UMass Drops Senior Day Contest To Akron, 14-13
Nov. 16, 2013
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - In a low scoring battle that had three lead changes, it was Akron who benefitted from the final momentum swing as the Zips defeated Massachusetts 14-13 at Gillette Stadium on Saturday.
Akron had struggled to sustain many drives on the day, turning the ball over on its first three possessions and did not have any possessions longer than 2:45 going into the fourth quarter.
But after UMass had taken 13-7 lead, Akron put together a 10-play, 63-yard drive that encompassed 5:01 and gave the visitors a 14-13 lead.
UMass only had the ball one more time and moved it into Akron territory but failed to convert on fourth down with just under seven minutes to play. The Zips moved the ball to the UMass three and attempted a field goal. The kick was good but a personal foul was called on the Minutemen, giving the Zips a first down, allowing them to run-out the clock.
UMass (1-9, 1-5 Mid-American) had 323 yards of total offense and 172 on the ground - the second-most this season. Jamal Wilson led the attack on the ground with 22 carries for 70 yards.
Mike Wegzyn threw for 76 yards and was 4-for-7 with a touchdown pass. A.J. Doyle completed 13 attempts for 75 yards. Brendon Levengood made two field goals to extend his streak of consecutive makes to six.
Rob Blanchflower had 26 yards receiving to run his career totals to 1,164 and set a new career mark for tight ends at UMass.
For Akron (4-7, 3-4), quarterback Kyle Pohl threw for 208 yards and a touchdown, while adding 16 on the ground a rushing score. Jawon Chisholm rushed for 72 yards and caught three passes for 37 yards, including the go-ahead ball on a 17-yard swing pass in the fourth.
UMass opened the game with a 37-yard kick by Levengood midway through the first.
Akron had three fumbles and a punt for it's opening possessions before bouncing back with a 63-yard scoring drive after the UMass field goal. Pohl scrambled for 10 yards into the end zone to put the Zips ahead 7-3.
Another Levengood boot - this one from 33 yards - brought UMass to within 7-6 and that's where things stood at the half.
UMass put together a 91-yard drive in the third quarter as Wegzyn took over for an injured Doyle. Wegzyn was perfect on four pass plays and had a four-yard rush on a 3rd and 1. His two-yard toss to a wide-open Blanchflower put the Minutemen ahead 13-7 midway through the third.
That was the last time UMass threatened as they threw and interception on a deflected ball, punted and turned it over on downs.
The Minutemen will be on the road for the final two weeks of the season, beginning next Saturday, Nov. 23 at Central Michigan. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. ET.