Akron racked up 534 yards of offense with the help of two emerging skill position players.
The Zips got their first victory of the season, beating VMI 36-13.
Akron also accomplished something it couldn't last season -- beat a Division I-AA team. Gardner-Webb, which finished at 4-7 last year, beat the Zips at InfoCision Stadium in 2010.
The game balls go to freshman Jawon Chisholm (188 rushing yards, 1 TD) and sophomore Keith Sconiers (154 receiving yards, 2 TD).
It's important to note that Clayton Moore protected the ball on Saturday, after his five-turnover performance at Cincinnati. Moore threw three touchdowns, but completed only 13-of-28 attempts, mostly because several balls were batted down at the line.
This was a well-scheduled game. The Zips needed a confidence boost heading into a winnable game at Eastern Michigan.