Akron (4-7, 3-4 MAC) did everything in its power to lose this one, but somehow managed to eek out a narrow victory on the road to capture its fourth win on the season, downing UMass (1-9, 1-5 MAC) 14-13.
The Zips started off rocky, fumbling on their first three drives of the game, but were able to pull it together, with Jawon Chisholm redeeming himself on a 17-yard touchdown pass to take the lead midway through the fourth, and hold on to win.
UMass starting quarterback A.J. Doyle left the game in the 3rd quarter and backup Mike Wegzyn entered, going 4-for-4 on his first drive, hooking up with tight end Rob Blancflower in the endzone to give the Minutemen a 13-7 lead midway through the third quarter, but it wasn't enough. Wegzyn didn't complete another pass in the game, finishing 4-for-7 with 76 yards a touchdown and a pick.
With Chisholm back in the game, Akron was able to run out the clock, grinding off minutes in the final stretch of the game.. The junior running back finished the day with 72 yards on 10 carries, with three receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown to make up for his two fumbles in the first quarter.
Kyle Pohl played well throughout the game, but wasn't spectacular against a Minutemen defense that proved to be a challenge for the Zips. He finished with 208 yards and a touchdown on 20-of-33 passing. He also added a score on the ground.