No. 23 Northern Illinois 38, Central Michigan 17
Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch always is a rushing threat, though he never had a day like this.
Lynch rushed for 316 yards, an FBS record for a quarterback, and the 23rd-ranked Huskies stayed unbeaten with a road win at Central Michigan.
Lynch had three rushing touchdowns and was 20-for-30 through the air for 155 yards and another score to help Northern Illinois (7-0, 3-0 Mid-American) extend the nation’s best conference winning streak to 20 games.
He broke the rushing record held by former Northern Illinois quarterback Stacey Robinson, who had 308 against Fresno State on Oct. 6, 1990.
While Lynch was leading the offense with his feet, the Huskies’ defense kept the Chippewas (3-5, 2-2) in check throughout the second half. Northern Illinois held CMU to six first downs and 97 total yards after halftime.
Toledo 45, Navy 44
Toledo (4-3), relying on two freshmen after its top rusher went down, ran for 316 yards against the Midshipmen (3-3) in a thrilling double-overtime victory that came down to a pass and a kick.
Terrance Owens threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Bernard Reedy and Jeremiah Detmer kicked the extra point, allowing Toledo to survive after it gave up a fourth-quarter lead.
Toledo’s’ David Fluellen controlled things on the ground early and finished with 154 rushing yards on 19 carries before being taken into the locker room at the beginning of the fourth with an injured back.
Ohio 56, Eastern Michigan 28
Eastern Michigan’s Tyler Allen returned the second-half kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown against Ohio at Rynearson Stadium. In doing so, he became the first Eagles player to record a return touchdown since Demarius Reed returned a punt for a score in 2011.
Reed was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds early Friday morning in the hallway of an off-campus apartment building in what police said was an apparent robbery.
His Eagles (1-6, 0-3) teammates took to the field a little more than 24 hours after learning of his death, in a home loss to Ohio that was part football game, part tribute.
Ohio (5-2, 2-1) quarterback Tyler Tettleton threw for 375 yards and four touchdowns, two in a 21-point burst late in the third quarter.
Ball State 38, Western Michigan 17
Keith Wenning passed for 324 yards and three touchdowns to lead Ball State to a road win over Western Michigan. The Cardinals (7-1, 4-0) piled up 483 yards of offense while holding winless Western Michigan (0-8, 0-4) to just 3 points for most of the game.
Buffalo 32, Massachusetts 3
Branden Oliver ran for 216 yards and a touchdown as Buffalo (5-2, 3-0) routed UMass (1-6, 1-2) for its fifth win in a row. Oliver broke the school’s record for career rushing yards, surpassing the previous mark set by James Starks.