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Wednesday's MAC football: CMU, WMU prevail; Ball State trips EMU

Associated Press

Dekalb, Ill. — Lew Nichols III had 12 carries for 91 yards and a touchdowns and added a 58-yard TD reception to help Central Michigan beat Northern Illinois 40-10 on Wednesday night.

Drew Richardson was 13-of-19 passing for 196 yards and two touchdowns with one interception for Central Michigan (2-0, 2-0 Mid-American Conference).

Northern Illinois' Liam Soraghan and Central Michigan's Nick Apsey go after a loose ball in the end zone after a fumbled snap on an NIU punt during an NCAA college football game Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, in DeKalb, Ill.

Richardson hit Dallas Dixon for a 58-yard touchdown with 11:33 left in the first quarter and the Chippewas led the rest of the way. Nichols ran up the middle, broke a tackled and raced 36 yards for a score on the second play of the fourth quarter to make it 33-0.

Northern Illinois (0-2, 0-2) finished with just 244 total yards, converted just 2 of 15 third downs, and didn’t get into the red zone until the closing seconds.

Kyle Pugh had 14 tackles and 11/2 sacks for the Huskies.

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(At) Western Michigan 41, Toledo 38: Kaleb Eleby accounted for five touchdowns, including two in the final 45 seconds, and Western Michigan rallied from a 10-point deficit with less than 3 minutes remaining.

Eleby was 20-of-29 passing for 284 yards and three touchdowns and scored on a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs. Sean Tyler had 100 yards rushing on 12 carries and D’Wayne Eskridge had seven receptions for 131 yards, including a 47-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

Bryant Koback’s 4-yard scoring run gave Toledo (1-1, 1-1 Mid-American Conference) a 38-28 lead with 2:54 to play. The Broncos answered with an 11-play, 70-yard drive capped by Eleby’s second TD run with 45 seconds left and then recovered the ensuing onside kick. On first-and-goal as time ticked away, Western Michigan (2-0, 2-0) faked a clock-killing spike and Eleby hit a wide-open Jaylen Hall for a 9-yard touchdown to cap the scoring with 17 seconds left.

Eli Peters completed 30 of 46 for 339 yards passing and a TD for the Rockets. Koback finished with 24 carries for 78 yards and two touchdowns and Isaiah Winstead added four receptions for 96 yards.

(At) Ball State 38, Eastern Michigan 31: Caleb Huntley had a career-high 204 yards rushing and three touchdowns, including a 1-yard score with 6 seconds to play, and Ball State rallied from a 14-point deficit.

Quarterback Preston Hutchinson’s third touchdown run for the Eagles tied it a 31-all with 4:12 to play but Ball State (1-1, 1-1 Mid-American Conference) answered with an 11-play, 79-yard drive capped when Huntley scored on an off-tackle run.

Drew Plitt finished 22-of-31 passing for 232 yards and one touchdown with one interception for the Cardinals. Justin Hall had seven receptions for 55 yards, extending the longest active streak in FBS with a catch in his 38th consecutive game. The senior lead all active FBS players with 219 career receptions.

Hutchinson completed 17 of 29 passes for 250 yards and a score and added 17 carries for 103 yards Eastern Michigan (0-2, 0-2 Mid-American Conference). The junior went into the game with career totals of minus-23 yards rushing and three rushing TDs.

The Eagles led 21-7 midway through the second quarter and Chad Ryland’s career-long tying 52-yard field goal with 9:39 left in the third quarter made it 24-13. Huntley scored on a 13-yard run and Drew Plitt’s pass to Yo’Heinz Tyler for the 2-point conversion trimmed Ball State’s deficit to three points about five minutes later.

Tyler scored a 33-yard catch-and-run to gave Ball State its first lead at 28-24 with about 10 minutes to play.

Huntley, who finished with 34 carries, has scored 12 touchdowns in the last six games, dating to last season.