Michigan Wolverines Struggle To Beat Akron

Sep 14, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines wide receiver Jeremy Gallon (21) runs the ball at Akron Zips safety Johnny Robinson (4) in the second quarter at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Michigan Wolverines struggled and almost got caught overlooking their MAC opponent. The offense struggled to find a rhythm against the Akron Zips defense who came into Saturday’s game ranked 102 against the run.

The Zips went into halftime only down by 4 and with the way Michigan was playing; they were starting to smell the upset.  Akron took the lead by 3 coming out of the locker room on a Zach D’Orazio touchdown pass. Michigan then scored 14 unanswered points to take the lead.  With a 11 point lead going into the fourth it looked like Michigan was starting to take control of the game.

Then Akron answered

The Zips took advantage of a fatigued Michigan defense and scored 14 unanswered points of their own to take 24-21 lead with 4:10 left in the game. It took a late game drive culminating in a Fitzgerald Toussaint touchdown run to squeak past a team that had lost 27 consecutive road games going into Saturday. The Michigan Wolverines won the game 28-24.

Michigan had four turnovers, three of which came from interceptions thrown by Devin Gardner. Gardner added 2 touchdowns and 248 yards but was outperformed by Akron QB Zach D’Orazio 311 yards. The wasn’t the only stat category controlled by Akron.  The Zips also dominated time of possession by nearly 7 minutes.

Brady Hoke will try to put this game behind him as they travel to Connecticut next week to take on the Huskies. Keep checking with Detroit Jock City for all the latest on the Michigan Wolverines.

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTER AKR MICH
TD 10:29 Devin Funchess 48 Yd Pass From Devin Gardner (Brendan Gibbons Kick) 0 7
FG 02:59 Robert Stein 45 Yd 3 7
THIRD QUARTER AKR MICH
TD 09:56 Zach D’Orazio 28 Yd Pass From Kyle Pohl (Robert Stein Kick) 10 7
TD 08:13 Devin Gardner 36 Yd Run (Brendan Gibbons Kick) 10 14
TD 03:23 Jehu Chesson 33 Yd Pass From Devin Gardner (Brendan Gibbons Kick) 10 21
FOURTH QUARTER AKR MICH
TD 14:46 Justin March 27 Yd Interception Return (Robert Stein Kick) 17 21
TD 04:10 Tyrell Goodman 1 Yd Pass From Kyle Pohl (Robert Stein Kick) 24 21
TD 02:49 Fitzgerald Toussaint 2 Yd Run (Brendan Gibbons Kick) 24 28

Topics: Akron Zips, Michigan Wolverines, NCAA Football

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