Week 5 MAC Football Scores, Picks Recap, Quick Analysis

    Central Michigan came up with a thrilling win, and Bowling Green made a statement as conference play kicked in full force. Check out the MAC football scores, picks recap and quick analysis

    October 4, 2015

    MAC football scores, picks recap and quick analysis for each game in Week 5.


    GAMES IN ORDER FROM BEST TO WORST

    Bowling Green vs. Buffalo

    Final Score: Bowling Green 28, at Buffalo 22
    Pick: Bowling Green 45, Buffalo 38
    Line: Bowling Green -8, o/u: 67.5

    Bowling Green appeared to be rolling with a 21-3 lead helped by a ten-yard Matt Johnson touchdown run and a 12-yard scoring play to Roger Lewis, but Buffalo would come back at home. Adam Mitcheson hit three field goals, Jordan Johnson ran for a score, and Joe Licata found Ron Willoughby for a touchdown to pull the Bulls within six with just over five minutes to play. Johnson and the Falcons were able to close things out with a ten-play drive that ran out the clock.

    Player of the Game: Bowling Green WR Roger Lewis caught ten passes for 201 yards and a score.

    Miami University vs. Kent State

    Final Score: at Kent State 20, Miami University 14
    Pick: Kent State 27, Miami University 10
    Line: Kent State -10.5, o/u: 44.5

    Kent State got out to a 20-0 lead going into the fourth quarter highlighted by an Antwan Dixon 75-yard touchdown run off a reverse and a 44-yard Ernest Calhoun scoring grab. Miami scored 14 fourth quarter points on a one-yard Alonzo Smith run and a two-yard Nate Becker scoring grab, but four interceptions – with two from Demetrius Monday – changing the game around.

    Player of the Game: Kent State WR Antwan Dixon caught six passes for a team-high 63 yards, and ran three times for team-high 72 yards and a score.

    Ohio vs. Akron

    Final Score: Ohio 14, at Akron 12
    Pick: Ohio 27, Akron 23
    Line: Ohio -2.5

    The Bobcat offense sputtered and struggled, but it got what it needed in the first half on a 24-yard Keith Heitzman touchdown catch and a four-yard Daz’mond Patterson scoring run early in the second. Ohio’s defense came up with stop after stop after stop, holding Akron to four Robert Stein field goals – one in each quarter – including the last nine points of the game.

    Player of the Game: Ohio LB Quentin Poling made 11 tackles with a sack, two tackles for loss and an interception.

    Northern Illinois vs. Central Michigan

    Final Score: at Central Michigan 29, Northern Illinois 19
    Pick: North Illinois 40, Central Michigan 27
    Line: Northern Illinois -3, o/u: 51.5

    Down 10-0, CMU tied It on the first of three Brian Eavey field goals and the first of two Cooper Rush touchdown passes for Jesse Kroll. Helped by four takeaways, the Chippewas rolled, overcoming a 13-10 third quarter deficit with 26 straight points with a 23-yard touchdown catch from Kroll giving them the lead for good.

    Player of the Game: Central Michigan WR Jesse Kroll caught five passes for 68 yards and two scores.

    Eastern Michigan vs. LSU

    Final Score: at LSU 44, Eastern Michigan 22
    Pick: LSU 45, Eastern Michigan 7
    Line: LSU -44.5, o/u: 56.5

    Leonard Fournette scored on a three-yard touchdown run and Brandon Harris ran for a 21-yard score, but LSU was in for a fight. Eastern Michigan pulled within 17-14 on a one-yard Darius Jackson run, but it wasn’t until Fournette took off for a 75-yard scoring dash on the first play of the third that LSU could breathe easier. However, the Tigers had to settle for too many field goals, getting three from Trent Domingue keeping the Eagles alive. A 12-yard Dustin Creel touchdown catch made it an eight point game late in the third, but Fournette ended it with an 11-yard touchdown run. Deion Jones closed out the LSU scoring with a pick six.

    Player of the Game: LSU RB Leonard Fournette ran 26 times for 235 yards and three scores.

    Toledo vs. Ball State

    Final Score: Toledo 24, at Ball State 10
    Pick: Toledo 38, Ball State 30
    Line: Toledo -6.5, o/u: 54

    Toledo jumped out to a 24-0 lead with all the points coming in the second quarter. Phillip Ely threw two touchdown passes and Damion Jones-Moore ran for a five-yard touchdown, but Ball State would fight back with a 29-yard Morgan Hagee field goals at the end of the first half. The Cardinal offense, though, would stall and struggle all throughout the second half, with the only score coming on a 51-yard Jordan Williams pass play. Windy conditions, a good day from the Rocket D, and a few long drives from the O helped close it out.

    Player of the Game: Toledo RB Terry Swanson ran 24 times for 139 yards

    FIU vs. Massachusetts

    Final Score: at Massachusetts 24, FIU 14
    Pick: Massachusetts 27, FIU 21
    Line: Massachusetts -3.5, o/u: 57

    Blake Frohnapfel threw three touchdown passes starting with a 57-yard play to Marken Michel in the first quarter and a six-yarder to Tajae Sharpe – who caught 15 passes – in the second to take control early. FIU stayed in it with a one-yard Thomas Owens touchdown run, and pulled within three late in the third on a one-yard Alex Gardner run, but Frohnapfel found Michel for a five-yard touchdown pass in the fourth to put it away. The Minutemen defense held FIU to just 188 yards.

    Player of the Game: Massachusetts QB Blake Frohnapfel completed 32-of-42 passes for 363 yards and three scores.

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