Week 5 MAC round-up
Mid-American Conference round-up for week 5.
Game to Watch: University of Toledo 42, Central Michigan University 28
UT running back Kareem Hunt missed the game with an injury, but the offense did just fine without him – the Rockets (3-2, 2-0 MAC) gained 543 yards of total offense in their win over the Chippewas (2-3, 0-1 MAC).
Logan Woodside was 23-of-34 for 339 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception for UT. Damion Jones-Moore started in place of the injured Hunt, carrying 12 times for 51 yards and a touchdown. The Rockets added two more rushing touchdowns, including one from Woodside. Corey Jones and Alonzo Russell had 100-plus yard receiving yards (Russell – 7 catches, 120 yards, 2 TDs, Jones – 8 catches, 106 yards).
“This was a hard fought victory tonight,” Toledo coach Matt Campbell told utrockets.com after the game. “I thought all three phases contributed to the win. Our guys are tough and we will keep working. I am proud of the guys and I am proud of the win.”
Cooper Rush was 24-of-31 for 291 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception for CMU. Thomas Rawls had 17 rushes for 70 yards and two touchdowns in his return to the lineup. Titus Davis had 6 catches for 128 yards, while Jesse Kroll had 7 for 83 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Toledo travels to Kalamazoo, Mich. to take on Western Michigan University at 7 p.m. next Saturday. CMU will return home for a matchup against Ohio at 3:30 p.m.
Bowling Green State University 47, University of Massachusetts 42
James Knapke had a career day for Bowling Green (3-2, 1-0 MAC). He was 38-of-59 for 443 yards and 3 touchdowns. Travis Greene had 20 rushes for 116 yards and 2 touchdowns. Blake Frohnapfel was 36-of-61 for 589 yards and 5 touchdowns for UMass (0-5, 0-1 MAC). Shadrach Abrokwah had 14 carries for 37 yards and a touchdown. The Minutemen have now lost their last 11 games.
Virginia Tech University 35, Western Michigan 17
Michael Brewer was 14-of-32 for 178 yards and 2 touchdowns for Virginia Tech (3-2). As a team, the Hokies rushed for 308 yards, led by Marshawn Williams (14 carries, 122 yards) and Shai McKenzie (18 carries, 95 yards, 1 touchdown). Zach Terrell was 18-of-32 for 212 yards and an interception for WMU (2-2). Jarvion Franklin rushed 15 times for 76 yards and 2 touchdowns.
University of Akron 21, University of Pittsburgh 10
Kyle Pohl was 15-of-29 for 193 yards, a touchdown and an interception for Akron (2-2). Connor Hundley rushed 19 times for 148 yards. Cody Grice added two rushing touchdowns. Chad Voytik was 20-of-34 for 220 yards, a touchdown and an interception for Pitt (3-2). James Connor had 25 carries for 92 yards.
Ohio University 34, Eastern Illinois University 19
JD Sprague was 15-for-28 for 143 yards for Ohio (3-2, 1-0 MAC). He also had 12 carries for 72 yards and 2 touchdowns. A.J. Ouellette rushed 11 times for 92 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jalen Whitlow was 30-of-46 for 289 yards and a touchdown for EIU (1-4). He also carried 15 times for 115 yards and a touchdown.
University of Virginia 45, Kent State University 13
Matt Johns was 17-of-28 for 227 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions for Virginia (3-2). He also had 5 carries for 65 yards and a touchdown. Kevin Parks rushed 12 times for 61 yards and a touchdown. Colin Reardon was 15-of-32 for 239 yards, a touchdown and 3 interceptions for Kent State (0-4, 0-1 MAC). He also had 9 carries for 47 yards. Nick Holley rushed 14 times for 37 yards.
University at Buffalo 35, Miami University-Ohio 27
Joe Licata was 28-of-38 for 276 yards and 2 touchdowns for Buffalo (3-2, 1-0 MAC), Anthone Taylor rushed 36 times for 222 yards and 3 touchdowns. Andrew Hendrix was 12-of-38 for 238 yards and 3 touchdowns for Miami (0-5, 0-1 MAC). Jared Murphy (2) and Alex Welch caught touchdown passes for the RedHawks.
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