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MAC Football Week 9 Coverage

We've made our way through eight weeks of football so far and the race to the top of the MAC standings is starting to heat up. Several teams still have legitimate shots at making the trip to Detroit. Week 9 marks two match ups between key rivals as Toledo and Bowling Green square off in the Battle of I-75, and Miami and Ohio go head to head in the Battle of the Bricks. Stay tuned in here as we provide all the coverage you'll need to stay informed on Week 9 of the MAC Football season.

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Toledo Beats BGSU in Exciting "Battle of I-75"

The Rockets earned their fourth win in a row against Bowling Green in a game that will be long remembered in this series. The win allows Toledo to keep pace with Ball State and NIU in the West, while the Falcons now must play catch-up with Buffalo in the East.

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Ohio Was A Monster In Its 41-16 Win Over Miami

The Ohio Bobcats dominated their rivals Saturday on the biggest day of the year in Athens: HallOUween.

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No. 18 Huskies Rout EMU 59-20

The No. 18 Northern Illinois Huskies rolled over the Eastern Michigan Eagles 59-20 improving to 8-0 on the season.

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WMU Survives UMass 31-30

The Western Michigan Broncos finally got their first win of the season over the Massachusetts Minutemen in a drama-filled game.

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FINAL: Buffalo 41, Kent State 21

The Buffalo Bulls move into first place in the MAC East and improve to 6-2 on the season after beating Kent State 41-21 Saturday.

The Bulls cruised to their sixth straight victory on the back of running back Bo Oliver, who trounced the Golden Flashes banged up defense for 185 yards and four touchdowns. Buffalo had a commanding 20-7 lead at halftime, and came out firing in the second half. Oliver scored twice in the first 10 minutes of the second half, once on a 38-yard run. The two scores give him 28 unanswered points. Kent State responded with a 17-yard touchdown run by Dri Archer and then 18-yard pass by Colin Reardon to Tyshon Goode late in the third and early in the fourth quarters respectively.

Buffalo responded by tacking on a sixth and final touchdown 29 seconds later on a 30-yard pass from Joe Licata to Devon Hughes. Licata finished with 285 yards and two scores through the air as Buffalo beat up on the reigning MAC East champs from both sides.

The Bulls defense, led by Khalil Mack, stifled the Flashes, holding them to 120 yards on the ground. Archer was a non-factor in the game, touching the ball just eight times. Redshirt freshman quarterback Reardon was flustered by the Bulls pressure, throwing two picks along with his one touchdown and 260 yards passing.

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Huskies Defeat Hapless Eagles 59-20

Northern Illinois demonstrated why it is the 18th ranked football team today by handing the Eastern Michigan Eagles a lopsided defeat. The Huskie effort was fueled by another outstanding performance by star quarterback Jordan Lynch, who threw for four touchdowns and caught a touchdown as a receiver. The final line on Lynch was 16-20 for 223 yards and four TDs. Lynch also added 99 yards rushing to compliment his record setting rushing effort from last week.

Northern Illinois scored early and often en route to a complete game victory, which extended the Huskies' home win streak to an NCAA best 24 straight games. Tommylee Lewis had an excellent game. Lewis rushed for 107 yards and threw for a highlight reel touchdown pass to his quarterback.

After Jordan Lynch exited with 6:33 left in the third quarter, Huskie backup QB Matt McIntosh served notice to the MAC that there is plenty to worry about from NIU after senior Lynch's graduation. McIntosh threw for a beautiful touchdown pass and showed that he is proficient at running the ball as well.

Eastern Michigan was hampered by indecision as to who was going to play quarterback. EMU started with Brogan Roback, but replaced him with Tyler Benz. EMU generated very little offense as a consequence. EMU did manage a late TD with 4:11 left in the fourth quarter, but it was much too little and way too late for the Eagles at that point.

With the victory, NIU improves its record to 8-0 while EMU falls to 1-7.

