Scores

Final

James Madison 33

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Akron 35

(1-1, 1-0 home)

6:00 PM ET, September 7, 2013

InfoCision Stadium, Akron, OH

1 2 3 4 T
JMU 13 0 11 933
AKR 0 14 14 735

Top Performers

Passing: M. Birdsong (MRSH) - 310 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Scott (JMU) - 27 CAR, 107 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: A. Pratt (AKR) - 3 REC, 118 YDS, 1 TD

Akron beats James Madison 35-33 in thriller

Associated Press

AKRON, Ohio -- Quarterbacks Kyle Pohl and Nick Hirschman combined for four touchdowns, the defense stopped a final drive and Akron beat James Madison University 35-33 in a down-to-the-wire thriller on Saturday.

Pohl, who was 14 of 22 for 143 yards, threw scoring strikes to Zach D'Orazio and Jerrod Dillard. Hirschman was 6 of 10 for 144 yards, including a 68-yard hookup with Andrew Pratt. He also had a 1-yard TD run. Pratt had 188 yards on three receptions.

The Zips (1-1) overcame a strong performance by James Madison's Michael Birdsong, who hit 29 of 42 passes for 310 yards and three TDs. JMU had 503 yards of offense.

The Dukes (1-1) were threatening to score in the game's final seconds but the clock ran out after a Birdsong completion at the Akron 27.

James Madison's Dae'Quan Scott ran for 107 yards and a touchdown and had a receiving touchdown.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
JMU
AKR
1st Downs2614
Total Yards498356
Passing310287
Rushing18869
Penalties9-727-70
3rd Down Conversions9-208-13
4th Down Conversions2-30-0
Turnovers21
Possession38:2021:40

Passing Leaders

James MadisonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Birdsong29/423107.431
AkronC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hirschman6/1014414.420

Rushing Leaders

James MadisonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Scott271074.0130
Lambert6406.7018
AkronCARYDSAVGTDLG
Chisholm11877.9055
Hundley5112.207

Receiving Leaders

James MadisonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown37424.7156
Smith45714.3030
AkronRECYDSAVGTDLG
Pratt311839.3168
Dillard33712.3124

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERJMUAKR
TD09:26Dae'Quan Scott 3 Yd Pass From Michael Birdsong (Two-Point Run Conversion Failed) 60
TD07:00Dae'Quan Scott 1 Yd Run (Cameron Starke Kick) 130
SECOND QUARTERJMUAKR
TD08:42Nick Hirschman 1 Yd Run (Robert Stein Kick) 137
TD00:53Zach D'Orazio 2 Yd Pass From Nick Hirschman (Robert Stein Kick) 1314
THIRD QUARTERJMUAKR
FG07:38Cameron Starke 45 Yd 1614
TD06:55Andrew Pratt 68 Yd Pass From Nick Hirschman (Robert Stein Kick) 1621
TD04:00Daniel Brown 5 Yd Pass From Michael Birdsong (Deane Cheatham Run For Two-Point Conversion) 2421
TD02:47Zach D'Orazio 3 Yd Pass From Kyle Pohl (Robert Stein Kick) 2428
FOURTH QUARTERJMUAKR
FG14:14Cameron Starke 29 Yd 2728
TD08:19Jerrod Dillard 24 Yd Pass From Kyle Pohl (Robert Stein Kick) 2735
TD05:18Dominick Richards 5 Yd Pass From Michael Birdsong (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 3335