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Eastern Michigan 34, Akron 28

Associated Press

AKRON, Ohio - Austin Smith and Samson Evans each accounted for a pair of touchdowns and Eastern Michigan became bowl eligible with a 34-28 victory over Akron.

Eastern Michigan (6-4, 3-3 Mid-American Conference) secured its fifth bowl appearance in six seasons and the program's seventh overall.

Smith threw a touchdown pass in each half. Evans had a 9-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and broke loose for a 23-yard score early in the third to give the Eagles a 31-14 lead. Smith was 16-of-28 passing for 190 yards and Evans had 133 yards rushing on 24 carries. Dylan Drummond had five receptions for 90 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown catch.

Jesus Gomez's 43-yard field goal for the Eagles capped the scoring.

Cam Wiley got Akron close, running for 11- and 56-yard touchdowns early in the fourth quarter to pull to 31-28. Wiley finished with 18 carries for 144 yards. He also had a 1-yard score in the second quarter.

DJ Irons and Jeff Undercuffler were a combined 18-of-34 passing for 223 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions for the Zips (1-9, 0-6).

November 8, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter EastMiAkron
EastMi FG 7:54 Jesus Gomez 24 yard field goal 3 0
Akron TD 4:30 Alex Adams 10 yard TD pass from DJ Irons (Cory Smigel Extra Point) 3 7
EastMi TD 2:12 Dylan Drummond 40 yard TD pass from Austin Smith (Jesus Gomez Extra Point) 10 7
Second Quarter EastMiAkron
EastMi TD 14:21 Samson Evans 9 yard TD run (Jesus Gomez Extra Point) 17 7
Akron TD 6:29 Cam Wiley 1 yard TD run (Cory Smigel Extra Point) 17 14
EastMi TD 0:38 Tanner Knue 10 yard TD pass from Austin Smith (Jesus Gomez Extra Point) 24 14
Third Quarter EastMiAkron
EastMi TD 1:30 Samson Evans 23 yard TD run (Jesus Gomez Extra Point) 31 14
Fourth Quarter EastMiAkron
Akron TD 14:55 Cam Wiley 11 yard TD run (Cory Smigel Extra Point) 31 21
Akron TD 12:55 Cam Wiley 55 yard TD run (Cory Smigel Extra Point) 31 28
EastMi FG 8:02 Jesus Gomez 43 yard field goal 34 28
Team Stats
  Eastern Michigan Akron
First downs 20 26
  Rushing 10 10
  Passing 9 9
  Penalty 1 7
3rd Down Efficiency 7-14, 50% 3-12, 25%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 1-3, 33%
Rushes-Yards 37-152 35-163
Passing Yards 193 223
Return Yards 105 141
Completions-Attempts-Int 17-29-1 18-35-3
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-17 2-19
Punts 4 2
Fumbles Lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 11-85 8-75
Eastern Michigan Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Smith 17 29 193 2 1
Akron Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Undercuffler Jr. 8 19 133 0 2
D. Irons 10 16 90 1 1
Eastern Michigan Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
S. Evans 24 137 5.7 2
A. Smith 7 15 2.1 0
D. Boone Jr. 2 5 2.5 0
J. Jackson 3 -1 -0.3 0
H. Beydoun 1 -4 -4.0 0
Akron Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Wiley 18 144 8.0 3
D. Irons 9 32 3.6 0
C. Price III 4 2 0.5 0
J. Undercuffler Jr. 4 -15 -3.8 0
Eastern Michigan Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Drummond 5 71 14.2 1
D. Lassiter 3 47 15.7 0
T. Knue 3 41 13.7 1
H. Beydoun 3 19 6.3 0
J. Jackson 1 7 7.0 0
J. Getzinger 1 5 5.0 0
S. Evans 1 3 3.0 0
Akron Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Adams 6 102 17.0 1
D. George 4 57 14.3 0
C. Wiley 4 34 8.5 0
S. Jacques-Louis 4 30 7.5 0
Eastern Michigan Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Sparacio 1 13
K. Shine 1 5
J. Scott 1 0
Akron Interceptions
Player Int Yards
B. Arslanian 1 5
Eastern Michigan Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Tomasek 4 181 45.3
Akron Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
N. Gettman 2 86 43.0
Eastern Michigan Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Akron Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Grimes Jr. 4 24 6.0
Eastern Michigan Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Jackson 4 75 18.8
H. Beydoun 1 12 12.0
Akron Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Hester 5 112 22.4
Eastern Michigan Missed FG
Player Length
Akron Missed FG
Player Length
C. Smigel 44




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