Akron 14

(2-4, 1-4 away)

Cincinnati 20

(3-3, 3-1 home)

3:30 PM ET, October 7, 2006

Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, OH

1 2 3 4 T
AKR 14 0 0 014
CIN 0 10 9 120

Top Performers

Passing: D. Grutza (CIN) - 230 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Grutza (CIN) - 12 CAR, 72 YDS

Receiving: B. Celek (EAST) - 4 REC, 60 YDS, 1 TD

Cincinnati 20, Akron 14

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Dustin Grutza passed for a season-high 230 yards and led all rushers with 72 yards to lead Cincinnati to a 20-14 win over Akron at Nippert Stadium.

Akron scored two first-quarter touchdowns but the Bearcats (3-3) scored the next 20 points.

The Zips' Luke Getsy threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jabari Arthur and Andre Walker ran the ball in from 1 yard out to establish the first-quarter lead.

Akron (2-4) rushed for 33 yards in the first quarter but netted just three yards on the ground the rest of the game.

Those were the only first-quarter touchdowns allowed by Cincinnati this season.

Akron lost its second straight game of the season and dropped the first meeting with Cincinnati since 1992.

Kevin Lovell kicked a 46-yard field goal to lead Cincinnati's comeback with 12:13 left in the half.

After a three-and-out possession by the Zips, Cincinnati scored its first touchdown on a 26-yard pass from Dustin Grutza to Brent Celek to bring the score to 14-10 at halftime.

Lovell added a 35-yard field goal in the third quarter and Butler Benton's 7-yard touchdown run put Cincinnati in front with 12:54 to go.

The Bearcats' defense took over from there, improving on its stingy run defense that was ranked 33rd in the NCAA, allowing an average of 102 yards rushing coming into the contest.

Getsy completed 16 of 33 attempts for 183 yards in the losing effort. Grutza completed 16 of 24 passes and had one intercepted.