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FINAL: WMU Beats UMass 31-30

I have no earthly clue what happened here. With under two minutes to go, UMass trailed by seven and were within striking distance. With 22 seconds left on the clock A.J. Doyle hooked up with Lorenzo Woodley in the endzone to bring the Minutemen one point away from sending the game into overtime.

But for some strange reason Charley Molnar opted to go for the win and two instead of kicking the extra point and likely sending the game into overtime. After rolling out to his right, Doyle shot a pass out the back fo the endzone effectively sealing the loss for UMass.

Western Michigan captured its first win of the season, thanks in large part to Molnar's bad decision, but also on the arm of Zach Terrell. The redshirt freshman filling in for the injured Tyler Van Tubbergen threw for 275 yards and four scores.

Doyle finished the game with 194 yards and a score.

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NIU leading EMU at the Half

Jordan Lynch has done it all in the first 30 minutes of the game. Lynch has passed for touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass from wide receiver Tommylee Lewis.

Eastern Michigan started the game with freshman quarterback Brogan Roback. When Roback proved ineffective, Tyler Benz was brought in to provide the Eagles with a lift. Neither Eagle quarterback has been able to successfully move the ball. This has enabled the Huskies to completely have their way.

The Huskies got off to a quick start by opening the scoring with a twelve play scoring drive that took 4:14 off the clock in the first quarter. From there, the Huskies quickly added two more touchdowns to increase their lead to 21-0 with 4:31 still left in the first quarter.

EMU finally managed one drive that resulted in the Eagles' lone scoring play of the half. a 25 yard field goal late in the first quarter.

The second quarter has been all Northern Illinois with Lynch catching a touchdown pass and throwing for another, NIU tacked on a field goal late in the half after Tommylee Lewis caught a long pass with seconds left to put the Huskies in position for yet another score.

The Huskies have completely dominated the Eagles at the half as the 38-3 score demonstrates.

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FINAL: Ohio Beats Miami 41-16 On HallOUween

The 90th Battle of the Bricks wasn't so much of a battle as it was a beatdown. Ohio cruised to a 41-16 victory in a one-sided affair to hand the Miami RedHawks their eighth loss on the season, and 12th straight overall.

The star of the game was the dynamic duo of Bobcats' quarterback Tyler Tettleton and receiver Donte Foster. Tettleton went 22 of 32 for 306 yards and three scores, all to Foster who finished the day with 122 yards on eight catches.

Ohio's offense was clicking all over and Beau Blankenship exploded out of a slump with 172 rushing yards on 20 carries for his first 100-yard performance of the season. As a whole Ohio amassed 535 yards on the day. The 'Cats D also got in on the fun, smothering Miami and holding the 'Hawks to 240 total yards.

The RedHawks were frustrated early on, turning to three different quarterbacks throughout the game. Austin Boucher struggled, completing just under 50 percent of his passes for 120 yards, a touchdown and a pick, and had a 1.7 yards-per-carry average on 13 runs.

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HALFTIME: Buffalo Leads Kent State 20-7

I have no clue what is actually happening in this game seeing s it's blacked out on ESPN3 in the entire state of Ohio, but I'm told that Buffalo leads Kent State 20-7 at halftime.

Apparently Khalil Mack is terrorizing Colin Reardon, and has a loooooong interception return that set up a Bo Oilver rushing touchdown just before half, his second rushing score on the day. Oliver has 66 yards on 14 carries. Joe Licata has had another good first half and is 12 of 19 for 164 yards and a score.

For Kent State things aren't going so swell. Reardon has looked alright, but that interception killed a key Golden Flashes drive. The Trayion Durham-Dri Archer thunder and lightening rushing attack is no match for Buffalo's stifling defense. Archer does have 53 yards on seven touches, but has been kept out of the endzone.

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HALFTIME: UMass Leads WMU 21-17

"We have a deliver of MACtion."

"where to?"

"Gillette Stadium."

