BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – The Zips football team jumped out to a 14-3 lead in the first quarter, but was shut out from that point and gave up a 31-14 decision at Bowling Green in Mid-American Conference play on Saturday afternoon at Doyt Perry Stadium.
Akron (1-4, 0-1 MAC) quarterback Kyle Pohl was responsible for both of the Zips touchdowns. The first came off a 51-yard pass to L.T. Smith with 12:38 to go in the opening stanza and the second was a three-yard rush of his own with 5:39 left in the first period to give UA a 14-3 edge.
Pohl ended the day 22-of-37 passing for 199 yards, and rushed six times for 26 yards. Smith was the Zips' leading receiver, catching five balls for 89 yards. Jerrod Dillard had five catches for 50 yards for UA.
Bowling Green (4-1, 2-0 MAC) scored its first points on a 29-yard field goal by Tyler Tate 9:31 into the game, and closed the margin to 14-10 when Matt Johnson hit Shaun Joplin with a 22-yard TD pass with 1:41 to go before halftime.
The Falcons took a 17-14 lead when William Houston found the endzone from two yards out with 6:47 to go in the third quarter. Travis Green caught a 30-yard pass from Matt Johnson for a score with 1:41 to go in the third and Green's 11-yard TD run with 4:49 left in the game provided the final margin.
Johnson completed 18-of-29 passes for 229 yards and was sacked six times, all coming during the first half. Green rushed 24 times for 142 yards and Joplin had five catches for 78 yards for the Falcons.
Jatavis Brown and Nick Rossi tallied a team-high nine tackles apiece for Akron, while C.J. James and Anthony Holmes had eight stops each. James also had three sacks. Albert Presley record two sacks and Nico Caponi had one.
Akron continues its MAC schedule when it plays host to Ohio for Homecoming at InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field on Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. ET. That game will be carried by ESPN3.
Zips Notebook: For the third-straight game the UA offensive line did not allow a sack ... Akron had scored only three points in the first quarter of its first four games this season (field goal at Michigan on Sept. 14) ... the Zips entered the game with nine sacks for the season ... Robert Stein tied the program record for consecutive point-after attempts, with 49 ... he is 14-of-14 on PATs this season and 52-of-53 in his collegiate career ... L.T. Smith's 51-yard TD catch was a career long.