Two Bowling Green teams are staying in the Battered Defense Shelter this weekend.
After eight goals Friday and 35 points today, Akron proved it can score at will on both the men's soccer and football teams. The Zips won 35-28 this afternoon at the Rubber Bowl.
Dennis Kennedy ran for a career-high 175. David Harvey scored two touchdowns on 86 yards. Jabari Arthur caught four passes for 101 yards. Luke Getsy and the offensive line played better as well, holding Bowling Green's scary defensive line to one sack.
More importantly, a Kent State blowout loss to Buffalo opens Akron's window for a MAC Championship a little wider. It now appears Ohio is the favorite in the East Division. The Bobcats moved to 5-1 with a 16-10 win over Eastern Michigan.
If the Bobcats beat Akron in two weeks, they clinch a trip to Detroit for the MAC Championship. For the Zips to have a chance, Ohio would also need to lose at Miami the following week, making the Bobcats 5-3 in the MAC.
In order for Kent State to fall to 5-3, they also would need to lose to either Eastern Michigan at home or Miami on the road.
Bowling Green, at 3-3, could also join the frey if they beat Miami and Toledo.
Still, everything depends on Ohio. If they win another MAC game, they clinch the East.
But back to Akron. The offense was fluid, but the defense often lost track of mobile quarterback Anthony Turner. (This is becoming a theme this season, isn't it?) Turner ran for 110 yards on 22 carries. The Zips admirably stopped stud running back Chris Bullock, who only managed 49 yards on 12 attempts.
Akron nearly blew the lead, but an offensive pass interference call negated the tying touchdown with less than a minute to go.
I was a bit upset we didn't get a chance to see backup quarterback Carlton Jackson, but perhaps Buffalo will fold quickly enough on Thursday to get a peek then. J.D. Brookhart promised earlier in the week we'd see him at least once per drive.