Chippewas Defeat Zips, 17-7

Updated 9/9/2000
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) (September 9, 2000) -- Robbie Mixon accounted for 265 of Central Michigan's 344 offensive yards as the Chippewas defeated Akron 17-7 in the teams' Mid-American Conference opener.

Mixon caught an 86-yard touchdown pass from Pete Shepherd to open the scoring for Central (1-1, 1-0 MAC) with 2:20 left in the first quarter. Paul Savich's 25-yard field goal gave the hosts a 10-0 lead with 1:57 before halftime.

Mixon's 2-yard TD run capped a 15-play, 97-yard drive and gave Central a 17-0 lead with 3:29 left in the third quarter.

The Zips (0-2, 0-1) got a 2-yard touchdown run from Brandon Payne with 9:11 left to play. Akron would finish with 252 net offensive yards.

Mixon finished with 42 carries for 164 yards, and three receptions for 101 yards. Shepherd overall completed 9-of-19 passes for 173 yards.

Jimmie Gray paced Akron's rushing attack with 86 yards on 13 carries. Butchie Washington completed 8-of-24 passes for just 68 yards; his favorite target was Jake Schifino, who caught six passes for 51 yards.