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Toledo pulls off blowout win over Western Michigan in Week 9

Junior running back Romello Ross goes airborne to avoid a tackle on Oct. 20 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

Toledo’s backup sophomore quarterback Eli Peters shocked Western Michigan by coming off the bench and leading the Rockets (4-4, 2-2 Mid-American Conference) to a 51-24 victory at Waldo Stadium. 

This comes just one week after WMU (6-3, 4-1) put themselves in a tie for first place of the MAC West Division with Northern Illinois (5-3, 4-0). They now trail the Huskies by a half game.

Peters threw three touchdowns in the final 30 minutes of the game and went 8-of-14 overall for 107 yards. Rockets’ senior wide receiver Cody Thompson had six catches with three of them being touchdowns.

Week 8 Scoreboard - Thursday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 28

Ohio 52, Ball State 14

UT 51, WMU 24

Army 37, Eastern Michigan 22

NIU 7, BYU 6

Akron 17, Central Michigan 10

If the season were to end today, the Huskies would take on MAC East Division leader Buffalo (7-1, 4-0) who was on a bye in Week 9. Here’s a deeper look into the action.

Ohio 52, BSU 14

The Bobcats’ junior quarterback Nathan Rourke led Ohio’s (5-3, 3-1) offense once again with three total touchdowns in its route over rival BSU (3-6, 2-3). Rourke went 11-of-19 for 127 yards with one touchdown and added two scores with his legs on 77 yards. 

Redshirt senior Andrew Meyer caught four passes for 50 yards and added a score to lead the receiving core. Senior A.J. Oullette had a game-high 135 yards on 13 rushes. In total, Ohio had 411 rushing yards. The Bobcats defense forced three turnovers from BSU.

Army 37, EMU 22

The Eagles (4-5, 2-3) scored 16 unanswered points in the second half to pull within two of the Black Knights but were unable to fully comeback and regain the lead. Army scored two touchdowns to close the game and secure the victory. 

Eagles senior quarterback Tyler Wiegers went 19-of-29 for 201 yards a two touchdowns in the losing effort. Senior wideout Blake Banham was Wiegers favorite target, hauling in seven receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown.

NIU 7, BYU 6

In a game controlled by the defense on both sides, NIU’s redshirt junior safety Mykelti Williams snagged an interception with 1:47 to play in the game leading to the Huskies win. The interception was the only turnover by either team. Junior linebackers Kyle Pugh and Antonio Jones-Davis led NIU with seven tackles apiece. It was NIU’s first win with seven points or less in 30 years.

Akron 17, CMU 10

Even after giving up five turnovers to the Chippewas (1-8, 0-5), the Zips (4-3, 2-2) were able to sneak out of InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field with a victory. Akron’s senior running back Van Edwards Jr. led all rushers with a career-high 112 yards with a score. Sophomore quarterback Kato Nelson went 10-of-27 for 149 yards and a touchdown. Zips’ junior linebacker had a career-high 23 tackles with a fumble recovery to led Akron’s defense.