Saturday's MAC: Western Michigan clobbers Delaware State
Kalamazoo — LeVante Bellamy ran 40 yards for a score on Western Michigan’s first play from scrimmage and Jayden Reed muffed a punt and then returned it 93 yards for a touchdown to power the Broncos to a 68-0 victory over Delaware State on Saturday night.
Reed’s score 45 seconds into the second quarter was two yards shy of the longest punt return for a touchdown in school history set by Paul Agema in 1990 against Akron. Reed also had a 61-yard punt return for a score in the second period that was nullified by a holding penalty. Western Michigan (1-2) added Jamauri Bogan’s 5-yard TD run and a Jon Wassink 3-yard TD pass to Giovanni Ricci to grab a 28-0 lead at halftime.
Tyron Arnett scored on a 76-yard punt return and Patrick Lupro returned a fumble 17 yards for a TD to highlight the Broncos’ 40-point second half.
Wassink completed 23 of 30 passes for 286 yards and two TDs, Bellamy finished with 83 yards rushing on seven carries and Ricci tallied five catches for 77 yards and two scores as the Broncos amassed 527 total yards.
The Hornets (0-3) converted just 1 of 13 third downs and finished with just five first downs.
(At) Buffalo 35, Eastern Michigan 28: K.J. Osborn pulled in a career-high 188 yards receiving and scored the critical touchdown in the fourth quarter that lifted Buffalo over Eastern Michigan.
Eastern Michigan (2-1, 0-1) scored 21 points in the second quarter to come within a touchdown of Buffalo but Tyree Jackson found Osborn for a 75-yard catch and run early in the fourth to seal the win. The Bulls are 3-0 for the first time since 1983, 1-0 in the MAC.
Osborn wide open and pulled in a beauty of a pass from Jackson, stepped out of one diving tackle and raced untouched down the right sideline to score the winner, giving Buffalo a 35-21 lead. He finished with three touchdowns, including a 70-yarder before halftime.
EMU’s Mike Glass scored from the 1 with less than a minute left. Buffalo recovered the ensuing onside kick and went into victory formation to run out the clock.
The Bulls defense sacked Glass six times and had eight tackles for loss.
(At) Northern Illinois 24, Central Michigan 16: Marcus Childers threw for three touchdowns, and a late interception by Northern Illinois preserved the Huskies’ win over Central Michigan in a Mid-American Conference opener.
With CMU at the Huskies’ 15-yard line, Vinny Labus intercepted Tommy Lazzaro’s pass that bounced off the hands of Cameron Cole with 20 seconds left.
Down 21-3, Lazzaro replaced starter Tony Poljan to begin the comeback in third quarter. Lazzaro scored on a 6-yard run to make it 21-10, and on CMU’s next possession, led the Chippewas 73 yards on a drive that ended when he connected with Julian Hicks on a 4-yard scoring pass that made it 24-16 with 9:43 left.
Childers threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Spencer Tears to put the Huskies (1-2) ahead 7-3 with 4:03 before halftime. After holding Central Michigan (0-3) to three-and-out, Jack Sheldon blocked a punt and the Huskies took over at CMU’s 22. Childers then completed a 7-yard scoring pass to Dennis Robinson before halftime. In the third, Childers completed a 2-yard scoring pass to D.J. Brown for an 18-point lead.
Lazzaro finished with 128 yards passing and 55 rushing.