Ypsilanti — Freddie McGee III poked away a two-point conversion pass in the back of the end zone and Eastern Michigan turned back Toledo, 28-26, in Mid-American Conference play Saturday.
Toledo (3-3, 1-1) trailed 28-3 at halftime but held EMU scoreless in the second half and piled up 20 points in the fourth quarter, cutting the Eagles lead to two points.
EMU (3-4, 1-3) appeared on the verge of losing a twelfth one-score game over the last two seasons when a running play was stuffed on fourth-and-1, with the Rockets taking over with less than two minutes to go.
Mitchell Guadagni escaped from a collapsing pocket to score from the 10, making it 28-26 with 20 seconds remaining, but his pass to Bryce Mitchell, crossing in the back of the end zone, was poked away by McGee. Guadagni passed for 147 yards and a TD and rushed for 137 yards.
Mike Glass III scored twice for EMU, gaining 125 yards on 10 carries.
Fifteen of Eastern Michigan’s last 18 games have been decided by a touchdown or less.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Eagles, who lost all four games by a combined 16 points, including one in triple-overtime and another in overtime.
►Western Michigan 42, (at) Bowling Green 35: Jamauri Bogan ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns and Anton Curtis sealed the win with two late interceptions.
The Broncos (5-2, 3-0) trailed 35-28 midway through the fourth quarter when Bogan, who had four touchdowns overall, ran 7 yards for a score to even it up, 35-35. He capped the team’s next drive with a 3-yard run for another touchdown to give the Broncos the lead with 5:06 remaining. Bowling Green threatened to score on each of its two final drives but was shut down by Curtis interceptions.
Jon Wassink threw for 286 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Broncos. LeVante Bellamy ran for 145 yards on 24 carries.
Late in the third, Keishawn Watson caught a 36-yard Wissink pass near the sidelines, had the ball stripped away, then picked it up and ran for a TD, evening the score 28-28.
Jarret Doege threw for 379 yards and three touchdowns for the Falcons (1-6, 0-3).
►Ball State 24, (at) Central Michigan 23: Morgan Hagee kicked a 36-yard field goal with 47 seconds to go and the Ball State defense held on for a victory.
Riley Neal had a touchdown pass and touchdown run in the fourth quarter that rallied the Cardinals (3-4, 2-1) to a 21-20 lead. He engineered the 12-play, 56-yard drive that set up the go-ahead kick in the final minute.
Neal passed for 183 yards and touchdown and ran for 55 yards and two more scores.
Ryan Tice kicked a career-long 53-yarder to open the scoring for the Chippewas (1-6, 0-3) and hit a 47-yarder with 4:19 left in the fourth to give Central Michigan a 23-21 lead.
Trevor Apsey intercepted Neal’s pass with 2:37 left in the game, but the turnover was nullified by a roughing the passer penalty.