Kalamazoo — Jon Wassink threw a pair of second-quarter touchdown passes to Keith Mixon Jr. and LeVante Bellamy ran for two fourth-quarter scores as Western Michigan beat Miami of Ohio for the seventh straight time, 38-16 in a Mid-American Conference battle Saturday afternoon.
The Broncos now have won every meeting with the RedHawks since 2006.
Sam Sloman put Miami in front in the first quarter, converting field goals from 51- and 49-yards out, but with the RedHawks driving, Western Michigan’s Drake Spears jumped a pass route in the Miami backfield and raced 74 yards untouched for the touchdown to put Western Michigan (4-3, 2-1) in front, 7-6 in the second quarter.
Wassink hit Mixon with scoring passes of 46- and 37-yards in the second quarter and the Broncos led 21-6 at intermission.
Sloman converted from 27-yards out and Jaylon Bester capped a 59-yard drive with a 3-yard run to pull Miami within a touchdown, 21-16 to start the fourth quarter, but Bellamy put the game away by sandwiching runs of 17- and 47-yards around a Thiago Kapps 24-yard field goal.
Bellamy finished with 22 carries for 135 yards and Mixon had three catches for 84.
Brett Gabbert, younger brother of Tampa Bay quarterback Blaine Gabbert and the first true freshman to start the season as the RedHawks quarterback in school history, finished completing 26 of 45 for 260 yards for Miami, but also threw three interceptions.
Ball State 29, (at) Eastern Michigan 23: Drew Plitt threw two touchdown passes, ran for two more scores and rallied Ball State in the second half to beat Eastern Michigan.
The Cardinals (3-3, 2-0) trailed by three at halftime and fell behind 23-14 late in the third quarter. Plitt rallied his team, rolling right to unleash a 46-yard scoring strike to Justin Hall to close to 23-21. He then made good following an EMU interception with an 11-play, 61-yard drive capped by a 1-yard keeper for another Ball State touchdown. His 2-point conversion pass to Riley Miller gave the Cardinals a 29-23 edge with 11:36 to play.
EMU was threatening to score again with eight seconds left when Jordan Williams sacked Mike Glass III 9 yards out, forcing a fumble which was recovered by Ball State’s Amechi Uzodinma II to preserve the Cardinals’ win.
Glass threw for 283 yards and a touchdown and ran for two more scores for the Eagles (3-3, 0-2). He was intercepted three times.
(At) Central Michigan 42, New Mexico State 28: Kobe Lewis rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns as Central Michigan cruised past winless New Mexico State in a nonconference game.
The Chippewas lost starting quarterback David Moore Tuesday to an NCAA suspension after he tested positive for a banned substance and now have won back-to-back games under first-year coach Jim McIlwain. Central Michigan has appealed the suspension.
Quinten Dormady stepped up to complete 14 of 24 passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns, hitting Kalil Pimpleton with a 44-yard touchdown pass three minutes into the game to put the Chippewas in front, 7-0. Moore raced 57-yards for a score minutes later to make it 14-0 and his 20-yard dash early in the second quarter made it 21-7.
Jonathan Ward ran 75 yards for a score in the second quarter and Dormady added a 7-yard scoring pass to Tony Poljan in the fourth quarter and added a two-point conversion pass to Pimpleton that made it 42-21 early in the fourth quarter.
Josh Adkins was 24 of 40 for 263 yards and three touchdowns with an interception for New Mexico State (0-7).
(At) Ashland 30, Davenport 27: Gei'vonni Washington ran for 134 yards on 31 carries, scoring on runs of 35 and 4 yards as Ashland (4-2) handed Davenport its second straight defeat. Deondre Ford's 99-yard TD pass to Ulice Gillard staked Davenport (3-2) to a 13-0 lead with 3:22 left in the second quarter. On the next series, Ashland's Austin Brenner connected with Logan Bolin for a 75-yard scoring strike.
Hillsdale 37, (at) Northwood 30, OT: The Chargers' Luke Keller scored on a 1-yard run with 34 seconds left in overtime to give the visitors the victory as Hillsdale (4-2) scored 16 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, completing a pair of 2-point conversations. Jake Vincent returned a kickoff 91 yards to score for Northwood (0-6).
(At) Michigan Tech 24, Northern Michigan 20: Will Ark passed for 347 yards and three scores, including a 10-yard TD toss to Ben Hartley with 7:24 left that enabled the Huskies to lift the Miners Cup in the annual Upper Peninsula rivalry game. Jacob Wenzlick had two TD catches while Evan Gornick added a 29-yard field goal for Tech (3-2). Quarterback Ryan Johnson linked up with Tyshon King for a 75-yard TD play while Daniel Riser added field goals from 40 and 26 yards for Northern (1-5).
(At) Grand Valley State 35, Saginaw Valley State 28: Austin Paritee's 9-yard pass from Cole Kotopka with 13:41 to play gave Grand Valley (5-1, 3-1) a 35-21 lead. Tariq Reid carried 39 times for 287 yards and three touchdowns for Grand Valley and Kotopka completed 11 of 20 passes for 133 yards. Nate McCrary rushed for 71 yards and two touchdowns for Saginaw Valley (4-2, 2-2).
(At) Hope 52, Albion 33: Mason Opple threw for 143 yards, ran for 92 more and had three total touchdowns for Hope (3-1, 1-0), which pulled away with a 21-point third quarter. Connor Mellon spearheaded Hope's rushing attack with 124 yards and three scores on 17 carries, while Kenyea Houston added 108 yards and a TD on 16 attempts. Markell McCoy led Albion (3-1, 0-1) with 103 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
(At) Kalamazoo 44, Finlandia 0: Jared Pittman rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries and CJ Foster had 19 carries for 129 yards and a score for Kalamazoo (2-3, 1-1), which racked up 353 rushing yards and held Finlandia (0-5, 0-2) to 88 yards of total offense.
(At) Olivet 21, Adrian 17: Noah McMinn had 237 yards rushing on 30 carries and scored the winning touchdown on a 34-yard run early in the fourth quarter, while Kaleb Jarrett added 210 yards passing and threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Spencer Mort for Olivet (5-0, 2-0). Jack Wurzer threw touchdown passes of 4 and 52 yards to Colton Randle and Clarence Madison, respectively, for Adrian (2-3, 1-1).
(At) Alma 23, Trine 14: Alma came back from a 14-3 halftime deficit with 20 unanswered points in the second half. A 9-yard pass from Joseph Schaefer to Mason Ippel cut the lead to four, a 2-yard run by Austin Spratling (20 carries, 88 yards) put Alma (4-1, 2-0) ahead and a 17-yard pass from Cole Thomas to Ippel supplied the final margin of victory. Trine is 3-2, 0-2.