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MAC Football Roundup: No. 24 Western Michigan shuts out Zips 41-0

By MITCH STACY AP Sports Writer Published: October 16, 2016 4:00 AM
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No. 24 Western Michigan 41, Akron 0

AKRON -- Jarvion Franklin rushed for a school-record 281 yards and Zach Terrell threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more as No. 24 Western Michigan -- ranked in the Top 25 this week for the first time in school history -- shut out Akron 41-0 on Saturday.

Wide receiver Corey Davis caught two touchdown passes to add to his career school record, finishing with eight catches for 63 yards. The Broncos amassed 585 yards of offense in a victory that capped one of the biggest weeks in the 100-year history of the program.

Franklin, whose previous career-high rushing game was 211 yards against Idaho two seasons ago, ran for a 2-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Terrell was 21 for 31 for 207 yards.

Western Michigan (7-0, 2-0 MAC) held Akron (4-3, 2-1) to 283 yards of offense and snuffed out their biggest threat in the second quarter when quarterback Tra'Von Chapman (Kent Roosevelt) was intercepted by Broncos linebacker Casey Carson at the WMU 3-yard line.

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Chapman, subbing for injured starter Thomas Woodson for the third straight game, was 13-for-31 for 153 yards and was intercepted twice.

Eastern Michigan 27, Ohio 20

ATHENS -- Brogan Roback threw for a career-high 347 yards and three touchdowns to lead Eastern Michigan to a 27-20 win over Ohio on Saturday.

Two of the touchdowns were big-time receptions in the fourth quarter that allowed the Eagles (5-2, 2-1 Mid-American) to beat the Bobcats (4-3, 2-1) for the first time since 1999, and the first time on the road since 1994. EMU has won three straight on the road for the first time since 1967.

Sergio Bailey II reached over a defensive back to haul in a 14-yard pass early in the fourth quarter to make it 20-10 and Antoine Porter dragged several defenders into the end zone for an 11-yard score with 3:47 to play. Bailey, who had career highs of eight receptions for 143 yards, set up Porter's touchdown when he turned a 20-yard reception into a 57-yard gain.

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After an Ohio field goal, a career-long 47-yarder by Louie Zervos, cut it to 27-20 with 3:47 left, the Eagles, who had a combined three wins the previous two seasons, ran out the clock.

Toledo 42, Bowling Green 35

TOLEDO -- Kareem Hunt scored from the 3 with 18 seconds left to play as Toledo snapped a late tie and rallied past Bowling Green 42-35 in a Mid-American Conference showdown on Saturday.

The win lifts the Rockets to 5-1, 2-0 MAC as the teams packed 42 points into the game's final 15:02. Hunt gained 99 yards on 25 carries.

Bowling Green (1-6, 0-3) scored consecutive touchdowns in the waning minutes to tie, 35-35 when James Morgan found Marquis Zimmerman from the 20 and then Teo Redding from the 18.

Corey Jones scored on a 64-yard reception from Logan Woodside to boost Toledo's lead to 27-14 with two seconds left in the third. The teams traded TD passes to start the final period until Morgan forged the tie with TDs 3:40 apart. The freshman threw for 335 yards with five TDs and made Bowling Green history with his third-straight game of 250-yards passing or better.

Ball State 31, Buffalo 21

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- James Gilbert ran for 264 yards and two touchdowns, including a tie-breaking 80-yarder, to lead Ball State to a 31-21 win over Buffalo on Saturday.

Gilbert carried the ball 34 times on his way to the second-best day in Cardinals' history, just behind the 301 yards of MiQuale Lewis in 2009.

Late in the third quarter, Gilbert went off tackle and found a seam to the right sideline for a score that made it 21-14. The sophomore had scored on the opening drive for the Cardinals (4-3, 1-2 Mid-American) but Tyree Jackson had a pair of touchdown passes that gave the Bulls (1-5, 0-2) a 14-7 lead at the half.

Ball State quarterback Riley Neal tied the game midway through the third with a 9-yard run and he added another score on a 7-yard run early in the fourth quarter.

Jackson was 28-of-46 for 306 yards, all career-highs, and added a third TD pass in the fourth quarter.

Ball State finished with 568 yards, 356 on the ground, and Buffalo had 459 yards.


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