Western Michigan earned its first win over a Power 5 school since 2016 Saturday, one of very few highlights for the MAC this week with Eastern Michigan grabbing the only other win over an FBS opponent in lowly UMass.
Here are the full results from MAC football this week:
Central Michigan (1-2)
Central Michigan was easily defeated by LSU Saturday, 49-21. The game was pretty much over after the first half with LSU outscoring CMU 35-7. Central Michigan quarterback Jacob Sirmon had a below-average day throwing for 156 yards, one touchdown and an interception. CMU wide receiver Jacorey Sullivan was a bright spot for the Chips, with 114 yards and a touchdown. Central Michigan will look to get back in the win column facing off against Florida International Saturday at noon.
Bowling Green: (1-2)
Bowling Green’s 10-game losing streak is now over after a dominant 27-10 victory against Murray State. The second half is what propelled the Falcons to victory, outscoring Murray State 17-0 after halftime. Bowling Green quarterback Matt McDonald had a good performance, passing for 221 yards on 22 of 28 passing and a touchdown. The rushing attack of Bowling Green also helped secure the victory, combining for 118 yards and two touchdowns. BGSU will look to start a winning streak, but has a tough challenge ahead Saturday traveling to Minnesota at noon.
The Buffalo Bulls fell to No. 16 Coastal Carolina in a tight 28-25 contest Saturday. Quarterback Kyle Vantrese threw for 146 yards while completing 13 of his 20 pass attempts. Dylan McDuffie rushed for 92 yards on 15 carries. The Bulls return to action on the road against Old Dominion Saturday at 6 p.m., which is its last non-conference game of the season.
Eastern Michigan (2-1)
The EMU Eagles won in dominant fashion against UMass Saturday, 42-28. Eagles quarterback Ben Bryant threw for 298 yards while throwing one touchdown. Running Back Jawon Hamlton rushed for 122 yards on 16 carries, while Hassan Beyduon led the receiving group with six receptions for 101 yards. The Eagles return home to face Texas State next week. Kickoff is set for Saturday at 2 p.m.
Western Michigan (2-1)
The Western Michigan Broncos pulled off a huge upset on the road against Pittsburgh Saturday, winning 44-41. Going into the game, the Broncos were 14.5 point underdogs. WMU was led by the superb quarterback play of Kaleb Eleby, who lit up Pitt’s defense for 337 yards and three touchdowns. Another bright spot was wide receiver Corey Crooms, who was almost unguardable racking up 161 yards and a touchdown. The Broncos look to keep rolling at home next week against the San José State Spartans. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. on ESPN+.
Northern Illinois (1-2)
Northern Illinois looked to make a statement traveling to Ann Arbor to face the Michigan Wolverines. The Huskies instead were no match, losing 63-10. There was no bright spot for the Huskies as its offense only put up 208 yards of total offense. NIU never quit, scoring its only touchdown with 8:28 left in the fourth quarter. The Huskies will look to bounce back next week at home against the Maine Black Bears. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN 3.
After a near-upset win against Notre Dame last week, Toledo was upset at home by Colorado State 22-6 Saturday. Strong defensive efforts by both sides resulted in a 3-3 tie at half. Toledo was held to 291 total yards of offense to Colorado State’s 319. Quarterback Carter Bradley completed 22 of his 36 attempts for 254 yards. The Rockets were dominated on the ground being out-rushed 209-21. Bryant Koback was the leading rusher for the Rockets with 32 yards on 13 carries. Tied 6-6 late in the third quarter, the only touchdown of the game came from a 70-yard punt return by Thomas Pannunzio. Pannunzio broke several tackles before dashing up the right sideline to score. Kicker Cayden Camper converted all 5 field goal attempts to lead the Rams to victory. Toledo next plays on the road against Ball State Saturday at 2 p.m.
Miami (OH) (1-2)
Miami decisively defeated Long Island University 42-7 Saturday. Quarterback AJ Mayer completed eight of his nine passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. David Afari rushed for 78 yards on just five carries. Backup quarterback Brett Gabbert, brother of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Blaine, completed 10 of 17 passes for 171 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Jack Sorenson was the leading receiver for Miami with five receptions, 86 yards and a touchdown. The RedHawks had contributions from all over the depth chart, putting up 523 yards of total offense. Miami next plays on the road against Army Saturday at noon.
Ohio was blown out by Louisiana Thursday night by a score of 49-14. The nightmare start to the post-Frank Solich era continued as the Bobcats managed just 250 yards of total offense to 562 for the Ragin’ Cajuns. Kurtis Rourke was 12-22 passing for 122 yards and two touchdowns, but he also lost a fumble for Ohio’s only turnover of the game. The Bobcats had no answer for Louisiana’s run game, allowing 310 yards on the ground, including 84 yards and four touchdowns for Montrell Johnson. Ohio travels to Northwestern Saturday still searching for its first win under Tim Albin. Kickoff is set for noon.
After some early struggles that led to a 14-14 tie in the third quarter, Akron put away FCS foe Bryant Saturday by a final score of 35-14. DJ Irons was monumental in putting away the Bulldogs late, throwing for 296 yards on 19-23 passing with three touchdowns, adding 136 yards and a score on the ground. Bubba Arslanian continued to pull in tackles on defense, making 12 stops including two tackles for loss. Jeslord Boateng added three more tackles in the backfield as the Zips stopped Bryant for a loss 14 times in the game. Akron has a difficult challenge traveling to Ohio State, who hasn’t lost to an in-state opponent since at least 1900. Kickoff is set for Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Ball State (1-2)
The Ball State Cardinals were defeated by Wyoming by a score of 45-12 on Saturday. Wyoming dominated every aspect of the game, with the Ball State offense putting up its only points of the game in the second half of play. Ball State’s woes started in the passing game. Bloomfield Hills, Mich. native John Paddock led the Cardinals in passing yards, going 13-20 for 82 yards and one interception, outpacing starter Drew Plitt. Carson Steele racked up the most rushing success, picking up 76 yards on 13 carries which included a touchdown. Jayshon Jackson continued his great season as a receiver with 10 receptions for 92 yards. Ball State moves to a 1-2 record and will look to start salvaging its season next week in a matchup against Toledo at 2 p.m., a game that will air on ESPN+.
Kent State (1-2)
The Kent State Golden Flashes suffered a second loss of the 2021 season at the hands of the No. 5 Iowa Hawkeyes by a score of 30-7. It seemed early like the Flashes could have the firepower to keep up with the Hawkeyes, exiting the first half with a small deficit of 16-7, but it soon became evident that the contest was not in Kent State’s favor, as the Flashes were held to 0 points in the second half. Quarterback Dustin Crum threw for 185 yards and a touchdown on 16-23 passing, while the rushing attack struggled with the best performance being a 10-carry, 38-yard day from Marquez Cooper. Keshunn Abram had a career day, with the receiver accumulating an impressive six-reception, 138-yard day that included a visit to the end zone. The Golden Flashes drop to 1-2 early in the season, with the two losses being to formidable opponents, each of them being ranked in the AP top 10. Kent State looks to even up its record with a win at Maryland at 3:30 Saturday, a game that will air on BTN.