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Saturday, November 24, 2012College Football: Pettigrew and BG beat Buffalo
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
COLUMBUS -- Matt Schilz threw for one touchdown and ran for another Friday as Bowling Green defeated Buffalo 21-7 in the Mid-American Conference teams' regular-season finale.
John Pettigrew carried 29 times for 93 yards for the Falcons (8-4, 6-2), including a 1-yard run in the second quarter for the game's first touchdown.
Schilz found Shaun Joplin with a 48-yard pass 1:56 before halftime for a 14-0 lead.
Schilz made it 21-0 with a 7-yard run in the third quarter. The 47-yard drive began with five consecutive rushes by Pettigrew, for 32 yards, then two short passes to Pettigrew before Schilz's touchdown.
The Bulls (4-8, 3-5) got on the scoreboard with 9:59 remaining after Colby Way's 22-yard interception return set them up at the Bowling Green 19. Two plays later, Alex Dennison ran it in from the 4. Buffalo was held to 197 yards total offense in the game at Columbus Crew Stadium.
Ball State 31
Miami (Ohio) 24
OXFORD -- Jahwan Edwards rushed for three touchdowns as Ball State defeated Miami (Ohio) in their regular-season finale.
The Cardinals (9-3, 6-2 MAC) won their sixth straight, their most since winning 12 straight in 2008.
Edwards, who gained 98 yards on 18 carries, scored on runs of 5, 2 and 17 as Ball State took a 28-14 third-quarter lead. Steven Schott, who came in leading the nation in field goals with 23, booted a 27-yarder to make it 31-14 after three quarters.
The RedHawks (4-8, 3-5) narrowed the gap in the final quarter on Zac Dysert's 10-yard scoring pass to Jamire Westbrook and a Kaleb Patterson field goal. Dysert, who completed 26 of 40 for 218 yards, moved into second place on the conference's career passing list with 12,013 yards.
No. 24 No. Illinois 49
Eastern Michigan 7
YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Jordan Lynch ran for 107 yards and Akeem Daniels scored a career-best four touchdowns as No. 24 Northern Illinois won its 11th straight game on a cold and snowy Friday.
Daniels scored on runs of 25 and 20 yards in the first half and finished with a career-high 112 yards on 12 carries to help the Huskies (11-1, 8-0) cap a perfect run through the MAC.
He added touchdown carries of 19 and 16 yards in the second half.
Central Michigan 41
FOXBORO, Mass. -- Zurlon Tipton etched his name into the Central Michigan record books as the Chippewas routed Massachusetts in each team's MAC finale.
The win earned the Chippewas (6-6, 4-4) bowl eligibility for the first time since 2009-10.
Tipton ran for 185 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries.
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