The most unlikely of all of this weekends MAC games is arguably the MAC-iest. The UMass Minutemen and Western Michigan Broncos are locked in an offensive shootout in Foxboro, Mass. with the Minutemen holding a narrow 21-17 lead at half.

The two squads have been trading blows back and forth all game, and besides the penalties, are actually playing a decent game. WMU has the offensive advantage, having accumulated a balanced 238 yards on the ground, but have stalled on a few drives. UMass has 172 yards, most of those coming from A.J. Doyle who is arguably having the best game of his career.

The sophomore is 6 of 9 for 122 yards and a touchdown, and has been targeting Rob Blanchflower all game. The big senior tight end has a career high 103 yards on four catches, including the lone passing touchdown.

WMU's Zach Terrell is 15 of 22 for 134 yards and two scores.

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Ball State Knocks Off Akron

Ball State earned a convincing 42-24 victory Saturday at InfoCision Stadium, improving to 8-1 on the season.  Akron fell to 2-7.

Cardinals quarterback Keith Wenning completed 25 of 35 passes for 240 yards and 5 touchdowns.  Receiver Jordan Williams had a career day, catching 12 passes for 124 yards and two touchdowns.  Willie Snead caught 7 passes for 100 yards and 2 scores, and leading rusher Jahwan Edwards carried the ball 25 times for 120 yards and a touchdown.

Akron outgained Ball State in total yards 437-434.  Jawon Chisholm paced the Zips, running up 166 yards on 26 rushes.  Akron quarterback Kyle Pohl struggled, completing 17 of 35 passes for 211 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.  Akron turned the ball over 3 times and committed 8 penalties for 57 yards.

In the victory Wenning became the 11th quarterback in MAC history to throw for 10,000 yards.

Ball State's next game is Wednesday November 6th at home against Central Michigan.  Akron is at home again Saturday November 2nd against Kent State.

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HALFTIME: Ohio Leads Miami 24-10

It's halftime in Athens, and though the 24-10 score suggests a close game, in reality it's far from.

Ohio's offense has been rolling. The Tyler Tettleton and Donte Foster have been the stars of the show. The pair have teamed up for three touchdowns in the first half, giving Foster the record for the most career touchdown receptions at Ohio with 20. Tettleton has looked as sharp as ever, completing 14-of-20 for 205 yards and those three scores. Foster has been unstoppable and has six receptions for 97 yards and those three scores.

Miami has had some success moving the ball, including a nice 7-play drive that ended in a 20-yard touchdown pass from Austin Boucher to Dustin White. But besides that, the RedHawks have looked stagnant. They've tried mixing things up, and have even brought in Drew Kummer for a few snaps at quarterback at the end of the first half.

The Miami defense did limit Ohio to a field goal just before half, but defensive leader Dayonne Nunley was seen limping of the field before halftime. It's bad news for a 'Hawks team that's allowed 301 yards of total offense, in the first half.

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Ball State Leads Akron at Halftime

Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning tossed three touchdown passes, en route to building a 28-10 first half lead against Akron at InfoCision Stadium.

Wenning has completed 18 of 24 passes for 172 yards.  In the first half Wenning became the 11th quarterback in MAC history to throw for more than 10,000 yards in a career.  Wenning completed 10 of those passes to Jordan Williams for 88 yards and a touchdown.  MAC leading receiver Willie Snead also caught 5 passes for 59 yards and two scores.  Jahwan Edwards paced the Ball State rushing attack, carrying the ball 16 times for 107 yards and a touchdown.

Akron's running back Jawon Chisholm tallied 134 yards rushing on 11 carries in the first half.  He scored the Zips lone touchdown on a 65 yard run.  Quarterback Kyle Pohl has completed 5 of 15 passes for 52 yards and was picked off once.  Akron had the opportunity to make this a one score game.  Following a Wenning fumble in Ball State territory Zips kicker Robert Stein missed a 32 yard field goal that hit off the right upright with under 10 minutes left in the second quarter to keep the game at 14-3.

