High School Football
#8 Liberty Center 28 – #9 Ridgewood 14
Liberty Center made the journey from Toldeo starting at 7:30 in the morning, but came off the bus ready to play football. The Tigers made fewer mistakes and walked out of West Lafayette handing Ridgewood their first regular season loss in 28 games.
In the first half, the Generals couldn’t get out of their own way, with one drive stalling in the redzone, and two others ending In turnovers. Ridgewood made a comeback in the second half thanks to some inspired play from Trent Lingo, among others, but the third turnover of the ballgame with less than three minutes to go sealed the Generals’ fate.
Ridgewood doesn’t have any time to feel sorry for themselves, as they hit the road next week in Sugarcreek where the Graraway Pirates await. A Ridgewood win would go a long way in securing another IVC title.
Heidelberg 17 – Muskingum 7
Muskingum’s perfect start came to an end with a 17-7 loss to Heidelberg. The Muskies looked good early, taking a 7-6 lead after an 18-yard Dalton Smith touchdown run.
The rest of the game was a different story. On the next drive, Muskingum’s Smith threw an interception. The defense was able to hold the Student Princes to a field goal try, which was blocked by MU.
In the second half, Smith gave the ball away three more times. Thanks to stout defense, the Muskies were able to keep Heidelberg off the board. The Student Princes, however, did find the endzone once in the second half, a six-yard pass from Michael Mees to C.J. Powell.
Muskingum drops its first game of the season. The Muskies (4-1) hit the road next week to take on John Carroll.
Ohio State 27 – #14 Nebraska 34
Other Big Ten Scores
Minnesota 17 – Purdue 45
#19 Illinois 41 – Indiana 20
Iowa 3 – Penn State 13
#12 Michigan 42 – Northwestern 24
Other Ohio Scores
Army 28 – Miami 35
The RedHawks score 21 unanswered points in the second half to notch their first victory of the season. All three scores were thrown by Zac Dysert, who totaled four passing touchdowns.
Florida International 27 – Akron 17
Bowling Green 21 – Western Michigan 45
Eastern Michigan 16 – Toledo 54
Despite getting handled by Toledo, there was a silver lining in Eastern Michigan’s loss. The Eagles kicker, former Maysville Panther Kody Fulkerson, hit a field goal for the fourth straight game. This one, from 48 yards out, was a new career-long.
Ohio 37 – Buffalo 38
Ohio suffered its second road defeat of the season in Buffalo. The Bobcats (4-2, 1-1 MAC) came close to pulling off the comeback against the Bulls. A field goal early in the fourth quarter, put OU ahead 34-31.
Buffalo responded with an 18-play, 78-yard drive, capped off with a one-yard touchdown run. Ohio’s next possession also resulted in a field goal.
Then, after forcing a three-and-out on the Bulls next drive, the Bobcats moved the ball, but only briefly. The drive came to an abrupt halt as the Bobcats gave up a fumble.
Ohio will try to right the ship when they return to Peden Stadium for a date with Ball State on Saturday.
Kent State 10 – Northern Illinois 40
Marietta 0 – #2 Mount Union 62
The Purple Raiders improve to 5-0 with a blowout win over Marietta. Mount Union has now won 58 straight regular season games, 46 in a row in the OAC. That streak may be tested next week, when MU travels to Heidelberg.