Besides providing a time to rest and recharge, a bye week is one of those rare occasions when a team can savor a victory. Of course, it might also be a time when a team must live another week with the memory of a poor outing. The latter was the case for the Akron Zips.
In their last game on October 17th, the Zips ran into a Bowling Green Falcons team at the top of its game. BG dominated every facet in a 59-10 win. It was Akron's worst defeat of the season and its largest margin of defeat in a Mid-American Conference game since the end of the 2011.
Such defeats often leave a team anxious to get back on field as quick as possible. Akron will get that chance -- finally -- when it hosts Central Michigan. It is UA's only home game in a five week stretch.
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LAST TIME OUT:
The Zips fell to the Bowling Green Falcons, 59-10, on October 17. The East Division leading Falcons scored on five consecutive possessions in the second half to turn the game into a rout. It was a bad day offensively for UA, as it managed just 271 yards of total offense. Senior RB Conor Hundley led the ground attack with 69 yards on 16 carries. The bulk of the yards came in the first quarter.
Sophomore QB Thomas Woodson completed 13-of-28 passes for only 91 yards with a touchdown (a 14-yarder to WR Tyrell Goodman) and two interceptions. Sophomore WR Jerome Lane caught four passes for 45 yards.
Defensively, senior LB Dylan Evans had 11 total tackles (six solo). Akron did manage to sack BGSU quarterback Matt Johnson three times, but it did not come up with a turnover in the contest
The Zips opened the 2015 season losing to nationally ranked Oklahoma 41-3 last Saturday at Gaylord Family Stadium in Norman on September 5th …Then, in the home opener September 12th they fell to the Pittsburgh Panthers, 24-7. UA collected its first victory of the season in a 52-9 rout of FCS member Savannah State at home before defeating the Rajun Cajuns of Louisiana (Sun Belt) 35-14 before opening MAC play on October 3rd with a 14-12 home loss to Ohio…UA rebounded with a 47-21 win at Eastern Michigan before the loss at Bowling Green.
OFFENSE: UA is averaging 23.7 points and 357.9 yards per game
RUSHING: Conor Hundley 101 carries-543 yards six touchdowns
PASSING: Thomas Woodson 70-138-5, 989 yards eight touchdown
RECEIVING: Imani Davis 22 receptions-294 yards two touchdowns
DEFENSE: The Zips are allowing 26 points and 357.9 yards per game
TACKLES: LB Dylan Evans (36 solo-27 assists-63 total)
TACKLES FOR LOSSES: LB Jatavius Brown 9-49 yards
SACKS: Brown 6 ½ - 43 yards
INTERCEPTIONS: CB DeAndre Scott 4-13
PASS BREAKUPS: Evans 5
PUNTING: Zach Paul 41-39.9 yards per kick (seven kicks 50 or more yards)
PLACE KICKING: Robert Stein 8-11 FG/20-20 PAT
KICK RETURNS: Van Edwards (KR) 13-21.5 yds avg A.J. Coney (PR) 9-5.6
PK Robert Stein's 46 yard field goal at Bowling Green was his longest of the season. He has made six straight and seven of his last eight the only miss in that stretch was a 41 yarder at Louisiana…UA is 14th in the Football Bowl Subdivision in rushing defense, allowing 106 yards per game..CB DeAndre Scott is tenth in the FBS in interceptions with four…Kyle Rits made his second consecutive start at RT against the Falcons…The 532 yards the Zips defense allowed against BGSU was the second most this season (539 at Oklahoma)
THE SERIES: The game is the 26th lifetime meeting between the two schools, with CMU holding an 15-9-1 overall advantage…The Zips have won five straight and nine of the last ten in the series (UA last win was in 2003 40-28)….14th lifetime game played in Akron with the series tied 6-6-1…CMU won the only other game in InfoCision Stadium, 23-22, in 2011…Their last meeting was in 2012 in Mount Pleasant, where the Chips came away with a decisive 35-10 victory
CENTRAL MICHIGAN CHIPPEWAS (4-4, 3-1 MAC WEST)
LAST TIME OUT;
The Chippewas collected their second straight win and third in the last four games last Saturday as they traveled to Muncie and defeated the Ball State Cardinals, 23-21. PK Brian Davey kicked three field goals, the last coming with 5:30 remaining in the fourth quarter. That proved to be the winning margin…QB Cooper Rush completed 30-of-38 passes for 316 yards and two touchdowns…RB Martez Walker led all rushers in the contest with 19 carries for 86 yards…WR Mark Chapman had six receptions for 100 yards…Defensively LB Nathan Ricketts had eight total tackles (two solo) as the CMU defensive 11 held the Cards to just 2-of-11 on third down. The victory was CMU’s first on the road this season
The Chiipewas are in their first year under the direction of John Bomamego, a former player with CMU and longtime NFL assistant most recently with the Detroit Lions, The Chippewas opened the 2015 season losing at home to nationally ranked Oklahoma State, with the Cowboys pulling away in the fourth quarter to ensure victory…After beating FCS member Monmouth, 31-10, CMU lost three of their next four, including a heartbreaking defeat at Syracuse in overtime and to nationally ranked Michigan State.
Central Michigan opened its MAC schedule with a surprising 29-19 home win over Northern Illinois before suffering a two-point defeat at Western Michigan. The Chippewas then posted wins over Buffalo and Ball State….CMU finishes the season with two of their last three games at home (Toledo and Eastern Michigan) with its final road tilt brings them to Kent State
OFFENSE: CMU is averaging 27.9 points & 409.4 yards per game
RUSHING: Martez Walker 75 carries-243 yards two touchdowns
PASSING: Cooper Rush 208-298-7 2,400 yards 18 touchdowns
RECEIVING: Jesse Kroll 41 receptions-550 yards four touchdowns
DEFENSE: The Chippewas are allowing 26.3 points and 322.2 yards per game
TACKLES: Kavon Frazier (44-25-69)
TFL: Blake Serpa 4 ½-11 yards
SACKS: Five with one
INTERCEPTIONS: Five with one
PUNTING: Ron Coluzzi 37-40.4 avg per kick
PLACE KICKING: Brian Eavey 13-17 FG/ 24-24 PAT
KICK RETURNS: Emmett Thomas (KR) 21-20.2/Thomas (PR) 5-5
PK Brian Eavey was named MAC West Special Teams Player of the Week with his three field goals including his fourth quarter game winner at BSU…CMU has won 10 consecutive games against the MAC East including a 51-14 win over Buffalo on October 17th…CMU defense is allowing just 173.4 passing yards per game number one in the MAC…CMU leads the MAC in time of possession holding the ball for an average of 33:30 per game