Akron Defeats Miami in MAC East Battle, 37-20

Updated 9/30/2000
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    Brandon Payne rushed for 188 yards and three touchdowns in the Zips win over Miami, 37-20
    (Akron Athletic Communications)
    AKRON, Ohio (AP) (Sept. 30, 2000) -- Brandon Payne rushed for 188 yards and three touchdowns, and Dwight Smith had two interceptions as Akron beat University, 37-20.

    Payne scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter, and had TD runs of 13 and 20 yards five minutes apart in the fourth period after Miami (3-2, 2-1 Mid-American) trimmed Akron's 17-point lead to 23-20.

    Smith, who leads the nation with eight interceptions in five games, had one early in the fourth quarter to stall a Miami drive.

    Zac Derr kicked first-half field goals of 38, 34 and 38 yards and Butchie Washington threw a 66-yard touchdown pass to Jake Schifino to give the Zips (3-2, 2-1) a 23-6 lead.

    Steve Little's 5-yard TD run and Andy Dooley's 2-yard TD run - both in the third quarter - made it 23-20.

    Little rushed for 128 yards on 17 carries. Mike Bath completed 20 of 249 passes for 174 yards with two interceptions for Miami.

    Schifino caught three passes for 123 yards.