MIAMI 23, BUFFALO 10
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ATHENS, OH -- Senior Kurtis Rourke completed 15 of 23 passes, totaling 222 yards, and Sieh Bangura ran for 121 yards to lead Ohio past Central Michigan 24-20 Wednesday at Penden Stadium.
Rourke did run for a touchdown, while O'Shaan Allison registered two scores for the Bobcats, who raised their record to 8-3, 5-2 MAC. With Miami's win over Buffalo in Wednesday's other MAC matchup, the RedHawks reign as MAC East champs. However, the 'Cats still have a chance for a 10- win season if they beat Akron next week and also win their bowl game.
Central Michigan, meanwhile, remains one win short of bowl eligibility with a 5-6 overall mark (3-4 MAC). The Chippewas finish with Toledo next week. The Rockets have already clinched a west crown, but have just one loss on the year and are trying to maximize their bowl credentials.
Ohio jumped out to a 17-0 lead against CMU with a little bit of everything. Gianni Spetic opened scoring with a 39-yard field goal. Shane Bonner's 21-yard interception return added seven more and Allison scored on a 1-yard run midway through the second period.
Central Michigan finally got on the board with a 50-yard pass from Jase Bauer to Tyson Davis at 4:38, leaving Ohio in front 17-7 at intermission.
The two teams traded two touchdowns each in the second have before Spetic closed scoring with a 33-yard boot.
Central Michigan's Bauer completed 10 of 21 passes totaling 157 yards with two TDs and the pick-six interception. Marion Lukes led Chippewa rushers with 15 carries for 75 yards and a touchdown. CMU totaled 162 yards on the ground.
By MIKE SMITH
OXFORD, OH -- Very little has come easy, but the Miami RedHawks have officially persevered through a difficult course to become MAC East champs. Miami (9-2, 6-1 MAC) officially clinched the East Wednesday with a 23-10 victory over Buffalo (3-6, 3-4 MAC).
The Bulls never led, but they nearly pulled within five points with 2:49 remaining when Cole Snyder hit Marlyn Johnson on an 80-yard pass play. However, Miami's Michael Dowell dislodged the ball just before Johnson reached the goal line. Although a Bulls player recovered the ball, his foot was out of bounds at the time. Miami took over on a touchback and ran most of the remaining clock off before downing a punt deep in UB territory to effectively end any threat.
"There's Michael Dowell . . . never giving up" Miami Head Coach Chuck Martin said of the senior defensive back. "It's a pretty awesome way to end it."
Buffalo's only touchdown of the game came on a 13-play, 75-yard third quarter drive. Miami appeared to . . .
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