Ohio 38, Buffalo 31
Ryan Boykin ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns and Daz’mond Patterson’s 100-yard kickoff return propelled Ohio from an early 14-0 deficit to a home victory over Buffalo on Saturday in Mid-American Conference play.
The Bobcats (6-0, 2-0) trailed 14-0 when Patterson’s kickoff return kick-started the offense with the first of 24 consecutive points. Beau Blankenship scored on a 14-yard run and Tyler Tettleton hit Tyler Futrell on a 15-yard scoring pass, then Matt Weller’s 45-yard field goal stretched the lead to 24-14.
Buffalo’s Alex Dennison threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Alex Neutz and Patrick Clarke kicked a 30-yard field to tie the game 24-24 after three quarters. But Boykin scored from the 2-yard line, then broke a 51-yard scoring run for a 38-24 lead. Dennison’s 1-yard TD run with 0:08 left cut it to 38-31.
Toledo 50, Central Michigan 35
Mark Singer and Jermaine Robinson returned interceptions for fourth-quarter touchdowns to help host Toledo preserve a come-from-behind victory over Central Michigan in a Mid-American Conference showdown.
The Rockets (5-1, 2-0), who won their fifth straight following a season-opening overtime loss at Arizona, trailed 21-10 with 8:08 left in the first half.
Toledo’s Terrance Owens scored on an 11-yard run 13 seconds before halftime, then the Rockets regained the lead on Bernard Reedy’s 66-yard punt return in the third quarter.
Western Michigan 52, Massachusetts 14
Tyler Van Tubbergen threw five touchdown passes and ran for a score as Western Michigan rolled to a home victory over Massachusetts.
It was the first meeting between the schools. Western Michigan raised its record to 3-3 overall, 1-1 in Mid-American Conference play. Massachusetts fell to 0-6 and 0-3 in the conference.
Northern Illinois 35, Ball State 23
Jordan Lynch accounted for 402 yards and gave Northern Illinois the lead for good with a 54-yard touchdown pass to Akeem Daniels, and the Huskies defeated host Ball State.
Northern Illinois (5-1, 2-0 Mid-American), which has won five straight after a season-opening loss to Iowa, trailed 23-14 after Keith Wenning’s short touchdown run for the Cardinals (3-3, 1-2) in the third quarter. But Lynch, who ran for 207 yards on 29 carries, scored on a 12-yard run.
With 4:58 to play, the touchdown pass to Daniels made it 28-23 Huskies.
Cincinnati 52, Miami (OH) 14
Camerron Cheatham returned an interception 68 yards for a touchdown, and Cincinnati quarterback Munchie Legaux had a hand in three more touchdowns, leading the Bearcats to a home victory over Miami (Ohio).
Cheatham’s interception put the Bearcats ahead to stay. The RedHawks (3-3) had four turnovers, including a season-high three interceptions thrown by Zac Dysert.