For two quarters, Akron stared UConn eye-to-eye and perhaps outplayed the Huskies.
After halftime, the Zips fell and UConn squashed the Roo with its heel.
In the first half, Akron's defense contained the Huskies and pushed the ball on a couple impressive drives. When the teams left the locker room for the second half, a noticeably fatigued Zips defense folded while UConn surged to score four touchdowns and keep Akron scoreless the rest of the game.
Chris Jacquemain got the start over Carlton Jackson for an undisclosed disciplinary reason. Jacquemain passed well in the first half but mismanaged the offense on several occasions by holding onto the ball too long. With the Zips in the redzone and 24 seconds remaining, he rolled left and was stopped, which allowed the clock to run out without Akron scoring. One could argue that was the game's turning point. Bryan Williams and Jabari Arthur played well.
The performance of running back Andre Dixon blew the game open for UConn. He rushed for 116 yards, mostly coming in the second half. Akron's defense seemed deflated after halftime, and perhaps some of that comes from the intangible loss of John Mackey.
I will have more on the game later. For now, I'll be interested to know what you guys think.