KENT, Ohio (AP) Jahray Hayes ran for two touchdowns and Cooper Rush threw for a third as Central Michigan kept its chances for a bowl invitation alive with a 27-14 win over Kent State Wednesday night.

Faced with the need to win their final two games to secure a winning season and a shot at the postseason, the Chippewas (6-5, 5-2 Mid-American) got halfway there on the strength of a 17-point first quarter.

Brian Eavey kicked a 23-yard field goal to open the scoring and Hayes punched in from the 2-yard line for a 10-0 lead. Rush found Ben McCord with an 11-yard touchdown pass to stretch the lead to 17-0.

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Trayion Durham got the Golden Flashes (3-8, 2-5) on the board when he ran in from 3 yards out, and after Eavey kicked a 35-yard field goal to make it 20-7, Colin Reardan found Johnny Woods with a 6-yard touchdown pass to make it 20-14.