Akron will need a good podiatrist to remove all those bullets from the team's tarsals.
The Zips committed several tragic errors en route to a thrilling quadruple-overtime 43-40 loss, basically slamming the Rubber Bowl's door on their fingers.
In the fourth overtime, Chris Jacquemain and Dennis Kennedy missed a handoff exchange and a Bufallo player pounced on it. But it wasn't just the fumble. It was the penalties. It was the dropped passes. It was the play calling. This season has been about overachieving, but tonight, the Zips choked away a game they should have won.
That's not to take away from the magic that the game provided. It was a back-and-forth duel with no lack of drama. The script seemed ideal for the Zips to march out of the Rubber Bowl with a final victory. As a sports fan -- and particularly one from Northeast Ohio -- you should know that sporting events rarely fulfill the perfect storyline.
So the Bulls won, and they control their own destiny. Next week, they play Bowling Green, who also controls its own destiny. Akron, meanwhile, has two hopes. 1) The scenario I mentioned in an earlier post (scroll down). 2) Winning out and earning a bowl berth, which seems almost certain for each 7-5 team if you look at the math.
Despite that, this was a total team loss. Every part of the team (linemen, coaches, kicker, running back, quarterback) contributed to the team's successes throughout the night. However, each part of the team shot itself in the foot at inopportune moments.
I just returned home from watching the new Bond movie. It is fantastic. You should see it, especially if you're upset about football. I will have grades tomorrow.