Central Michigan beats Ohio 27-20 for bowl eligibility
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) Cooper Rush threw two touchdown passes to Tyler Conklin and Sean Bunting intercepted a pass in the end zone with 34 seconds left as Central Michigan beat Ohio 27-20 on Tuesday night to become bowl eligible.
Conklin made a one-handed grab from 8 yards out for the go-ahead touchdown with 5:51 remaining and Ohio had a fumble and an interception on its final two possessions.
Ohio trailed 17-0 after Conklin's first touchdown, but the Bobcats scored on three straight possessions to open the second half to tie it at 20-all. Papi White caught a 16-yard touchdown pass, Louie Zervos kicked a 34-yard field goal and Dorian Brown scored on a 1-yard run – one play after Quinton Maxwell had a 53-yard connection with Sebastian Smith.
Corey Willis had eight catches for 109 yards for Central Michigan (6-5, 3-4 Mid-American). Conklin finished with two grabs for 21 yards.
Maxwell was just 16 of 36 for 208 yards with one touchdown and one interception for Ohio (7-4, 5-2). Dorian Brown carried it 12 times for 91 yards and one touchdown.