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NCAA Game Summary - Central Michigan at Akron



(Saturday, October 29th)

Final Score: Central Michigan 23, Akron 22

Akron, OH (Sports Network) - Anthony Garland ran for a career-high 141 yards and a touchdown as the Central Michigan Chippewas held on to defeat the Akron Zips, 23-22, in Mid-American Conference action at InfoCision Stadium.

Garland, who entered the weekend with just 146 total rushing yards in his freshman campaign, carried the ball 19 times for the Chippewas (3-6, 2-3 MAC) as they snapped a three-game slide. Quarterback Ryan Radcliff converted 17- of-31 passes for 191 yards and a score.

The Zips (1-7, 1-4), losers of four straight, battled back from a 20-point deficit, but with no time remaining on the clock they opted to go for a game- winning, two-point conversion but the intended pass to A.J. Price in the end zone was deflected away and the hosts were left to ponder the one-point loss.

Prince finished the afternoon with three catches for 56 yards, while teammate Marquelo Suel recorded a game-high 11 receptions for 112 yards and a pair of touchdowns in an effort to bring the Zips all the way back. Quarterback Clayton Moore converted 25-of-40 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns, while being picked off once.

CMU registered the first points of the day when in the opening quarter Radcliff hit Courtney Williams with a 27-yard TD strike to cap an eight-play, 77-yard drive.

Kicker David Harman added to the Central Michigan lead in the first half thanks to field goals of 39 and 18 yards in the second quarter.

Early in the third the Chippewas pushed the advantage to 20-0 when Garland crossed the goal line following a 26-yard run.

With just 4:34 to play in the third period, Jawon Chisholm finally got the hosts on the board with a 38-yard TD run, but the team failed on a two-point conversion which left them by trailing by two touchdowns.

Akron cut into the deficit again to open the fourth when A.J. Fox knocked through a 23-yard field goal after the team covered 91 yards on nine plays but were again kept out of the end zone.

On the ensuing drive the Chippewas ate up more than five minutes on the clock, but only got a 32-yard field goal from Harman to show for their efforts as they moved out to a 23-9 edge.

In the final minutes Akron furiously moved the ball down the field, first capitalizing with a 21-yard TD reception by Suel at the 2:57 mark and then Suel diving into the end zone on a nine-yard pass play to make the score 23-22 with no time remaining and the PAT pending.

Inexplicably, the Zips opted to go for the win instead of forcing overtime and the decision proved costly as Moore failed to hit Price in the end zone.

Akron, which entered the week ranked 115th in the nation in scoring with just 16.1 ppg, was also ranked 113th in the country in points allowed (35.7 ppg).

10/29 16:33:50 ET