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Oh, my (Part II)

By mrasor Published: November 25, 2011

Football

It seems like this program has set a new record for futility every week for the past three seasons.

Today was another.

The Zips played like a team that had been morally conquered in a 68-19 loss at Western Michigan. Mid-way through the third quarter, Akron trailed Western Michigan 66-5. Then the Broncos emptied their bench.

WMU also played without its starting quarterback Alex Carder, but it's hard to say the Broncos missed him. Backup Tyler Van Tubbergen played the most efficient game you can dream of, completing 19-of-21 passes for six touchdowns and 252 yards. The sophomore also found a way to run for 60 yards and a touchdown before WMU coach Bill Cubit graciously called upon his third-string quarterback to play most of the second half.

You would expect a beating like this at Ohio Stadium or Camp Randall. To have this done to you in your own conference is downright embarrassing. And this is the second-consecutive week like this (fourth, if you count the 35-3 losses against Miami and Kent State).

The Zips have finished the season with the most pathetic stretch of performance this university has ever seen. Akron has lost the last four games by a combined score of 189-35. Mind you, these four opponents have a combined record of only 19-29.

This is all to say, regardless of whether Rob Ianello stays as coach next season, the team is at least two years away from competing.

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