Central Michigan (3-1)
Central Michigan bounced back after last week's loss by defeating Eastern Michigan, 31-23. CMU was dominant on the ground, having two running backs rush for over 100 yards. Lew Nichols III ran for 196 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries. Kobe Lewis ran for 106 and one touchdown on 18 carries. Quarterback Daniel Richardson threw for 173 yards on 15 completions. The Chippewas are home for its next game against Ball State. Kickoff time is 5:30 p.m. and the game will air on ESPNU.
Northern Illinois (0-4)
NIU remains winless on the season, losing a close one against Western Michigan, 27-30. Quarterback Ross Bowers led the Huskies, throwing for 230 yards and three touchdowns on 22 completions. Running back Harrison Wayless ran for 68 yards on 25 carries. Senior wide receiver Tyrice Richie had a solid game with 131 receiving yards and one touchdown on 12 catches. NIU is tied for last in the MAC West with Eastern Michigan at 0-4. Northern Illinois is hosting Toledo this Saturday. Kickoff is set for noon and will air on ESPN3.
The Buffalo Bulls had a dominant home win yesterday as they beat the Kent State Golden Flashes, 70-41, to hand Kent State its first loss of the season. Bulls running back Jarrett Patterson had another dominant performance as he rushed for 409 yards and crossed the goal line eight times. Patterson’s eight rushing touchdowns tie for the most in FBS history. This win improves the Bulls to 4-0 and keeps them in first place in the MAC East as they stay in front of Kent State by one game. The Bulls will hit the road to play the Ohio Bobcats on Saturday with a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. The game will be on CBSSN.
Eastern Michigan (0-4)
The Eastern Michigan Eagles lost a heartbreaker to the Central Michigan Chippewas by a score of 31-23 on Friday night. This loss caused the Eagles to fall to 0-4. The Eagles defense allowed only six points up until the fourth quarter, when Central Michigan's offense scored an impressive 25 points. The quarterback play for EMU was far from impressive as Preston Hutchinson threw for 365 yards, three interceptions and had no passing touchdowns. However, Hutchinson on the ground had 57 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. The Eagles will travel to Kalamazoo on Saturday to face off against the undefeated Western Michigan Broncos at 2 p.m. The game will be available on ESPN+
Ball State (3-1)
Ball State held off a late comeback by Toledo to win, 27-24. Quarterback Drew Plitt continued his solid year, throwing for 304 yards on 26-of-35 passing with two touchdowns and an interception. Helping out on the ground was running back Tye Evans, who gained 101 yards on 25 carries. Ball State had a 24-9 lead going into the fourth quarter, but a 15 point quarter by Toledo made the game closer than the Cardinals wanted. Next up, Ball State plays Central Michigan on Saturday. Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. and the game will air on ESPNU.
Miami (Ohio) (2-1)
Miami solidly beat Akron 27-7 this week. Behind the arm of quarterback Brett Gabbert who completed 18-of-27 passes for 308 yards and four touchdowns. Gabbert also did it on the ground, being the team’s leading rusher with 48 yards rushing. Miami took the lead early and never looked back. Next up, the RedHawks host Kent State on Saturday at noon.
Akron continues its search for the first win on the season after a loss to Miami (OH), 38-7. It was not a good game for the Zips in any way you look at it, as Freshman quarterback Zach Gibson only threw for 141 yards and one touchdown, and the team finished with 4 total rushing yards. Akron’s next chance to get in the winning column is on Saturday as they face a fellow winless squad in Bowling Green. The game will be at 2 p.m. on ESPN3.
Despite a late comeback in which they scored 15 points in the fourth quarter, the Toledo Rockets were defeated by Ball State, 27-24. The main reason Toledo was in the game until the very end was the play of senior quarterback Eli Peters, who finished with 363 passing yards and two touchdowns. Peters is third in the MAC in passing yards with 1,106. Junior wide receiver Isaiah Winstead and senior wide receiver Bryce Mitchell led the Rockets receiving corps. Winstead finished with 113 receiving yards and a touchdown, while Mitchell had 94 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Toledo travels to DeKalb on Saturday to face the winless Northern Illinois Huskies. The game kicks off at noon on ESPN3.
Bowling Green (0-4)
The Falcons fell, 52-10, to Ohio with a miserable game on offense and defense. Matt McDonald completed just nine of 20 passes for 125 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions. Andrew Claire was one of the few bright spots for Bowling Green, running 15 times for 118 yards. He now leads the team with 240 rush yards on the year, passing freshman Terion Stewart who missed the game with an injury. Bowling Green plays at Akron this Saturday in a game that will see one team pick up its first win of the year. The game starts at 2 p.m. on ESPN3.
Ohio handled a weak Bowling Green team to win, 52-10, behind 15 carries for 185 yards and three touchdowns for De’Montre Tuggle. Kurtis Rourke was 10-11 through the air for 63 yards and a touchdown but was injured in the second quarter after a bad landing on his left shoulder. Armani Rogers, a senior transfer from UNLV, came into the game and threw just three passes, but accounted for a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown with eight carries for 65 yards. No matter who the Bobcats have lined up at quarterback, when Tuggle plays like he did on Saturday, they will be tough to beat. Ohio takes on Buffalo this Saturday at 3:30 on CBSSN in a battle of great running backs between Tuggle and Buffalo’s Jaret Patterson.
Western Michigan (4-0)
The Broncos squeezed by the NIU Huskies by a score of 30-27 on Saturday. Wide receiver D’Wayne Eskridge was the star of this outing, picking up 134 yards on 7 receptions, adding a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second quarter. Running back La’Darius Jefferson chipped in with 81 rushing yards on 15 carries and a touchdown. Quarterback Kaleb Eleby was solid, accumulating 210 passing yards with a 50% completion percentage and a touchdown. The Broncos are firmly in first place in the MAC West and will look to add to its margin in the division against a winless Eastern Michigan team. That game will kick off on Saturday at 2 p.m. on ESPN+.
Kent State (3-1)
Kent State lost its first game of the season in a shootout against fellow unbeaten Buffalo this Saturday by a score of 70-41. Quarterback Dustin Crum had another stellar performance, throwing for 343 yards on 22-of-32 passing with 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Crum also led the rushing attack, carrying the ball 13 times for 76 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Isaiah McKoy contributed with 137 yards on just 5 receptions and a touchdown. The Flashes now find themselves in second place in the MAC East and will need to win the rest of its games to have a shot at the coveted MAC title game. They next kick off against Miami (OH) on Saturday at noon.