In the postgame press conference, coach J.D. Brookhart talked about the O-Zone's volume and the punt-turned-touchdown as the key reasons Akron lost.
I still say the negative four rushing yards was the main problem.
As a poster wrote below, the 3-4 offense should have been used exclusively against Ohio, which is anything but the traditional air-it-out MAC team. I think Brookhart and Jim Fleming should reexamine their defensive strategies. Look at Akron's MAC losses. They all came against teams who specialize in running, whether it be with a back or a quarterback.
This season was a huge disappointment, not only for Akron, but also for the other MAC favorites Northern Illinois, Toledo and Miami. What happened? The MAC transformed.
You might even expect to see more of an option style offense from the Zips next year. That is if Brookhart taylors his playcalls to his personnel. Both Carlton Jackson and Sean Hakes, while capable of throwing downfield, are great runners.
The only good news from this season is that Brookhart is no longer a candidate to move on, unless it's a lateral move. I doubt that; all signs point that he likes it here.
In the next two years, we will see Brookhart's first recruiting classes graduate. As highly touted as they have been, that is exciting.