Redhawks subdued by Zips

AKRON, Ohio – Miami University’s football team fell behind early and was unable to pull ahead of the Zips as the RedHawks suffered a 29-19 loss at the University of Akron on Saturday afternoon to drop to 1-6 overall and 1-2 in Mid-American Conference play. The Zips improved to 4-2 on the season and 2-0 in MAC action.

Senior quarterback Andrew Hendrix threw for 352 yards, completing 24-of-41 pass attempts and throwing for three touchdowns. His main target was senior wide receiver David Frazier, who had nine catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns. The RedHawks, however, were stymied by three turnovers, 102 yards in penalties and another 62 yards lost on nine sacks.

Akron took a 5-0 lead in the first quarter. After pinning Miami on its own 3-yard line, the Zips collected two points on a safety, sacking Hendrix in the end zone with 3:48 to go in the quarter. On the following drive, the Zips connected on a 28-yard field goal at the 2:29 mark to further its lead.

Just over three minutes into the second quarter, Akron scored the first touchdown of the game on a 10-yard run to cap a six-play, 47-yard drive. With a good extra point, the Zips took a 12-0 lead with 11:44 to go in the first half.

Miami retaliated on the following drive when Hendrix hit Frazier on an 18-yard touchdown pass to ice an 84-yard drive with 8:42 remaining in the second quarter for the RedHawks’ first points of the day. The extra point went wide left of the goal post as Miami closed within six of the Zips, 12-6.

Akron extended its lead with 3:08 to go in the half. With the Zips on the Miami 10-yard line and facing third-and-10, junior linebacker Joe Donlan sacked the Zips’ quarterback for a 14-yard loss, pushing the ball back to the 29-yard line. Akron’s Robert Stein, however, booted a 46-yard field goal as the Zips added to their lead, 15-6.

With just over three minutes to go in the opening half, Miami made quick work of its final drive, covering 65 yards on seven plays in 2:45. Hendrix connected with Frazier and sophomore wide receiver Rokeem Williams on respective 20- and 18-yard passes to open the drive. Hendrix then carried the ball 21 yards to make it first-and-goal from the 6-yard line. Sophomore running back Spencer McInnis ran the ball to the 2-yard line on a 4-yard carry, but a loss of 2 yards on the following rush put Miami on the Akron 4-yardline facing third down. Hendrix hit Williams in the corner of the end zone with 23 seconds remaining, and the junior kicker Kaleb Patterson extra point closed the gap to two points, leaving the RedHawks trailing by a slight 15-13 margin going into the half.

After Miami lost a fumble on its own 32-yard line, the Zips capitalized on the Miami turnover, scoring on a 2-yard rush at the 7:31 mark of the third quarter. The good extra point pushed the Zips’ lead to 22-13. Akron tacked on another touchdown with 5:01 to go in the game on a 10-yard run. With the extra point, the Zips took a 29-13 lead against the RedHawks.

Miami put the final points on the board when Hendrix threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Frazier with 3:08 remaining to punctuate a 5-play, 91-yard drive that included a 43-yard completion to freshman wide receiver Sam Martin after a 25-yard pass to Frazier. A two-point conversion failed as Miami fell to Akron by a 10-point margin.

Defensively, senior defensive back Quinten Rollins led the RedHawks with eight tackles, including six solo stops, and pass breakup. Senior defensive back Jarrell Jones accounted for both Miami fumble recoveries.

Miami concludes a two-game road stretch next weekend when the RedHawks travel to Northern Illinois for a 5 p.m. (ET) game against the Huskies on Saturday, Oct. 18.

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