W. Michigan 24, Akron 20
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) _ Ulric King’s diving 41-yard touchdown catch with 11 seconds to play capped a furious final minute Saturday as Western Michigan beat Akron 24-20.
King beat double coverage down the middle of the field and hauled in the winning catch from Brad Tayles just 34 seconds after Akron (2-1 overall, 2-1 Mid-American Conference) had taken a 20-17 lead on Marcel Weems’ second TD run of the game.
The Broncos (1-1-1, 1-1) led 17-13 when Tayles was intercepted by Victor Green at the Western Michigan 42 with 4:24 to play.
Weems, who had a combined 269 yards rushing and passing, capped the 10-play drive with a 4-yard run, giving Akron a three-point lead with 45 seconds to play.
Western took over on its own 20 with 34 seconds remaining. Two passes to King gave the Broncos a first down at Akron’s 46. After a draw play gained five yards, Tayles threw long to King, who stretched to make a fingertip catch in the end zone.
King finished with eight catches for 169 yards.
Weems carried 25 times for 149 yards and completed 8 of 16 passes for 120 yards. Tayles completed 15-of-35 for 224 yards.
The Broncos took their first lead of the day 15 seconds into the fourth quarter when Paul Davis ran 58 yards for a touchdown.
Green’s first of two interceptions set up Akron’s first TD drive. Green picked off a Tayles pass near the goal line midway through the first quarter, and Weems led a 14-play, 85-yard drive that he capped with a 5-yard run. The extra-point attempt was blocked and the Zips led 6-0.
Jay Barresi’s 44-yard field goal made it 6-3 at halftime. Pete Ieli and Tayles traded short touchdown runs in the third quarter, which ended with Akron leading 13-10.
It was the first game played at Waldo Stadium since the artificial surface was replaced by grass in the offseason.