GAMEDAY College Football

Akron 35, Bowling Green 20

Associated Press

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Blake Hester ran for 120 yards and two touchdowns and Zach Gibson threw three third-quarter touchdowns to rally Akron to a 35-20 win over Bowling Green.

Gibson, who played briefly in one previous game, went 14 of 15 for 177 yards after taking over for injured starter Kato Nelson.

Hester's first touchdown pulled Akron (2-4, 1-1 Mid-American Conference) within 13-7 at the half. In the third quarter Gibson completed three straight drives with touchdown passes to Konata Mumpfield for 1 and 9 yards and Nik Ognenovic for 21.

Then Hester, who had 106 yards and no touchdowns entering the game, capped a 91-yard drive with a 37-yard burst up the middle, making it 34-13.

The Zips, who had been outscored 58-7 in the third quarter this season, beat the Falcons in consecutive years for the first time since 2005-06. They piled up 387 yards after being minus-14 after their first four drives. Mumpfield had six catches for 106 yards.

The Falcons (2-4, 0-2) entered the game allowing just 94 yards a game through the air. Matt McDonald was 21 of 35 for 257 yards and two touchdowns but was intercepted three times. Tyrone Broden made four catches for 111 yards.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter AkronBGSU
BGSU TD 11:53 Tyrone Broden 40 yd pass from Matt McDonald (Nate Needham kick) 0 7
BGSU FG 5:45 Nate Needham 35 yd FG 0 10
Second Quarter AkronBGSU
BGSU FG 9:28 Nate Needham 26 yd FG 0 13
Akron TD 6:07 Blake Hester 1 yd run (Cory Smigel kick) 7 13
Third Quarter AkronBGSU
Akron TD 12:48 Konata Mumpfield 1 yd pass from Zach Gibson (Cory Smigel kick) 14 13
Akron TD 8:47 Konata Mumpfield 9 yd pass from Zach Gibson (Cory Smigel kick) 21 13
Akron TD 2:20 Nik Ognenovic 21 yd pass from Zach Gibson (Cory Smigel kick) 28 13
Fourth Quarter AkronBGSU
Akron TD 8:55 Blake Hester 37 yd run (Cory Smigel kick) 35 13
BGSU TD 8:03 Tyrone Broden 10 yd pass from Matt McDonald (Nate Needham kick) 35 20
Team Stats
  Akron Bowling Green
First downs 18 18
  Rushing 7 7
  Passing 10 11
  Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Efficiency 5-13, 38% 6-15, 40%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 39-117 34-107
Passing Yards 268 257
Return Yards 70 89
Completions-Attempts-Int 20-25-1 21-35-3
Sacks-Yards Lost 4--27 4--24
Punts 4 2
Punts-Average 31.5 35.5
Fumbles Lost 4-1 2-2
Penalties - Yards 2-10 4-30
Time of Possession 32:22 27:38
Akron Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
Z. Gibson 14 15 177 3 0
K. Nelson 6 10 91 0 1
Bowling Green Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. McDonald 21 35 257 2 3
Akron Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Hester 20 120 6.0 2
A. Williams Jr. 9 23 2.6 0
Z. Gibson 3 8 2.7 0
K. Nelson 6 -17 -2.8 0
Bowling Green Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Patterson 15 79 5.3 0
N. Mosley 8 21 2.6 0
J. Johnson 2 11 5.5 0
J. Embry 2 10 5.0 0
M. McDonald 6 -13 -2.2 0
Akron Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Mumpfield 6 106 17.7 2
G. Qualls Jr. 1 47 47.0 0
A. Williams 1 26 26.0 0
T. Brank 2 25 12.5 0
N. Ognenovic 1 21 21.0 1
M. Mathison 3 10 3.3 0
A. Williams Jr. 1 9 9.0 0
B. Hester 3 5 1.7 0
T. Grimes, Jr. 1 5 5.0 0
Bowling Green Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Broden 4 111 27.8 2
C. Croom 2 43 21.5 0
A. Osborne 5 35 7.0 0
T. Keith 5 31 6.2 0
C. Sims 3 15 5.0 0
A. Bench 1 15 15.0 0
J. Patterson 1 7 7.0 0
Akron Interceptions
Player Int Yards
T. Durant 1 17
C. Amankwaa 1 0
J. Kelly-Powell 1 0
Bowling Green Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Anderson 1 0
Akron Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
E. Slike 3 126 42.0
Bowling Green Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Naranjo 2 71 35.5
Akron Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Amankwaa 1 1 1.0
K. Mumpfield 1 0 0
Bowling Green Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Embry 3 38 12.7
S. Dabney 1 13 13.0
D. Anders 0 8
Akron Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Mathison 2 52 26.0
Bowling Green Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Keith 2 30 15.0
Akron Missed FG
Player Length
C. Smigel 35
Bowling Green Missed FG
Player Length




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