Zurlon Tipton rushed for three touchdowns, including a 72-yard run, to help Central Michigan beat the University of Akron 35-14 on Saturday in Mount Pleasant, Mich.
Tipton ran 72 yards up the sideline for his first touchdown of the game for Central Michigan (3-5, 1-3 Mid-American Conference). He later had a 5-yard run and a 6-yard run for touchdowns. Tipton finished the game with 37 carries for 243 yards — a career high. Central Michigan had a total of 264 yards on the ground.
Central Michigan quarterback Ryan Radcliff completed 15-of-25 passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns. Titus Davis caught both touchdown passes — one of 27 yards and another of 36.
Central Michigan led 14-7 at halftime, but Akron (1-8, 0-5) could only score seven more points.
Quarterback Dalton Williams completed 31-of-51 passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns, for Akron (1-8, 0-5). Dee Frieson caught a 9-yard pass and Jerrod Dillard caught a 10-yard pass for touchdowns.
The Zips had 492 yards of total offense to 444 for the Chippewas but committed two turnovers and were stopped on fourth down inside the Central Michigan 5-yard line with nine minutes to go.
The loss is the sixth in a row for the Zips.
Frieson had eight catches for 65 yards, and Connor Hundley rushed for 92 yards on 17 carries for UA.
Williams’ two touchdown passes gave the Zips 25 for the season, surpassing the school record of 24 established in 2005. His 2,691 passing yards moved him past Charlie Frye and Luke Getsy into fifth on the single-season passing chart.
Akron will play at rival Kent State (7-1, 4-0) at 2 p.m. Saturday.