For the first time since 2006, the Akron Zips defeated the Bowling Green Falcons, 34-23 in Bowling Green, Ohio. Five different quarterbacks were seen in this game. Akron moves to 2-3 (1-0 MAC) and Bowling Green falls to 0-5 (0-1 MAC).
With Warren Ball injured in the first quarter, the Zips needed to find a new back. Van Edwards Jr. took advantage, as he carried the ball 14 times for 70 yards and a touchdown. Manny Morgan also saw some playing time, as he carried the rock 11 times for 50 yards.
Thomas Woodson led the Zips air attack, as he completed 13 of his 24 attempts for 168 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Woodson also carried the ball eight times for 24 yards and a touchdown.
Austin Wolf led the receivers for Akron with three catches for 68 yards and a touchdown. A.J. Coney caught the other touchdown, as he hauled in five catches for 42 yards to go with his touchdown.
Jarret Doege started the game for Bowling Green, but was injured as he caught a pass on a trick play. Doege completed six of his nine passes for 14 yards and an interception before leaving the game. James Morgan came in for Doege and completed 17 of his 27 passes for 163 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.
Josh Cleveland led the way for BG on the ground, with 20 carries for 94 yards. Matt Domer carried the ball four times for 42 yards and a touchdown. Scott Miller led the Falcon receivers with 10 catches for 60 yards.
Special teams was key in this game, as both teams had their way on kick returns. It seemed each time was starting at their 35 or better. Akron led the game at halftime 20-13. Bowling Green came out in the second half and scored 10 unanswered to take the lead at 23-20.
Woodson then took the Zips on a seven play 63 yard touchdown drive to take the lead for the rest of the game. Kyron Brown intercepted a James Morgan pass and returned it for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to seal the game and a victory for the Zips.
Akron looks to build on their momentum, as they return home to host Ball State on Saturday, October 7th. The game will start at 3:30 and will be aired on ESPN3.
Bowling Green looks to shake off their struggles and find a victory, as they travel to Oxford, Ohio to face the Miami RedHawks on Saturday, October 7th. The game will start at 2:30 and will be aired on ESPN3.