Scores

Final

Akron 39

(3-3, 2-0 MAC)

W Michigan 38

(2-4, 1-1 MAC)

7:00 PM ET, October 6, 2007

Waldo Stadium, Kalamazoo, MI

1 2 3 4 T
AKR 10 14 0 1539
WMU 10 7 14 738

Top Performers

Passing: C. Jacquemain (AKR) - 389 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Bonds (WMU) - 26 CAR, 83 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Arthur (AKR) - 15 REC, 223 YDS, 3 TD

Akron 39, W. Michigan 38

Associated Press

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- Andre Jones and Alphonso Owen combined on an 89-yard kick return on the game's final play, giving Akron a 39-38 victory over Western Michigan on Saturday night.

Western Michigan (2-4, 1-1 Mid-American) led 38-31 with 15 seconds left when Jamarko Simmons ran out of the end zone on a fourth-down designed safety, cutting the Broncos' lead to 38-33.

On the ensuing free kick, Owen grabbed the ball, headed toward the left sideline, then tossed it to Jones near the 25-yard line. Jones, who plays mostly at defensive back, followed a blocking wedge to the end zone for the winning score and his first career TD.

Akron (3-3, 2-0) scored the last 15 points of the game in the final five minutes. Zips receiver Jabari Arthur caught a school-record 15 passes for 223 yards and three TDs, including a 51-yard scoring pass from Chris Jacquemain with 4:54 left.

Tim Hiller completed 27-of-40 passes for a career-high 375 yards and three touchdowns for Western Michigan. Simmons caught a career-high 10 passes for 172 yards and two TDs. The two teams combined for 992 offensive yards.

Jacquemain completed 23-of-41 passes for 389 yards and four TDs.

The Broncos scored touchdowns on their first three possessions of the second half. Hiller at one point completed 14 consecutive passes, including a 13-yard scoring pass to Simmons.

After a 7-yard TD run by Mark Bonds with 12:25 left gave Western a 38-24 lead, the Zips began their rally, sparked by Arthur's 51-yard TD reception.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
AKR
WMU
1st Downs2227
Total Yards501491
Passing389375
Rushing112116
Penalties8-688-60
3rd Down Conversions9-167-15
4th Down Conversions0-20-3
Turnovers32
Possession26:2733:33

Passing Leaders

AkronC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Jacquemain23/413899.541
Western MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hiller27/403759.430

Rushing Leaders

AkronCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams14725.1016
Allen6274.509
Western MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bonds26833.219
West11655.9121

Receiving Leaders

AkronRECYDSAVGTDLG
Arthur1522314.9351
Williams37424.7160
Western MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Simmons1017217.2252
Martin46616.5041

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERAKRWMU
FG13:20Igor Iveljic 51 Yd 30
FG10:53Mike Jones 27 Yd 310
TD04:12Jabari Arthur 7 Yd Pass From Chris Jacquemain (Igor Iveljic Kick) 1010
TD02:02Juan Nunez 25 Yd Pass From Tim Hiller (Mike Jones Kick) 100
SECOND QUARTERAKRWMU
TD11:36Jamarko Simmons 15 Yd Pass From Tim Hiller (Mike Jones Kick) 1017
TD09:36Jabari Arthur 35 Yd Pass From Chris Jacquemain (Igor Iveljic Kick) 1717
TD04:32Bryan Williams 60 Yd Pass From Chris Jacquemain (Igor Iveljic Kick) 2417
THIRD QUARTERAKRWMU
TD09:29Brandon West 1 Yd Run (Mike Jones Kick) 2424
TD04:18Jamarko Simmons 13 Yd Pass From Tim Hiller (Mike Jones Kick) 2431
FOURTH QUARTERAKRWMU
TD12:25Mark Bonds 7 Yd Run (Mike Jones Kick) 2438
TD04:54Jabari Arthur 51 Yd Pass From Chris Jacquemain (Igor Iveljic Kick) 3138
SF00:15Jamarko Simmons Tackled By Chevin Pace In End Zone 3338
TD00:00Andre Jones 89 Yd Kickoff Return 3938