Michigan 28, Akron 24

Date - Saturday, September 14, 2013 12:00 PM
Location - Michigan Stadium
Attendance - 107120

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Akron 3 0 7 14 24
Michigan 7 0 14 7 28

Recap


No. 12 Michigan 28, Akron 24: Fitzgerald Toussaint scored the go-ahead touchdown with 2:49 left and the Wolverines stopped the Zips near the goal line as time expired to win their 17th straight home game.

After Toussaint capped a four-play, 70-yard drive with a 2-yard score to put Michigan ahead, Akron used 11 plays to march down the field. The Zips drove as far as the Wolverines 2-yard line, but Jawon Chisholm was stopped for a two-yard loss on a third-down play and Kyle Pohl’s fourth-down pass sailed over the head of Zach D'Orazio in the end zone.

Toussaint rushed for 71 yards while Devin Gardner accounted for 351 total yards and three touchdowns for Michigan (3-0), which held on despite four turnovers from Gardner. Pohl threw for 311 yards and two scores for Akron (1-2), which has lost 28 consecutive road contests.

The Wolverines jumped in front on Gardner’s 48-yard touchdown pass to Devin Funchess on their first possession, but three second-quarter turnovers by the junior quarterback kept Akron in the game. Although the Zips missed a pair of field goals at the end of the half, Pohl gave Akron a 10-7 lead with 9:56 left in the third quarter when he connected with D'Orazio on a 28-yard score.

Gardner led Michigan on two straight touchdown drives in the third, but Justin March stepped in front of a screen pass to Toussaint and ran it back 27 yards to pull Akron within four points 14 seconds into the fourth quarter. Pohl wasted an opportunity minutes later when he was intercepted in the end zone, but vindicated himself on the next drive with the go-ahead score to Tyrell Goodman, ultimately falling short of the victory.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Michigan improved to 33-1 against Mid-American Conference opponents. … Akron fell to 1-23 against ranked opponents since 1987. … The Wolverines had scored on every one of their red-zone possessions this season prior to Gardner’s first interception midway through the second quarter.

SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 10:29
Michigan   TD  Michigan 7 - Akron 0
1st Quarter - 2:59
Akron   FG  Michigan 7 - Akron 3
3rd Quarter - 9:56
Akron   TD  Michigan 7 - Akron 10
3rd Quarter - 8:13
Michigan   TD  Michigan 14 - Akron 10
3rd Quarter - 3:23
Michigan   TD  Michigan 21 - Akron 10
4th Quarter - 14:46
Akron   TD  Michigan 21 - Akron 17
4th Quarter - 4:10
Akron   TD  Michigan 21 - Akron 24
4th Quarter - 2:49
Michigan   TD  Michigan 28 - Akron 24
TEAMS

Team Records

  Akron Michigan
W/L 1 - 2 - 0 3 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Akron Michigan
Score 24 28
First Downs 21 19
3rd Down Efficiency 9-for-18
50%
3-for-10
30%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-1
0%
0-for-0
0%
Total Yards 418 425
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 30-107 32-177
Average/Rush 3.6 5.5
Passing
Comp-Att 25-49 16-30
Passing Yards 311 248
Average/Pass Play 6.3 8.0
Penalties-Yards 5-38 5-45
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1
Interceptions Thrown 2 3
Time of Possession 33:16 26:44

PLAYER STATS

Akron (1 - 2)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Pohl 25/49 311 2 2
Michigan (3 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Gardner 16/30 248 2 3
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
J. Chisholm 15 58 3.9 0
C. Hundley 9 38 4.2 0
K. Pohl 3 11 3.7 0
B. Alexander 1 3 3.0 0
D. Jones 1 2 2.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
D. Gardner 10 103 10.3 1
F. Toussaint 19 71 3.7 1
D. Green 1 3 3.0 0
J. Chesson 1 2 2.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
L. Smith 5 125 25.0 0
Z. D'Orazio 6 97 16.2 1
A. Pratt 3 24 8.0 0
J. Dillard 1 24 24.0 0
T. Goodman 3 16 5.3 1
J. Chisholm 3 16 5.3 0
M. Traylor-Bennett 1 5 5.0 0
C. Hundley 1 3 3.0 0
D. Frieson 2 1 0.5 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
J. Gallon 6 66 11.0 0
D. Funchess 2 65 32.5 1
J. Chesson 1 33 33.0 1
J. Butt 2 27 13.5 0
F. Toussaint 1 27 27.0 0
D. Norfleet 2 20 10.0 0
S. Houma 1 9 9.0 0
J. Reynolds 1 1 1.0 0