The Akron Zips last week picked up their sixth consecutive victory, dating back to last season as they scored touchdowns in four consecutive possessions over an 11-minute span to put away a game bunch of Keydets from Virginia Military Institute, 47-27, at InfoCision Stadium.
The schedule now gets tougher for the Blue and Gold as they hit the road for the next two weeks. The first challenge . . .
LAST TIME OUT:
The Zips opened their 2016 season at Infocision Stadium with a 47-24 win over FCS member Virginia Military Institute from the Southern Conference. VMI scored first, but UA bounced back and held a 19-10 lead at halftime.
The Keydets would not go away and closed the margin to two points, 26-24, late in the third quarter. Akron then scored 21 unanswered points -- part of a stretch in which they scored touchdowns on four consecutive possessions to put the game out of reach.
Junior quarterback Thomas Woodson passed for a career high 409 yards and a school record six touchdowns. Junior Wide Receiver Jerome Lane had 10 catches for a career high 196 yards and two touchdowns, while fifth-year senior JoJo Natson owned four receptions for 90 yards and three scores.
RB Warren Ball, a senior who graduated from Ohio State, led the UA rushers with 110 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown. It was all part of a game that saw the Zips offense amass 576 total yards.
Defensively, sophomore LB Ulysses Gilbert and fifth year senior James Turner each had 10 total tackles as the defensive 11 had two sacks and 15 tackles for losses.
The victory was the Zips sixth straight, dating back to last season. That is their longest winning streak since a six-game skein in 1976…Forty-seven points scored against VMI were the most in an opening game by the Zips since 1969 when they scored 52 in a win at Butler…Thomas Woodson was named MAC East offensive Player of the Week for his school record six touchdown passes and 409 passing yards ..Woodson’s 422 yards of total offense was the fifth best in school history and his seventh best in school history…WR Jerome Lane had his second career 100-yard receiving game vs VMI…WR JoJo Natson, a transfer from Utah State, scored his first touchdown as a member of the Zips in the first quarter …RB Warren Ball had a career game against the Keydets with his first-ever 100 yard rushing game. He is one of six UA players who already have their bachelor’s degree. Ball had one year left of eligibility after coming from Ohio State, where he was part of the 2014 National Championship team…Eleven players made their collegiate debut in the starting lineup, however only five of them were freshmen…PK Tom O’ Leary made his first points as a Zips kicker with five extra points
The game is the third lifetime meeting between the two schools, with the Badgers taking the previous two (both coming at Camp Randall Stadium) 48-31 in 2003 and 38-17 in 2008
WISCONSIN BADGERS (1-0)
THEIR LAST TIME OUT:
Wisconsin opened the 2016 campaign with one of the biggest upsets in the opening week of college football as they defeated nationally ranked Louisiana State 16-14 last Saturday at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. PK Rafael Gaglianone made three field goals the last coming from 47-yards out late in the fourth quarter for the victory.
It was the Badgers first ever win over a Southeastern Conference opponent in regular season play and ended LSU’s 52-game winning streak against non-conference opposition. Senioir RB Corey Clement rushed for 86 yards on 21 carries while fellow senior QB Bart Houston was 19-of-31 for 205 yards with two interceptions. Junior LB Zach Cichy led the defense with eight total tackles
With a win over the Zips on Saturday, Wisconsin would match Ohio State’s mark of 36 consecutive wins over non-conference opposition at home. The Badgers seek their 21st consecutive home opening win, with their last home opening loss coming against Colorado in 1995…The win over LSU marked the Big Ten’s first win over a top-five team since 1996 when Michigan defeated Notre Dame (LSU was ranked fifth in the pre-season polls)…PK Rafael Gaglianone was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week for his three field goals, including the game winner from 47 yards away…Junior TE Troy Fumagali had seven receptions for a creer best 100 yards…Wisconsin is 30-2 in their history against MAC opposition…Badgers head coach Paul Chryst is 0-1 lifetime against Akron, losing to the Zips and Terry Bowden with Pittsburgh in 2014 by a 21-10 count.