Akron played conservatively for 60 minutes. On the last play of the game, coach Rob Ianello put all of the money on black and spun the wheel.
The Zips lost 23-22 to Central Michigan Saturday. Clayton Moore put together two impressive touchdown drives in the latter half of the fourth quarter. The Zips went for the win, rather than overtime, and the pass was incomplete.
The positives from today were clear: Akron's offense looked good, really good, in the two touchdown drives. Seeing the Zips go for the win, regardless of the result, was invigorating. It seems like Ianello's decisions have been far too conservative, with the perceived goal being to keep the game close rather than to win. In fact, Akron punted twice in the fourth quarter when it looked as if they should grunt.
It's also good to see the such output from the skill players. Moore was 25-of-40 for 228 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. It helped that Marquelo Suel returned to the lineup and caught 11 passes for 112 yards and both touchdowns. Jawon Chisholm ran for 130 carries, including a 38-yard touchdown dash.
The Zips offense was good when it needed to be. The final game of the play easily could have been a catch, but it was well-defended. I like the decision to go for it. If you like the decision before seeing the result, you can't complaint when the contingency doesn't pan out.
The Zips have a quick turn-around, with a road game against Miami on Thursday. There is something to build off here.