Ohio college football roundup: ONU makes stand to beat John Carroll

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UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS — Ohio Northern scored touchdowns on both of its overtime possessions and got a big defensieve stop on a fourth and 8 to hold on for a 27-20 double overtime victory Saturday against John Carroll at Don Shula Stadium.

The Polar Bears improved to 4-2 overall and 3-2 in the Ohio Athletic Conference, while the Blue Streaks fell to 3-3 (3-2 OAC).

Christiaan Williams (Anna) ran 31 times for 212 yards, including an 18-carry, 159-yard effort in the first half. He also caught four passes for 82 yards and finished the day with 294 all-purpose yards.

Williams also surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the season with 1,085 rushing yards in six games.

Will Freed completed 20-of-39 pass attempts for 328 yards and three touchdowns for ONU.

The game was tied at 13-all after regulation and John Carroll went on top 20-13 on a 9-yard pass from Anthony Moeglin to Brian Kornowski on its first overtime possession.

Northern answered with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Freed to sophomore Rodney Holmes (Miami, Fla./Hallondale) to tie the game at 20-all and send the game to a second overtime.

In the second OT, Freed connected with Caleb Saalfeld on a 12-yard TD pass to put ONU ahead.

The ONU defense forced an incomplete pass on fourth down from the 23-yard line on John Carroll’s second overtime possession.

Hanover 31, Bluffton 28

HANOVER, Ind. — The Beavers lost the lead for good on a Hanover touchdown with 5:09 remaining in the game.

Brandon Koch completed 33 of 53 pass attempts for 333 yards and three touchdowns, Darian Greeley rushed for 98 yards and a TD on 11 carries, Lucas Espitia had 10 catches for 99 yards and a score and Micah Roberson (Ada) and Caiden Dicke each had a TD catch for Bluffton (2-4, 2-2 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference). Hanover improved to 2-4 overall and 2-2 in the HCAC.

Toledo 30,

Central Michigan 10

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — Terry Swanson ran for two touchdowns as Toledo (5-1, 2-0 Mid-American Conference) took an early lead and held it against Central Michigan (3-4, 1-2).

Kent State 17,

Miami (Ohio) 14

KENT — George Bollas threw two third-quarter touchdown passes, including an 84-yarder to Mike Carrigan for the go-ahead score, and Kent State (2-5, 1-2 MAC) rallied for a victory over Miami (2-5, 1-2) on Saturday.

Campbell 17, Dayton 7

DAYTON — Daniel Smith threw for two touchdowns and rushed for 169 yards to lead Campbell (5-2, 4-0 Pioneer League) against Dayton (2-5, 1-3).

Game postponed

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Western Michigan’s matchup with Akron was postponed due to flooding on the playing field caused by heavy rains.

The game has been rescheduled for this afternoon.

Ohio 48, Bowling Green 30

BOWLING GREEN — Nathan Rourke and A.J. Ouellette each rushed for more than 120 yards and combined for five touchdowns as Ohio (5-2, 2-1 MAC) galloped past Bowling Green (1-6, 1-2).

Elida graduate Quentin Poling had six solo and four assisted tackles, including a sack and a fumble recovery for Ohio.

Rourke, along with two blockers, sprinted up the left sideline 75 yards to score late in the third quarter, answering a Bowling Green TD that had put the Falcons ahead 23-21. After Rourke’s TD run, the Bobcats never trailed again. Rourke finished with 143 yards rushing, three TDs and also passed for 105 yards and a touchdown. Ouellette added 123 yards rushing and scoring runs of 6 and 2 yards.

Andrew Meyer hauled in a 40-yard bomb from Rourke for a 34-23 lead.

Two fumbles and two interceptions hurt Bowling Green. Freshman Andrew Clair rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns.

Ohio, the defending MAC East champion, has traded division titles with Bowling Green the last four seasons.

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