Scores

Final/OT

Buffalo 43

(6-4, 4-2 MAC)

Akron 40

(5-5, 3-3 MAC)

Coverage: ESPNU

7:00 PM ET, November 13, 2008

1 2 3 4 OT T
BUFF 10 7 0 7 1943
AKR 7 3 7 7 1640

Top Performers

Passing: C. Jacquemain (AKR) - 295 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Starks (BUFF) - 37 CAR, 151 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: N. Roosevelt (BUFF) - 9 REC, 111 YDS, 1 TD

Starks rips off three TDs as Buffalo drops Akron in four-hour, 4OT marathon

Associated Press

AKRON, Ohio -- A.J. Principe kicked a 40-yard field goal, his second in overtime, to give Buffalo a 43-40 victory over Akron Thursday night in a game that went into a fourth overtime and lasted more than four hours.

James Starks rushed 37 times for 151 yards and three touchdowns for the Bulls (6-4, 4-2 Mid-American Conference), who captured sole possession of first place in the MAC East division with the win. Drew Willy was 27-of-39 for 252 yards and a touchdown, and also scored on a 1-yard run.

It was the final game for Akron (5-5, 3-3) in the Rubber Bowl, where they have played since 1940. A new stadium is expected to be ready for the start of the 2009 season.

The score was tied at 24-24 at the end of regulation after the Zips' Dennis Kennedy ran 1 yard for a touchdown with 23 seconds left. Kennedy had 25 carries for 142 yards and three touchdowns, and five catches for 121 yards and a touchdown.

Chris Jacquemain was 20-of-38 for 295 yards and two touchdowns for Akron.

Buffalo and Akron matched touchdown, field goal, touchdown in overtime until Buffalo took advantage of a fumble on the Zips' final possession.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BUFF
AKR
1st Downs2720
Total Yards476474
Passing252295
Rushing224179
Penalties2-307-70
3rd Down Conversions6-195-14
4th Down Conversions5-53-3
Turnovers02
Possession38:2121:39

Passing Leaders

BuffaloC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Willy27/392526.510
AkronC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Jacquemain20/382957.820

Rushing Leaders

BuffaloCARYDSAVGTDLG
Starks371514.1335
Thermilus8597.4026
AkronCARYDSAVGTDLG
Kennedy251425.7324
Jacquemain6274.5010

Receiving Leaders

BuffaloRECYDSAVGTDLG
Roosevelt911112.3124
Starks13906.9016
AkronRECYDSAVGTDLG
Kennedy512124.2157
Jones89912.4033

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBUFFAKR
TD09:36Naaman Roosevelt 24 Yd Pass From Drew Willy. (A.J. Principe Kick) 70
FG05:08A.J. Principe 28 Yd 100
TD04:53Dennis Kennedy 57 Yd Pass From Chris Jacquemain. (Igor Iveljic Kick) 107
SECOND QUARTERBUFFAKR
TD04:48James Starks 3 Yd Run. (A.J. Principe Kick) 177
FG00:08Igor Iveljic 49 Yd 1710
THIRD QUARTERBUFFAKR
TD11:14Dennis Kennedy 24 Yd Run. (Igor Iveljic Kick) 1717
FOURTH QUARTERBUFFAKR
TD11:14James Starks 5 Yd Run. (A.J. Principe Kick) 2417
TD00:23Dennis Kennedy 1 Yd Run. (Igor Iveljic Kick) 2424
OVERTIMEBUFFAKR
TDDrew Willy 1 Yd Run. (A.J. Principe Kick) 3124
TDDashan Miller 4 Yd Pass From Chris Jacquemain. (Igor Iveljic Kick) 3131
2ND OVERTIMEBUFFAKR
FGIgor Iveljic 42 Yd 3134
FGA.J. Principe 24 Yd 3434
3RD OVERTIMEBUFFAKR
TDJames Starks 1 Yd Run. (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 4034
TDDennis Kennedy 1 Yd Run. (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 4040
4TH OVERTIMEBUFFAKR
FGA.J. Principe 40 Yd 4340