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Middle Tenn. St. 31, Akron 24

AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Eugene Gross ran 12 times for 37 yards and
three touchdowns as Middle Tennessee State beat Akron 31-24
Saturday night.

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
half ended.

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.