AKRON, Ohio - Senior quarterback Zac Dysert set numerous Miami and Mid-American Conference records Saturday, but it was Justin Semmes' three-yard touchdown run with 1:04 left that gave the RedHawks a 56-49 victory over Akron at InfoCision Stadium.
Dysert followed up a four-touchdown performance against UMass last week by throwing a school-record six scoring passes, topping the standard held by Ben Roethlisberger, Sam Ricketts and himself. He accounted for 516 yards through the air -- second-most in school history -- completing 34 of 49 attempts. He added 108 yards on the ground, his best ever and second career game over the century mark, to set a MAC record for total offense at 624 yards.
Dawan Scott caught 11 passes for 208 yards, both career highs, and posted his second straight two-touchdown game. His totals ranked tied for 11th and third, respectively, in Miami history.
The game went down to the final play when Akron quarterback Dalton Williams's heave from the Miami 38 was intercepted by Brison Burris at the 1. The pick was the first in the sophomore's career and was the only turnover for either team.
The Zips (1-4, 0-1) tallied 629 yards of total offense, including 446 on the ground.
The RedHawks, who led 35-28 at halftime, came out firing early.
Dysert completed a 35-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Luke Swift 39 seconds into the first quarter to open the scoring. The touchdown was Swift's first of his career.
Akron narrowed the RedHawks' lead to 13-7 a minute and a half later, scoring on a 56-yard strike from Dalton Williams to Jerrod Dillard. The Zips then took the lead at the end of the first on a 10-yd pass from Williams to Marquelo Suel down the left sideline.
Dysert and Dawon Scott hooked up for two quick scores in the second to give Miami a 28-14 lead.
Scott hauled in a 21-yard TD with 14:22 left in the half and caught another from 33 yards out at the 10:59 mark. The sophomore wide receiver also helped convert a 2-point conversion on a 2-yard pass from Dysert.
Akron hurried back and tied the game at 28-28 after scoring on two short running plays.
Dysert gave Miami the halftime lead, as he threw for his fifth TD of the game, a 12-yard strike to sophomore David Frazier. The score was Frazier's first of his career.
Akron came out of the half scoring on its first drive to tie it at 35-35, but Miami regained the lead once again on a Patterson 26-yard field goal with 6:23 left in the third.
Miami and Akron traded scores again late in the third and early in the fourth.
Dysert hooked up with Jamire Westbrook for a 19-yard TD with 1:40 remaining in the third. The score broke the school record for most passing TDs in a game.
But the Zips responded with a quick score early in the fourth to pull within three points. Jawon Chisholm dove in from the 1-yard line.
The RedHawks made it a six-point game with 10:01 remaining after Patterson made a 43-yard field goal. The freshman was two-for-three on the day, the second time this year he has made multiple kicks. Three of his six field goals have been longer than 40 yards.
Akron took a one-point lead, its first since it held a 14-13 advantage in the first quarter, with 7:06 remaining. Dalton Williams connected with Dee Frieson for an 18-yard touchdown.
Miami steps out of league play next week when it travels to local rival Cincinnati for a 7 p.m. contest. The Battle for the Victory Bell with be the 117th meeting between the two schools.