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Akron 10, Miami, Ohio 7

October 20, 1996

AKRON, Ohio (AP) _ Jaime Stidham kicked a 27-yard field goal with 4:16 left to give Akron a 10-7 victory Saturday over Miami of Ohio in the Mid-American Conference.

The Zips (2-6 overall, 2-4 Mid-American Conference) were beaten 65-0 when the teams played last year.

Miami (4-4, 4-2) had tied the score 7-7 with 12:22 left, with Travis Prentice scoring on a 2-yard run seven plays after Akron lost the ball on a fumble at its 24.

A fumble also led to the first score, a 1-yard run on fourth down by Greg Gromek with 4:36 left in the opening quarter, ending a 17-yard drive. Gromek was making his first start at quarterback.

Miami’s Marty Peacock missed a 22-yard field goal into the wind midway through the third quarter.

Miami’s final drive reached the Akron 45 before the Zips took over on downs with 26 seconds to play.

The game was played in a 20-mph wind that kept offensive numbers low. Akron had 155 yards in total offense, including 135 on the ground, while Miami ran for 158 yards and passed for 122.