Bowling Green 24, Buffalo 7
Bowling Green will meet No. 18 Northern Illinois in the Mid-American Conference championship game after securing the MAC East division title Friday with a win over host Buffalo at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Travis Greene rushed for 125 yards and a touchdown, Matt Johnson threw for one touchdown and passed for another, and the Falcons’ defense held Buffalo (8-4, 6-1) to season lows in points and yards (236).
Bowling Green (9-3, 7-1) managed just seven first downs on its first seven possessions, but scored touchdowns on consecutive drives in the third quarter to take control of the game.
Shaun Joplin caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Johnson to put Bowling Green in front 10-7 early in the third quarter, and Green’s 14-yard touchdown run capped a 93-yard drive and extended the Falcons’ lead to 17-7.
Ohio 51, UMass 23
Beau Blankenship rushed for 124 yards and a 50-yard touchdown as host Ohio cruised to a win over Massachusetts.
Tyler Tettleton passed for 246 yards and two touchdowns as Ohio (7-5, 4-4) outgained UMass (1-11, 1-7) 461 to 290.
On the second play from scrimmage, Blankenship set the tempo by busting out for his long touchdown run. Tettleton followed that with a 2-yard strike to Chase Cochran and it was 14-0 before everyone settled into their seats.
The Minutemen got a 42-yard field goal from Brendon Levengood and a 3-yard touchdown run from Shadrach Abrokwah to cut the deficit to 14-10, but the Bobcats scored two more touchdowns and a 30-yard field goal from Josiah Yazdani to lead 31-10 at the half.
Ball State 55, Miami 14
Keith Wenning passed for 445 yards and six touchdowns in host Ball State’s systematic destruction of Miami.
Ball State (10-2, 7-1) rolled up 585 total yards of offense and had three receivers catch touchdown passes and eclipse 100 yards receiving. Jamill Smith caught seven balls for 127 yards and three touchdowns, Jordan Williams made five catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns and Willie Snead hauled in 11 passes for 133 yards and one touchdown.
The Cardinals raced out to a 35-0 halftime lead, including Wenning’s 72-yard pass-and-run to Williams, before Miami (0-12, 0-8) finally got on the board in the third on Drew Kummer’s 58-yard scoring strike to Dawan Scott.
Central Michigan 42, Eastern Michigan 10
Zurlon Tipton ran for four touchdowns to lead host Central Michigan in a victory over Eastern Michigan. The Chippewas became bowl eligible for the second season in a row.
Tipton ran for 216 yards and scored back-to-back-to-back touchdowns in the first half to jump the Chippewas (6-6, 5-3) to a 21-0 lead. His third touchdown was on an 86-yard run and he finished the half with 134 yards.
Eastern Michigan (2-10, 1-7) drove down the field for 85 yards in 55 seconds to score its first touchdown, making the score 21-10, before the end of the first half.
Central Michigan’s Courtney Williams ran back the opening kickoff of the second half for an 84-yard touchdown, marking the Chippewas’ first kickoff return for a touchdown since 2010.