Akron almost scored as many points today (30) as it did in the past four games combined (37).
That improvement did not lead to the Zips shedding the zero in their win column. Akron lost to Ball State in double-overtime, 37-30.
Alex Allen played the best game of his season, with 194 yards of offense (165 rushing, 29 receiving). Jeremy LaFrance returned to catch two touchdown passes from Patrick Nicely, who actually made some plays. Even Jalil Carter got into the game, catching six balls for 69 yards. Nicely threw four touchdowns and three interceptions, including one that ended the game.
On defense, the Zips suffered from the same disease that has undone every other positive defensive development: a secondary that gives up a lot of big plays. Ball State scored its two touchdowns in regulation on pass plays of 63 yards and 49 yards.
This was a game that could have gone either way. Akron missed an extra point. The Zips had an opportunity to step on the Cardinals' throats in the first overtime, but dropped an interception. A good team does those things and sings songs on the bus ride home.
Let me leave you with this poll. And before you answer, consider that Gardner-Webb, Kent State, and Ball State are on the schedule.