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Week 5 MAC Football: Kent State-Ball State Ends In A Thriller

A 45-43 win for Kent State ended on a 25-yard Freddy Cortez field goal, but Dri Archer provided 350 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns.

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Week 5 MAC Football Box Score Heroes

On a wild MAC football day, Zac Dysert's 624 total yards of offense is not only a MAC record, but a rare feat in which he passed for 500 yards and ran for 100.

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WMU-Toledo Final Recap

Let me start out by saying that this is the WMU side of last night's game, where Toledo downed WMU for a 3rd straight year. This year wasn't the barn-burner like last year's, being more of a blowout with a final score of 37-17. With the win, the Rockets rise to 4-1 (1-0), and suddenly look like the team to beat in the West along with NIU. With the loss, WMU falls to 2-3 (0-1), and suddenly look to be headed to another 7-5 year.

David Fluellen had a career day, and then some, rushing for 213 yards on 21 carries and 3 TDs. He had 110 yards (breaking his career high) in the first 21 minutes alone! Terrance Owens went 22/33 passing for 243 yards, and Jeremiah Detmer hit 3 field goals (28, 20, 23 yds) to secure a big victory in a game that many thought would be a MAC West key game.

On the flip side, Tyler VanTubbergen went 26/46 for 232 yds and a TD, but threw 3 interceptions including a Pick-6 that turned the tide in full favor of the Rockets in the 3rd quarter. Dareyon Chance rushed for 104 yds on 17 carries and Brian Fields had a 48-yard TD as well. Jaime Wilson had another 100 yard game receiving catching 10 passes for 103 yds and a TD. The Broncos blocked a 52 yard FG and recorded a crazy safety, but played rather poorly in the loss.

Looking ahead for both teams, you have to start with the Rockets. They continue their "Michigan Directional" series with Central and Eastern, and their Wednesday night game at NIU is really starting to look like the MAC West Championship. For the Broncos, they get UMass at home next weekend, which isn't looking too easy after this past week. Alex Carder is still in Kansas having his hand evaluated, and his return is unknown except that he will be back some time this year. In all, the Bronco offense has to turn it up, and if they can beat Ball State, Kent State, and NIU, maybe there is something still left in this season.

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WMU/Toledo 3rd quarter

Welp, that didn't last long. Despite a crazy safety to start the 2nd half, Toledo came back to grab the reigns and take a 34-17 lead heading into the 4th. David Fluellen is having a career day with 13 carries for 158 yds and 3 TDs (12.2 yds/rush), and the Toledo defense has intercepted Tyler VanTubbergen 3 times.

After the safety, where Macon ran into the endzone after fielding a punt at the 1, Jordan Haden picked TVT off and returned it to the house to extend the lead to 27-9. After a tip drill INT, Fluellen rushed his way into the endzone from 22 yds out to extend it to 34-9.

Brian Fields did score on a 48 yd rush, and the Broncos got the 2 to pull within 17, but it'll take a big comeback to make this a game.

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WMU/Toledo at the half

PROGRESS! A blocked FG and a short FG has held the Rockets to just 3 points that quarter, who still lead 20-7. TVT was intercepted after Daniel Braverman fell, and I think I witnessed my first "Double Pass Interference" call.

In all, WMU played Toledo pretty well, as the Rockets were held to 24 yds rushing (albeit on 5 carries) and 53 yards passing in the 2nd. WMU on the other hand passed for 69 yards and a TD to Jaime Wilson (4 catches for 53 yds) and ran for 38 yds (albeit on 9 carries). With 30 minutes to go, WMU will receive the kickoff to start the 2nd half, and a score will make this a serious game again.

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WMU/Toledo 1st Quarter Recap

The Rockets have full control so far. TVT hasn't looked nearly as sharp as he could be, and the Toledo rush attack has been on to help the passing game. In all, 3 scores and heading for a 4th on 4 drives is pretty good.

