Mount Pleasant — Zach Terrell threw for 222 yards and three touchdowns, two to Corey Davis, as Western Michigan won its sixth straight game on Saturday 32-20 over Central Michigan.
Terrell, who completed 15 of 20 passes, connected with Davis for a 33-yard score to give the Broncos (8-3, 6-1 Mid-American Conference) a 22-17 lead in the last minute of the first half. Their 7-yard hookup, after Trevor Sweeney recovered Amari Coleman's fumbled punt at the Western 2, was the back-breaker with 5:47 remaining.
Western, which won the Michigan MAC Trophy, still has a shot to win the Western Division title and a spot in the MAC championship game at Ford Field if it beats Northern Illinois next week and Toledo loses to Eastern Michigan.
"We wanted to go out and bring trophies back for all of our past, present, and future Broncos," Western coach P.J. Fleck said. "That is why we built that trophy room. We want to keep both of these trophies in there. We want to give our players something to always play for."
Cooper Rush's two touchdown passes in the first quarter gave the Chippewas (7-5, 5-3) a quick lead but Western scored 22 points in the second quarter.
"It's difficult, there are so many emotions with parents, their families," Central coach Dan Enos said. "You know, a lot of tears, it's tough, tough for them. Great group though."
Rush completed 24 of 44 passes for 248 yards but threw three interceptions.
Daniel Braverman had five catches for 117 yards for the Broncos with Davis finishing with nine receptions for 104.
Western Michigan last won six straight in 2008, 2000 for all MAC wins.
"Our players showed a lot of class today," Fleck said.
(At) Ball State 45, Eastern Michigan 30: Jack Milas threw for 169 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for another score to lead Ball State.
Milas capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive on Ball State's first possession with a 3-yard run and the Cardinals built a 28-3 lead at halftime. Jordan Hogue caught a 33-yarder and Jahwan Edwards had a 29-yard rushing TD, both in the second quarter.
Ball State's Ben Ingle returned a fumble recovery on the sixth play of the second half for a 35-3 lead.
Jahwan Edwards rushed 19 times for 131 yards and a score for Ball State (4-7, 3-4).
Reginald Bell Jr. threw for 409 yards and three scores, and rushed for 101 yards on 18 carries for Eastern (2-9, 1-6). Bell found Tyreese Russell for a 10-yard TD, Kris Strange for 6 yards, and Darius Jackson for a 1-yarder. Dustin Creel led the Eagles with 14 catches for 152 yards.