IOWA CITY, Iowa — Senior kicker David Harman booted a 47-yard field goal with three seconds remaining to lift Central Michigan to a thrilling, come-from-behind 32-31 win over Iowa (2-2) on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium. The kick completed an epic rally that saw the Chippewas score nine points in the game’s final 45 seconds.
BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Bowling Green State University football team lost to Virginia Tech Saturday afternoon, falling to the Hokies by a score of 37-0. Both teams failed to get on the scoreboard in the opening frame, but Virginia Tech used a 21-point outburst in the second quarter to secure the victory.
OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami University football team held off conference newcomer Massachusetts for a 27-16 homecoming win in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams Saturday afternoon at Yager Stadium.
Miami (2-2) held a 14-3 halftime lead thanks to Zac Dysert, who connected with Dawan Scott twice in the second quarter.
Scott scored on a 49-yard pass from Dysert less than a minute into the second and hauled in a 17-yarder less than three minutes later. Scott, a sophomore, finished with three catches for 92 yards in his first multiple touchdown game of his career.
Dysert completed 12 of 22 passes for 192 yards with one interceptions. The senior now has 52 career passing touchdowns, which is tied for 20th on the MAC's all-time list. He also passed Ben Roethlisberger in completions with 855, which is a new school record.
UMass (0-4) scored its lone points of the first half on a Brendon Levengood 30-yard field goal early in the second quarter. A 61-yard kickoff return by Jordan Broadnax set up the try.
The RedHawks extended their lead to 21-3 after Dysert scrambled up the middle for a 7-yard TD at the 9:16 mark in the third. He rushed 12 times for 76 yards.
UMass answered with a 9-yard rushing touchdown late in the third, but Miami responded with another big play early in the fourth.
Dysert found a wide open Spencer Treadwell, who ran 33 yards out of the backfield into the endzone to put the 'Hawks up 27-10.
Treadwell had nine carries for 31 yards, while freshman Jamire Westbrook led the team in rushing with 105 yards on 17 runs. It was the first 100-yard rushing game since Justin Semmes rushed for 100 yards against Akron on Nov. 3 last year.
The Minutemen threatened in the fourth quarter, but a junior Dayonne Nunley interception in the end zone thwarted the drive with 10:18 to play. UMass put its last points on the board with 3:21 to play off a 2-yard run by Michael Cox, putting the score at 27-16 after a failed extra point.
Miami's defense picked off three passes. In additon to Nunley's interception, Justin Bowers and D.J. Brown also came up with picks. Junior linebacker Chris Wade finished with 11 tackles, including a game-high eight solo stops, while junior defensive end Wes Williams tallied 10 tackels.
Next up, Miami travels to play Akron Saturday, Sept. 29. Game time is 2 p.m.
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University football team earned a convincing 44-10 victory over Norfolk State to improve to 4-0 for the first time since 1976, thanks to four touchdown passes from quarterback Derrius Vick, who made his first career start Saturday at Peden Stadium.
Vick (Lincoln, Neb.) finishing the game by going 14-of-20 for 199 yards through the air with no interceptions and hit eight different receivers. Junior Donte Foster (Guthrie, Okla.) led the team with five receptions, which tied a career high. He also totaled a game-high 69 yards receiving, while hauling in a career-high two touchdowns.
Fellow junior Beau Blankenship (Norman, Okla.) also accounted for a pair of touchdowns (one rushing and one receiving) as he gained a game-high 109 yards on the ground on 25 carries (4.4 average).
Defensively, Ohio picked off NSU quarterback Nico Flores twice, holding him to just 63 yards passing. Backup quarterback Jake Basmagian also struggled as he went just 8-of-14 for 68 yards. Senior cornerback Mose Denton (Lakewood, Calif.) led the Bobcats with seven tackles.
Fellow senior Alphonso Lewis (Altoona, Pa.) also chipped in defensively as he registered six tackles (five solo). Junior Keith Moore (Grove City, Ohio) collected team-best 1.5 tackles for loss, and finished the afternoon with five total tackles.
Ohio never trailed in the game as it outscored Norfolk State 24-0 in the first quarter and never looked back. Norfolk State running back Brendon Riddick fumbled the ball on the first play of the game, which gave Ohio the ball at the NSU 22 yard line. Five plays later, Ohio had the first touchdown thanks to a 10-yard touchdown pass from Vick to Foster.
