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MAC roundup — Sept. 28

Associated Press

Buffalo 41, Connecticut 12

The Buffalo Bulls beat the Connecticut Huskies for the first time since 2001 with a win at home.

UConn turned the ball over five times and remains winless through four games. The Huskies struggled to find any offense behind quarterback Chandler Whitmer, increasing the pressure on third-year Connecticut head coach Paul Pasqualoni.

Buffalo (2-2) scored through the air, on the ground and on defense in building a 28-12 halftime lead. Buffalo blocked a field goal and scored 17 points off Connecticut turnovers.

Bulls quarterback Joe Licata passed for a career-high three touchdowns, connecting with different receivers on each score. Licata found tight end Mason Schreck for a 5-yard touchdown in the first quarter, later adding a 22-yard touchdown to Alex Neutz and a 36-yard score to Fred Lee.

The Bulls were aided by the return of starting running back Branden Oliver, who had 110 total yards including 90 yards rushing and a touchdown.

North Carolina State 48, 
Central Michigan 14

Shadrach Thornton and Matt Dayes each had long scoring runs during North Carolina State’s four-touchdown second quarter, and the Wolfpack routed Central Michigan at home.

Thornton finished with 71 yards and his 29-yard scoring run came shortly before Dayes’ 42-yard touchdown for N.C. State — which scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams.

D.J. Green returned an interception 37 yards for the first score and Rashard Smith brought a punt back 67 yards for a TD to help N.C. State (3-1) build a 35-0 halftime lead.

Cooper Rush threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Titus Davis on the first play of the fourth quarter for the Chippewas (1-4), but also was intercepted three times.

Maurice Shoemaker-Gilmore added a 38-yard touchdown run for Central Michigan — the only Mid-American Conference team to beat new Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren during his successful two-year run at Northern Illinois.

Ball State 31, Toledo 24

Jahwan Edwards rushed for three touchdowns, including the eventual game-winner as Ball State held on to defeat Toledo at home.

The score was tied twice in the fourth quarter before Edwards’ third touchdown capped a 71-yard scoring drive with 3:01 to play. Edwards finished with 20 carries for 89 yards.

Ball State (4-1, 2-0 Mid-American Conference) quarterback Keith Wenning rushed for a 7-yard touchdown to put the Cardinals up 24-17 with 12:11 to play. The Cardinals then regained possession after Toledo turned the ball over on downs on its next offensive series.

The Cardinals were looking to put the game away before Ross Madison picked off a Wenning pass and returned it 21 yards to the Ball St. 34. David Fluellen’s 1-yard touchdown run finished a 6-play Rockets’ drive to tie the score at 24 with 6:20 to play.

Fluellen had 129 rushing yards to lead Toledo (2-3, 1-1).



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