Akron First-Quarter Explosion Downs North Texas, 33-13
AKRON, Ohio (9/23/06) ? Luke Getsy and the Akron offense put North Texas in an early hole and held on as the Zips bounced the Mean Green 33-13 at the Rubber Bowl on Saturday.
Getsy threw for 133 yards and three scores in the first half alone to give the defending Mid-America Conference champions a 33-7 lead at the break. The senior finished with 173 yards on 14 of 20 passing.
“Unfortunately, we played with no intensity in the first half and allowed them to run all over the field, and that falls entirely on me,” said
The Mean Green stalled on its opening possession and the Zips charged back. Getsey hooked up with Jermaine Lindsay for a 37-yard touchdown pass to put the Zips up 13-0 only 5:38 into the game.
Things kept rolling the Zips way as North Texas quarterback Woody Wilson was intercepted on the next drive, giving
The Mean Green finally came alive second quarter. Jamario Thomas broke a couple of tackles and bounced outside for a season-long 23 yard scamper.
Quinn has recorded a catch in every game of his career (40) at
Thomas showed a renewed intensity against the Zips, averaging 6.7 yards per carry. The junior had three runs of over 20-yards, including a 22-yard touchdown scamper where the junior shook off a trio of
“We just came in at half time and made some adjustments,” Thomas said. “I think the coaches did a great job of adjusting for the second half, and we did a pretty good job in the second half of keeping the ball moving.”
A couple of special teams plays gave the Mean Green new life and a pair of red-zone possessions in the second half. Antoine Bush recovered an onside kick, and Evan Robertson blocked and recovered his second punt of the season. On both series the Zips defense kept the Mean Green from capitalizing on fourth down.