The Akron Zips lost 48-17 to the Marshall Thundering Herd at Infocision Stadium. There isn’t a lot to say in such a loss, but here are my final thoughts regarding this umm…err…contest.
They had no ability stop the run: Defensive coordinator Chuck Amato said it earlier this week. The Akron Zips defense had to stop the run and make the Marshall Thundering Herd’s offense one dimensional. With two running backs – Devon Johnson and Remi Watson – over 100 yards, that didn’t happen. That is one area that caused the Zips to lose the game. Yup, they missed linebacker Justin March, who didn’t play.
No pressure on Rakeem Cato: When Marshall wasn’t running, they weren’t getting a lot of pressure on Cato any way. He didn’t have his normal 317 yards of passing per game, but he was effective enough. He also inflicted some damage on the ground scoring two touchdowns with his legs.
Their offense did them no favors: The reality, however, is the offense did the defense few favors in this game. There was little in the way of a spark and the scant few times they generated any sense of rhythm it would for naught.To read more or comment...
By the time the University of Akron football team found any rhythm on offense it was too late to drum up anything that could match the rampaging offense of the Marshall Thundering Herd.
The Zips (1-2) spotted the Herd (4-0) a 24-point lead courtesy of an ineffective offense that delivered their opponent four turnovers that led to 17 points – one a fumble on a nice play by a Marshall defender and the other courtesy of an interception after a pass breakup. More importantly, two of those gifts came in the red zone with UA having the chance to get back in the game.
Marshall used that advantage to beat the Zips 48-17 at Infocision Stadium.To read more or comment...
The Akron Zips will into their game against the Marshall Thundering Herd without three starters.
The biggest hit may come in the person of Justin March who was injured during the Penn State game. March, one of the team’s defensive leaders, will miss the game. That means junior Dylan Evans will step up and fill his rather substantial shoes.
The offense will take the brunt of this, losing two starters. Starting running back Jawon Chisholm will miss the game with an injury. It will provide someone at the running back an opportunity. More than likely that will be redshirts sophomore Hakeem Lawrence.
Coach Terry Bowden said earlier this week that the Florida native had earned some more reps in game situations. This looks like it could be the day that fate dictates that happens.To read more or comment...
Call it part deux of the three trials of the Akron Zips. The first came last week against Penn State where the team had opportunities that they squandered and essentially ran out of gas.
This week it’s Marshall, a former member of the Mid-American Conference, that is off to a 3-0 start, a feat that’s impressive itself, but it’s also a matter of how the Thundering Herd arrived at that record to open the season.
Marshall comes into the game averaging 44.7 points per game (No. 15 nationally) and better than 620 yards (No. 2 nationally) of total offense per game under the guidance of quarterback Rakeem Cato, a senior quarterback from Miami, Fla.
This could very well be the Zips’ stiffest test on defense all year. That’s not to say they’re not up to the challenge. UA owns the sixth-ranked scoring defense in the nation giving up just 10.5 points per game. Marshall is no slouch in that category either, ranking No. 19 giving up 16 points per game.To read more or comment...
After losing to Penn State 21-3 on Sept. 6, the Akron Zips host the Marshall Thundering Herd on Saturday at 2 p.m. How can Akron keep up with one of the nation's fastest offenses? Zips beat writer George Thomas breaks down that and more.
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