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Herd hangs on to beat Chippewas, 23-18

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Marshall's Byron Leftwich passed for 374 yards to lead Marshall past Central Michigan 23-18 Saturday.

The Thundering Herd (6-1, 4-0 Mid-American Conference) jumped to a 20-0 lead as Leftwich passed for two touchdowns, including a 58-yarder to Darius Watts in the second quarter.

Terrence Jackson led the Chippewas (3-5, 1-3) with 112 yards rushing on 26 carries. Central has lost five straight games after beginning the season 3-0.

Leftwich's TD passes put him in 15th place in NCAA history with 77, surpassing John Elway and Donovan McNabb. Leftwich also went past 10,000 career yards, becoming the 20th player in Division I-A history to reach the mark.

Curtis Head put Marshall ahead 6-0 with a pair of field goals, and then Leftwich connected with Watts and Denero Marriott for scores.

The Chippewas scored with 5:17 left in the second when Terrence Jackson dove into the end zone from 1 yard out. Central cut the Marshall lead to 20-9 with 20.4 seconds left in the half when Mike Gruzwalski kicked a 25-yard field goal.

After trading field goals, the Chippewas got on the board when Jackson scored his second 1-yard TD of the game with 5:15 left to play.

No. 24 Bowling Green 38, Ball St. 20

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) -- Joe Alls ran for 109 yards, and P.J. Pope added 81 and two touchdowns as No. 24 Bowling Green defeated Ball State 38-20 Saturday.

The Falcons (7-0, 4-0 Mid-American Conference) hardly missed a beat on offense, even with quarterback Josh Harris slowed by a sore right knee. They had 256 of their 451 yards on the ground.

Ball State (3-5, 1-3) tried to make a game of it in the third quarter, cutting the deficit to 11 points on a 13-yard pass from Andy Roesch to Sean Schembra with 2:19 left in the period. But Harris responded five seconds into the fourth with a 25-yard TD pass to Charles Sharon.

Harris finished 19-of-32 for 195 yards and two TDs, and he was held to 24 yards rushing on three attempts. He had been averaging 299 yards of total offense a game.

Central Florida 28, Akron 17

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Ryan Schneider threw for 287 yards and three touchdowns to lead Central Florida past Akron 28-17 Saturday.

Schneider completed 22 of 28 passes to 11 receivers, and he sealed the win by directing a 99-yard touchdown drive early in the fourth quarter.

The Golden Knights (3-4, 2-2 Mid-American Conference) sacked Akron quarterback Charlie Frye six times and forced him to fumble on a decisive goal-line stand late in the third quarter. That set up Schneider's clinching drive.

Bob Hendry had 105 yards rushing and 61 receiving to lead the Zips (1-7, 0-4). Frye was 29-of-41 for 278 yards.

Frye came close to rallying his team, leading the Zips down to the UCF 4. But on a bootleg to the left, Frye fumbled and cornerback Omar Lawrence recovered the ball.

Schneider then took over, completing five straight passes for 87 yards. At the Akron 35, the Knights went to a a five-wideout formation, and Schneider hit Tavaris Capers in stride for the score with 13:17 to play.

Frye's elusiveness set up Akron's second touchdown, which cut UCF's lead to 21-17 midway through the second quarter.

On a pass from midfield, Frye escaped a near-sack, rolled back to the left and fired a 21-yard pass to Miguel Irvin. Two plays later, Frye faked a handoff to the right, then rolled left for 16 yards and the score.

Alex Haynes' 1-yard touchdown lunge put the Knights up 14-10 five seconds into the second period. Setting up the score was Ivery Gaskins' third-down reception for 55 yards to the Akron 19.

After the Zips were held to three-and-out on their next possession, UCF scored on Jimmy Fryzel's 10-yard catch for an 11-point lead. Fryzel finished with seven receptions for 91 yards.

Schneider's touchdown pass was the sixth of 11 straight completions following a first-quarter interception.

Akron used a fake field goal to go ahead 10-7 with four minutes left in the first quarter. Holder Micah Faler hit Jay Rohr from five yards out, capping a drive that saw the Frye and Hendry hook up for 28 yards on a 3rd-and-26 situation to get into the red zone.

UCF scored on the touchdown on the game's opening possession, as Schneider found tight end Mario Jackson from three yards out.