MAC roundup: Franklin, Davis lead WMU past Ohio
Kalamazoo, Mich. — Jarvion Franklin rushed 35 times for 156 yards and tied a school record with his 19th touchdown to lead Western Michigan to a 42-21 win over Ohio on Saturday.
Franklin scored three touchdowns in a game for the fifth time this season. Corey Davis caught nine passes for a career-high 212 yards and two touchdowns and Zach Terrell threw for 344 yards.
Western Michigan (5-3, 3-1 Mid-American Conference) scored 28 straight points in the first half, highlighted by Terrell's pass to Corey Davis for a 72-yard touchdown. Franklin scored twice on short runs and Trevor Ishmael returned an interception 12 yards for a 28-7 lead.
Ohio's Brett Layton intercepted a tipped pass and returned it 43 yards to the Western Michigan 3. Daz'mond Patterson punched it in on the next play for a 7-0 lead. Corey Davis scored on a 56-yard reception and Dorian Brown scored on a 2-yard rush for Ohio (5-4, 3-2).
Central Michigan 20, (at) Buffalo 14: Cooper Rush threw for 231 yards and the winning touchdown. Rush scored the winner for the Chippewas (5-4, 3-2) on a 7-yard pass to Titus Davis with 8:08 to play. Saylor Lavallii added 80 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 21 carries.
Lavallii scored twice from short yardage in the first half to give Central Michigan a 14-7 halftime lead. Early in the third quarter, Buffalo's Joe Licata tied the score, 14-14, on a 6-yard TD pass to Malcolm Robinson.
Brian Eavey missed the extra point following Rush's fourth-quarter touchdown pass and the Chippewas led 20-14.
Twice in the final eight minutes, Licata threw to Devon Hughes on fourth-and-long only to have both passes broken up by Central Michigan's Jason Wilson.
Licata finished with 21-of-35 passing for 233 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Bulls (3-5, 1-3).
Northern Illinois 28, (at) Eastern Michigan 17: Drew Hare ran for 166 yards and passed for 44 yards. Northern Illinois (6-2, 3-1 Mid-American Conference) held a 14-10 advantage at the half. Reginald Bell, Jr., who finished with 257 total yards, scored from the 4 to give EMU (2-6, 1-3) a 17-14 lead at the start of the final quarter. The Huskies answered with a 24-yard scoring run by Joel Bouagnon to retake the lead, and Cameron Stingily scored from the 1 with 3:26 remaining to seal the win.
The Huskies, who had a 17-game road winning streak broken with a 52-14 loss to Arkansas on Sept. 20, got back in the win column in this road game.
Bell threw for 124 yards and ran for 133 yards for EMU.