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AKRON: The Zips (2-6, 1-3) ended their 28-game losing slide versus FBS opponents with a 24-17 victory over Miami-Ohio at Yager Stadium. Jawon Chisholm led the way with 86 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries. Kyle Pohl threw for 227 yards on 23-of-32 passing, while Zach D'Orazio had seven receptions for 88 yards. Akron held a 24-7 lead midway through the fourth quarter before holding off the RedHawks' late rally effort. The Zips matched a season-high with six sacks and ended a 30-game road losing streak. They had not won on the road since Oct. 18, 2008 at Eastern Michigan. Akron will try to continue its success on Saturday when it hosts Ball State.

BALL STATE: After amassing at least 300 passing yards in his first seven games of the season, Keith Wenning kept his streak alive as he led the Cardinals (7-1, 4-0) to a 38-17 rout of the Western Michigan Broncos at Waldo Stadium. Wenning finished with 324 yards and three touchdowns on 25-of-37 efficiency. Willie Snead reeled in seven catches for 90 yards and a touchdown while Zane Fakes and Jamill Smith also made a big impact in the aerial attack. Jahwan Edwards and Horactio Banks combined for 166 yards and two touchdowns on 31 attempts. Ball State held WMU to 368 yards of total offense and only 3-of-14 third-down conversions. The Cardinals will look to stay perfect in MAC action as they conclude their two-game road trip at Akron on Saturday.

BOWLING GREEN: The Falcons (5-2, 3-0) had an open week following their one- point loss as Mississippi State. They will return to MAC play this week to host Toledo.

BUFFALO: The Bulls (5-2, 3-0) continued their pursuit of their first-ever MAC Championship with a 32-3 rout of Massachusetts that marked their fifth consecutive victory and kept them perfect in league play. Branden Oliver set a season-high with 216 rushing yards and established a new school record for career rushing yards by finishing the contest with 3,203, surpassing James Starks' previous mark of 3,140 yards. The UB defense had a strong showing, holding the Minutemen to just 85 rushing yards while registering three sacks, 11 tackles for loss and three takeaways. Khalil Mack tallied a sack, two tackles for loss and an interception return for a touchdown. Joe Licata completed 18-of-27 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown. Fred Lee led the Bulls in receiving with 70 yards and a touchdown on eight receptions. Buffalo will try to keep up its momentum as it visits Kent State on Saturday.

CENTRAL MICHIGAN: The Chippewas (3-5, 2-2) were tied with the defending MAC Champions at halftime, but were outscored 24-3 over the final 30 minutes en route to a 38-17 loss to Northern Illinois that spoiled their Homecoming Game. CMU had no answer for NIU's Jordan Lynch, who amassed 471 yards of total offense and four touchdowns. Cooper Rush had a decent showing under center for the Chippewas, completing 16-of-32 pass attempts for 271 yards and two touchdowns. Titus Davis finished with 109 yards and a touchdown on five catches. Saylor Lavallii was finally stifled and tallied only 53 yards on 16 rushes. Justin Cherocci anchored CMU's defense with 11 total tackles and an interception. The Chippewas will have the next two weeks off before their visit to Ball State on Nov. 6.

EASTERN MICHIGAN: The school decided to play this past week to honor junior Demarius Reed, who was found shot to death on Friday in what police believe was a robbery. The Eagles (1-6, 0-3) held their own for much of the contest and tied the score at 21 late in the third quarter, but Ohio pulled away late to earn a 56-28 decision. Bronson Hill delivered a standout performance in the losing effort, gaining 257 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries. Tyler Benz hit on 12-of-22 pass attempts for 151 yards with two touchdowns and the same number of interceptions. Tyreese Russell made three catches for 76 yards and a score. EMU's defense had no answers for the Bobcats, who scored touchdowns on 6-of-7 red-zone trips. The Eagles will try to snap their six-game losing slide on Saturday when they visit the undefeated NIU Huskies.

KENT STATE: Despite a few big plays from their superstar Dri Archer, the Golden Flashes (2-6, 1-3) could not keep pace with the Jaguars and were defeated, 38-21, by South Alabama in their non-conference finale. Archer finished the contest with 114 rushing yards and a touchdown on just 10 carries while also catching two passes for 85 yards and a score. Kent State was without starting QB Colin Reardon, which put David Fisher under center. Although the offense was often stagnant, Fisher went 14-of-26 for 181 yards and two touchdowns while also contributing 106 yards rushing. USA compiled 257 yards and four touchdowns on the ground in addition to Ross Metheny's 224 yards passing. KSU is now riding a three-game losing streak into its week nine home bout against Buffalo.

