The Akron Zips beat the Pitt Panthers unequivocally in almost every phase of the game Saturday at Heinz Field.
The Panthers should have no excuses, but this is reality, not Fantasy Island.
I posted my keys to the game Friday and they were pretty much dead on. Yes, I am patting myself on the back. My final thoughts posted last night, but I omitted one very significant factor in the Zips win.
Pitt thought they were the best team on the field, but the Zips played like it. Colleagues in the press box could see that. They expected UA to roll over and play dead after being smacked on the nose by one touchdown – like in Penn State and even in that instance, UA didn’t quit.To read more or comment...
The Akron Zips football earned every right to celebrate their huge 21-10 win over the Pitt Panthers considering the way they played. It wasn’t easy, initially, but no one can question their heart. Most of my final thoughts this evening are positive, but as they head into Mid-American Conference play, issues still exist that need correction.
Clearing the hurdle: After coming close against Michigan, hanging tough against Penn State and getting shellacked by Marshall, there’s little doubt that coach Terry Bowden was savoring this victory.
“I don’t have many sweeter than this. Where we’ve started and how far we’ve come, I wouldn’t think of a win today,” he said. “It’s a big win. As much as I just want to savor the victory, it’s only going to last seven days. But you can’t take a victory like this away from these young men. Four our players to come into Pittsburgh and win this game – it’s a big win for Akron.
Chuck Amato’s defense redeemed itself: After last week’s showing against Marshall that saw them give up 48 points, the Zips defense regrouped. They went back to how they were playing in fall camp – that swarming style of hitting and tackling. It showed in the way they tackled the country’s leading rusher, James Conner, holding him to 92 yards on 25 carries.To read more or comment...
PITTSBURGH: The University of Akron football team pulled an upset at Heinz Field, beating the Pitt Panthers 21-10 on Saturday.
Conor Hundley rushed for 148 yards in the win, and nose guard Cody Grice, who played fullback at Firestone High School, scored touchdowns in the win.
Quarterback Kyle Pohl, pulled earlier in the game, came back to lead the Zips to the win with a 15-of-29 passing for 193 yards. He passed for a score.
The Zips defense held the nation’s leading rusher, James Connor, to 92 yards in the upset.To read more or comment...