Friday's state football: CMU crushes Toledo, wins MAC West; EMU's bowl hopes take a hit

Detroit News staff and wires

Mount Pleasant, Mich. — Quinten Dormady threw two touchdown passes, Kobe Lewis ran for two scores and Central Michigan beat Toledo 49-7 on Friday to win the Mid-American Conference West Division title.

The Chippewas (8-4, 6-2), who won one game and were winless in the conference last season, will face MAC East champion Miami (Ohio) in the conference championship on Dec. 7 at Ford Field in Detroit. It’s CMUs first trip to the title game since 2009.

Kobe Lewis

Dormady lofted a 48-yard touchdown pass to Tyrone Scott on Central Michigan’s fourth play from scrimmage. The Chippewas scored on all five of their possessions in the first half and opened the second with a 10-play drive capped by Dormady’s 9-yard score to Tony Poljan. Dormady finished with 250 yards passing.

Lewis ran for 131 yards on 22 carries with scoring runs of 2 and 8 yards. Backup quarterback Tommy Lazzaro added a pair of touchdown runs and finished with 52 yards rushing for the Chippewas. Jonathan Ward added 88 yards on the ground and a 3-yard touchdown run.

Bryant Koback ran for an 8-yard touchdown in the second quarter for Toledo (6-6, 3-5), which closed the season with three straight loses.

More: Could Jim McElwain’s remarkable run at Central Michigan be short-lived?

Friday's other game

Kent State 34, (at) Eastern Michigan 26: Xavier Williams, Dustin Crum and Will Matthews combined to rush for 204 yards and three touchdowns and Kent State held off Eastern Michigan.

Williams ran for 79 yards and a TD on 12 carries, Matthews totaled 74 yards on 14 totes, while Crum had 13 carries for 51 yards and two scores for the Golden Flashes (6-6, 5-3 Mid-American Conference). Crum also completed 17 of 23 passes for 197 yards.

Kent State took a 24-14 lead into halftime and the Golden Flashes quickly made it a 17-point advantage when Jamal Parker returned the opening kickoff of the second half 96 yards for a score.

Mike Glass III finished 29-of-37 passing for 386 yards and three touchdowns, but he also threw two interceptions. Glass connected with Line Latu for a 30-yard score in the third quarter and hit Bryson Cannon for a 6-yard TD midway through the fourth quarter to get the Eagles (6-6, 3-5) within 31-26. Arthur Jackson III had four catches for 129 yards for Eastern Michigan, while Latu caught nine passes for 108 yards.

Matthew Trickett added a 24-yard field goal for Kent State with 1:27 left to play to cap the scoring.

The Eagles totaled 509 yards of offense, while Kent State finished with 450.

Eastern Michigan’s record makes it bowl-eligible, but a victory Friday would have boosted its chances at a postseason game. The number of bowl slots available vs. the number of bowl-eligible teams shaped up as a close call heading into the weekend.

MAC championship

Matchup: West Division champion Central Michigan vs. East Division champion Miami (Ohio)

Kickoff: Noon Dec. 7, Ford Field, Detroit


Records: Central Michigan 8-4, 6-2 MAC; Miami 7-5, 6-2