Cincinnati Edges Akron 17-15 On Late Field Goal|
Sept. 27, 2008
AKRON, Ohio - Jake Rogers kicked a season-long 48-yard field goal with 7:45 left in the game to help lead the University of Cincinnati to a 17-15 comeback win over Akron, Saturday in the Rubber Bowl.
The Bearcats (3-1), who trailed 9-7 at the half, drove 42 yards in nine plays to set up Rogers' field goal, and Brad Jones intercepted Chris Jacquemain's pass at Akron's 44 with 1:31 remaining to seal the win.
Rogers' field goal, only the second of the season for the Bearcats, was set up by a seven-yard third-down scamper by redshirt freshman quarterback Zach Collaros who was subbing for an injured Tony Pike. Collaros finished the contest with one completion and 18 yards rushing.
Pike injured his non-throwing arm in the fourth quarter and did not return. He was 23-of-34 for a career-high 320 yards and two touchdowns. He's the frist UC quarterback to go over the 300-yard mark in 2008.
Mardy Gilyard caught seven passes for a career-high 146 yards and two touchdowns. Included in that total was a third-quarter, 67-yard strike from Pike to Gilyard that gave UC a 14-9 lead with 41 seconds left in the third quarter. The 67-yard pass was a career long for Pike.
Gilyard has scored at least one touchdown in each of UC's games this season and has surpassed his 2007 total with six touchdowns in 2008.
UA's Dennis Kennedy scored on a 1-yard touchdown run with 14:13 left in the game to put Akron up 15-14. The five-play, 24-yard drive was set up by a fumble by Gilyard on the UC 24-yard line.
UA's Jacquemain connected on 26 of 40 passes for 254 yards, and Deryn Bowser caught 10 for 72 yards.
The Bearcats' defense recorded a season-high three sacks. Lamonte Nelms, Adam Hoppel, and Curtis Young all recorded their first sacks of the season. Defensive back Mike Mickens had a career-high 14 tackles, including 12 solo stops. He also added three pass break ups and a tackle for a loss.