Friday's MAC roundup: WMU fails in bid to make title game
Kalamazoo, Mich. — Drew Hare ran for Northern Illinois' final two touchdowns as the Huskies scored 24 unanswered points to defeat Western Michigan 31-21 on Friday and win a fifth consecutive Mid-American Conference West title.
Hare's 2-yard run with 11:37 left gave the Huskies (10-2, 7-1) their first lead at 24-21 since Hare connected with Aregeros Turner for a 65-yard scoring play for a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
Hare's second 2-yard touchdown run came in the final minute, five plays after Western Michigan's Zach Terrell was hit by Sean Folliard as Terrell was getting ready to pass and the ball was recovered by Jason Meehan.
The Broncos (8-4, 6-2) hurt themselves with two interceptions and four lost fumbles as their six-game winning streak ended.
The Huskies and Toledo tied for the West crown, but Northern Illinois earned a trip to Detroit to play East champ Bowling Green for the MAC championship on Dec. 5, having earned the tiebreaker over the Rockets by defeating Toledo 27-24 on Nov. 11. The Huskies also clinched their fifth consecutive 10-win season.
Toledo 52, (at) Eastern Michigan 16: Logan Woodside passed for a career-high five touchdowns and Toledo rolled over Eastern Michigan 52-16 on Friday to clinch a share of the Mid-American West crown.
Despite gaining a piece of the division title, the Rockets won't be going to the conference championship game, having lost to West co-champion Northern Illinois 27-24 on Nov. 11.
The Rockets (8-4, 7-1) took a 42-9 lead in the first half with Woodside throwing touchdown passes of 41 yards to Corey Jones, 22 yards to Justin Olack, 89 yards to Kishon Wilcher and 59 yards to Alonzo Russell. Woodside also had an 11-yarder to Michael Roberts in the third.
Woodside was 14 of 18 for 323 yards. Kareem Hunt ran for 110 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries, surpassing 100 yards for the 10th straight time. Toledo finished with 513 yards of offense.
Reginald Bell Jr. threw two touchdown passes for the Eagles (2-10, 1-7).