Western Michigan remains unbeaten with win over Ohio in MAC title recreation

DETROIT — The boat floats on. And it can be headed to Texas.

The query now: Will P.J. Fleck be on board for Western Michigan?

The 14th-ranked Broncos survived a near-meltdown past due, getting five subject goals from kicker Butch Hampton and winning the Mid-American Convention championship sports 29-23 over Ohio on Friday night at Ford Field. The Broncos (13-0) need to await their bowl destiny, hoping to get an invite to one of the New Yr’sea Six video games — probably the Cotton Bowl Conventional in Arlington, Texas, in which the bowl-less Michigan Kingdom has played the beyond seasons. Whether Fleck — a warm, rumored candidate to get a training role in a primary Convention — will still be with WMU after it is revealed might be seen. The College Football Playoff selection display airs Sunday, and the New Year’s Six bowls will be introduced then.


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Western Michigan will live beforehand of No. 20 Navy within the College Football Playoff committee’s rankings in the intervening time. However, the Broncos won’t be comfy with the Group of 5’s computerized berth into a brand new Year’s Six bowl (this Yr, the Cotton).

Army plays Temple on Saturday inside the American Athletic Conference championship recreation, earlier than the annual rivalry recreation towards the Military on Dec. 12. With an AAC identify and a win over the Navy, the Navy could pass Western Michigan inside the committee’s scores.

Quarterback Zach Terrell threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns, with Corey Davis catching nine balls for 155 yards and a score. Ohio was using within the last minutetes when WMU linebacker Robert Spillane picked off a Greg Windham skip with 51 seconds left, taking a knee and beginning the party.

The Broncos dominated the first 1/2, out-gaining the Bobcat 270-107 and holding the ball for six:12 longer while taking benefit of  Ohio turnovers. Western Michigan struggled to find the quit area early, with three scoring drives stalling at Ohio’s 25-, 10- and 1-backyard lines, resulting in three Hampton field dreams and a nine-0 lead. The primary two got here 1:09 apart after Trevor Sweeney pressured the Bobcats’ Kyle Black to fumble a kickoff, and the Broncos recovered deep in Ohio territory.