In the first two games of the 2015 season, the Akron Zips battled heat, humidity, and a driving rainstorm in losses to nationally-ranked Oklahoma on the road and Pittsburgh in the home opener.
Last Saturday, however, UA came up with its best performance of the young season, totally dominating the Savannah State Tigers in every facet of the game en route to a 52-9 victory – Akron’s first of the campaign.
This week, UA travels down to the bayou’s of Southwestern Louisiana. The Rajun Cajuns, out of the Sun Belt Conference evened their season at 1-1 last week with a home win over Northwest State (LA.)
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LAST TIME OUT:
The Zips picked up their first victory of the 2015 season last Saturday as a they routed the Savannah State Tigers (MEAC-FCS), 52-9, at InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field.
After having problems in their first two games offensively, UA registered 626 total yards (335 passing – 291 rushing) and scored 45 unanswered points after the Tigers took a 9-7 lead.
Senior RB Conor Hundley rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown. However, the ground pounder was senior Cody Grice. The defensive standout come in as a fullback on short yardage situations. He carried the ball five times, gaining just seven yards and scoring three touchdowns.
Tra’von Chapman got the start at quarterback and was just 6-of-13 for 128 yards a touchdown and an interception. He was replaced in the second quarter by Thomas Woodson connected on 12-of-20 for 207 yards with a score and an interception. Woodson led UA to seven scoring drives while at the controls.
The defense held SSU to 202 total yards. LB Dylan Evans led the way with nine total tackles (four solo), along with four pass breakups. The UA-defense added a fumble recovery and an interception and recorded eight pass breakups.
THE SEASON SO FAR:
The Zips opened their 2015 season losing to nationally-ranked Oklahoma, 41-3, last Saturday. They then lost to the Pittsburgh Panthers in UA’s home opener 24-7. Akron got into the win column in Week 3 by drubbing Savanna State, 52-9.
OFFENSE: UA is averaging 20.7 points and 320.7 yards per game
RUSHING: Conor Hundley 31 carries-222 yards two touchdowns
PASSING: Thomas Woodson 12-21-1 507 yards one touchdown
RECEIVING: Imani Davis 7 receptions-83 yards TD, Jerome Lane 6-156 TD
DEFENSE: The Zips are allowing 24.7 points and 349.3 yards per game
TACKLES: LB Dylan Evans (19 solo-14 assists-33 total)
TACKLES FOR LOSSES: LB Jatavius Brown 3 ½-20 yards
SACKS: Brown 3 1/2 -20 yards
INTERCEPTIONS: CB DeAndre Scott 2-13
PASS BREAKUPS: Evans 5
PUNTING: Zach Paul 24-42.2 yards per kick (five kicks 50 or more yards)
PLACE KICKING: Robert Stein 2-4 FG/8-8 PAT
KICK RETURNS: Van Edwards (KR) 5-19.4 A.J. Coney (PR) 8-6.1
ZIPS NOTES & QUOTES:
The 52 points against Savanah State scored were the most by the Zips since the 2014 season opener when they scored 41 on Howard (MEAC-FCS)…In his career as an offensive player NT Cody Grice has carried the ball 25 times with seven touchdowns and 20 first downs and has not had a negative carry…RB Conor Hundley collected his second 100-yard rushing game of his career…The next win by the Zips will be the 500th in the program’s history
THE SERIES: The game is the second ever meeting between the two schools..They met in 2013 on a hot muggy late afternoon in InfoCision Stadium, with the Cajuns picking up a 35-30 victory. A game that was not decided until a 13-yard touchdown run by QB Terrance Broadway midway through the fourth quarter proved to be the winning score
LOUISIANA RAJUN CAJUNS (1-1)
THEIR LAST TIME OUT;
After losing its season opener at Kentucky, UL rebounded last Saturday with an emphatic 44-17 win over Northwestern State (Southland-FC) in Lafayette. The home team built a 27-7 halftime lead and was never headed. The Rajun Cajuns were led by RB Elijah McGuire, who carried the ball14 times for 162 yards and scored five touchdowns (tying the school record). UL-L racked up 547 yards of total offense, with 360 coming on the ground. They allowed the Demons 369 yards but only one offensive touchdown
THE SEASON SO FAR:
UL-L opened the 2015 season at Kentucky, coming back from a 24-7 halftime deficit to tie the game 33-33 midway through the fourth quarter. Kentucky, however, pulled out the win when Mikel Horton scored on a 12-yard run with 57 seconds remaining.
OFFENSE: UL is averaging 38.5 points and 513 yards per game
RUSHING: Elijah McGuire 41 carries-248 yards-five touchdowns
PASSING: Brooks Haack 29-45-2 381 yards
RECEIVING: Jamal Robinson 8 receptions-129 yards
DEFENSE: The Cajuns are allowing 28.5 points & 402 yards per game
TACKLES: S Tracy Walker (9 solo-4 assist-13 total)
TFL: LB Domanique Tovelli 5-18
SACKS: DB Zach DeGrange & Tovelli 2
INTERCEPTIONS: Walker 1-1
PUNTING: Steven Coutts 6-44.2 avg per kick
PLACE KICKING: Stevie Artigue 2-2 FG/ 7-8 PAT
KICK RETURNS: Gabe Fuselier 4-19.2 McGuire (PR) 2-6
UL is ranked ninth in the Football Bowl Subdivision in rushing yards (303.5 per game)…Rajun Cajuns are one of two schools to win nine games plus a bowl game the past four years (Oregon being the other)…Elijah McGuire’s 88-yard touchdown run against NSU was the third longest run in school history and is currently the fifth longest so far in 2015 in the FBS…Dominque Tovelli’s five tackles for losses at Kentucky is tied for second most in an FBS game…UL has 37 wins since 2011, tied for fifth most among the “Group of Five” conferences tied with Marshall (Conference USA) Northern Illinois leads the group with 48 wins…Head coach Mark Hudspeth succeeded Terry Bowden at North Alabama before heading to UL…The Rajun Cajuns were picked second in the pre-season SBC poll (Georgia Southern was number one).