In football, there is little time to savor victory, so Saturday's MAC battle at InfoCision Stadium will in part reveal which team has effectively "moved on."
Akron and Miami are both savoring victories. The Akron Zips, who downed EMU last week improved to 3-2 while evening their MAC record to 1-1. The Zips now have their wins at this point of a season since 2008. Can Akron make it three straight?
Visiting Miami, meanwhile, registered its first win after 21-straight losses stretching back to 2012. It took a dramatic comeback, with the decision ultimately going down to the final snap of the game. Can the RedHawks put two good halves together for another win?
LAST TIME OUT: October 4th defeating Eastern Michigan at home 31-6.
The Zips won their MAC opener for the first time since 2007 when they defeated Kent State at the old Rubber Bowl
Akron spotted the Eagles a 6-0 lead before scoring the final 31 points of the contest to get the victory. The game turned at the start of the third quarter when UA scored touchdowns on each of their first three possessions.
Junior QB Kyle Pohl completed 27-of-40 passes for a career-best 326 and two touchdowns. Junior RB Conor Hundley rushed for 61 yards and scored on a 28-yard touchdown (the first of those three scores in the third quarter). Senior WR LT Smith III had a career-best 10 catches for 117 yards and a score. Defensively, junior LB Jatavis Brown had 14 tackles (12 solo) with two sacks on a day the defense allowed EMU just 279 total yards.
ON THE YEAR:
As a team UA is averaging 413.4 yards per game on offense while scoring 22.6 pts per game. Defensively they are allowing 17 points per game (First in the MAC) and 359 total yards per game (third in the MAC)…Individually on the offense Kyle Pohl is completing 56.4% of his passes (106/88) for 1,186 yards with seven touchdowns and just three interceptions…Hundley had 61 yards against the Eagles but still leads the ground game with 252 yards on 39 carries, scoring his first touchdown of the season last Saturday. Junior Zach D’Orazio has 28 receptions to lead the receivers and has 313 yards
Sophomore Mykel Traylor-Bennett leads the corps with four touchdowns
Defensively, Jatavis Brown leads with 44 total tackles (31 solo) with six tackles for losses, three sacks, a quarterback, hit and a pass breakup. The defense has picked off at least one pass in each of the last four games
On Special teams, P Zach Paul leads the MAC, averaging 45.8 yards per kick. PK Robert Stein added a field goal last Saturday his third straight without a miss so far this season
Akron opened the season with a 41-0 shutout of Howard before falling at Penn State (21-3) and at home against Marshall (48-17). The Zips got back in the winning column with a huge win on te road at Pitt.
NOTES & QUOTES:
After beginning his tenure at UA with a 2-17 record, head coach Terry Bowden is 7-3 over his last 10 games (4-2 at InfoCision Stadium.
> Several Zips are moving up the all-time charts.
> Senior RB Jawon Chisholm rushed for 45 yards last Saturday is currently fifth on the all-time list with 2,849 yards just 12 behind place Brandon Payne
> QB Kyle Pohl had the fourth 300-yard passing game of his career against EMU and sits sixth on the all time yardage list with 3,986 just three behind fifth place Mike Johnson and just 14 away from the 4,000 yard mark.
> Senior WR Keith Sconiers still is in a tie for ninth on the all-time reception list with 104 just two behind eighth place James White
> The Zips wore black uniforms with gold letters Saturday in honor of the late Tank Arrington the assistant coach who died in an automobile crash last December
The game is the 24th lifetime meeting between the two schools with Miami holding a 16-6-2 overall record.
> 11th in Akron (6-4 Miami) and the third at InfoCision Stadium (both won by Miami in 2010 & 2012)
> Their last metting was in Oxford on October 19, 2013 when UA ended a 28-game losing streak to Football Bowl Subdivision teams with a 24-17 victory. The Zips had a 24-7 lead midway in the fourth quarter before the 'Hawks scored two touchdowns late in the game. Kyle Pohl passed for 227 yards while Jawon Chisholm had 86 yards rushing and scored three touchdowns.
On the defense, LB Jatavis Brown had seven total tackles (five solo) with a sack. For MU, Austin Boucher completed 23-of-34 passes for 226 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. On the defensive side, Dayonne Nunley had 11 tackles on the afternoon..The victory was UA’s first in Oxford since 1939 and broke a four-game losing streak in the series
MIAMI REDHAWKS (1-5, 1-1 MAC)
LAST TIME OUT: October 4 -- defeating Massachusetts at home 42-41. Miami ended a 21-game losing streak overall and 13 in MAC play when the RedHawks came back from a 41-14 deficit to defeat the Minutemen 42-41. QB Andrew Hendrix scored the game-winning touchdown with 2:58 remaining in regulation. MU set season highs in points (42), first downs (31) passing yards (437) and total yards (557).
ON THE YEAR:
As a team, MU is averaging 23.3 points and 387.8 yards per game offensively
Defensively, the Redhawks are allowing 33.3 points and 445.2 yards per game
Individually, Andrew Hendrix is at the controls of the MU offense. The transfer from Notre Dame is completing just 47.45 percent of his passes (118/249) for 1,779 yards with 14 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Sophomore RB Spencer McInnis leads a struggling ground game with 188 yards on 48 carries. Dawan Scott, who showed some promise at running back (e.g. a 61-yard TD run against Buffalo before getting injuried) is again listed on the depth chart. His level of availability, however, is still a question.
Senior WR David Frazier leads the receivers with 31 receptions for 575 yards and two touchdowns
Defensively, senior S Jerrell Jones and junior LB Kent Kern each have 52 total tackles (Kern 34 solo – Jones 32). Kern leads in tackles for loss with six, while Junior Bryson Albright has four sacks. senior Quinten Rollins has four interceptions and seven pass breakups
There was a new man in Oxford in 2014 as Chuck Martin came from Brian Kelly’s staff at Notre Dame to become MU’s 36th head football coach last December.
Martin had been a head coach before at Division II Grand Valley State in Michigan a with great success going 74-7 and was 16-4 in the NCAA Division II playoffs…
There was no where to go but up for the Hawks who went 0-12 last season. They began the season with home losses to Marshall and Eastern Kentucky. They played very competitively at Michigan and at Cincinnati but came up short.
Miami opened MAC play with a narrow eight point setback at Buffalo before the comeback win over UMass…After the road tilt with the Zips, the Hawks play at Northern Illinois before finishing the season with three of their final four games at home -- the finale being against arch-rival Ohio in another "The Battle of the Bricks.”
NOTES AND QUOTES:
Coming into the game MU is third in the MAC and 28th the FBS in passing yards per game 296.5 ypg.
> Andrew Hendrix is ninth in the FBS individually with 1,779 yards. Henrix’s 529 total yards of offense (second most in school history (and 437 passing yards (sixth) was enough for him to be named MAC East Offensive Player of the Week…
> Former MU basketball player Quinten Rollins is believed to be the first college athlete to score a basket against Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium…intercept a pass against Michigan at the Big House in Ann Arbor and pick off a pass against Cincinnati at Paul Brown Stadium.