AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Eugene Gross ran 12 times for 37 yards and
three touchdowns as Middle Tennessee State beat Akron 31-24
Gross scored first in the game, on a 4-yard run with 6:14 left
in the first quarter to put Middle Tennessee State ahead 7-0, and
last, a 3-yard run with 2:03 left to play to break a 24-24 tie.
In between, Gross had a 2-yard TD run with 55 seconds left in
the first quarter as the Blue Raiders (1-0) went ahead 14-0.
Middle Tennessee State also scored on Kerry Wright's 75-yard
punt return with two minutes left in the first half and Smith's
28-yard field goal with 4:18 to play.
Akron's Charlie Frye ran 1 yard for a touchdown in the third
quarter and passed for touchdowns of 13 yards to Jas Montgomery in
the second quarter and 8 yards to Dan Basch in the fourth.
Jason Swiger had a 39-yard field goal for the Zips as the first
After Gross' third TD run, Akron (0-2) moved the ball 47 yards
on nine plays to the Middle Tennessee State 18-yard line before
time ran out.
With spring practice in the rearview mirror, the Cornhuskers' youth movements along both lines are well underway.
LSU finished 11-2 in 2006, including a 7-3 loss to No. 3 Auburn, one year before it would win the national title.
The Golden Gophers will make some schematic changes on both sides; they're also very deep at running back and should get help from 3 juco linemen.
Coach David Beaty is asserting himself more with the offense, and the defense has talent. But the Jayhawks need to start putting it together.
Expansion? Realignment? Getting rid of divisions? It's all on the table as we debate what the SEC will look like in 10 years.
The Tar Heels find themselves in unfamiliar territory this offseason as the defending Coastal Division champions.