The Bobcats scored points on five of their first six offensive possessions, scoring 10 points in the second and 10 points in the third frame to open up a 44-0 lead through three quarters of play.
Norfolk State running back Randy Maynes gave the Spartans their first touchdown of the afternoon as he plunged in from seven yards out. The Spartans' late fourth quarter touchdown marked just the second time this season Ohio has allowed a touchdown.
NSU added a field goal less than four minutes later to make the count 44-10, but that was as close as the Spartans would get for the remainder of the game.
Ohio returns to action next week as it travels East to take on Massachusetts inside Gillette Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN3.com.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan football team turned the heat up on defense against Connecticut on Saturday, and a late defensive play turned out to be the difference as the Broncos defeated the Huskies 30-24 at Waldo Stadium. With the win, the Broncos improve to 2-2 on the season.
Alex Carder passed for 237 yards and a touchdown, and two players - Josh Schaffer and Jaime Wilson - each broke 100 yards receiving. It was the first time two Broncos surpassed the century mark since Jordan White and Chleb Ravenell did it against Miami (Ohio) on November 16, 2011.
That said, much like last year's meeting between the Broncos and the Huskies, a defensive play in the fourth quarter gave the Broncos the decisive edge. In 2011, WMU's Rontavious Atkins stripped UConn's Ryan Griffin as the Huskies were driving for a score late in the fourth quarter, recovering the loose football and sealing the Huskies' fate as the Broncos won the game 38-31.
This year, it was junior linebacker Desmond Bozeman who made the difference.
The Broncos led 24-17 midway through the fourth quarter, but the Huskies were threatening to score after a solid punt return gave them starting field position in Broncos' territory with 7:32 to play. On first down at the WMU 47, Bozeman came on the rush and strip-sacked UConn quarterback Chandler Whitman, scooping up the loose ball and taking it back 53 yards for his first career touchdown. The score gave the Broncos a 30-17 lead with 7:12 left in regulation.
Bozeman finished the game with a game-high 12 tackles and two sacks, and was a key part of the defensive front seven that harrased Whitman for much of the afternoon. The Broncos sacked Whitman six times and pressured him three other times, as UConn struggled to find offensive traction until late in the second half.
The Huskies would score a touchdown with 52 seconds remaining in regulation to pull within six points of the Broncos, but WMU recovered UConn's onsides kick attempt to seal the 30-24 victory.
The Broncos were firmly in control of much of the first half, holding the Huskies to just 162 offensive yards and without a point until late in the second quarter. The pressure was on in the Huskies' backfield as the Broncos sacked Whitman three times in the first half, and WMU held the UConn run game to just a 1.7 yards per carry average.
WMU scored on the opening drive for third consecutive game, working their way up the field on a series of underneath passes. Carder hit Kendrick Roberts for a 10-yard gain and a first down on the second play from scrimmage, and found Wilson for a 16-yard gain on the next, a gain that was compounded when UConn was called for roughing the passer. Now in Huskies territory, the Broncos put themselves in field goal position when Daniel Braverman caught a pass on a crossing route before going down at the UConn 26. Kicker Andrew Haldeman booted the ball through the uprights from 43 yards out to give the Broncos a 3-0 lead with 12:53 remaining in the first.
The Broncos poured it on in the second quarter, though, breaking the game open with a pair of touchdown drives to take a three-score lead on the Huskies. Starting
on their own 13-yard line, the Broncos used a downfield passing attack to carve up the Huskies' D. Carder hit Wilson on a post route on 1st-and-10 from the WMU 28 for a 39-yard gain, putting the Broncos in Huskies territory; two plays later, Schaffer hauled in a lob along the left sideline before being pushed out of bounds at the UConn 2.
The Huskies committed an offsides penalty to put the Broncos on the one-yard line, and Antoin Scriven capped the eight play, 87-yard drive by punching it into the endzone for the touchdown. Haldeman's extra point would give the Broncos a 10-0 lead with 12:10 remaining in the second quarter.
WMU tacked on another touchdown later in the quarter, using a defensive stand to jump-start the drive. After forcing the Huskies into a three-and-out with 10:29 remaining in the second quarter, the Broncos took control at the UConn 36 thanks to a short punt and a 10-yard return from Wilson.
The Broncos converted a 3rd-and-15 when Carder hit Schaffer going across the middle for an 18-yard gain, putting WMU on the UConn 11. On second-and-eight from the UConn 9, Dareyon Chance ran untouched into the end zone to cap the seven-play, 36-yard touchdown drive, giving WMU a 17-0 lead with 8:39 left in the half.
