The Akron Zips evened their record at 2-2 last Saturday as theydefeated the Rajun Cajuns of Louisiana, pulling away in the second half thanks to QB Thomas Woodson, who accounted for 331 yards of total offense and three touchdowns.
With the victory, Akron won consecutive games for the first time since the Zips rolled off three straight victories last season. In addition, it was the 500th overall win in program history.
This Saturday, UA opens Mid-American Conference play as the Ohio Bob'Cats come to InfoCision Stadium. Ohio has beaten the Zips on seven consecutive occasions, including last year’s 23-20 triumph in Athens.
Here's a look at the two teams:
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THEIR LAST TIME OUT:
The Zips ended the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 35-14 win over the Louisiana Rajun Cajuns Saturday night in Lafayette. UA pulled away in the second half thanks to a 72-yard touchdown pass midway through the third quarter by sophomore Thomas Woodson to fellow soph WR Jerome Lane.
Woodson, in his third collegiate start completed 13-of-29 passes for 238 yards with two touchdowns and was not sacked. Woodson also led UA in rushing with 93 yards and a score.
Nine difference receivers collected passes by Woodson with four (WR’s Austin Wolf, Imani Davis, Tyrell Goodman, and Andrew Pratt) collecting a pair.
Defensively, Akron held the high-powered ULL attack to just 285 total yards and registered a sack, two fumble recoveries, and two interceptions.
Sophomore S Zach Guiser led the Zips with eight total tackles (six solo), while senior LB Dylan Evans had five stops (four solo) with two tackles for losses and an interception
THE SEASON SO FAR:
The Zips opened the 2015 season losing to nationally-ranked Oklahoma, 41-3, in Norman … UA then fell to the Pittsburgh Panthers in the home opener 24-7 before garnering its first victory of the season in a 52-9 rout of FCS member Savannah State
OFFENSE: UA is averaging 24.2 points and 353.8 yards per game
RUSHING: Conor Hundley 51 carries-294 yards four touchdowns
PASSING: Thomas Woodson 26-50-2 445 yards three touchdown
RECEIVING: Imani Davis 9 receptions-107 yards one touchdown
DEFENSE: The Zips are allowing 22 points and 333.2 yards per game
TACKLES: LB Dylan Evans (23 solo-15 assists-38 total)
TACKLES FOR LOSSES: LB Jatavius Brown 6 ½-35 yards
SACKS: Brown 4 1/2 - 30 yards
INTERCEPTIONS: CB DeAndre Scott 3-13
PASS BREAKUPS: Evans 5
PUNTING: Zach Paul 27-41.1 yards per kick (five kicks 50 or more yards)
PLACE KICKING: Robert Stein 2-5 FG/13-13 PAT
KICK RETURNS: Van Edwards (KR) 6-20 A.J. Coney (PR) 9-5.6
ZIPS NOTES & QUOTES:
The Zips are 6-17 in MAC openers…UA broke a six-game losing streak in openers when it defeated Eastern Michigan last season at home, 31-6…This Saturday is homecoming at UA…Longsnapper Michael Buddenberg was named MAC East Player of the Week as he recorded his first ever fumble recovery late in the first half…Thomas Woodson’s 72 yard touchdown pass to Jerome Lane was the longest UA pass play so far this season…Daumantas Vekckus-Cucchiara, in his first extensive action as a Zip, collected his first career sack, along with four tackles ( three solo)…S Zach Guiser’s eight total tackles is a career high…LB Dylan Evans’ interception was the first of his career…UA plays four of their next five gameso n the road beginning next Saturday at Eastern Michigan
THE SERIES: The game is the 32nd lifetime meeting between these two MAC East Division rivals, with the Bob'Cats holding an 18-12-1 advantage. They have won the last seven encounters…UA's last win in the series was 2007 at the Rubber Bowl, 48-37…Last year in Peden Stadium, the ''Cats picked up a 23-20 victory when PK Josiah Yazdani kicked a 22-yard field goal with 1:55 remaining. The game was even statistically 356-352 in Ohio’s favor, however three turnovers (two interceptions and a fumble) proved to be UA’s undoing.
OHIO UNIVERSITY BOBCATS (3-1)
THEIR LAST TIME OUT;
The Bob'Cats suffered their first loss of the 2015 season, falling to the Minnesota Golden Gopher, 27-24, last Saturday in the Twin Cities. RB Shannon Brooks scored the winning touchdown for the home team with just 30 seconds remaining in a final period that saw the ''Cats have the lead for much of the period.
Fifth-year Senior QB Derrius Vick completed 17-of-27 passes for 194 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Senior RB Daz’mond Patterson led the ground game with 70 yards on 13 carries. Fourth year junior WR Jordan Reid had five catches for 36 yards. Defensively, Senior SS Devin Jones had 10 total tackles (eight solo)
THE SEASON SO FAR:
Ohio opened the 2015 season with three straight wins, beginning on the road at Idaho. The Bob'Cats followed with home wins over Marshall and FCS member Southeast Louisiana before the loss to the Gophers last Saturday
OFFENSE: Ohio is averaging 31.2 points & 417.5 yards per game
RUSHING: Daz’mond Patterson 40 carries-244 yards three touchdowns
PASSING: Derrius Vick 51-75-2 742 yards six touchdowns
RECEIVING: Sebastian Smith 16 receptions-241 yards three touchdowns
DEFENSE: The Bob'Cats are allowing 19.8 points & 362.5 yards per game
TACKLES: LB Quentin Poling (21 solo-7 asstists-28 total)
TFL: DL Tarell Basham & DE Kurt Lesak 2 ½ sach
SACKS: Basham 2.5 -- 15 yards
INTERCEPTIONS: SS Nathan Carpenter 2-33
PUNTING: Mitch Bonnstetter 22-37.8 avg per kick
PLACE KICKING: Joziah Yazdani 2-4 FG/ 17-17 PAT
KICK RETURNS: Patterson (KR) 5-25.0 avg Papi White (PR) 10-7.5
OHIO NOTES & QUOTES:
The Bob'Cats lead the Football Bowl Subdivision with six recovered fumbles so far this season…Ohio is 7-3 in MAC openers in the Frank Solich era and is 8-2 lifetime against Akron (1-0 at Nebraska)…Ohio’s 71 wins since the start of the 2006 season are the most of any MAC East team during that stretch…The Bob'Cats return home for the next two games the first next Saturday against arch-rival Miami in the annual ‘Battle of the Bricks’