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Week Five MAC Conference Game Schedule & Notes

This week’s news and notes, along with MAC schedule is brought to you courtesy of the MAC communications department.
This Week’s MAC Schedule

Saturday, September 29

Army at Buffalo, Noon ET (CBS Sports Network)

Bowling Green at Georgia Tech, Noon ET (ACC RSN)      

Central Michigan at Michigan State, Noon ET (FS1)

UMass at Ohio, 2:00 pm ET (ESPN3)

*Kent State at Ball State, 3:00 pm ET (ESPN+)

*Western Michigan at Miami, 3:30 pm ET (ESPN+)

*NIU at Eastern Michigan, 6:00 pm ET/5:00 pm ET (ESPN+)

Toledo at Fresno State, 10:30 pm ET (ESPNU)

Bye:  Akron


• The Week 5 schedule features five non-conference games with the MAC facing Big Ten (Michigan State), ACC (Georgia Tech), Mountain West (Fresno State) and Independent (Army, UMass) opponents on Saturday, Sept. 29. The MAC also begins to shift to league play with three MAC games (Kent State at Ball State; Western Michigan at Miami; and NIU at Eastern Michigan).

• Buffalo improved to 4-0 for the first time since 1981 with its 42-13 win at Rutgers. With the victory, Buffalo received six votes in the Associated Press Top 25 weekly poll.

• Last week MAC program’s went 4-6 in 10 non-conference contests. The MAC picked up its third win in consecutive weeks over a Big Ten opponent with Buffalo’s 42-13 win at Rutgers.

• Western Michigan won a 34-15 road contest at Georgia State and featured two running backs with over 100 yards each for the first time since last year at Buffalo (Oct. 7, 2017). Senior Jamauri Bogan rushed for 126 yards and LeVante Bellamy added 121 yards as the Broncos rolled to 528 yards of total offense in the victory.

• Toledo’s 63-44 win over Fresno State featured the teams combine to score 107 total points and 1,042 yards of total offense. Toledo collected 460 yards of offense while Nevada added 582 yards of offense.


Buffalo jumped out to a 35-6 lead in the first half and rolled to a 42-13 victory at Rutgers Stadium on Sept. 22. For Buffalo this marked the program’s first-ever win against a team from the Big Ten Conference. With the win Buffalo improved to 4-0 on the season for the first time since 1981.

Buffalo junior quarterback Tyree Jackson threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns.  Four of the Bulls six touchdowns were scored by either a redshirt freshman or freshman as the Buffalo program continues to build depth.  Buffalo freshman running back Jaret Patterson led with 14 carries for 104 yards and two touchdowns, while redshirt freshman Kevin Marks rushed for 63 yards on 12 carries and one score. Redshirt freshman wide receiver Charlie Jones added a 53-yard touchdown catch.  Buffalo will host Army this Saturday, Sept. 29 at UB Stadium at Noon ET on CBS Sports Network.


Central Michigan (1-3) will travel to face Michigan State on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Noon ET on FS1. With Buffalo’s 42-13 win at Rutgers on Sept. 22, Akron’s 39-34 win at Northwestern on Sept. 15, 2018 and Eastern Michigan’s 20-19 win at Purdue on Sept. 8, 2018, the MAC have won a regular season game vs. Big Ten opponents in each of the last 13 consecutive seasons (2006-2018), the longest streak in MAC history.

This marks the sixth time in MAC history for the league to have three or more wins in a single season against the Big Ten Conference. The MAC had four wins against Big Ten opponents in 2008, along with three wins over Big Ten opponents in 2000, 2003, 2012, 2014 and 2018.

During this 13-year stretch (2006-2018), MAC teams have defeated 12 different Big Ten programs—Illinois (3); Indiana (5); Iowa (3); Maryland (1); Michigan (1); Michigan State (1); Minnesota (2); Nebraska (1); Northwestern (3); Penn State (1); Purdue (6) and Rutgers (2) for a total of 29 wins during this stretch.  MAC programs Miami (13), Bowling Green (8), Toledo (6), Central Michigan (6) and Northern Illinois (6) have the most wins vs. Big Ten opponents.


Toledo junior quarterback Mitchell Guadagni accounted for six touchdowns on 15-24 passing for 211 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 131 yards and two other scores. His 131 yards were a career high and he became the first Toledo quarterback to rush for 100 yards in a game since Aaron Opelt (109 yards against Colorado, Sept. 11, 2009).  Toledo’s 63 points scored marked the second time in program history that Toledo has scored at least 60 points twice in a season. Toledo’s 63 points are also the most ever against an FBS non-conference opponent.

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