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AKRON: The Zips (1-3) nearly rallied back, but ran out of time and suffered a 35-30 setback to Louisiana in a non-conference matchup at InfoCision Stadium. Kyle Pohl threw for 321 yards and three scores on 27-of-43 passing but threw two interceptions. Zach D'Orazio caught four passes for 111 yards and a touchdown. Fransohn Bickley grabbed five receptions for 79 yards and two scores. The Ragin' Cajuns finishing with 460 yards of total offense and the Zips were close behind with 455 yards. Pohl connected with Bickley on a 28- yard touchdown pass in the final minute to make it a one possession game before Akron's unsuccessful on-side kick attempt shut down the comeback effort. The Zips will begin their MAC slate at Bowling Green on Saturday.

BALL STATE: Jahwan Edwards provided a much needed spark to the offense in his return from injury to power the Cardinals (3-1) to a 51-20 rout of Eastern Michigan in their conference opener at Rynearson Stadium. Edwards carried the ball 15 times for 81 yards and three touchdowns. Keith Wenning completed 17- of-28 passes for 317 yards and two touchdowns. Willie Snead reeled in nine catches for a game-high 175 receiving yards. Ball State became the only team in the nation to have scored a touchdown on its opening drive in all four games this season. The Cardinals have a tough matchup against West Division rival Toledo in Muncie on Saturday.

BOWLING GREEN: The Falcons (3-1) compiled 660 yards of total offense in their lopsided, 48-7, victory over Murray State at Doyt Perry Stadium. BGSU moved the chains 32 times and averaged 8.9 yards per play. Matt Johnson picked apart MSU's secondary, completing 19-of-22 attempts for 244 yards and two touchdowns. Travis Greene tallied 133 yards and a score on 17 attempts to notch his second career 100-yard performance. Ronnie Moore led the Falcons' receivers with 63 yards and a touchdown on five catches. Chris Gallon made his first two touchdown receptions of the season as well. The Racers reached the red zone only three times and scored on just one of those trips compared to the Falcons' seven touchdowns on seven visits. BGSU will try to improve to 2-0 in MAC play next week when it hosts Akron.

BUFFALO: The Bulls (1-2) had a bye week following their 26-23 win over Stony Brook. Buffalo will play its final non-league game on Saturday when it hosts Connecticut.

CENTRAL MICHIGAN: The Chippewas (1-3) had a rough start to their conference year as they were dismantled by Toledo in a 38-17 loss to the Rockets at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. The loss marked their second in a row and third in as many opportunities against FBS foes. The Rockets were efficient on third down, converting 9-of-12 opportunities, while CMU went only 3-of-9. Cooper Rush was 14-of-24 passing for 214 yards, tossing a touchdown and two interceptions. Saylor Lavallii logged 24 carries for a career-high 144 yards and a touchdown in the loss. CMU allowed 252 rushing yards with an average of 5.9 yards per carry. The Chippewas will take a step out of MAC play next week to challenge NC State in Raleigh.

EASTERN MICHIGAN: The Eagles (1-3) failed to defeat an FBS opponent for the third straight contest as they were defeated, 52-20, by Ball State in their league opener. EMU compiled 416 yards of offense, but failed to convert the high output into points because of nine penalties for 81 yards and four turnovers. Tyler Benz went 20-of-32 passing, for 212 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. Bronson Hill registered a game-high 126 rushing yards on 21 attempts in the setback. The Eagles allowed 27 unanswered points to BSU after scoring on their opening drive. They will have a bye next week before hitting the road to face Buffalo in upstate New York.

KENT STATE: The Golden Flashes (1-3) were overpowered as they were shutout, 34-0, by Penn State in non-conference play at Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions recorded 463 yards of total offense (287 rushing), while Kent State managed just 190 yards in the contest. Colin Reardon threw for 100 yards and an interception on 12-of-28 passing. Reardon also fumbled twice, although both were recovered by KSU. Trayion Durham rushed for 38 yards on 11 carries. The Golden Flashes were once again without their key offensive weapon, Dri Archer, who is listed as questionable for their upcoming game at Western Michigan as well.

