As the holder and backup punter, Andy Hildreth is probably the least-heralded player on the team.
Eastern Michigan blocked a go-ahead field goal attempt with under a minute to play. Hildreth snatched the ball and dashed for a first down, saving hopes for the postseason which a 1-3 MAC record would have erased.
"It was amazing," J.D. Brookhart told Joe Dunn on the postgame radio show. "Andy is a great kid. I'm always pulling for him."
Hildreth explained: "I just picked the ball up and ran."
Dennis Kennedy then plowed into the endzone after Hildreth's amazing play, and Akron won 42-35. If not for Hildreth, Kennedy would be the star. He ran for 277 yards and three touchdowns.
"This is two great games he has played back to back," Brookhart said. "Those guys up front have taken great pride in the running game."
Akron now sits at 4-4 and 2-2 in the MAC, which is prime position for a late-season surge heading into a 17-day hiatus.
Once again, Akron held a sizable lead in the fourth quarter, but succumbed to the opposition's surge. If not for Hildreth, it would have been the third such game that the Zips dropped.
Once again, Chris Jacquemain committed a turnover to set up a touchdown. Jacquemain passed for 208 yards, two touchdowns and no turnovers. The quarterback fumbled, however, when an Eagles defender tackled him from behind.
"He had some drops early in the game, but I thought he executed well -- except for that play," Brookhart said. "He has to be a good enough football player to throw that away. It's not a smart play."
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