Ohio 37, Massachusetts 34

Beau Blankenship carried 43 times for 269 yards and three touchdowns to lead unbeaten Ohio to a road victory over winless Massachusetts in a Mid-American Conference thriller.

The Bobcats, 5-0 for the first time since 1968 and playing their conference opener, trailed UMass (0-5, 0-2) 27-20 entering the fourth quarter. Ohio then scored 17 straight points before UMass quarterback Mike Wegzyn hit Alan Williams on an 11-yard touchdown. It was the last of four touchdown passes for Wegzyn, who completed 27-of-51 passes for 373 yards. But UMass got no closer.

It’s was Blankenship’s fifth straight 100-yard running game. Bobcats quarterback Tyler Tettleton, who missed last week’s Norfolk State game with an injury, returned in style. He completed 15-of-27 passes, good for 229 yards and two touchdowns. That included a 41-yard touchdown pass to Chase Coch­an before halftime.

Northern Illinois 55, ?Central Michigan 24

Leighton Settle ran for 152 yards and three touchdowns, and Northern Illinois ran its home winning streak to 18 games with a home victory over Central Michigan in both teams’ MAC opener.

Settle opened the scoring with an 11-yard run in the first quarter. In the fourth, he ran 46 yards down the sideline to help seal the victory for the Huskies (4-1), who closed the game on a 31-3 run.

Jordan Lynch threw for 215 yards and a touchdown and added 144 yards rushing, and he and Keith Harris Jr. each scored on the ground.

Ryan Radcliff threw for 332 yards and two touchdowns, including a 92-yarder to Titus Davis, for the Chippewas (2-2), and Zurlon Tipton added a rushing score.

Bowling Green 48, ?Rhode Island 8

Anthon Samuel ran for a career-high three touchdowns and Matt Schilz threw for two more, as Bowling Green throttled winless Rhode Island at home.

Samuel ran for 127 yards on 17 carries for the Falcons (2-3), including touchdown runs of 7 and 31 yards in the first half. He added a 6-yard scoring run in the third quarter. Schilz was 20-of-27 passing for 281 yards.

Connecticut 24, Buffalo 17

Connecticut running backs Lyle McCombs and Martin Hyppolite combined for 157 yards rushing and two touchdowns to lead Connecticut to a home win over Buffalo.

Buffalo (1-3), which was playing without injured running back Branden Oliver, had the ball with a chance to tie late in the game, but failed to convert on fourth down.

Toledo 37,?Western Michigan 17

David Fluellen ran for 213 yards and three touchdowns to lead Toledo to a road win over Western Michigan.

The Rockets (4-1, 2-0 MAC), winners of four straight since losing their opener in overtime at Arizona, were in control from the start. They led 17-0 before Western Michigan could manage a first down.