Mid-American Conference News and Notes

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AKRON: Terry Bowden's first season as the head coach of Akron (1-11, 0-8) ended with a 35-23 loss to Toledo. The Zips finished winless in conference action and on a nine-game losing slide. Kyle Pohl was 28-of-42 passing for 213 yards and one interception in his first extended appearance under center. L.T. Smith led the receivers with 79 yards off of four catches. Chisholm had six catches for 31 yards and 47 yards rushing on 17 tries. Kurt Mangum paced the Akron defense with 10 tackles and one interception.

BALL STATE: The Cardinals (9-3, 6-2) continued to impress in their regular- season finale as they held off Miami-Ohio for a 31-24 victory at Yager Stadium. The victory was their sixth win in a row. Jahwan Edwards paced the attack once again with 98 yards and three TDs on 18 carries as the team generated 226 yards on 58 rushing attempts overall. Edwards had his streak of games with at least 100 rushing yards end at five in the process. With starting QB Keith Wenning injured, Kelly Page began the game under center and converted 11-of-21 passes for 137 yards and a score. Page left with an injury in the third quarter which put true freshman walk-on Kyle Kamman on the field for the first time of in his college career. Horactio Banks got into the mix by rushing 22 times for 80 yards and a score. BSU will await its bowl bid after not qualifying for the MAC Championship.

BOWLING GREEN: The Falcons (8-4, 6-2) closed out their regular season on a positive note with a 21-7 win over Buffalo in Columbus. Bowling Green held seven of its final eight opponents to 14 points or less. Matt Schilz threw for 228 yards and a score on 18-of-30 passing but was picked off three times. Shaun Joplin caught three balls for 77 yards and a touchdown in the win, which was the sixth in the team's last seven outings. BGSU's defense held the Bulls to 29 rushing yards, their lowest output on the ground of the season. The unit also registered a season-high seven sacks. The Falcons will find out their bowl game fate this week.

BUFFALO: The Bulls (4-8, 3-5) had their three-game winning streak and 2012 season come to an end at the same time as they were unable to produce very much in a 21-7 loss to Bowling Green. Buffalo trailed by 21 points until Alex Dennison scored on a four-yard run in the fourth frame. Joe Licata was finally slowed down to complete 13-of-30 attempts for only 168 yards while being wrapped up in the backfield seven times. Buffalo finished with a season-low 29 rushing yards despite having all three of its featured running backs available. Lee Skinner anchored the Bulls' defensive unit with 13 total tackles and one tackle for loss.

CENTRAL MICHIGAN: Zurlon Tipton helped the Chippewas (6-6, 4-4) becoming bowl eligible by rushing 25 times for 185 yards and four touchdowns to propel Central Michigan to a crucial 42-21 victory over the Massachusetts Minutemen at Gillette Stadium. Tipton extended his streak of 100-yard rushing performances to six in the process. Ryan Radcliff completed 10-of-19 pass attempts for 82 yards with a touchdown and interception under center. Jahleel Addae made an impact on the defensive side of the ball with eight stops, two tackles for loss, and one of the team's four interceptions. The Chippewas will now wait to find out their postseason fate this week.

EASTERN MICHIGAN: The Eagles (2-10, 1-7) ended their season with an embarrassing 49-7 loss to the unstoppable Northern Illinois Huskies in a snow filled Rynearson Stadium Friday. EMU managed to generate only 227 yards of total offense while allowing NIU to gain 415 yards. Bronson Hill was completely shut down and averaged only 2.6 yards per carry. Former starting quarterback Alex Gillett made a team-high four catches for 34 yards in his farewell to college football. Tyler Benz went 10-of-22 for 96 yards through the air with one touchdown and one interception, while Donald Coleman made a team-best 12 stops on the defensive side of the ball.

KENT STATE: The Golden Flashes (11-1, 8-0) closed out the regular season without a conference loss and won their 10th game in a row by handling Ohio University to pick up a 28-6 decision. Kent State's usually unstoppable offense racked up just 377 yards of total offense as Trayion Durham paced the attack with 97 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries. Spencer Keith completed only 9- of-20 attempts for 170 yards with a touchdown and pick. Dri Archer picked up 124 all purpose yards to help out. Luke Wollet had a big day as he scored the first touchdown of the contest on a 50-yard fumble return. Wollet also made eight tackles. Luke Batton recorded a team-high 16 stops, two TFLs, one sack, and a forced fumble. The now 18th-ranked Golden Flashes will be taking aim at their first MAC Championship since 1972 on Friday when they face the only other team in the conference without a league loss, Northern Illinois.

