Middle Tennessee 31

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Akron 24

(0-2, 0-1 home)

6:00 PM ET, September 11, 2004

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.