A look at Ohio college football from Saturday
USF beats Cincinnati 26-20 for Taggart's 1st win
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Nate Godwin scored on a long blocked field goal return and DeDe Lattimore scooped up a fumble for another touchdown Saturday night to help South Florida begin American Athletic Conference play with a 26-20 victory over Cincinnati, which was playing for the first time since one of its players was killed in a car accident.
The Bearcats (3-2, 0-1) spent a difficult bye week grieving, attending red-shirt freshman Ben Flick's funeral and making hospital visits in addition to practicing. They were looking forward to playing a game to help things get back to normal.
Two hours before kickoff, the entire Cincinnati team gathered at the midfield at Raymond James Stadium, forming a circle around the USF logo to pray. A moment of silence in Flick's memory was observed before the opening kickoff. Two other players were injured in the wreck, and one of them remains hospitalized.
Tettleton leads Ohio to 43-3 win over Akron
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Tyler Tettleton threw for two touchdowns as Ohio opened Mid-American Conference play with a 43-3 victory over Akron on Saturday.
Ohio (4-1, 1-0 Mid-American) started slow but scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter to take a 30-3 halftime lead.
Tettleton finished the game with 171 total yards on 14-of-21 passing. Donte Foster was his top receiver as he pulled in four passes for 76 yards and one touchdown.
Kyle Pohl lead Akron (1-5, 0-2), throwing for 101 yards. Robert Stein's 31-yard field goal was Akron's only score.
The Bobcat defense stymied the Zips all day, limiting Akron to 157 total yards, and sacking Pohl eight times for total losses of 45 yards. Antwa Crutcher and Ty Branz combined for 13 tackles and 3 sacks to lead the Ohio defense. Tarell Basham also had two sacks.
Bowling Green smothers UMass 28-7
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) - Matt Johnson passed for 167 yards and three touchdowns to lead Bowling Green to a 28-7 homecoming win over the University of Massachusetts in a Mid-American Conference matchup Saturday.
Johnson spread the attack, sending touchdown throws to three different receivers, including a 51-yard pass to Ronnie Moore in the first quarter to give the Falcons (5-1, 3-0) a lead they'd keep over the winless Minutemen (0-5, 0-1). Tyler Beck caught a 23-yard pass for a touchdown in the third quarter, followed by a 9-yard TD catch by Heath Jackson five minutes later. William Houston also punched in a 1-yard touchdown run.
The only UMass score came late in the fourth quarter on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Mike Wegzyn to Tajae Sharpe.
Bowling Green also got another big game from Travis Greene, who was kept out of the end zone but rushed for 160 yards.
N ILLINOIS-KENT ST
Stingily leads NIU to 38-24 win over Kent St.
KENT, Ohio (AP) - Cameron Stingily ran for a career-high 266 yards and two scores as Northern Illinois remained undefeated with a 38-24 win over Kent State on Saturday.
Northern Illinois (5-0, 1-0 Mid-American) trailed 24-21 in the third quarter but proceeded to score 17 unanswered points, beginning with a 22-yard touchdown run by James Spencer midway through the quarter. Spencer then scored on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Lynch on the Huskies' following possession. Northern Illinois finished with 698 yards of total offense, 454 yards rushing.
Kent State (2-4, 1-2) took the lead early in the third with a 28-yard touchdown pass from Colin Reardon to Tyshon Goode but failed to score after that.
The game was a rematch of last season's conference title game, a 44-37 double-overtime win by Northern Illinois that helped propel the Huskies to an Orange Bowl berth.
Toledo routs Western Michigan 47-20
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - David Fluellen rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns as Toledo routed Western Michigan 47-20 in a Mid-American Conference matchup on Saturday.
Toledo (3-3, 2-1) ran up 360 rushing yards and limited Western Michigan (0-6, 0-2) to 87 yards on the ground. Toledo also won the turnover battle, as the Broncos lost two fumbles and threw two interceptions.
The Rockets took off in the first quarter, scoring on their first two possessions. Following an interception by Chaz Whittaker, Terrance Owens hit Bernard Reedy for a 40-yard touchdown strike on Toledo's first offensive play of the game. Their second drive culminated with Fluellen's 7-yard TD scamper.
Fluellen added three more scores on runs of 6, 66 and 2 yards, and Toledo led by 40 at the end of the third quarter.
Western Michigan's Andrew Haldeman kicked two field goals and Dareyon Chance pounded in a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN-MIAMI (OHIO)
Central Michigan runs past Miami (Ohio) 21-9
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) - Saylor Lavallii rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns to lead Central Michigan to a 21-9 victory over Miami (Ohio).
Lavallii rushed 19 yards for a score to give the Chippewas (2-4, 1-1 Middle Atlantic Conference) a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter. Miami (0-5, 0-1) responded in the third quarter when Austin Boucher found David Frazier for the 10-yard score.
Central Michigan took the next drive and marched on a 16-play, 84-yard scoring drive, capped off with Lavallii's 3-yard score. Maurice Shoemaker-Gilmore added a 16-yard scoring run with 6:13 left to play, and the Chippewas let their defense do the rest.
Miami's Austin Gearing finished with 108 yards on 15 carries but was unable to find the end zone. This is the third time this season that Miami was held to less than 10 points.
Central Michigan will take on Ohio next week while Miami will play Massachusetts.
Dayton hands Davidson another loss, 40-8
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Connor Kacsor rushed for a career-best 244 yards and two touchdowns as Dayton defeated Davidson 40-8 Saturday.
Dayton (3-2, 1-1 Pioneer League) bolted to a 27-0 lead. Kacsor's longest rush of the day, a 32-yard score, opened the third quarter. Kascor, who had 110 yards rushing in the first half, added a 17-yard TD in the fourth.
Kascor was eight yards short of surpassing Jermaine Bailey's single game school rushing record. Quarterback Will Bardo ran for a 13-yard touchdown and hit Gabe Macis for a 20-yard TD as the Flyers rolled up 438 offensive yards.
Davidson (0-5, 0-2) finally scored when quarterback J. Carkhuff rushed for a 2-yard TD with 11:10 left to play. William Morris led the Wildcats with 7 catches for 93 yards, including a 40-yard catch.
The game was stopped due to lightning with 7:46 to play in the fourth quarter.