MASSACHUSETTS: Two weeks after snapping a 12-game losing streak, the Minutemen (1-11, 1-7) closed out their first season in the MAC and FBS with a 42-21 loss to Central Michigan at Gillette Stadium. UMass started A.J. Doyle under center for the first time this season. He completed 30-of-45 attempts for 253 yards and two touchdowns, but was also guilty of three interceptions. Tight end Rob Branchflower made 10 receptions for 100 yards and a score while Michael Cox paced the team on the ground with 66 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries. Perry McIntyre registered 18 total tackles in his final collegiate game.

MIAMI-OHIO: The RedHawks (4-8, 3-5) were unable to send off their start QB Zac Dysert properly as they suffered a 31-24 setback to Ball State at home. Dysert paced Miami by going 26-of-40 for 218 yards and two TDs without an interception. Dysert finished his career as the 20th-ranked passer in NCAA history with 12,013 yards. He also set the school-record for most career passing yards and total yards. Dysert frequently targeted Dawan Scott, who finished the contest with team-highs of nine receptions and 120 yards with two total TDs. Chris Wade anchored the defense with 14 total stops and two TFLs. The RedHawks ended their season on a four-game losing slide.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS: The Huskies (11-1, 8-0) already had punched their ticket to the MAC Championship game, but they picked up their 11th win in a row and 15th over a conference opponent by shooting past Eastern Michigan for a 49-7 win during a heavy snowfall at Rynearson Stadium. NIU managed to move up five spots in the top 25 which will send it into its title game versus Kent State on Friday ranked 19th. The lopsided victory was powered by Jordan Lynch, who set a new NCAA record for quarterbacks with his 10th straight 100-yard rushing performance. The junior quarterback passed for 168 yards and a score, while rushing for 107. He was overshadowed in the rushing attack for the first time all season as Akeem Daniels finished with a career-high 112 yards on 12 carries with four touchdowns. Martel Moore was unstoppable with nine catches for 116 yards and one touchdown. Tommylee Lewis put the team ahead for good in the closing seconds of the first quarter with a 93-yard kick return touchdown. The Huskies will take their impressive winning streak into Friday's MAC Championship match with Kent State.

OHIO UNIVERSITY: The Bobcats (8-4, 4-4) continued to struggle and suffered their fourth setback in five games with a 28-6 loss to the East Division Champion Kent State Golden Flashes on the road on Friday. Ohio's defense limited the potent Golden Flashes' offense to only 377 yards of total offense. Tyler Tettleton hardly guided the offense by going 21-of-37 for 232 yards with an interception. Beau Blankenship surpassed the century mark for the eighth time this season by turning 29 carries into 151 yards. The junior tailback finished the regular season with 1,500 yards and 11 TDs. Josh Kristoff and Alphonso Lewis recorded 10 tackles each as the Bobcats lost their third in a row after at one time being the only team in the MAC without a loss. The Bobcats' strong start made them eligible for a bowl and they will have to wait for bowl invitations to be extended this week.

TOLEDO: The Rockets (9-3, 6-2) ended their two-game losing streak with a 35-23 victory over the Akron Zips on Tuesday in their regular season finale. Austin Dantin threw for 327 yards and five touchdown on 29-of-35 passing. Alonzo Russell reeled in a game-high nine receptions for 139 yards and two TDs, while David Fluellen racked up 203 all purpose yards and caught one touchdown pass. Dan Molls, who leads the FBS in tackles, recorded 18 total stops and a sack. The team finished with its most regular season wins since 2002, but it will have to wait to find out which bowl it will play in.

WESTERN MICHIGAN: The Broncos (4-8, 2-6) closed out their 2012 season on a two-game losing streak the previous weekend. Coach Bill Cubit was terminated following the season despite leading the team to three bowl games since 2005. The search for a new head coach in currently in progress.

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