E. Michigan 24, Akron 21
YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) _ Junior Don Vesling kicked a 20-yard field goal with 1:09 remaining to lift Eastern Michigan to a 24-21 victory over Akron in a non-conference college football game Saturday night.
The defeat was the first for Coach Gerry Faust after two victories. Faust took over the Akron program this season after being dismissed at Notre Dame last season.
Akron led 21-14 at the start of the fourth quarter, but with 9:12 to go, Eastern Michigan senior Marcus Mathews caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ron Adams. Vesling kicked the extra point to tie the score and set up the game-winning kick.
The Zips opened the scoring in the first quarter, when Akron quarterback Vernon Stewart connected on an 8-yard TD pass with Chris Kelley.
The Hurons caught up on a 14-yard pass caught by tailback Gary Patton and led 14-7 when Jimmie Johnson plunged 3 yards for a touchdown with 4:38 remaining in the half.
Akron rallied in the third quarter when Larry Small caught a 15-yard TD pass from Stewart. Fullback Dan Hampton scrambled a yard for another touchdown with 17 seconds remaining in the quarter, pulling the Zips ahead 21-14.
Patton rushed for 122 yards in 19 attempts for the Hurons, 3-0. Adams completed 9 of 20 pass attempts for 152 yards. His favorite targets were Patton with 4 catches for 53 yards and Steve Palmateer with 2 catches for 36 yards.
Mike Clark gained 194 yards in 26 rushing attempts for Akron, which slipped to 2-1. Stewart connected on 10 of 20 throws for 142 yards.