UConn would score a touchdown before the half was over to pull within 10 points, but the Broncos' first drive of the second half would put the Brown and Gold back in the driver's seat. With the Broncos facing a 3rd-and-9 on the UConn 30, Schaffer cut across to the middle of the field and, working through a pair of defenders, hauled in a pass from Carder at the UConn 15. Schaffer fought through the traffic and ran the final 15 yards to the end zone untouched as the Broncos regained their three-score lead on the Huskies, taking a 24-7 advantage with 9:47 remaining in the third.
DeKALB, Ill. -- Trailing by 10 points early in the fourth quarter, Northern Illinois scored the final 17 points of the game as the Huskies knocked off Kansas, 30-23, on Saturday afternoon at Huskie Stadium. Redshirt junior quarterback Jordan Lynch (Chicago, Ill./Mt. Carmel) threw for 235 yards on 23-of-35 passing with two touchdowns while running for 134 yards on 22 carries as NIU won its 17th consecutive game at Huskie Stadium.
“I’m proud of the way we finish games around here,” said NIU head coach Dave Doeren. “I think it’s the way they’re coached; the way they believe in the leadership that our players have taken, and taken themselves, on the field. I can look at every man eye-to-eye on the sideline and know that I’m going to get what I want out of them, what I ask of them, in the fourth quarter.”
On the second play of the fourth quarter, Lynch through a pass to the left sideline that was intercepted and taken back 54 yards for a touchdown by Tyler Patmon, giving Kansas a 23-13 lead.
NIU head coach Dave Doeren attributed the interception to a miscommunication on the route by receiver Martel Moore (San Antonio, Texas/Earl Warren), but Moore quickly atoned for the error. On the first play of the ensuing possession, the Huskies responded as Lynch connected with Moore on a Tim Tebow-esque jump pass over the middle and Moore out ran the KU defense the rest of the way for a 65 yard score. Mathew Sims’ (Hannibal, Mo./Hannibal) extra point was good and the Jayhawk lead was cut to just three, 23-20, with 14:23 to play.
Moore finished with a game-high 105 receiving yards on five catches, recording his second-straight 100-yard receiving game.
On the following drive Kansas drove into NIU territory but, helped by a third down sack from junior defensive end Joe Windsor (Kearney, Mo./Kearney), saw their drive stall, turning the ball over on downs at the Huskie 29-yard line.
After moving the ball inside the Kansas 30, Northern Illinois settled for a 44-yard field goal by Sims, tying his career-long, and tying the game at 23 with just under eight minutes to play.
Fueled by another Windsor sack, the NIU defense quickly forced a three-and-out, giving the ball back to Lynch and the Huskie offense.
It took the Huskies just 2:13 and seven plays to go 53 yards, capped by a two-yard touchdown run from junior running back Leighton Settle (Madison, Wis./Madison West/Fresno City CC), giving NIU a 30-23 lead with 4:33 to play. Settle had four carries for 24 yards on the drive and finished the contest with 68 yards rushing on 17 carries.
Kansas had two more chances with the football but was unable to get a single first down, turning the ball over on downs for the final time with two minutes to go.
Kansas quarterback Dayne Crist was 10-of-26 passing for 147 yards. He was sacked four times by the NIU defense. James Sims gained 91 yards on 18 carries and had two touchdowns for the Jayhawks.
“Winning a BCS game is what that was all about,” said Doeren. “I felt like we had our opportunities against Kansas last year, against Iowa in the opener. We didn’t find a way to win. That’s what we’ve done – find a way to win. I wanted that bad; I wanted a piece of history on our locker room wall. I walk in our locker room and I see the MAC Championship we put up last year that we earned. I just never got to see a dog bone with my signature on it. Now I have that.”
Kansas opened the scoring on its first drive of the contest with a 26-yard field goal from Ron Doherty. The Jayhawks marched 72 yards on 12 plays and reached the NIU nine before the drive stalled and Kansas was forced to settle for three points.
NIU responded on the next drive with a four-yard touchdown pass from Lynch to sophomore Tommylee Lewis (Riviera Beach, Fla./W.T. Dwyer) to take a 6-3 lead. The Huskies went 55 yards in 13 plays, highlighted by a 17-yard Lynch run on a third-and-two, but Sims missed the extra point attempt and the Huskies led by just three.
