GAMEDAY College Football

Liberty 21, Akron 12

Associated Press

LYCHBURG, Va. - Jonathan Bennett threw two touchdown passes and Dae Dae Hunter ran for the clinching touchdown as Liberty defeated Akron 21-12.

Bennett threw touchdown passes of 22 yards to Khaleb Coleman and 30 to Treon Sibley to put the Flames (3-1) up 14-0 in the first minute of the second quarter. The Zips (1-3) had a chance to tie it early in the fourth.

DJ Irons hit Alex Adams for an 11-yard score to pull Akron within 14-12 but Irons was stopped on a 2-point conversion run. The Zips final four drives did not produce a threat.

Bennett, Liberty's third-string quarterback, was 13 of 27 for 152 yards and an interception. With the offense struggling following the early lead, fourth-straight quarter Nate Hampton entered the game to engineer the key drive.

Starting on their own 48, Hunter carried four times, including a 31-yard burst, and Hampton had back-to-back carries for 12 yards. Eventually Hunter capped it with a 1-yard plunge. Hunter finished with 118 yards on 18 carries.

Irons was 29 of 52 for 269 yards.

The Flames lost quarterback Charlie Brewer in the first quarter of the season opener and Kaidon Salter, who started the last two games, sat out with a groin injury after nearly leading the Flames past Wake Forest last week.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter AkronLib
Lib TD 10:58 Khaleb Coleman 22 yd pass from Johnathan Bennett (Nick Brown kick) 0 7
Second Quarter AkronLib
Lib TD 14:13 Treon Sibley 30 yd pass from Johnathan Bennett (Nick Brown kick) 0 14
Akron FG 0:00 Noah Perez 34 yd FG 3 14
Third Quarter AkronLib
Akron FG 7:19 Noah Perez 26 yd FG 6 14
Fourth Quarter AkronLib
Akron TD 14:21 Alex Adams 11 yd pass from DJ Irons (failed 2pt rush) 12 14
Lib TD 4:46 Dae Dae Hunter 1 yd run (Nick Brown kick) 12 21
Team Stats
  Akron Liberty
First downs 19 18
  Rushing 4 7
  Passing 14 10
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 6-18, 33% 7-16, 44%
4th down efficiency 1-3, 33% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 28-52 37-157
Passing Yards 269 152
Return Yards 102 75
Completions-Attempts-Int 29-52-1 13-28-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 5--38 2--7
Punts 6 6
Punts-Average 37 47.2
Fumbles Lost 1-0 1-1
Penalties - Yards 8-79 8-59
Time of Possession 31:08 28:52
Akron Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Irons 29 52 269 1 1
Liberty Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Bennett 13 27 152 2 1
N. Hampton 0 1 0 0 0
Akron Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Wiley 12 52 4.3 0
J. Norrils 1 1 1.0 0
C. Price III 1 0 0.0 0
D. Irons 14 -1 -0.1 0
Liberty Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Hunter 18 118 6.6 1
S. Louis 6 28 4.7 0
N. Hampton 5 19 3.8 0
M. Bollinger 1 2 2.0 0
J. Bennett 6 -9 -1.5 0
Akron Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. George 11 93 8.5 0
A. Adams 5 48 9.6 1
S. Jacques-Louis 1 41 41.0 0
T. Banks 3 24 8.0 0
C. Wiley 3 23 7.7 0
S. Naim 2 14 7.0 0
A. Williams Jr. 1 11 11.0 0
C. Anderson 1 10 10.0 0
T. Brank 1 3 3.0 0
T. Grimes Jr. 1 2 2.0 0
Liberty Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Lofton 4 47 11.8 0
D. Douglas 5 40 8.0 0
K. Coleman 2 31 15.5 1
T. Sibley 1 30 30.0 1
C. Yarbrough 1 4 4.0 0
Akron Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Lewis 1 20
Liberty Interceptions
Player Int Yards
R. Rahimi 1 0
Akron Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
N. Gettman 6 222 37.0
Liberty Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Alves 6 283 47.2
Akron Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Grimes Jr. 3 52 17.3
Liberty Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Douglas 2 9 4.5
Akron Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Jacques-Louis 1 30 30.0
Liberty Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Douglas 1 24 24.0
S. Louis 1 22 22.0
T. Sibley 1 20 20.0
Akron Missed FG
Player Length
N. Perez 55
Liberty Missed FG
Player Length
N. Brown 37




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