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Akron Zips end 30-game road losing streak by beating Miami (O.) 24-17

(courtesy U of Akron)

The Akron Zips ended their 30-game road losing streak by beating the Miami RedHawks on Saturday, 24-17.

They also ended another losing streak of 28 straight losses to Football Subdivision teams.

Akron’s Jawon Chrisholm rushed for 86 yards and three touchdowns to fuel the win.

The Zips took control in the second half by pulling ahead 24-7.

Akron had not won on the road since a 45-35 win against Eastern Michigan on October 18, 2008. They also had not won at Miami since October 21, 1939. The Zips last beat an FBS team on November 28, 2010, against the Buffalo Bulls.

The Zips are now 2-6, 1-3 in the Mid-American Conference.

The Miami RedHawks are 0-7, 0-3 with their only bright spot being QB Austin Boucher who completed 23 of 34 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns.

RedHawks beat Army 35-28, Get First Win for Coach

Zac Dysert Miami QB

OXFORD, OHIO — The fifth time was the charm for Don Treadwell, who won his first game in five tries as the first-year Miami Redhawks coach, as his team rallied from a 28-14 third quarter deficit to beat the Army Black Knights 35-28 at Yager Stadium.

Zac Dysert completed 24 of 37 passes for 342 yards and a career-high four touchdown passes, three of them in a span of 10:25 after his team was down 28-14. Two of the TDs went to Nick Harwell, who finished with 10 receptions for 186 yards.

The Black Knights entered the game second among Football Subdivision (FBS) teams in rushing — 368 yards per game — and chose to stick with their strength on third and 11 from the Miami 14 yard line with less than a minute to go and down 35-28. They called a run for quarterback Trent Steelman — 8-for-8 passing on the day for 124 yards — but the the RedHawk defense stopped him for a yard loss. On fourth down, Jaytee Swanson and Jason Semmes snuffed out Army’s last chance by sacking Steelman with :24 left.

Nick Harwell Miami WR

The RedHawks had not scored a first quarter touchdown in their first four games, but went 83 yards in six plays on their opening drive, using less than two minutes, and ending in a 13 yard screen pass from Dysert to Harwell. The two had hooked up for 45 yards on the second play of the drive.

The Black Knights answered with an 11 play, 75 yard drive, with Steelman sneaking the last yard. The key play was a fourth-and-two conversion at the RedHawks 34 yard line, Raymond Maples barely getting the needed yardage. Steelman entered the game leading all quarterbacks in the FBS in rushing touchdowns, with nine.

Maples ripped off a 25 yard run untouched to give Army a 14-7 lead with 1:14 left in the first quarter, capping another 75 yard drive.

Harwell tied the Miami record of four straight games with at least 100 yards receiving, and it took him less than a quarter to achieve it, on a 36 yard toss from Dysert. It was the biggest of a six play, 80 yard drive to tie it at 14, with Dysert plunging the last yard.

Army waited until their third possession before passing (twice), a drive that ended in a Steelman fumble at the RedHawk 24. Steelman bounced back on Army’s next possession, faking a handoff and hitting a wide-open Malcolm Brown for a 45 yard TD pass play and a 21-14 lead that held up at halftime.

Army had a slim 268-266 advantage in first half yardage.

The RedHawks entered the game last among all of the 120 FBS teams with 49 yards rushing per game, but topped that with 51 in the first quarter and finished with 161.

Steelman scored his second touchdown of the game on Army’s first possession of the third quarter on a 5 yard run. Three plays earlier, he had ripped off a 40 yard run down to the Miami 8.

Miami responded with a 13 play drive, but the 13th play resulted in an Erik Finklea fumble as he struggled to punch it in from the four. Finklea finished with 90 yards rushing.

The RedHawks cut it to 28-21 with 2:30 remaining in the third quarter when Dysert hit Justin Semmes from 17 yards out. They tied it at 28 on the first play of the fourth quarter when Dysert hit Andy Cruse with a nine-yard look-in pass. The drive started on Army’s 35 following a fumble by Maples.

Miami got the winning score the hard way, going 98 yards in nine plays, ending with Dysert’s fourth scoring toss, a 20 yard fade to Harwell in the right corner of the end zone.

Miami is now 1-4, and Army falls to 2-4.

Photos courtesy of Miami University athletics


2010 LITTLE CAESARS PIZZA BOWL: Florida International beats Toledo, 34-32

(courtesy of Little Caesars Pizza Bowl via Wikipedia Commons)

Jack Griffin’s 34-yard field goal on the final play of the game gave Florida International a stunning, come-from-behind win over the Toledo Rockets, 34-32 in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit, Michigan at Ford Field.

The upstart Golden Panthers, playing in their first bowl game, faced fourth-and-17 on their final drive before picking up the first down on a hook-and-lateral to T.Y. Hilton.

Seconds later, Wes Carroll found Greg Ellingson across the middle of the field to the Toledo 22-yard line, setting up the final kick for FIU who finishes up 7-6.

The Rockets, who were the favorites and had most of the crowd at Ford Field rooting for them because Toledo, Ohio is just 46 miles south of Detroit, finishes the season at 8-5.

Toledo had taken the lead with 1:14 remaining on a touchdown run by Terrance Owens and a two-point conversion pass to Eric Page.

The two teams aren’t strangers. The Panthers beat the Rockets 35-16 in 2008. Toledo won 41-31 at FIU Stadium in 2009.


* FIU started the season at 0-4, losing on the road at Texas A&M, Maryland and Pittsburgh in exchange for huge paydays to help the program.

* This was their first bowl game.

* FIU had a 6-2 record in the Sun Belt Conference and made it to the postseason in the ninth season in the history of the program and its sixth year in the Football Subdivision level.

* The Panthers loss in their season finale to Middle Tennessee State cost them sole possession of first place in the Sun Belt.

* FIU has an explosive all-around player in junior T.Y. Hilton with 56 receptions for 816 yards and four touchdowns. As a running back from scrimmage, he has 26 carries for 278 yards with four TD’s.

* QB Wesley Carroll has completed 61.8% of his passes, but he takes too many risks throwing 13 interceptions compared to 15 interceptions.


* Made its first postseason appearance since 2005.

* Freshman QB Terrance Owens took over after Austin Dantin went down after the ninth game with a partially separated shoulder on October 30. Owens ends the season at 2-2 as the starter.

* The Rockets get their spark from sophomore wide receiver Eric Page, who won All-Mid-American Conference honors as a receiver and kick returner. Page is 10th in the nation in all-purpose yardage (158.8). He is fifth in the nation with 94 receptions and is the only player in the Football Subdivision this season with three kickoff returns for a touchdown. He has also thrown for three scores.

* LB Archie Donald is the first Toledo player to lead the team in tackles for four consecutive years. Donald tied for the MAC lead in tackles with 134 and had three interceptions.

* RB Adonis Thomas is second in the Mid-American Conference with 905 rushing yards, averaging 6 yards a carry, and had 29 receptions.

compiled from Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, Florida International & Toledo athletics news