On its first drive of the second quarter, Kansas regained the lead with a four-play, 86-yard drive, capped by a 26-yard Sims touchdown rush, giving the Jayhawks a 10-6 lead two-and-a-half minutes into the second quarter. The drive began with back-to-back pass completions of 21 and 33 yards, respectively, before a six-yard Chris Matthews rush and Sims’ 26-yard touchdown carry.
The Huskies reclaimed the lead, 13-10, with 1:38 to play before halftime. Junior running back Akeem Daniels (Kissimmee, Fla./Osceola) cashed in for NIU with a three-yard run, capping a 77-yard drive in which 68 of the yards were gained on the ground.
NIU returns to Huskie Stadium next Saturday, Sept. 29, when it hosts the Mid-American Conference opener against Central Michigan. Game time against the Chippewas is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., and the contest will be available on ESPN3.
Michigan State 23, Eastern Michigan 7 Final Stats
EAST LANSING, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) - - The Eastern Michigan University football team gave the No. 20/21 ranked Spartans of Michigan State University all they count handle in a non-conference contest Saturday, Sept. 22, here at Spartan Stadium. But in the end it was the Spartans pushing in a pair of late scores to seal the 23-7 decision.
Eastern Michigan's losing skid against the Big Ten Conference nearly came to an end, but despite the valiant effort the Eagles drop to 0-4 on the young season. Meanwhile, the Spartans improved its mark to at 3-1 on the year and 9-0 all-time versus the Green and White.
Getting his first career start, redshirt sophomore quarterback Tyler Benz (Park Ridge, Ill.-Maine Township South) led the Eagles offensively, going 13-for-26 for 137 yards via the air and a score. Tight end Garrett Hoskins (Grand Rapids, Mich.-Creston) was the Eagles leading receiver on the afternoon with a career-best eight catches for 102 yards.
Javonti Greene (West Palm, Fla.-Royal Palm) led the Eagles' rushing attack with 10 carries for 31 yards while Benz added five rushes for 12 yards. Defensively, Donald Coleman (Detroit, Mich.-NC State) led EMU with 19 stops.
For Michigan State, Le'Veon Bell carried the ball 36 times for 253 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Andrew Maxwell ran the ball two times for 10 yards while going 16-for-26 for 159 yards via the air.
Following a scoreless first quarter, Michigan State opened the scoring almost five minutes into the second quarter, as Spartans' kicker Dan Conroy converted on a 36-yard field goal to cap-off a 12 play, 74 yard drive.
A Michigan State fumble forced by Marcell Rose (Orlando, Fla.-Cypress Creek) and recovered by Justin Cudworth (Monte Nido, Calif.-Agoura-College of the Canyons) set up the first touchdown of the game late in the second quarter for the Eagles.
With 4:04 remaining in the second quarter, Benz needed just one play to go 23 yards, completing his first career touchdown pass to a leaping Donald Scott (Apopka, Fla.-Apopka). Freshman place-kicker Dylan Mulder (Saline, Mich.-Saline) tacked on the extra point to give the Eagles a 7-3 advantage, which they took into the locker room at the intermission.
After leading 7-3 heading into the locker room at the half, Michigan State promptly sliced into the deficit with a 44-yard field on its first possession of the second half.
After another stalled drive, the Spartans would again have to settle for a 35-yard field goal from Conroy with 1:11 left in the third quarter. With the kick, MSU regained the lead at 9-7.
The Eagles defense played strong in the first half against the Spartans, as EMU held MSU to only 151 total yards of offense in the first half, 117 of which were picked up by Bell on the ground.
Following the two second half field goals for the Spartans, Michigan State converted two fourth quarter touchdowns to put the game out of reach for Eastern.
Eastern Michigan has a bye week before turning to action Saturday, Oct. 6, against Kent State University. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Rynearson Stadium. The contest is slated as EMU's 85th Annual Homecoming contest with more than 60 events scheduled throughout the week.
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State football team (3-1) knocked off South Florida (2-2) with a 31-27 victory Saturday night at Scheumann Stadium.
South Florida scored a touchdown with 4:12 left in the game and completed the two-point conversion to take the 27-24 lead over Ball State, junior quarterback Keith Wenning would then orchestrate a 10 play, 75 yard drive that would lead to a 19-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Willie Snead. The Bulls got the ball back inside the 50 but corner back Eric Patterson intercepted the ball to seal the win for the Cardinals.
