Around the MAC, week eight: Miami (OH) clinches MAC East while WMU controls its own destiny in the MAC West

Akron (0-10, 0-6 MAC)

Another game, another loss for the Akron Zips as they suffered a 42-14 defeat at home against Eastern Michigan back on November 12. The Zips defense gave up 252 yards on the ground and allowed six rushing touchdowns. Akron quarterback Kato Nelson had a decent day throwing for 288 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Wide receiver Jeremiah Knight averaged 20 yards per catch as he hauled in six receptions for 121 yards. However, the running game for the Zips was nonexistent as three runners totaled for 54 yards. The lone bright spot for Akron continues to be senior linebacker John Lako who ranks second in the MAC for total tackles with 116. A winless season looks promising for the Zips as they travel to take on MAC East leader, Miami (OH) on Wednesday, Nov. 20. 

Northern Illinois (4-6, 3-3 MAC)

The Huskies narrowly scrapped out a victory on the road against the Toledo Rockets on November 13, winning the contest 31-28. Joh Richardson’s 25-yard field goal with 41 seconds left in the game proved to be the difference maker for NIU. Quarterback Ross Bowers threw for 193 yards and a touchdown on 15 completions. Bowers ranks fourth in the MAC for passing yards with 2,140. Running back Tre Harbison had himself a day on the ground, rushing for 158 yards and a touchdown. The Huskies rank second in the MAC West division and will welcome Eastern Michigan on Tuesday, Nov. 19. 

Central Michigan (7-4, 5-2 MAC)

Central Michigan rallied to defeat Ball State on the road in a 45-44 shootout victory on Saturday. Quarterback Tommy Lazzaro’s two-yard touchdown run with a minute left was the difference maker. Lazzaro added two touchdowns while running back Jonathan Ward dominated the rushing attack with 105 yards and four touchdowns. Ward ranks fourth in the MAC for rushing yards with 968. Quarterback Quinten Dormady had a productive day from the pocket throwing for 356 yards on 27 completions. Wide Receiver Kalil Pimpleton leads the conference in receiving yards with 738 while teammate JaCorey Sullivan is close behind with 629, good for second in the MAC. CMU will enjoy a bye week before finishing its season at home against the Toledo Rockets on Friday, Nov. 29. 

Around the MAC, week eight: Miami (OH) clinches MAC East while WMU controls its own destiny in the MAC West

Bowling Green (3-7, 2-4 MAC)

The Falcons suffered a blowout 44-3 loss to the hands of Miami (OH) back on November 13 and have lost three of their last four games. Quarterback Grant Loy had a day he will want to forget throwing for only 90 yards and three interceptions. The lone bright spot was running back Bryson Denley who rushed for 105 yards. Senior linebacker Brandon Pierce ranks fifth in the MAC for total tackles with 93. Bowling Green will welcome the Ohio Bobcats for its final home game on Tuesday, Nov. 19. 

Eastern Michigan (5-5, 2-4 MAC)

The Eagles rallied past the winless Akron Zips on November 12, winning by a score of 42-14. Eagles running back Shaq Vann was the MVP for Eastern as he crossed the goal line four times while rushing for 142 yards. Eastern quarterback Mike Glass III also did a good job moving his offense throwing for 246 yards. Glass ranks third in the MAC for passing yards with 2,237. Wide receiver Matthew Sexton led the receiving core with 76 yards on four catches. The Eagles will now prepare for a road trip as they square off against the Northern Illinois Huskies on Tuesday, Nov. 19. 

Buffalo Bulls (5-5, 3-3 MAC)

The Bulls suffered a heartbreaking defeat losing to the Kent State Golden Flashes on the road 30-27 this past Thursday. The Bulls had a 27-6 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but their defense surrendered 24 points to the Flashes to give them the win. Buffalo running back Jaret Patterson had an explosive performance rushing for 141 yards. Patterson ranks second in the MAC for rushing yards with 1,136. Quarterback Kyle Vantrease completed only nine of his 22 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown.  Despite some great individual performances, Buffalo couldn’t get the job done. The Bulls will now host Toledo on Wednesday, Nov. 20.  

