Athens, Ohio — Tyler Conklin caught 10 passes for 136 yards — each a career best — and scored a pair of touchdowns as Central Michigan edged Ohio 26-23 on Saturday.
Conklin had missed the first five games with a foot injury and the Chippewas (3-3, 1-1 Mid-American Conference) ended a three-game losing streak with his return. He caught a 16-yarder from Shane Morris for Central Michigan’s first TD and a 10-yarder for the final score. Morris went 25-for-35 passing for 249 yards and two TDs.
Ohio (4-2, 1-1), which saw a three-game win streak end, scored twice in less than three minutes late in the fourth quarter on a safety and a Nathan Rourke TD run. The Bobcats cut the gap to 26-23 with 5:01 to play, but the Chippewas never gave up the ball afterward.
Rourke scored all three Ohio touchdowns on 118 yards rushing but fumbled three times and threw his first career interception.
No. 8 Grand Valley State 45, (at) Wayne State 27: Marty Carter ran for 218 yards, including TD runs of 5, 97 and 68 yards, to lead Grand Valley (5-1, 5-0). D.J. Zezula passed for 204 yards, which included fourth-quarter scoring strikes to Manny Mendoza (9 yards) and Darece Roberson (13 yards), for Wayne State (2-4, 1-3).
(At) No. 15 Ferris State 13, Tiffin 3: Jahaan Brown scored on a 34-yard pass play from Travis Russ and Wyatt Ford kicked a pair of 27-yard field goals to lift No. 15 Ferris State (4-1, 3-1 GLIAC) to victory. Joseph Metcalf had a 22-yard field goal for Tiffin (4-2, 2-1).
No. 18 Ashland 38, (at) Northern Michigan 13: Travis Tarnowski passed for 273 yards and two touchdowns to lead Ashland (5-1). Dalton Ray had field goals of 18 and 20 yards for Northern (1-5).
(At) Saginaw Valley State 33, Davenport 0: Donnell Alexander returned an interception 19 yards for a score and Damaris Woods scored on a fumble recovery in a shutout victory for Saginaw Valley (3-3, 1-3). Ryan Conklin threw scoring strikes to Marcus Edmondson (42 yards) and Chad Gailliard (39 yards). Davenport falls to 0-6, 0-5.
Olivet 40, (at) Kalamazoo 6: Lane Porter threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns and Chase Cavric and Tyler Douglas returned fumbles for scores to lead Olivet (3-2). Greg Kearns had field goals from 31 and 29 yards for Kalamazoo (0-5).
(At) Hope 36, Alma 14: Brandan Campbell ran for 226 yards and a TD as Hope (4-1) opened a 17-0 lead while forcing four turnovers. Dylan Zaborowski ran for 115 yards, including a 15-yard TD, for Alma (3-2, 1-1).
Trine 56, (at) Albion 27: Lamar Carswell ran for 204 yards, including three scores, and Jeffery Barnett had three TDs, including a 95-yard kick return for Trine (5-0, 1-0), which amassed 535 yards. Joe Fullerton returned a fumble 34 yards for a TD for Albion (1-4, 0-2).
(At) Lakeland (Wis.) 47, Adrian 40: Eddie Dezmon's 11-yard TD catch from Michael Whitely with 1:05 left decided the contest. Adrian's David Nutter scored on a 15-yard run to tie it 40-all with 2:54 remaining. Emmanuel Stewart ran for 161 yards on 27 carries, including three TDs, for Adrian (2-3). Whitely finished 21-of-39 for 433 yards, including seven TDs, for Lakeland (3-2).