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Bowling Green earns first MAC win, Eastern Michigan becomes bowl eligible in Week 11


Senior linebacker Alex Briones is pushed away while attempting to tackle on Nov. 10 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

With two weeks left in the season, the two teams looking for their first Mid-American Conference win of the year squared off in Mount Pleasant.

It was Bowling Green (2-8, 1-5 MAC) spoiling Central Michigan’s (1-10, 0-7) Senior Day and earning the 24-13 victory on the road. The Falcons were behind 13-0 but scored 24 unanswered points for the comeback win.

Sophomore quarterback Jarret Doege completed 13-of-23 passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. His favorite target was sophomore wide receiver Scott Miller who caught seven passes for 73 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt junior Kyle Junior had a scoop and score touchdown in the fourth quarter to secure the Falcons win.

Week 11 scoreboard - Tuesday, Nov. 6, Wednesday, Nov. 7 and Saturday, Nov. 10 

Buffalo 48, Kent State 14

Miami (Ohio) 30, Ohio 28

Northern Illinois 38, Toledo 15

Eastern Michigan 27, Akron 7

BGSU 24, CMU 13

EMU (6-5, 4-3) joined Buffalo (9-1, 6-0), Ohio (6-4, 4-2), NIU (7-3, 6-0) and Western Michigan (6-4, 4-2) as teams who are bowl eligible in the MAC. The Huskies remain atop the MAC West Division while UB also stays on top of the MAC East Division. Here’s a deeper look into this weeks action.  

UB 48, KSU 14

With the Bulls blowout victory over the Golden Flashes (2-8, 1-5), they reached the nine win mark which is a school record. They rushed for a season-best 358 rushing yards led by freshman tailback Jaret Patterson who totaled 187 yards on 18 carries with two scores. Junior linebacker Matt Otwinowski recorded a game-high eight tackles. The Bulls 6-0 start in MAC play is their best since 1999. 

Miami 30, Ohio 28

The RedHawks (4-6, 4-2) scored 21 points in the second quarter while adding a second half safety to earn the close victory over the Bobcats. Redshirt senior running back Alonzo Smith led Miami with 95 rushing yards on 20 carries with two touchdowns. The RedHawks totaled 201 yards on the ground. The win puts the RedHawks in a tie for second place with the Bobcats, but they now hold the tiebreaker. 

NIU 38, UT 15

Huskies’ sophomore running back Tre Harbison rushed for 139 yards and junior Marcus Jones added 103 of his own to lead the Huskies ground game in a convincing win over the Rockets (5-5, 3-3). NIU scored 28 of the final 34 points to finish the game. Junior Sutton Smith blocked a UT punt with two minutes left to play in the first half and returned it 27 yards for a score, giving NIU a 17-9 advantage. The Huskies have now won six games in a row.

EMU 27, Akron 7

The Eagles defense was the story of the game, forcing 10 three and outs and allowing just 90 yards of offense to the Zips (2-8, 1-5) in a 20-point win. Akron failed to score an offensive touchdown. Senior running back Ian Erikson rushed for 96 yards on 15 attempts with a score in his final game at The Factory. Junior defensive lineman Maxx Crosby led the defense with eight tackles plus a sack. The Eagles are bowl eligible for the first time since 2016.