Scores

Final

Middle Tennessee 31

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Akron 24

(0-2, 0-1 home)

6:00 PM ET, September 11, 2004

Rubber Bowl, AKRON, OH

1 2 3 4 T
MTU 14 7 0 1031
AKR 0 10 7 724

Top Performers

Passing: C. Frye (AKR) - 399 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: E. Gross (MTU) - 12 CAR, 37 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: J. Montgomery (AKR) - 10 REC, 118 YDS, 1 TD

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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MTU
AKR
1st Downs2227
Total Yards403502
Passing339399
Rushing64103
Penalties7-518-70
3rd Down Conversions8-135-12
4th Down Conversions0-02-2
Turnovers43
Possession29:4530:15

Passing Leaders

Middle TennesseeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Marks23/302287.601-
Harris10/1111110.101-
AkronC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Frye31/443999.121-

Rushing Leaders

Middle TennesseeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Gross12373.138
Baker6152.508
AkronCARYDSAVGTDLG
Biggs11807.3035
Frye13161.2123

Receiving Leaders

Middle TennesseeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Henry10808.0027
Wright99310.3025
AkronRECYDSAVGTDLG
Montgomery1011811.8123
Hixon711616.6041

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMTUAKR
TD6:14EUGENE GROSS 4 YD RUN (COLBY SMITH KICK)
Drive info: 1 plays, 4 yards.
70
TD0:55EUGENE GROSS 2 YD RUN (COLBY SMITH KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 72 yards.
140
SECOND QUARTERMTUAKR
TD8:54JASON MONTGOMERY 13 YD PASS FROM CHARLIE FRYE (JASON SWIGER KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yards.
147
TD2:00KERRY WRIGHT 75 YD PUNT RETURN (COLBY SMITH KICK)217
FG0:00JASON SWIGER 39 YD FG
Drive info: 10 plays, 55 yards.
2110
THIRD QUARTERMTUAKR
TD7:57CHARLIE FRYE 1 YD RUN (JASON SWIGER KICK)
Drive info: 11 plays, 61 yards.
2117
FOURTH QUARTERMTUAKR
TD14:14DAN BASCH 8 YD PASS FROM CHARLIE FRYE (JASON SWIGER KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 60 yards.
2124
FG4:18COLBY SMITH 28 YD FG
Drive info: 13 plays, 71 yards.
2424
TD2:03EUGENE GROSS 3 YD RUN (COLBY SMITH KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 42 yards.
3124