MASSACHUSETTS: The Minutemen (0-4) had their current losing streak extended to six games dating back to last season as they fell, 24-7, to Vanderbilt in a non-conference bout at Gillette Stadium. UMass, which entered the weekend ranked 118th in the country in total offense with just 262.0 ypg, compiled only 248 yards in the meeting. A.J. Doyle who converted 20-of-28 passes for 133 yards and a score. The Minutemen produced just 99 rushing yards on 31 attempts against the Commodores. Before beginning its second tour of the MAC with a road game at Bowling Green, UMass will have a bye week.

MIAMI-OHIO: The RedHawks (0-3) still have plenty of questions to answer on the offensive side of the ball after being shutout, 14-0, by Cincinnati in the annual Battle for the Victory Bell game at Yager Stadium. Miami fell to its longest standing rival after being held to just a single net yard in the second half and allowing the Bearcats to score a pair of rushing touchdowns late in the game. Austin Boucher went 7-of-16 for 80 yards with two interceptions. The RedHawks gained only seven yards on 29 rushing attempts and moved the chains on only four occasions. Dayonne Nunley and Heath Harding both managed to record interceptions in the team's third consecutive setback. Miami will try to turn things around on Saturday when it tangles with Illinois in Champaign.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS: Although they trailed 20-0 midway through the first quarter, the Huskies (3-0) stayed undefeated as they outlasted FCS foe Eastern Illinois for 43-39 home victory. Jordan Lynch led the way as he passed for 235 yards and a touchdown and added 189 on the ground to help NIU earn its 22nd straight win at Huskie Stadium. Cameron Stingily was a key contributor as he compiled a career-high 134 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. Junior wide receiver Tommylee Lewis (nine catches for 82 yards) and Da'Ron Brown (seven catches for 99 yards) continued to shine in the passing game. EIU took a 39-36 lead in the second half before Keith Harris, Jr. put the Huskies back on top for good with an eight-yard run at the 8:25 mark of the fourth quarter. NIU defeated the Darrell Hazell coached Kent State Golden Flashes in last season's MAC Championship. It will face Hazell's new team, the Purdue Boilermakers, in West Lafayette on Saturday.

OHIO UNIVERSITY: The Bobcats (3-1) blanked an opponent for the first time under ninth-year head coach Frank Solich with a 38-0 shutout of FCS foe Austin Peay. The 38-point margin of victory also was Ohio's largest since the 2002 season. Tyler Tettleton surpassed the 7,000-career passing yards mark and finished with 213 yards and three touchdowns on 13-of-15 efficiency. Matt Waters reeled in two touchdown catches, while Chase Cochran racked up a game- high 84 receiving yards. Das'mond Patterson led the Bobcats on the ground with 94 yards on seven rushes. APSU was limited to 298 yards of total offense by Ohio, which tallied 494 yards for itself. Solich's squad will have a week off before its Oct. 5 matchup with East Division rival Akron at InfoCision Stadium.

TOLEDO: David Fluellen racked up a season-high 197 rushing yards and two touchdowns to propel the Rockets (2-2) to a 38-17 victory over Central Michigan in their conference opener at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. Toledo converted 9-of-12 third down opportunities and picked off QB Cooper Rush twice in the contest. Terrance Owens completed 13-of-17 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown for Toledo, which has won two straight after losing its first two games of the season. Bernard Reedy caught eight passes for 96 yards to lead all receivers. Jeremiah Detmer continued his steady play as he made his only field goal attempt to improve to 8-of-9 on the campaign. Toledo faces a tough Ball State squad on the road this Saturday.

WESTERN MICHIGAN: The Broncos (0-4) were completely outplayed by Iowa in their 59-3 loss to the Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa's Kevonte Martin-Manley returned two punt returns for touchdowns and B.J. Lowery also stood out against WMU with a pair of interception returns for touchdowns. Tyler Van Tubbergen struggled under center for WMU, going 14-of-32 for 114 yards with two interception. Brian Fields had 20 touches for 115 total yards (58 rushing, 57 receiving). The Hawkeyes outgained the Broncos in total yardage, 446-209, and held a 12-minute advantage in time of possession. WMU returns home to host Kent State for its MAC opener on Saturday.

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