Indiana Zips Past Akron, 41-24
Sept. 15, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Indiana quarterback Kellen Lewis rushed for a career-high 199 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Hoosiers on three second-half scoring drives to beat Akron 41-24 on Saturday.
Lewis completed 19-of-24 passes for 137 yards and three touchdowns, but it was his feet that allowed Indiana to open 3-0 for only the second time since 1995. The sophomore produced the most rushing yards by an Indiana quarterback since Antwaan Randle El had 210 against Minnesota on Oct. 21, 2000.
Akron (1-2) was led by backup quarterback Carlton Jackson, who rallied the Zips from an early 10-0 deficit with three straight scoring drives in the first half. Jackson replaced the ineffective Chris Jacquemain in the second quarter and was 15-of-21 for 200 yards and two TDs while running 19 times for 65 yards.
Indiana helped the Zips stay close, though.
The Hoosiers took a quick 10-0 lead in the first quarter and started their third possession on the Akron 32.
When they couldn't move the ball and punted, Akron rallied, scoring three straight times - on Igor Iveljic's 20-yard field goal, Jackson's 3-yard run and a 21-yard TD pass from Jackson to Kris Kasparek - to take a 17-10 lead.
Then Lewis was magical. He threw a 24-yard TD pass to Ray Fisher on a nifty catch-and-run to tie the score at halftime.
Indiana regained the lead on Austin Starr's 21-yard field goal to open the second half, and took control when Lewis sprinted 3 yards for a score to make it 27-17.
Jackson answered with a 26-yard TD pass to Jabari Arthur, but Lewis scored on a 15-yard run with 6:25 left to seal it.
Indiana has now won 19 straight over Mid-American Conference opponents.
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