Wrap up of College Football Action around Ohio
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Mississippi State holds off Bowling Green, 21-20
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Dak Prescott rushed for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead Mississippi State to a 21-20 win over Bowling Green in a non-conference game Saturday night.
Bowling Green (5-2) had the ball with four minutes on the clock at the end of the game, but couldn't get inside field goal range.
Mississippi State (3-3) had 422 yards of offense, 245 on the ground.
LaDarius Perkins rushed for 83 yards and one touchdown. Perkins, Joe Morrow and Jameon Lewis each caught four passes.
Prescott was also 7-of-11 passing for 75 yards and one interception.
Prescott, a sophomore, shared time under center with veteran Tyler Russell. Russell finished 12-of-14 for 102 yards.
Bowling Green quarterback Matt Johnson was 19-of-33 for 194 yards. Travis Green rushed for 99 yards and Ryan Burbrink caught four passes for a game-high 66 yards.
Bowling Green's BooBoo Gates was ejected in the second quarter for targeting.
Lynch leads No. 23 NIU past Akron 27-20
DE KALB, Ill. (AP) - Jordan Lynch threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as No. 23 Northern Illinois extended its home winning streak to 23 games with a 27-20 Mid-American victory over Akron Saturday night.
Lynch was 16 of 35 for 220 yards passing and ran for 83 more. Cameron Stingily rushed 21 times for 80 yards and a touchdown and Tyler Wedel added field goals of 42 and 21 yards for the Huskies (6-0, 2-0 MAC East).
Jawan Chisholm scored on a pair of 1-yard first half runs for Akron (1-6, 0-3) and ran 20 times for 70 yards. Kyle Pohl was 24 of 56 for 262 yards.
The home winning streak is the nation's current longest. A 34-31 loss to Idaho on Sept 26, 2009 was Northern Illinois' more recent defeat at Huskie Stadium.
Akron's road loss was its 30th straight, also the nation's longest current streak. The Zips' beat Central Michigan 42-35 on Oct. 18, 2008 for its last road win.
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Youngstown State rolls past Illinois State 59-21
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - Kurt Hess threw four touchdown passes and ran for a fifth, leading Youngstown State to a 59-21 rout of Illinois State in a Missouri Valley Conference matchup Saturday night.
The Penguins (6-1, 3-0 MVC) exploded in the second quarter, outscoring Illinois State 31-7. Hess threw three of his four scores in the quarter, including a 40-yarder to Andrew Williams, a 67-yard strike to Marcel Caver and a 10-yard pass to Jelani Berassa. Martin Ruiz also had a 26-yard rushing touchdown.
Hess finished 17-of-21 for a career-high 311 yards. He also ran 16 yards for a score in the third quarter to continue the Penguins' onslaught.
The Redbirds (2-4, 1-2) led early after a Collin Keoshian rushing touchdown before falling behind in the second quarter. They pulled within 14 when Blake Winkler threw a 67-yard strike to Cameron Meredith, but no closer. Winkler was 15-of-23 for 221 yards with two interceptions.
Doyle passes UMass past Miami (Ohio), 17-10
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - A.J. Doyle fired a 47-yard, third quarter touchdown pass to Rob Blanchflower to lift UMass to its first win of the season, 17-10 over winless Miami (Ohio) in a Mid-America Conference game Saturday at Gillette Stadium.
The victory matches the Minutemen's total victories from last year, their first year as a Football Bowl Subdivision member and first under Charley Molnar.
Doyle was 19 of 35 for 249 yards and two touchdowns for UMass (1-5, 1-1 MAC).
The RedHawks (0-6, 0-2 MAC) took a 10-7 lead in the third quarter on Kaleb Patterson's 45-yard field goal. Miami had the ball with a chance to tie in the final minute, but was stopped on fourth down.
The loss capped a turbulent week for the RedHawks. Head coach Don Treadway and offensive coordinator John Klacik were fired Sunday. Mike Bath was named interim head coach as well as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
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Ball State rallies late to beat Kent State 27-24
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - Keith Wenning threw a game-winning touchdown to Willie Snead late in the fourth quarter to help Ball State prevail over Kent State 27-24 in a Mid-American Conference matchup Saturday.
Trailing 24-20, the Cardinals (6-1, 3-0 MAC) drove down the field twice toward the end of the game. After failing to convert a fourth-and-six on the previous drive, the Cardinals faced another fourth down deep in the redzone, but converted it as Wenning found Snead again for a 7-yard go-ahead score with 1:29 remaining.
The Golden Flashes (2-5, 1-3) drove to midfield, but were stopped on a fourth-and-15.
Wenning went 23-of-46 for 305 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions.
Snead finished with 152 yards receiving on 10 catches.
Kent State's Colin Reardon had 166 yards passing and two touchdowns, but left the game with an apparent left ankle injury. He was relieved by David Fisher for the final drive.
Central Michigan upsets Ohio 26-23
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) - Cooper Rush's third touchdown pass, a 5-yarder to Courtney Williams with 22 seconds remaining, lifted Central Michigan to a 26-23 upset over Ohio.
Ryan Boykin had given Ohio a 23-19 lead on a 1-yard run with 4:42 left. CMU (3-4, 2-1 Mid-American) failed to get a first down and punted. However, the punt was fumbled and recovered by Joe Bacci, setting up the Chippewas at the Ohio 39 for the winning drive.
The Chippewas played without injured receiver Titus Davis, who CMU coach Dan Enos calls the team's best player. But CMU, led by Rush and Saylor Lavallii, who had 184 yards rushing on 26 carries plus a receiving touchdown, snapped the Bobcats' four-game winning streak. Rush was 20-of-28 passing for 224 yards and an interception.
The Bobcats (4-2, 1-1) were hurt by four turnovers. Tyler Tettleton was 24-of-33 passing for 319 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Dayton builds early lead, beats Stetson 49-20
DELAND, Fla. (AP) - Connor Kacsor rushed for three touchdowns and Dayton rode a fast start to a 49-20 victory over Stetson on Saturday.
The Flyers (4-2, 2-1 Pioneer Football League) scored four touchdowns on their first 10 plays, including a 61-yard run by Robert Washington and a 77-yard pass play from Will Bardo to Gary Hunter.
Kacsor, a sophomore, now has five games with 100-plus yards rushing in 15 career starts. He scored on runs of 21, 17 and 10 yards, finishing with 128 yards on 22 carries.
The Flyers only went to the air 18 times, piling up 261 yards rushing on 51 carries.
The Hatters (1-5, 0-3), playing their first season of football since the program was discontinued in 1957, suffered their fifth consecutive loss. They had 308 yards total offense, but had three turnovers. Ryan Tentler threw for 173 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns on 11-of-18 passing.