ATHENS, Ohio (Sports Network) ? Chad Brinker carried a career-high 36 times for a season-best 160 yards and Fred Ray ran for two scores to lead Ohio to a 27-10 victory over Akron in a Mid-American Conference tilt. The Zips had opened a 10-0 lead in the first quarter before the Bobcats responded with 27 unanswered points.
Ohio (4-6, 4-2 MAC) has now won three of its last four games to remaining in the hunt for the East Division crown.
Akron got off to a quick start, as Charlie Frye threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Morris Ellington to give the Zips a 7-0 lead. That advantage was increased to 10-0 in the closing seconds of the opening stanza on a 19-yard field goal by Billy Sullivan.
The biggest play for the Bobcats in the first half came from the special teams. Chip Cox blocked a 32-yard field goal attempt that could have menat a 13-0 lead just over five minutes remaining in the contest. But, instead, the Bobcats took possesion and was able to close to within a touchdown on a later drive. Kevin Kerr provided the points on a 27-yard field goal with six seconds left in the first half.
Three unanswered touchdowns by the Bobcats in the third quarter turned the game around. The defense got things going, as Joe Sellers returned fumble 28 yards to tie the game at 10. Ray then scored on runs of two and 14 yards, putting Ohio ahead 24-10 as the final quarter kicked off.
The Bobcats remained strong defensively in the fourth quarter, and a 24-yard Kerr field goal closed out the scoring. Akron suffered four costly turnovers and forced just once Ohio giveaway. The Bobcats racked up 308 rushing yards as a team and held the Zips to 110 yards on the ground, 11 in the second half.