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Akron 30, Saint Francis PA 23

Associated Press

AKRON, Ohio - Cam Wiley had a 1-yard touchdown run in overtime and Akron held off FCS-member St. Francis (Pa.) 30-23 in the debut of head coach Joe Moorhead.

Wiley scored on the first possession of overtime in the season opener for both teams. Justin Sliwoski then drove the Red Flash to the Akron 6, including a 16-yard pass to Dawson Snyder on fourth-and-10. But Tyson Durant picked off a Sliwoski pass to end it.

It was Akron's first season-opening win since 2018 against Morgan State. Moorhead spent the last two seasons as offensive coordinator at Oregon and was an assistant at Akron from 2004-08.

DJ Irons threw two touchdown passes and was 23 of 38 for 270 yards passing for the Zips. Irons lofted a 41-yard pass to Shocky Jacques-Louis, who beat two defenders and made a two-handed, over-the-shoulder catch, that gave the Zips a 17-16 lead late in the third quarter. Irons connected with nine receivers that included six completions of 15 yards or more.

The Zips stretched their lead to 23-16 with 5:42 left on Wiley's 7-yard touchdown run, but St. Francis blocked the PAT attempt. Sliwoski then tossed a 55-yard pass to Dawson Snyder that sparked a five-play, 81-yard drive, capped by Deondre Scott's 7-yard touchdown run, to tie it 23-23 with 3:30 remaining.

Sliwoski was 11-of-17 passing for 162 yards. Damon Horton also had a touchdown run for St. Francis.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter StF-PaAkron
Akron FG 10:37 Cory Smigel 25 yard field goal 0 3
StF-Pa FG 7:02 Alex Schmoke 35 yard field goal 3 3
Second Quarter StF-PaAkron
StF-Pa TD 14:07 Damon Horton 1 yard TD run (Alex Schmoke Extra Point) 10 3
Akron TD 10:28 Tristian Brank 9 yard TD pass from DJ Irons (Cory Smigel Extra Point) 10 10
StF-Pa FG 1:08 Alex Schmoke 35 yard field goal 13 10
Third Quarter StF-PaAkron
StF-Pa FG 6:27 Alex Schmoke 38 yard field goal 16 10
Akron TD 3:24 Shocky Jacques-Louis 41 yard TD pass from DJ Irons (Cory Smigel Extra Point) 16 17
Fourth Quarter StF-PaAkron
Akron TD 5:42 Cam Wiley 7 yard TD run (Cory Smigel Kick Failed) 16 23
StF-Pa TD 3:30 Deondre Scott 7 yard TD run (Alex Schmoke Extra Point) 23 23
OT StF-PaAkron
Akron TD   Cam Wiley 1 yard TD run (Cory Smigel Extra Point) 23 30
Team Stats
  Saint Francis U Akron
First downs 18 19
  Rushing 7 6
  Passing 11 13
  Penalty 0 0
3rd Down Efficiency 4-16, 25% 4-15, 27%
4th down efficiency 2-2, 100% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 40-189 33-99
Passing Yards 261 285
Return Yards 51 14
Completions-Attempts-Int 21-34-1 22-37-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-9 6-49
Punts 6 7
Fumbles Lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 10-61 4-42
Saint Francis U Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Sliwoski 11 17 159 0 1
C. Doyle 10 16 102 0 0
H. Brown 0 1 0 0 0
Akron Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Irons 22 37 285 2 0
Saint Francis U Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Horton 19 86 4.5 1
J. Sliwoski 8 50 6.3 0
C. Doyle 4 26 6.5 0
D. Scott 3 11 3.7 1
L. Armstead 4 10 2.5 0
E. Sarratt 1 7 7.0 0
H. Brown 1 -1 -1.0 0
Akron Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Wiley 21 85 4.0 2
D. Irons 12 14 1.2 0
Saint Francis U Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Snyder 3 91 30.3 0
M. Jackson 7 82 11.7 0
E. Sarratt 4 44 11.0 0
D. Horton 1 15 15.0 0
K. Williams 1 14 14.0 0
C. McKinney 1 5 5.0 0
J. Bruno 1 4 4.0 0
L. Armstead 2 3 1.5 0
D. Scott 1 3 3.0 0
Akron Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
S. Jacques-Louis 7 99 14.1 1
D. George 4 73 18.3 0
T. Banks 2 37 18.5 0
M. Darnell 1 22 22.0 0
A. Adams 2 18 9.0 0
C. Wiley 2 15 7.5 0
T. Brank 2 15 7.5 1
B. Golden 1 5 5.0 0
C. Price III 1 1 1.0 0
Saint Francis U Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Akron Interceptions
Player Int Yards
T. Durant 1 0
Saint Francis U Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Slaiby 6 274 45.7
Akron Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
N. Gettman 7 329 47.0
Saint Francis U Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. McKinney 1 4 4.0
Akron Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Saint Francis U Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. McKinney 3 47 15.7
Akron Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Conroy 1 0 0
S. Jacques-Louis 1 14 14.0
Saint Francis U Missed FG
Player Length
A. Schmoke 47
Akron Missed FG
Player Length
C. Smigel 39




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