Bronco fans aren't happy with the officiating as well. A possible hold on the Fluellen 53-yd TD, no roughing the punter on a punt, and some possible pass interferences with a P.I. going the other way.

Overall, there is still 3 quarters to play, but the Toledo rushing game (which is at 15 carries for 149 yards) is dominating and helping Terrance Ownes, who is out playing VanTubbergen (10/13 for 110 yds vs 0/4).

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OHIO Edges UMass 37-34

A win is a win ... unless it's this kind of win. UMass had a 27-20 lead going into the fourth quarter until OHIO's wrecking ball of a tailback Beau Blankenship broke through for a couple more touchdowns. Blankenship ran over 40 times for over 270 yards and two touchdowns, just wearing down the Minutemen.

UMass was called for a taunting penalty on Alan Williams flipping into the end zone on a touchdown, but it didn't hurt them as they got the ball back and almost marched into field goal range before Mike Wegzyn's 4th and 10 pass was batted down. But Wegzyn had four passing touchdowns, so it's cool.

OHIO is now 5-0, while UMass scored 34 points in as season where they had 35 total. Lots of questions on defense, suddenly, for Frank Solich's Bobcats.

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Kent State's Kickoff Return TD

Kent State's running back added to his gaudy numbers this season with a scintillating return touchdown in their win over Ball State.

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BGSU's Punt Return TD

In a blowout game, BGSU took an early 6-0 lead on Rhody with this 80-yard punt return.

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Buffalo's Hook-And-Lateral TD

Buffalo narrowed the lead against Connecticut with an unusual pass-and-hook-and-lateral.

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Miami Outlasts Akron 56-49

The game lasted nearly four hours, and when the dust settled it was Miami winning this 100-point contest.

Zac Dysert had a GAME: 519 yards passing and 109 yards rushing, throwing six touchdowns for the RedHawks. Slightly outdone was Akron's Dalton Williams, who had 446 yards passing and four touchdowns. A Hail Mary on the final play for Williams was intercepted at the goal line.

In all a total of 1,337 combined yards were gained. Nerds everywhere rejoice. And the MAC is a better league when even one of the worst teams can score nearly 50 points in a football game.

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Ohio Leads UMass 20-17 At Half

This is a much closer than we had imagined in our heads. It's been back-and-forth, and UMass at one point had a leads of 10-3 and 17-14, but Tyler Tettleton's second touchdown of the game put the Bobcats up just before halftime.

For UMass, Mike Wegzyn finally got his first career passing touchdowns — two of them, in fact. And for the first time in their short FBS history, UMass held a lead.

Now if they can just get the fans to show up.

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Ball State interception GIF

Tip, tip, tip, pick. Ball State's Brandon Newman was credit with the interception of Spencer Keith, but pretty much half the field had a chance at catching this one.

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(via 30fps)

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Kent State Edges Ball State 45-43

Well, they were pinned on the 6-yard line on the final drive, but no matter for Spencer Keith. He just helped his team march right down the field — including converting a 4th and 10 and a ballsy Trayion Durham run inside the red zone — to set up a Freddy Cortez 25-yard field goal. There haven't been many but this is the obvious bar set for exciting MAC games this year.

Don't look now, but Kent State is 3-1 and 2-0 in MAC play. They're three wins from a bowl, which they haven't been in since 1972.

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Buffalo Falls To UConn 24-17

A 44-yard Patrick Clarke field goal for UB is all that happened in the fourth quarter. I guess you could say defense happened as well. But Buffalo had a nice-enough showing at UConn. Buffalo falls to 1-3 on the season and draw OHIO next week.

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Akron Leads Miami 14-13 After One Quarter

Can Akron score? Akron can score. Jarrod Dillard broke free on a 56-yard catch-and-go from Dalton Williams, and the Akron QB threw a second one to Marquelo Suel following a 49-yard Jawon Chisholm run.