Around the MAC, week eight: Miami (OH) clinches MAC East while WMU controls its own destiny in the MAC West

Miami (OH) (6-4, 5-1 MAC)

Miami maintained their first-place spot in the MAC East division and clinched bowl eligibility this past Wednesday after defeating Bowling Green 44-3. The Redhawks were propelled thanks to a 27 point second quarter, and by the arm of freshman quarterback Brett Gabbert who threw for 225 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Junior running back Jaylon Bestor led the rushing attack for the Redhawks gaining 85 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Defensive back Travion Banks paces the conference in interceptions with four on the year. The Redhawks have already secured a place at Ford Field for the MAC championship with two games remaining. Miami (OH) will take on the winless Akron Zips at home on Wednesday, Nov. 20. 

Ball State (4-6, 3-3 MAC) 

Ball State lost in the final minutes of play to Central Michigan 45-44 on Saturday. The Cardinals loss came thanks to a touchdown by CMU with one minute left to go in the game, then redshirt junior Drew Plitt threw a late game interception on a fourth down to seal the loss. Plitt was 14-for-25 with 268 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Plitt ranks second in the MAC for passing yards with 2,393. Junior running back Caleb Huntly had 24 carries for 106 yards and a touchdown while graduate student Walter Fletcher totaled 115 yards on the ground. Wide receiver Justin Hall led all receivers with 95 yards and two scores. Next up the Cardinals travel to Kent State on Saturday, Nov. 23 to take on the Golden Flashes. 

Toledo (6-4, 3-3 MAC)

Toledo saw its two-game winning streak come to an end thanks to a 31-28 defeat to the hands of Northern Illinois.  Toledo played poorly in the first three quarters, being outscored 28-7. The Rockets, however lead a comeback in the fourth putting up 21 points but came up just short. Backup quarterback Eli Peters had himself a game putting up 300 yards passing and three touchdowns. Running back Shakif Seymour also had a good game with 133 yards on the ground. Wide receiver Bryce Mitchell earned six receptions for 125 yards and two scores. This continues the theme of a great running attack by the Rockets as they are first in the MAC in rushing offense averaging 245 yards per game. Toledo will try to improve its record on Wednesday, Nov. 20 on the road against the Buffalo Bulls. 

Around the MAC, week eight: Miami (OH) clinches MAC East while WMU controls its own destiny in the MAC West

Ohio (4-6, 3-3 MAC)

The Bobcats now have lost two straight after being defeated by Western Michigan 37-34 in overtime. The Bobcats did little in the first half, as they were outscored 10-0. The second half was a different story as they put up 31 points to take the game into overtime. Much of that was thanks to quarterback Nathan Rourke who had 225 yards and two touchdowns in the air and another 93 yards on the ground. Rourke ranks fifth among MAC quarterbacks in total passing yards with 2,101. Ohio got a field goal in the first possession of overtime to make the score 34-31. A Broncos touchdown by LeVante Bellamy spoiled any hopes for a Bobcats comeback as Ohio is out of contention for the MAC East title. Ohio needs to win its final two games of the season to become bowl eligible and that starts with a road game against Bowling Green on Tuesday, Nov. 19 

Western Michigan (7-4, 5-2 MAC)

Running back LeVante Bellamy scored from four yards out on a run in overtime as WMU beat the Ohio Bobcats 37-34 last Tuesday. Bellamy, who was kept in check for most of the game, carried the ball three times for 25 yards and the touchdown in the overtime and finished with 72 yards on the ground for the game. Bellamy paces the MAC in rushing yards with 1,284 which is also good for sixth in the country. Quarterback Jon Wassink had a huge game, going 23-of-34 for 322 yards and two touchdowns. Wassink leads the MAC in passing yards with 2,719. True freshman receiver Skyy Moore caught four balls for 162 yards and a touchdown while also running the ball in for another score. Moore ranks fourth in the MAC for receiving yards with 609. The Broncos are on their bye week before traveling to Northern Illinois to play the Huskies on Tuesday, Nov. 26. WMU can clinch the MAC West division with a win.

Kent State (4-6, 3-3 MAC)

The Golden Flashes kept their bowl hopes alive in epic fashion last Thursday as they scored 24 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to stun Buffalo at home, 30-27 as kicker Matthew Trickett kicked a 44-yard field goal as time expired. Quarterback Dustin Crum finished 16-of-25 for 165 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Running back Xavier Williams added two touchdowns, one on the ground and one in the air.  Kent State’s next game will be on Saturday, Nov. 23 as they will welcome the Ball State Cardinals for a noon contest. If the Golden Flashes win their remaining two games, they will reach bowl eligibility. 

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