Marshall 20

(6-2, 4-1 C-USA)

Akron 34

(2-7, 1-4 MAC)

3:30 PM ET, November 2, 2002

1 2 3 4 T
MRSH 7 3 7 320
AKR 7 17 10 034

Thundering Herd fall as Frye leads Zips

AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Charlie Frye threw for one touchdown and ran for another Saturday, leading Akron to a 34-20 victory over a Marshall team (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today) that played part of the game without injured star quarterback Byron Leftwich.

Leftwich, one of nation's the top quarterbacks, was hit on the left shin by Ryan Myers with about seven minutes to play in the first quarter. He left for one play and came back to lead a touchdown drive for the Thundering Herd (6-2, 4-1 Mid-American Conference).

He then left the game and didn't return until there was 7:06 left in the third quarter. Leftwich was taken to a hospital for X-rays, which were negative.

Marshall fumbled nine times, losing five, and Leftwich and Stan Hill each threw an interception. Ricky McKenzie returned a fumble 98 yards for Akron's first score and intercepted a late pass by Leftwich.

Frye finished 11-for-22, threw for 132 yards and rushed for a 25-yard touchdown for the Zips (2-7, 1-4 MAC). Bob Hendry rushed for 120 yards for Akron, which forced seven turnovers.

Leftwich led Marshall to a touchdown and a field goal after coming back. He finished 26-for-38 for 307 yards, but did not throw a touchdown pass for the first time since Nov. 10 of last year. Josh Davis caught eight passes for 144 yards.