Zac Dysert has thrown two touchdowns as well, a controversial one to Luke Swift (looked like his foot was out of bounds) and a second to Andy Cruse. Kaleb Patterson is 1-for-2 on PATs, and that's the difference so far.

We're at nearly 400 total offensive yards in this one after 15 minutes. Might want to reserve an eyeball for it.

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Kent State Leads 35-26 After Three Quarters

Dri Archer, everybody. A 33-yard receiving touchdown gave Spencer Keith his third career three-touchdown day. Archer's current line: 118 kickoff return yards, 37 rushing yards, 104 receiving yards. That's 259 all-purpose yards on 11 touches. THAT is efficiency.

A scary moment in the third quarter as Roosevelt Nix lay on the ground face down for a while, but he was able to get up and walk off the field without help.

But Ball State is keeping pace as best they can. Keith Wenning has a monster day already: 354 yards and three touchdowns on 23-for-33 passing. Willie Snead and Connor Ryan hailed in touchdowns in the third quarter. A Steven Schott field goal atoned for a missed PAT earlier in the quarter. Now their defense just needs to make some more stops.

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Buffalo's Trick Play Cuts UConn Lead To 24-14

This is what I get for turning the game off. Buffalo answered a UConn touchdown in the third quarter with allegedly a wonderful trick play: Alex Zordich fired a screen pass to wide receiver Alex Neutz, who picked it to Brandon Murie, who ran 49 yards for the touchdown. It's Murie's second TD of the game. Nice game for him in replacing Branden Oliver.

I believe that counts as a passing touchdown for Zordich. But what a weird receiving stat line:

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I think that's accurate, though.

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UConn Leads Buffalo 17-7 At Halftime

Well, that was fun while it lasted. Connecticut scored on the first play of the second quarter and one more time to give the Big East foe a 10-point lead at halftime.

Alex Zordich is just 5-for-15 with 74 yards for UB, throwing an interception. His best production has been on the ground, carrying it nine times for 66 yards. On the other side Khalil Mack already has three tackles for loss, including a sack and forced fumble. But for the offense, it's turnovers and incompletions costing them the game. Mack can't do it all.

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Kent State Leads Ball State 21-13 At Halftime

After a ho-hum first quarter with no scoring, we found out they were saving the fun stuff for the second quarter. The play of the game so far is Dri Archer's 99-yard kickoff return for touchdown, which by my unscientific count went 12 seconds from touch to touchdown. That's Dri Bird's second KO return TD of the season, and Archer added a receiving touchdown as well.

Spencer Keith looks excellent, passing 6-for-9 for 90 yards and a touchdown. He also had a nice 10-yard scramble for a first down. Roosevelt Nix is also having a great game, registering a sack on the final drive and forcing a field goal. They did use David Fisher under center for one possession, but it was a three-and-out, and that might wrap up the QB controversy in Kent.

Keith Wenning has accounted for over 200 yards and a touchdown for the Ball State offense but one turnover and two near-turnovers have not made this a fun half. Jamill Smith leads the team with four catches for 63 yards an an excellent catch in the end zone on a better fade pass by Wenning. Steven Schott has field goals of 31 and 44, missing from 51.

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MAC Week 5 Prediction Summary

After a week of compiling the picks, here are the results

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Buffalo Leads UConn 7-3 After One Quarter

Star running back Branden Oliver can't play in the game? No big deal, he's got a backup.

Highlights from the first quarter: Buffalo caught the UConn defense off guard first with a terrific 4th and 5 screen pass to Devin Campbell for a 30-yard gain, followed by Brandon Murie's first career touchdown. Following that score, UB caught the UConn special teams napping by virtue of an onside kick, recovered by Derek Brim.

Remember, UConn lost to Western Michigan last week. They don't want to pull an "Indiana" by losing to two MAC schools in a row. The Huskies do lead in time of possession, total yards and first downs — but they did that against WMU too.

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Week 5 MAC Football Gamethread

Conference play hits full swing on the fifth week of MAC football.

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