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Akron 44, Northern Illinois 12

Associated Press

DEKALB, Ill. - Jeff Undercuffler threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns, leading Akron to a 44-12 victory over Northern Illinois.

Akron picked up its first Mid-American Conference win of the season, helped in large part by a 20-point second quarter. Trailing 6-0 through one quarter, the Zips got rolling with Undercuffler touchdown passes of 15 yards to Daniel George and 4 yards to Alex Adams. Cory Smigel had two field goals and the Zips led 20-6 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Adams hauled in a pass that may have been intended for a different receiver and raced mostly untouched to the end zone on a 61-yard play.

In the fourth quarter, Clyde Price had an 8-yard TD run and Tyson Durant returned an interception 76 yards for Akron's final touchdown.

Undercuffler completed 21 of 32 passes with the three touchdowns and he was intercepted once. Cam Wiley added 128 yards rushing and Adams had 150 receiving yards for the Zips (2-9, 1-6).

NIU's Nevan Cremascoli was 14-of-30 passing for 144 yards and was intercepted twice.

John Richardson kicked four field goals for Northern Illinois (3-9, 2-6), all four after the Huskies had reached the red zone. Smigel kicked three field goals for Akron, also from short range.

November 26, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter AkronNIU
NIU FG 6:51 John Richardson 22 yd FG 0 3
NIU FG 0:20 John Richardson 32 yd FG 0 6
Second Quarter AkronNIU
Akron FG 12:22 Cory Smigel 33 yd FG 3 6
Akron TD 6:26 Daniel George 15 yd pass from Jeff Undercuffler Jr. (Cory Smigel kick) 10 6
Akron TD 3:33 Alex Adams 4 yd pass from Jeff Undercuffler Jr. (Cory Smigel kick) 17 6
Akron FG 0:22 Cory Smigel 31 yd FG 20 6
Third Quarter AkronNIU
Akron TD 10:45 Alex Adams 61 yd pass from Jeff Undercuffler Jr. (Cory Smigel kick) 27 6
NIU FG 6:05 John Richardson 34 yd FG 27 9
Fourth Quarter AkronNIU
Akron TD 14:55 Clyde Price III 8 yd run (Cory Smigel kick) 34 9
Akron TD 13:07 Tyson Durant 76 yd interception return (Cory Smigel kick) 41 9
Akron FG 7:07 Cory Smigel 31 yd FG 44 9
NIU FG 3:28 John Richardson 24 yd FG 44 12
Team Stats
  Akron Northern Illinois
First downs 29 17
  Rushing 12 8
  Passing 13 8
  Penalty 4 1
3rd Down Efficiency 3-9, 33% 4-18, 22%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 3-3, 100%
Rushes-Yards 37-200 38-89
Passing Yards 312 172
Return Yards 99 33
Completions-Attempts-Int 21-32-1 17-38-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--8 2--16
Punts 1 6
Punts-Average 33 40.3
Fumbles Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 8-45 7-80
Time of Possession 30:09 29:51
Akron Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Undercuffler Jr. 21 32 312 3 1
Northern Illinois Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
N. Cremascoli 14 30 144 0 2
J. Lynch 3 8 28 0 0
Akron Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Wiley 24 128 5.3 0
C. Price III 6 45 7.5 1
C. Kellom 2 27 13.5 0
B. Hester 3 10 3.3 0
R. Jankowski 1 -8 -8.0 0
Northern Illinois Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Credle 13 27 2.1 0
H. Waylee 8 27 3.4 0
J. Lynch 9 20 2.2 0
N. Cremascoli 3 5 1.7 0
K. Pipkin 1 5 5.0 0
K. Rutkiewicz 1 4 4.0 0
B. Dozier 2 2 1.0 0
Akron Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Adams 7 150 21.4 2
D. George 7 96 13.7 1
S. Jacques-Louis 4 37 9.3 0
T. Grimes Jr. 1 14 14.0 0
C. Wiley 1 8 8.0 0
T. Brank 1 7 7.0 0
Northern Illinois Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
F. McCray 4 52 13.0 0
S. Thornton 4 47 11.8 0
C. Tucker 4 33 8.3 0
K. Rutkiewicz 2 27 13.5 0
B. Lampe 1 7 7.0 0
L. Soraghan 2 6 3.0 0
Akron Interceptions
Player Int Yards
T. Durant 1 76
C. Harper 1 1
Northern Illinois Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Gandy 1 0
Akron Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
N. Gettman 1 33 33.0
Northern Illinois Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Foley 6 242 40.3
Akron Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Hester 1 0 0
Northern Illinois Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Akron Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Hester 1 22 22.0
Northern Illinois Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Dozier 2 33 16.5
Akron Missed FG
Player Length
Northern Illinois Missed FG
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