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LIVEBLOG: Akron vs. Kent from InfoCision Stadium

By mrasor Published: November 12, 2011

Football

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Kent State marched down the field on its first drive and scored a quick touchdown, but missed the extra point wide-right.

The Zips responded two drives later with an A.J. Fox field goal from 42 yards. Fox is now 6-for-6 this season on field goal attempts.

On third-and-short, Spencer Keith just cost Kent State points. Scrambling, Keith had a receiver open. He also had a clear route to a five-yard gain with his feet. He BADLY overthrew the receiver, and Kent will have to punt.

Attendance is pretty good today. It's obviously the rivalry game, but the weather is just about as good as you can expect in mid-November.

Kent State widened its lead by nailing a 46-yard field goal, with the wind. It's a gusty day, so any team playing toward the north endzone will have an easier time with kicks. On the ensuing kickoff, Kent's kicker nearly nailed it through the uprights.

Akron passed up a chance to score before halftime. The Zips were on Kent's 39-yard line, with a 3rd-and-1. Rather than move the chains and continue the drive with about a minute to play, the coaches called a halfback pass, which was nearly intercepted. On 4th-and-1, a Clayton Moore pass was dropped across the middle. Akron got too cute, and as a result, the teams will go to halftime with a 9-3 Kent lead.

Kent State made a risky call by going for it on 4th-and-1 on the goalline. The initial call was touchdown on the dive by Trayion Durham. The people in the media box, at least, think it was a bad call. It went to a booth review, and the play was upheld.

Today is Senior Day for the Zips. Akron has 14 seniors, only 11 of which have been here their entire careers. By my count, Kent State has 18 seniors. Manley Waller, Dan Marcoux and James Harvey have been good players, but this class has been a disappointment. There is not an All-MAC player among them.

One of the seniors, Zack Campbell, just booted a 10-yard punt, caused by Roosevelt Nix, who was approaching quickly. Kent State got great field position to expand its 13-point lead, which it did with Keith's second touchdown pass.

Kent now leads by 20, and Akron does not appear capable of putting together a drive. It's not even in the fourth quarter, but fans must be pessimistic about getting the Wagon Wheel back.

If you wondered where "rock bottom" is for Akron, we have now reached it. Keith just dashed 59 yards on a quarterback draw, making the Zips defense look like there were cinder blocks attached to their ankles. Previously, the longest run of Keith's career was 34 yards. The Zips finally pushed Keith out of bounds at the 1-yard line. Durham burst through the line on the next play for the touchdown. The lead is 26 (after the PAT was blocked).

Correction: Akron is honoring only 13 seniors today. Hasan Hazime will be back next year. The defensive lineman, who is recovering from ACL surgery, has graduated but will be starting grad school in his fifth and final year of eligibility.

Jacquise Terry dashed into the endzone to punctuate a run-dominated drive. Somehow, Akron blocked another PAT. Kent State is now 2-of-5 on extra points.

My friends have coined a new term for the point in games when the Browns are getting romped: Joke Time. Well, it's Joke Time at InfoCision Stadium.

When this game finally finishes, Kent State will have kept the Wagon Wheel for two consecutive seasons for the first time since 1988-89.

Neither team committed a turnover until 6:00 left in the game. Karl Bostick fumbled and Kent recovered.

Brian Wagner made his 400th career tackle. Despite being second in the nation in tackles, and having a uber-productive career so far, the all-time record at Akron is 715 tackles.

Larry Dawson of Kent (formerly of Akron) broke through for a touchdown, but it was called back on holding.

FINAL SCORE - Akron 3, Kent State 35

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