YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Dennis Kennedy ran for 277 yards and three touchdowns, the last of them set up when Andy Hildreth recovered a blocked field goal attempt, in Akron's 42-35 win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday.
Andy Schmitt went 22-for-34 for 258 yards and three touchdowns for the Eagles (2-6, 1-3 Mid-American Conference). But Kennedy turned in the second-highest rushing total in school history as the Zips (2-2, 4-4) racked up 547 yards of total offense.
Josh LeDuc appeared to be the hero when he caught a 6-yard TD pass from Schmitt to give Eastern its first lead with 3:49 left, then blocked Ivan Iveljic's 26-yard field goal attempt with 39 seconds remaining. But punter Hildreth, the holder on the play, scooped up the ball and ran to the Eagles' 5-yard line to give Akron a first down and another chance.
Kennedy scored from four yards out two plays later, then ran in the 2-point conversion.
Terrence Blevins carried 21 times for 91 yards and two touchdowns for Eastern.
South Carolina's loss to The Citadel, coupled with Georgia and Florida struggling in tight victories, was an embarrassment for the conference.
Ohio - Northern Illinois Postgame Breakdown
Needing the ball back, Northern Illinois breaks out the trickery and goes with a dropkick onsides kick, but Ohio was ready and recovered for the win.
Tommy Fiedler pass complete to Kenny Golladay for 11 yds for a TD
Tommy Fiedler pass complete to Juwan Brescacin for 7 yds to the Ohio 40
Josiah Yazdani 26 yd FG GOOD