James Madison at Akron

Akron beats James Madison 35-33 in thriller


AKRON, Ohio (AP) Quarterbacks Kyle Pohl and Nick Hirschman combined for four touchdowns, the defense stopped a final drive and Akron beat James Madison University 35-33 in a down-to-the-wire thriller on Saturday.

Pohl, who was 14 of 22 for 143 yards, threw scoring strikes to Zach D'Orazio and Jerrod Dillard. Hirschman was 6 of 10 for 144 yards, including a 68-yard hookup with Andrew Pratt. He also had a 1-yard TD run. Pratt had 188 yards on three receptions.

The Zips (1-1) overcame a strong performance by James Madison's Michael Birdsong, who hit 29 of 42 passes for 310 yards and three TDs. JMU had 503 yards of offense.

The Dukes (1-1) were threatening to score in the game's final seconds but the clock ran out after a Birdsong completion at the Akron 27.

James Madison's Dae'Quan Scott ran for 107 yards and a touchdown and had a receiving touchdown.

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Scoring Summary
JMADDae'Quan Scott 3 yd pass from Michael Birdsong (failed 2pt rush)
JMADDae'Quan Scott 1 yd run (Cameron Starke kick)
AKRONNick Hirschman 1 yd run (Robert Stein kick)
AKRONZach D'Orazio 2 yd pass from Nick Hirschman (Robert Stein kick)
JMADCameron Starke 45 yd FG
AKRONAndrew Pratt 68 yd pass from Nick Hirschman (Robert Stein kick)
JMADDaniel Brown 5 yd pass from Michael Birdsong (DEANE CHEATHAM 2pt run)
AKRONZach D'Orazio 3 yd pass from Kyle Pohl (Robert Stein kick)
JMADCameron Starke 29 yd FG
AKRONJerrod Dillard 24 yd pass from Kyle Pohl (Robert Stein kick)
JMADDominick Richards 5 yd pass from Michael Birdsong (failed 2pt pass)
Team Stats
First Downs2614
Third Down Efficiency9-208-13
Fourth Down Efficiency2-30-0
Plays-Net Yards94-49857-356
Passing Yds310287
Kick Return Yds11839
Punt Return Yds128
Time of Poss.38:2021:40
Individual Stats
JMAD: Dae'Quan Scott 27-107, Jainard Lambert 6-40, Rashard Davis 1-21, Jauan Latney 4-15, DeAndre' Smith 2-4, Michael Birdsong 11-1
AKRON: Jawon Chisholm 11-87, Conor Hundley 5-11, D.J. Jones 2-8, Kyle Pohl 3--8, Fransohn Bickley 1--9, Nick Hirschman 3--20
JMAD: Michael Birdsong 29-42-310-1, Team 0-1-0-0
AKRON: Kyle Pohl 14-22-143-1, Nick Hirschman 6-10-144-0
JMAD: Dae'Quan Scott 6-18, Arlandis Harvey 5-41, DeAndre' Smith 4-57, Daniel Brown 3-74, Brandon Ravenel 3-49, Quintin Hunter 3-27, Deane Cheatham 3-18, Rhakeem Stallings 1-21, Dominick Richards 1-5
AKRON: Zach D'Orazio 5-23, Andrew Pratt 3-118, Jerrod Dillard 3-37, Fransohn Bickley 3-35, Jawon Chisholm 2-35, L.T. Smith 1-16, Dalton Easton 1-12, Imani Davis 1-6, Tyrell Goodman 1-5

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