The Buffalo Bulls suffered its first loss of the season on the road Saturday, falling to the Nebraska Cornhuskers 28-3. Quarterback Kyle Vantrease completed 27 of his 50 pass attempts while throwing one interception. Quian Williams had 93 receiving yards on eight catches. Running back Kevin Marks Jr. ran the ball 21 times and gained 85 yards on the ground. Buffalo will have a tall task this week hosting No. 16 Coastal Carolina Saturday at noon.
Eastern Michigan (1-1)
The Eagles were routed 34-7 on Saturday as EMU traveled to Madison to take on the No. 17-ranked Wisconsin Badgers. Eastern used two quarterbacks, as Preston Hutchinson and Ben Bryant saw time under center, but threw for just 76 combined yards. Freshman defensive back David Carter Jr. provided the Eagles' lone highlight in the game with a 98-yard interception return for a touchdown. The Eagles will be back on the road this weekend, traveling to take on Massachusetts Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Central Michigan (1-1)
Central Michigan routed Robert Morris 45-0 to win its first game of the season. The game was never in question as Central Michigan had control from the very start. The running game was one of the keys to victory for CMU, gaining 305 yards on the ground. The run game was led by De’Javion Stepney with 81 yards and Lew Nichols III with 79 yards. Quarterback Jacob Sirmon only threw for 110 yards for Central Michigan, but had three passing touchdowns in the win. CMU will have a tough challenge in its next game, facing off against LSU Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Bowling Green (0-2)
Bowling Green failed to win its first game of the season after being defeated by South Alabama 22-19. South Alabama scored a field goal as time expired to get the victory. Quarterback Matt McDonald had a great game for the Falcons in defeat, passing for 308 yards on 23-of-32 passing and a touchdown. Bowling Green couldn’t establish a running game, which ended up being the Falcons’ downfall, gaining just 10 total yards on the ground. Bowling Green will look to snap its losing streak, which now stands at 10 games dating back to 2019, in a face off against Murray State Saturday at 5 p.m.
Toledo narrowly lost at Notre Dame Saturday, 32-29. The Rockets held a 16-14 lead at halftime. After a scoreless third quarter, Notre Dame outscored Toledo 18-13 in the 4th to escape with a win. With 1:40 remaining, Toledo quarterback Dequan Finn faked a handoff and bolted down the left sideline for a 26-yard rushing touchdown. Toledo then led 29-24. On the first play of Notre Dame’s ensuing drive, Jack Coan connected with Kevin Austin through a defensive pass interference call for a 34 yard gain to the 41 yard line. With 1:13 remaining, Coan connected with Michael Mayer over the middle for a 18-yard touchdown, and a two-point conversion gave the Irish a 32-29 lead. In Toledo’s final chance, Carter Bradley fumbled while attempting to escape the pocket up the middle, and Notre Dame recovered the ball to secure victory. Next week, Toledo plays at home against Colorado State Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
Miami (OH) (0-2)
Miami lost at Minnesota 31-26 Saturday. Minnesota dominated early, leading 21-3 at halftime. Despite first half struggles, Miami scored 17 unanswered points to cut the deficit to one early in the fourth quarter. After Treyson Potts’ second rushing touchdown of the game, Minnesota extended its lead to 28-20. On the next possession, Miami quarterback Brett Gabbert threw an interception to Tyler Nubin. Matthew Trickett struck a 50-yard field goal to secure points off the turnover and extended Minnesota’s lead to 31-20. Miami showed late life as Gabbert connected with Mac Hippenhammer for a 33-yard touchdown to cut the deficit to five with under four minutes remaining. It proved to be too little, too late as Minnesota ran out the clock to secure the win. Miami plays at home against Long Island Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Ball State (1-1)
The Ball State Cardinals suffered its first loss of the season at the hands of the Penn State Nittany Lions Saturday by a score of 44-13. Penn State led from start to finish, with the Cardinals unable to gain yardage on the ground and Drew Plitt struggling through the air. Plitt went 25/39 with 176 yards and two interceptions. Carson Steele was the leading rusher for Ball State with his measly seven carries for 18 yards, while Jayshon Jackson was the team’s leading receiver with four receptions for 42 yards. Bryce Cosby had the best day on a defense that got pummeled, putting up eight tackles and one sack. The Cardinals move to 1-1 on the season and will look to get things back on track in its next contest, a matchup with Wyoming Saturday at 4 p.m.
Kent State (1-1)
The Kent State Golden Flashes easily defeated the VMI Keydets by a score of 60-10 to pick up its first win of the 2021 season Saturday. Kent State jumped out to a 22-point lead after the first quarter, and it was smooth sailing from that point on. Quarterback Dustin Crum went 12/17 for 180 yards and one touchdown, while Nykeim Johnson was on the receiving end for several of those throws with five receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown. The dominant aspect of the Kent State offense was the ground game, with seven players rushing for scores and a Marquez Cooper performance that included 119 yards and a touchdown. The defense was also explosive, with cornerback Montre Miller putting up a stellar three-interception outing. Kent State will take the field next against Iowa Saturday at 3:30 on BTN.
Western Michigan (1-1)
Western Michigan picked up its first win of the season in a 28-0 performance over Illinois State. The Broncos tied a school record by allowing just 57 yards of total offense to the Redbirds. Kaleb Eleby threw 15-21 with 174 yards and a touchdown, while La’Darius Jefferson led the rushing attack with 106 yards and two scores. WMU will head to Pittsburgh for its next matchup Saturday at noon.
Ohio suffered an embarrassing defeat Saturday at the hands of Duquesne, falling 28-26. The Bobcats’ defense could not get off the field, allowing the Dukes to hold a 41:02-18:58 advantage in time of possession in the matchup. Ohio managed to score a touchdown with just nine seconds left with a chance to force overtime, but could not convert a two-point conversion and Duquesne secured the upset. Ohio now heads to Louisiana Thursday at 8 p.m. looking to turn around a miserable start to its season.
Akron got outclassed at home by Temple Saturday, losing 45-24. Freshman quarterback Justin Lynch was 19-23 passing against the Zips for 245 yards and two touchdowns, adding another score with his legs. Akron’s DJ Irons and Kato Nelson combined for 191 yards and two touchdowns passing, but two turnovers by the Zips added to the deficit that Akron couldn’t dig itself out of. Akron stays home for a matchup against Bryant Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Northern Illinois (1-1)
Northern Illinois suffered a gut-wrenching 50-43 loss to Wyoming at home Saturday. After many Husky fans had made their way to the exits with NIU trailing 42-16 in the third quarter, Rocky Lombardi and Harrison Waylee led Northern Illinois to 27 unanswered points to take a 43-42 lead. Ultimately, Lombardi’s 233 yards and a touchdown through the air and Waylee’s 179 rushing yards with two scores would not be enough as the Cowboys marched down to score a touchdown with less than two minutes remaining to regain the lead. Lombardi would complete just one of seven passes on the Huskies’ final drive, leading to a turnover on downs that allowed Wyoming to run out the clock. NIU heads back on the road to face Michigan Saturday at noon.