MASSACHUSETTS: The heavy rain and Bulls' defense proved to be too much to overcome for UMass (1-5, 1-2) and it suffered a lopsided, 32-3, setback to Buffalo on the road. The Minutemen amassed only 247 yards of total offense and had their star tight end Rob Branchflower ejected in the second quarter. Tajae Sharpe led UMass with seven catches for 94 yards. Jamal Wilson and Stacey Bedell combined for 62 rushing yards and A.J. Doyle went 14-of-28 for 162 yards with three total turnovers. Blake Lucas scored the only points of the day with a career-long 42-yard field goal. The defense had no answer for UB's Branden Oliver, who racked up 216 yards on 43 carries. UMass will try to bounce back on Saturday when it hosts the winless WMU Broncos.

MIAMI-OHIO: A late rally effort was not enough for the RedHawks (0-7, 0-3) in their second game under interim head coach Mike Bath. Miami could not overcome a 17-point deficit and fell, 24-17, at home to Akron, which entered the contest on a 30-game road losing streak. Dayonne Nunley led all players with 11 tackles. Austin Boucher finished 23-for-34 passing for 226 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. David Frazier led the RedHawks with nine catches for 76 yards and a touchdown. Miami will look to snap its 11-game losing streak on Saturday when it visits its rival Ohio for the Battle of the Bricks game.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS: Jordan Lynch set the FBS record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 316 on 32 carries to propel the Huskies (7-0, 3-0) to a 38-17 win over Central Michigan at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. Lynch also went 20-of-30 passing for 155 yards and accounted for four total touchdowns. The victory marked NIU's 20th straight win over a league rival, giving it the longest conference winning streak in the nation. It was also the 13th consecutive road win for the program. NIU racked up 28 first downs and 592 yards of total offense, to 17 first downs and 346 yards for CMU. Tommylee Lewis contributed 54 yards and a score on 10 receptions and Cameron Stingily added a late rushing score. The Huskies will attempt to continue their climb in the polls on Saturday when they host Eastern Michigan.

OHIO UNIVERSITY: Tyler Tettleton had a career day as he went 23-of-30 for 375 yards with four touchdowns and one interception to lift Ohio (5-2, 2-1) to a 56-28 victory over Eastern Michigan at Rynearson Stadium. His favorite target was Donte Foster, who made a career-high 11 catches for 143 yards and a touchdown. Chase Cochran also made an impact with three catches for 138 yards and a score. Beau Blankenship finished with 62 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. Ohio allowed EMU to tie the score at 21 late in the third quarter before it pulled away late. The Bobcats held a 547-477 edge in total yards of offense and their total of 56 points is the highest scoring output during ninth-year head coach Frank Solich's tenure. Ohio returns to Peden Stadium to host Miami-Ohio for the Battle of the Bricks rivalry game in week nine.

TOLEDO: The Rockets (4-3, 2-1) survived a thriller as they came out of their double-overtime affair against Navy with a 45-44 win. David Fluellen rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown for Toledo but left the game with an apparent injury. Kareem Hunt stepped up in his absence, turning 15 carries in 127 yards and two scores. Terrance Owens completed 11- of-20 passes for 105 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The Rockets won despite allowing the Midshipmen to rack up 419 yards rushing. Navy looked to be in great position after scoring a go-ahead touchdown in the second overtime but missed the ensuing extra-point attempt. Owens then completed a touchdown pass to Bernard Reedy and Jeremiah Detmer sent the PAT through the uprights to seal the win. Toledo takes aim at its third straight victory on Saturday when it takes on Bowling Green on the road.

WESTERN MICHIGAN: P.J. Fleck's tenure at WMU (0-8, 0-4) stayed fruitless as the Broncos were downed, 38-17, at home by Ball State. Fleck's squad took an early 3-0 lead before allowing the Cardinals to post 24 unanswered points that put it out of reach. Dareyon Chance racked up 120 rushing yards and freshman wideout Corey Davis reeled in nine catches for 103 yards. With Tyler Van Tubbergen still sidelined due to injury, Zach Terrell started under center again and went 19-of-34 for 204 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Ball State held a 483-368 edge in total yards and held on to possession of the ball for almost 33 minutes. The Broncos will try to snap their 10-game losing slide in week nine when they visit Massachusetts.

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