ATHENS, Ohio (AP) -- Dwayne LeFall returned an interception 60
yards for one touchdown and set up another score with a fumble
recovery at the Ohio 1 in Akron's 31-19 victory on Saturday.
LeFall's fumble recovery set up Dan Basch's 1-yard touchdown
plunge on the next play, giving Akron (6-4, 6-1 Mid-American
Conference) a 24-13 lead.
Akron started the day tied for first place in the MAC's East
Division with Miami (Ohio). The teams meet next week in Akron.
The Zips defense forced five Ohio (4-7, 2-6) turnovers and had
LeFall, who forced two fumbles, recovered two fumbles and had
two sacks, gave the Zips a 14-13 lead at the half with his 60-yard
Bobcats quarterback Ryan Hawk completed 14 of 27 passes for 157
yards with two interceptions.
Hawk fumbled and it was recovered by Kiki Gonzalez at the Ohio
42, leading to Jason Swiger's 31-yard field goal. Four players
later, Hawk fumbled again and LeFall recovered to set up Basch's
Justin Roush carried 14 times for 119 yards for the Bobcats,
scoring on a 36-yard run early in the fourth quarter to cut the
lead to 24-19.
Akron quarterback Charlie Frye, who completed 15 of 22 passes
for 190 yards, then led a 76-yard, 6½-minute drive that he capped
with a 13-yard TD pass to Johnny Long with 4:38 left.