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OXFORD, Ohio – Zac Dysert passed for 215 yards and two touchdowns and Justin Semmes ran for 100 yards and two more scores to help Miami (Ohio) top Akron 35-3 in a Mid-American Conference matchup on Thursday night at Yager Stadium. Much of the game was played in a heavy downpour of rain.
A.J. Fox made a 24-yard field goal for Akron (1-8, 0-5) with 4:12 left to prevent the shutout and improve to 5-for-5 in field-goal kicking this season.
Zips starting quarterback Clayton Moore was 3-of-19 for 42 yards and one interception, and backup Patrick Nicely was 4-of-13 for 48 yards.
UA wide receivers Keith Sconiers and A.J. Price, ranked first and third respectively on the team in catches this season, were knocked out of the lineup due to injury during the second quarter. Wide receiver Jerrod Dillard, defensive tackle Dan Marcoux and offensive tackle Mitch Straight also left the game due to injury.
With Sconiers and Price out of the lineup, Antoine Russell played at both receiver and corner back during the second half. He finished with two catches for 13 yards and also had one tackle. Russell started the season as a receiver and switched to corner back three weeks ago during the bye week. He started tonight's game in the secondary. He returned one kickoff tonight as well – a 35-yarder during the second half.
Dysert completed 12-of-19 passes, throwing a 22-yard touchdown pass to Andy Cruse and a 52-yarder to Nick Harwell. Dysert also had a 1-yard TD run. Harwell had four catches for 117 yards.
UA's Brian Wagner led all players with 10 tackles. He entered the game with a 14.5 tackles-per-game average that ranked as the second-best nationally and first in the MAC.
With the win, Miami (4-5, 3-2 MAC) moved into a tie with Ohio for the league's East Division lead.
Akron closes out its home schedule on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. ET versus neighborhood rival Kent State at InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field. The game, part of the PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge, will be televised regionally by SportsTime Ohio and also be available via ESPN3. The Zips' senior class will be recognized prior to kickoff.
Zips Notebook: The game was televised on ESPNU, marking the third-straight night a MAC game was covered by the ESPN family of networks ... WR Dylan Potts tallied his first career reception during the third quarter (from Clayton Moore). He led all UA receivers with two catches for 22 yards ... S L.T. Smith had his first career sack during the first quarter. The Zips have nine sacks this season.