Ball State's offense managed 413 yards on the day, Snead had 11 receptions for 135 yards and one touchdown while Wenning threw for 244 yards (36-of-24) and two touchdowns.
The Cardinals opened the second half off with a Wenning touchdown after a 1-yard quarterback sneak that gave Ball State a 17-9 advantage over South Florida. Wenning's TD was the sixth rushing touchdown of his career and first of the season.
For the second time in the game, the Cardinals defense held the Bulls to only a field goal. On Ball State's ensuing possession Wenning found senior wide receiver Jamill Smith for a five-yard touchdown pass which made it a 24-12 contest with 3:14 remaining in the third quarter. South Florida would close out the quarter with a touchdown.
The Ball State defense managed to hold South Florida to only a field goal after the Bulls shaved 7:34 off the play clock at the start of the first quarter. The Cardinals answered right back to tie the game at 3-3 after senior kick Steven Schott arose to the occasion and nailed a 39-yard field goal for Ball State with 3:09 on the clock.
The Cardinals got the first touchdown of the game after sophomore halfback Jahwan Edwards ran for three-yards to give Ball State the 10-3 edge with 7:18 to go in the second quarter. After South Florida marched down the field for a touchdown, junior defensive tackle Joel Cox blocked Maikon Bonani's extra point to make the score 10-9. The blocked extra point was Cox's third of his career and second of the season.
The Ball State football team will start Mid-American Conference action again Saturday when it travels to Kent State with a noon kickoff.
TOLEDO - Junior quarterback Terrance Owens continued his sizzling pace, throwing for three touchdowns and rushing for another to lead Toledo to a 38-28 victory over Coastal Carolina in a non-conference action at the Glass Bowl Saturday night.
Toledo (3-1) had to battle Coastal Carolina (2-2), an FCS team, right to the end of the game. The issue was not settled until the Chanticleers' final possession of the game was stopped on downs on the last play of the game.
Owens completed 27-of-36 passes and continued his streak of passes without an interception. He has now gone 230 passes without a pick, going back to Nov. 8 of last season.
Junior wide receiver Bernard Reedy had another big game, catching a career-high 10 passes for 102 yards. Redshirt freshman Alonzo Russell added seven receptions for 97 yards. Senior tight end Cordale Scott caught the first two touchdown passes of his career. Junior running back David Fluellen left the game with an injury in the third quarter. Sophomore Cassius McDowell filled the gap with 50 yards and one touchdown.
CCU outgained Toledo, 432-402, but the Rockets were aided by a season-high five sacks, four in the second half. Junior Jayrone Elliott led the way with pair of sacks. Senior linebacker Dan Molls and redshirt freshman linebacker Trent Voss led the Rockets with 14 and 13 tackles, respectively.
Coastal Carolina opened the scoring in the first quarter on an eight-play, 80-yard drive that was capped by a one-yard scoring plunge by Jeremy Height. Toledo countered with a 26-yard field goal by Jeremiah Detmer to cut the lead to 7-3 with 5:32 left in the first quarter. On their next possession, the Rockets made use of a short field to score their first touchdown, a six-yard TD catch by Scott, the first scoring grab of his career.
Toledo extended its lead to 17-7 on Owens connected on a 43-yard bomb to Reedy early in the second quarter. But the Chanticleers would not quit, cutting the lead to 17-14 with 9:06 to play in the first half when Quarterback Aramis Hill hit a wide-open Thomas Pauciello for a 25-yard score to keep CCU within three points at halftime.
Coastal grabbed the lead, 21-17, early in the third quarter when Aramis hit DeMario Bennett in the corner of the end zone for a 19-yard score. Toledo regained the lead, 24-21, when Owens called his own number for an eight-yard scoring run with 7:38 to play in the third quarter. The Rockets extended the lead to 31-21 moments later when Reedy returned a punt 39 yards to the CCU 18-yard line, setting up a six-yard TD run by McDowell. CCU again cut the lead to three, 31-28, on a 17-yard TD pass from Hillary to Tyrell Blanks with 8:41 to play. But Toledo scored what turned out to the final points of the game on a seven-yard pass from Owens to Scott with 4:59 to play. Both of Coastal Carolina's final two drives were stopped on downs.
The Rockets will return to conference action next week when they travel to Kalamazoo to face Western Michigan in a MAC West battle.
