Recap: Akron vs. Eastern Mich
Akron, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Pohl passed for 326 yards and two touchdowns to lift the Akron Zips to a 31-6 victory over the Eastern Michigan Eagles in the Mid-American Conference opener for both sides at InfoCision Stadium.
Pohl completed 27-of-40 pass attempts and did not commit a turnover while under center for Akron (3-2, 1-0 MAC). Conor Hundley and Tommy Woodson racked up 61 and 60 rushing yards, respectively, while L.T. Smith tallied 117 yards and a touchdown on 10 receptions. Zach D'Orazio also had an impressive performance, reeling in eight catches for 87 yards. Jatavis Brown anchored the Zips' defensive unit with 14 total tackles and a pair of sacks.
Rob Bolden led the Eagles (1-4, 0-1) with 185 yards and a touchdown on 17- of-30 passing efficiency, but he was also picked off twice. Tyler Allen registered five receptions for 52 yards, while Jason Beck paced EMU's defense with 10 total stops. The loss was the fourth in a row for the Eagles, who will return home for the first time since Aug. 30 next week to host Buffalo.
Eastern Michigan struck first, as Bolden connected with Allen on an 18-yard touchdown pass six minutes after the opening kickoff. The Eagles lead stayed at six points, as David Gibson's extra-point conversion was unsuccessful.
Akron answered as time winded down in the opening period as Pohl scored on a five-yard run to conclude a 10-play, 91-yard drive. Robert Stein's successful extra-point attempt gave the Zips a 7-6 advantage on the scoreboard.
Neither side managed to produce any points in the second frame until the final minute, when Stein converted a 32-yard field goal try to send the Zips into the intermission with a 10-6 lead.
Akron pulled away in the third period, as Hundley broke away for a 28-yard touchdown run just three minutes into the second half. The Zips extended their lead to 24-6 at the 5:23 mark of the period with a 24-yard touchdown pass from Pohl to L.T. Smith.
Pohl connected with Anthony Ritossa for a 15-yard touchdown pass just after the start of the fourth quarter to make it a four-possession game, and Akron's defense held the Eagles' in check the rest of the way.
The Zips managed to win easily despite being penalized 15 times for a loss of 124 yards.Game Notes