Miami (OH) 23, No. 24 Ohio 20
Nine seconds. No timeouts. Kick the tying field goal and go to overtime, or try for the win outright by running one more play?
Ohio had a big decision to end its first game as a ranked team since 1968.
The Bobcats went for it and lost.
Tyler Tettleton lost track of his team’s timeouts and held on to the ball too long, getting sacked to preserve Miami of Ohio’s home upset of its Mid-American Conference rival.
The Bobcats (7-1, 3-1) had won the last six games in the edgy rivalry, and had a chance to take this one to overtime after Tettleton — one of the country’s most dependable quarterbacks under pressure — scrambled out of bounds at the RedHawks’ 7-yard line with 9 seconds left.
Ohio coach Frank Solich considered the junior’s poise under pressure — only one interception all season — and let him run one more play.
Kaleb Patterson kicked a 31-yard field goal with 1:24 left, giving Miami (4-4, 3-1) the lead with its first fourth-quarter points in the last three games. It was up to one of the nation’s worst defenses to hold on.
Toledo 25, Buffalo 20,
David Fluellen carried 35 times for a career-high 228 yards as Toledo rallied to defeat Buffalo on the road for its eighth consecutive victory.
Fluellen scored two of Toledo’s three third-quarter touchdowns, gaining 86 yards on four carries on the second drive, as the Rockets (8-1, 5-0) took a 25-14 lead.
Buffalo (1-7, 0-4) pulled within five at 25-20 on the second play of the fourth quarter but failed to move the ball on its final three possessions.
Bowling Green 24, Eastern Michigan 3
Chris Jones and Gabe Martin had 2½ sacks each and Jones returned a fumble for a touchdown as Bowling Green beat Eastern Michigan at home.
The Falcons (6-3, 4-1) won their fifth straight. They’ve allowed just 33 points and three touchdowns in those five games and haven’t given up a touchdown in their last two.
Northern Illinois 48, Western Michigan 34
Jordan Lynch threw four touchdown passes and ran for two more, leading Northern Illinois to a road victory over Western Michigan.
Lynch was 18-for-28 for 274 yards and no interceptions, and carried 21 times for 136 yards for the Huskies (8-1, 5-0), who have won eight in a row since losing to Iowa.
Lynch threw two touchdown passes each to Tommylee Lewis and Da’Ron Brown. Martel Moore had 120 receiving yards for Northern Illinois.
Ball State 30, Army 22
Ball State coach Pete Lembo was leery of Army’s triple option. His Cardinals (6-3, 3-2) had just enough answers to beat the Black Knights (1-7).
Jahwan Edwards, patient at every turn, rushed for 148 yards and scored once, Keith Wenning threw for 189 yards and two touchdowns, and Ball State held on to beat Army on the road.