime. Both teams failed on the 2-point attempt to end the sixth OT. Steven Clark recovered a Buffalo fumble in the third overtime but the Broncos failed to capitalize when Grant missed his 29-yarder. Jon Wassink threw for 5 TDs and Franklin ran for 176 yards and three scores for Western Michigan (4-2, 2-0 MAC). Drew Anderson threw for 597 yards, a Buffalo (3-3, 1-1) record, with seven TD passes and a touchdown run. The Bulls set the FBS record for the most points in a losing effort.
Toledo 20, Eastern Michigan 15
Shakif Seymour and Art Thompkins each rushed for touchdowns and Khalil Robinson’s first of two late-game interceptions sealed Toledo’s defeat of Eastern Michigan in the Rockets’ Mid-American Conference home opener. Seymour scored from the 1-yard line, boosting Toledo (4-1, 1-0) to a 10-6 lead they never lost, and Thompkins ran in from the 18 midway through the third quarter.
Bowling Green 37, Miami (Ohio) 29
Linebacker Brandon Harris recovered a fumble on a bad snap and returned it 93 yards for a score with 1:21 left to help Bowling Green get its first win of the season over Miami of Ohio. Miami’s Billy Bahl completed two consecutive 27-yard passes — to Luke Mayock down the left sideline and to James Gardner up the middle — to move the RedHawks (2-4, 1-1) to the Bowling Green 1 with 1:59 left. But center Mitch Palmer’s snap on the next play bounced off Nate Trawick, who was in an up-back position, and it never reached Bahl. Harris scooped it up with the entire field open in front of him.
Central Michigan 26, Ohio 23
Tyler Conklin caught 10 passes for 136 yards — each a career best — and scored a pair of touchdowns as Central Michigan edged Ohio. He caught a 16-yarder from Shane Morris for Central Michigan’s first TD and a 10-yarder for the final score. Morris went 25-for-35 passing for 249 yards and two TDs. Ohio (4-2, 1-1), which saw a three-game win streak end, scored twice in less than three minutes late in the fourth quarter on a safety and a Nathan Rourke TD run. The Bobcats cut the gap to 26-23 with 5:01 to play, but the Chippewas never gave up the ball afterward.