EASTERN MICHIGAN 30, AKRON 27 (2 OT)
TOLEDO 32, BOWLING GREEN 31
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DEKALB, ILL -- Antario Brown ran 21 times for a total of 159 yards and two TDs to lead Northern Illinois over Western Michigan 24-0 Tuesday at Huskie Stadium.
With the victory, NIU (5-6, 4-3 MAC) moved within one game of bowl eligibility. The Huskies finish at Kent State next week. Western Michigan fell to 4-7 overall (3-4 MAC).
The hosts averaged 5.7 ypc while totaling 287 yards rushing. NIU added another 99 yards through the air, with QB Rocky Lombardy completing 9 of 17 for 92 yards. Trayvon Rudolph caught five passes for 22 yards.
Western Michigan, meanwhile, was limited to 24 total yards on the ground. Hayden Wolff completed 18 of 31 pass attempts, good for 182 yards. The Broncos registered just 206 yards of total offense and had 11 first downs.
While WMU was shut out, Northern Illinois managed one touchdown in each of the first three periods. Brown provided the first two, scoring on a 1-yard run in the first quarter and then breaking loose for a 66-yard score midway through the second stanza. Dane Partridge returned a third period punt 55 yards to put NIU up 21-0, and the Huskies closed scoring with Kanon Woodill's 25-yard field goal.
YPSILANTI, MI -- Jesus Gomez forced overtime with a 32-yard field goal and Jere Getzinger closed out the second extra period with a 3-yard TD reception to give Eastern Michigan a 30-27 victory over Akron Tuesday at Rynearson Stadium.
It was UA's third overtime loss of 2023, dropping the Zips to 2-9 overall (1-6 MAC). Eastern Michigan, meanwhile, broke a three-game losing streak and kept alive its hopes for bowl eligibility. The Eagles, who go to Buffalo next week, are now 5-6 overall (3-4 MAC).
EMU's Austin Smith completed 20 of 32 pass attempts totaling 214 yards with one TD. That was the game-winner. Hamze El-Zayat and Tanner Knue led Eagle receivers, combining for 14 catches and 171 yards. Samson Evans paced the ground game with 15 carries for 71 of EMU's 101 rushing yards.
The Eagles held Akron to 75 yards rushing. Lorenzo Lingard provided 71 of that total and also scored a TD.
Jeff Undercuffler, however, completed 19 of 26 passes for 233 yards.
Both teams tallied a pair of first half TDs, and neither team scored in the third period.
Akron's Owen Wiley lifted the Zips in front with a 23-yard field goal at 8:00 of the fourth quarter. However, Gomez capped off an 11-play drive with his game-tying boot.
Evans's third TD of the contest, an 11-yard run put EMU up 24-17 in the first OT, but Tahj Bullock hit Jake Newell with a 2-yard toss to knot the contest again.
After Akron settled for a 36-yard Wiley field goal to open the second overtime, Smith hit Getzinger for the game winner.
BOWLING GREEN, OH -- Rival Bowling Green had Toledo on the ropes, but UT senior quarterback DeQuann Finn converted a fourth-and-two challenge with a 59-yard pass play to Jacquez Stuart. Luke Pawlak's PAT at 1:45 finished the Rockets second half comeback, allowing Toledo to claim a 32-31 victory.
In addition to securing the rivalry's I-75 trophy, Toledo (10-1, 7-0 MAC) registered its 10th straight win and remained undefeated in MAC play. Bowling Green dropped to 6-5 (4-3 MAC).
The hosting Falcons had a strong first half on both sides of the ball and took a 28-10 lead to intermission. Toledo, however, started to work its way back early in the third period when Finn hit Junior Vandeross II on a 22-yard TD strike.
Three Finn completions got an early fourth quarter Rocket drive started. Peny Boone then bolted 55 yards. Two more Boone carries -- the last for 1 yard -- put the ball in the end zone. Finn's pass to TE Anthony Torres for two points brought the Rockets with three at 28-25.
A Falcon interception gave BGSU a short field, but Toledo limited the damage to a 40-yard field goal midway through the period. That gave the hosts a 31-25 lead. Two Rocket possessions later, Toledo engineered its winning drive.
Finn completed 20 of 30 pass attempts totaling 279 yards with two TDs and one pick. Torred topped receivers with 71 yards on three catches. Newton registered six receptions for 54 total yards. Boone led Rocket runners with 15 carries for 141 yards and a score.
Bowling Green's Connor Bazelak connected on 23 of 35 tosses, good for 286 yards with one score. Camden Orth completed 2 of 11 for 23 yards and a touchdown.
Harold Fanning Jr. led BGSU receivers with five catches totaling 89 yards with two TDs. Ta'ron Keith logged 15 carries, good for 64 yards with one TD.