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Jawon Chisholm Doesn't Like High Fives

Jawon Chisholm busted off a nice 65-yard run in the second quarter today, and a nice security guard wanted to congratulate the Akron junior with a high five, but apparently Chisholm ain't having that. h/t @bubbaprog

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The Battle of the Bricks: A History

We take a look at the oldest rivalry in the Mid-American Conference.

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Battle of I-75: Great Rivalry Or Greatest Rivalry

The Bowling Green Falcons welcome Toledo into Doyt Perry for the Battle of I-75. Is this the best rivalry in the MAC?

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WMU Could Capture Its First Win Saturday vs UMass

WMU and UMass face off Saturday in a game that won't be pretty, and certainly isn't hyped, but carries a wealth of meaning for both struggling programs.

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EMU Enters the Huskies' Den Saturday

NIU will play host to Eastern Michigan this Saturday, where the Huskies will look to extend their 23-game home winning streak.

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BG-UT Rivalry Game Carries Huge MAC Implications

The Falcons and Rockets play for some big MAC stakes on Saturday. BGSU is in a dogfight with Buffalo and Ohio in the East, while Toledo cannot afford another loss in the West. The result of this game will go a long way in determining who will play in Detroit in just over one month.

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Cardinals Look To Bring Akron Back Down To Earth

The Cardinals and Zips each look to build off last week's wins.

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CMU Adds Home Games vs. Syracuse & Oklahoma State

The Chippewas have added a pair of impressive home games over the next few years with the addition of Syracuse and Oklahoma State to their non-conference schedules.

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Ohio, Miami Square Off In the Battle of the Bricks

Ohio comes in after an offensive slugfest in Ypsilanti seeking revenge on a weak Miami squad in this historic rivalry.

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Knee Injury Ends Season for BGSU WR Chris Gallon

This is unwelcome news as Bowling Green begins the most important part of their schedule and with their arch-rival coming to town on Saturday. Perception can outpace reality, though, so how harmful will the loss actually be?

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Spread Offense: Week 9 MAC Football Odds

Last week was another winning week for Hustle Belt. Vegas weeps.

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Mid-Major Top 10, Week 9: Fresno, NIU Still 1 & 2

In the third installment of the Mid-Major College Football Top 10 poll the Top 4 remain the same, and we might have a curse brewing at No. 6.

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Toledo RB David Fluellen Questionable For Saturday

Fluellen Left Navy game in 4th quarter with a back injury, and has been ruled questionable for Saturday's rivalry game vs. Bowling Green.

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Ohio Unveils New 'Brick' Unis For Game vs Miami

The Ohio Bobcats and Miami RedHawks have the longest-running rivalry in the MAC, with a name inspired by both schools' campuses red-brick look. Now Ohio has taken the brick inspiration to its uniforms.

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MAC Football Week 9 TV Schedule

Week 9 is upon us, and it features a pair of long-standing rivalry games, as well as a matchup between two of the conferences' worst. Needless to say, there's plenty of interesting games to check out this week.

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Huskies No Longer Projected To Bust BCS

The updated bowl projections are out, and news is bittersweet for the MAC this week. NIU is still projected to win out, but due to circumstances outside of the Huskies control, they're no longer projected to bust the BCS. Elsewhere, a rematch of the Battle for the Bell, this time in Hawaii, is projected.

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NIU No. 18 In Initial BCS Rankings of 2013 Season

Northern Illinois has a good shot of running the table and bursting the BCS' bubble after the initial BCS Rankings of the 2013 season were released.

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Huskies Barely Budge In Latest AP & Coaches Polls

Despite the slew of losses that occurred around the country this weekend, the Northern Illinois Huskies barely received a bump in the latest AP and Coaches polls.

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Can NIU Bust the BCS After Louisville's Loss?

After UCF upset (8) Louisville Friday night, the Huskies have another chance at crashing the BCS.

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