Akron 16, Central Michigan 13
AKRON, Ohio (AP) _ Lew Lawhorn’s 73-yard touchdown reception and 53-yard punt return lifted the Akron Zips to an upset of defending Mid-American Conference champion Central Michigan 16-13 Saturday night.
The Zips (1-3, 1-2 in the MAC) had been outscored 166-41 in three losses to open the season, but kept the Chippewas in check, even though Central Michigan outgained Akron 388 yards to 260.
Central Michigan (2-2, 1-1) went ahead early on Brad Blasy’s 32-yard field goal. Akron made it 7-3 when Mike Junko went deep to Lawhorn on a sideline pattern later in the first period.
Blasy hit a 29-yard field goal in the second quarter, but Akron’s Jozsef Jakab nailed a 47-yarder, his longest field goal, to put the Zips ahead 10-6 at halftime.
Central quarterback Chad Darnell capped a 58-yard drive in the third quarter with an 11-yard scramble, and the Chippewas went ahead 13-10. It stayed that way until the Zips forced a fourth-quarter punt from deep in Central Michigan territory.
Lawhorn, a transfer from Temple, went to his left and found plenty of space for the touchdown. The Chippewas blocked Jakab’s extra point.
The Akron defense then twice stopped the Chippewas.
Jonathan Eaton picked off a pass with 2:28 left at the Akron 26, and linebacker Jason Taylor intercepted Darnell’s throw at the Akron 39 as time ran out.