Tennessee 47, Akron 26 Final Stats
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tied 23-all at the half, The University of Akron football team was out-scored 24-3 after the break to fall 47-26 to Tennessee in its final non-conference game of the season Saturday night at Neyland Stadium.
Akron (1-3) kept the Vols off-balance for most of the game, scoring on defense and holding UT to field goals instead of touchdowns. It wasn't until 9:02 left in the fourth quarter that either team grabbed a lead bigger than seven points.
Dalton Williams finished the contest 27-of-49 for 229 yards and three interceptions. His 121 completions through four games broke Charlie Frye's school mark for completions over a four-game stretch (110), which was set during the 2003 season.
Marquelo Suel hauled in a career-high 12 passes for 92 yards while Zach D'Orazio finished with six grabs for 72 yards.
Quentin Hines led the Zips with 76 yards on six carries, including a 70-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Robert Stein finished the game a perfect 4-for-4 on field goal attempts. Troy Gilmer led the Akron defense with 10 tackles (five solo).
Tennessee's (3-1) Tyler Bray finished the game 27-of-43 for 401 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.
Akron opened the second half by driving to the Tennessee 15, but Williams would throw his second interception of the game. The UA defense would hold strong and stop UT for a second time on fourth down to get the ball back.
It looked as though the Akron defense forced Tennessee into its third turnover of the game, but the play was reviewed and reversed. UT would score four plays later to take a 30-23 lead at the 6:47 mark of the third quarter.
The Zips put together a 16-play, 60-yard scoring drive thanks to Stein's fourth field goal of the day, cutting the deficit to 30-26 with 14:50 remaining in the game. Akron's 16 plays on the scoring drive were the most this season. A UT field goal just over two minutes later pushed its lead back to seven (33-26) with 12:28 left in the contest.
Following Williams' third interception of the game, Tennessee scored on the next play to increase its lead to 40-26 (9:02). The interception came on a ball that was tipped by Suel. The Vols added a touchdown on its next possession for a 47-26 lead.
Avis Commack put Akron on the board just 35 second into the game when he picked off Tyler Bray and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown. It was UA's first pick-six since Nov. 27, 2009, when Miguel Graham returned one against Eastern Michigan.
Tennessee answered with a 13-play, 75-yard drive to tie the game at 7-all with 9:55 on the first quarter clock. UT tacked on a 37-yard field goal to take its first lead (10-7) at the 6:55 mark. The field goal was set up by a Williams interception.
Bre' Ford forced the second UT turnover of the game, forcing a fumble by Rajion Neal. Kurt Mangum recovered the fumble to give Akron first-and-ten at the UT 29. Stein connected on a 45-yard field goal to tie the game at 10.
The Volunteers opened the scoring in the second quarter with a 23-yard field goal to retake a 13-10 lead with 14:53 remaining before halftime. Nearly four minutes later, the Zips tied the game once again at 13-all thanks to a 32-yard field goal by Stein.
UT would respond with a seven-play, 75-yard drive for a touchdown and a 20-13 lead with 8:12 remaining in the first half. Stein added his third field goal of the half to close the gap to 20-16 with 5:04 left before intermission.
Akron grabbed its first lead of the second quarter when Hines scampered 70 yards for a touchdown, giving UA a 23-20 lead. The score came following a fourth-and-one stop by the Akron defense.
With 1:03 remaining in the half, Tennessee tied the game for the fourth time on a 22-yard field goal. The Zips would kneel on the ball and go into the locker room with the game tied 23-23.
The Zips return home for their next two games beginning with an ESPN3 contest against Miami (Ohio) on Saturday, Sept. 29. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. ET.
Zips Notebook: The Bowden and Dooley families have only faced off once before tonight, with Bobby Bowden (FSU) and Vince Dooley (Georgia) coaching against each other in the 1984 Citrus Bowl (T, 17-17) ... the last player with a 70-yard run was Alex Allen (74) against Northern Illinois on Nov. 2, 2010 ... Dalton Williams' interception at the 11:35 mark of the third quarter snapped a streak of five-straight scores in the red zone for the Zips dating back to the Morgan State victory (Sept. 15) ... Marquelo Suel's previous career high was 11 catches against Central Michigan (Oct. 29, 2011) ... Akron's previous mark for most plays on a scoring drive this season was 14 against Morgan State ... Charlie Frye completed 36 passes against Kent State, 31 at Wisconsin, 22 against Eastern Michigan and 21 against Howard.