MAC Division leaders stay put following Week 7 in football

Junior down back Sean Bunting defends his opponent from Ball State on Saturday, Oct. 13 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

Buffalo became the first Mid-American Conference team to earn bowl eligibility with a 24-6 home win over Akron Saturday on Homecoming. 

Buffalo, now 6-1, only allowed Akron 235 total yards of offense. It was the first time since 2013 the Bulls held an opponent without a touchdown. They are alone in first place of the MAC East Division.

Four of the six games MAC games were decided by a touchdown or less.

Week 7 Scoreboard - Saturday, Oct. 13

Eastern Michigan 28, Toledo 26

Buffalo 24, Akron 6

Miami (Ohio) 31, Kent State 6

Western Michigan 42, Bowling Green 35

Northern Illinois 24, Ohio 21

Ball State 24, Central Michigan 21

Following these results UB, NIU and WMU are the only teams left in the MAC undefeated in league play. Here’s a deeper look into this weeks competition:

EMU 28, UT 26

It was a back and forth battle between the Eagles (3-4, 1-3 MAC) and Rockets (3-3, 1-1) that came down to the final minute. Following a score from the Rockets with 20 seconds remaining, EMU’s Freddie McGee tipped away a two-point conversion attempt to seal the game for the Eagles. The Rockets trailed 28-3 at halftime and scored 23 unanswered points but fell just short. It was EMU’s first win against UT since 2006.

Miami 31, KSU 6

Four different RedHawks (3-4, 3-1) rushed for at least 50 yards to total 295 yards on the ground in Miami’s dominant win over the Golden Flashes (2-3, 0-2). Running back Kenny Young led the way with 90 yards and a touchdown for Miami. The RedHawk’s defensive leader was defensive end Ben Kimpler who had five tackles and a sack.

WMU 42, BGSU 35

The Broncos (5-2, 3-0) trailed 21-7 at halftime but scored five second half touchdowns to earn a road victory against the Falcons (1-6, 0-3). WMU backs Jamauri Bogan and LeVante Bellamy totaled 193 rushing yards in the second half alone. This is the fifth straight win for the Broncos, putting them a half-game out of first place of the MAC West Division.

NIU 24, Ohio 21

NIU (4-3, 4-0) came back from a 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter to top the Bobcats (3-3, 1-1) on homecoming. Ohio’s quarterback Nathan Rourke found Connor Brown for an 11-yard touchdown pass to put the Bobcats up 21-9 heading into the final quarter. However, NIU scored two touchdowns with a pair of two-point conversions to win the game. NIU remains undefeated in the MAC and is atop the MAC West Division.

BSU 24, CMU 23

The Chippewas (1-6, 0-3) were leading 20-7 at halftime but the Cardinals (3-4, 2-1) stormed back with three scores to end the game and win on a field goal in the closing minute. Cardinals’ kicker Morgan Hagee connected on a 36-yard field goal with 47 seconds left to give BSU the one-point edge.