Both the pessimists and optimists were satisfied today.
The Zips hit a new low in the first half, trailing 49-0 when the teams went to the locker room. On the day, quarterback Clayton Moore threw three interceptions, lost two fumbles, and three of his turnovers were returned for Cincinnati touchdowns.
In the second half, against UC's bench players, Akron showed for the first time in 2011 that it can move the ball. Moore completed the team's first touchdown of the season to Keith Sconiers, who finished with 137 yards. Then Moore hit A.J. Price on a fade route for the second TD. Jawon Chisholm ran for 133 yards, averaging 5.3 yards per carry. The Zips outgained the Bearcats in yardage, 349-342.
The final score of 59-14 was ugly, no disputing that.
There's also no disputing that Akron kept playing. That's the one thing that gets me. This program has hit a new low multiple times. Somehow, the players and coaches sincerely continue to think it's all part of the plan.
These were three of the most difficult games Akron will play this year, and the Zips responded with indescribably poor play, being outscored by a collective 142-17.
But now the Zips will play its three easiest games. Akron should -- let me rephrase, damned well better -- win next week against Virginia Military Institute. Then it's off to Eastern Michigan, where Akron gets to prove it's not the MAC's worst team. Then back home against FIU, which is another should-win.
Really, fans can expect to go into the Ohio University game with a 3-3 record and 1-1 MAC record. Nothing will be out of reach. Momentum will be with Akron.
For that 3-3 record to be meaningful whatsoever, Akron has to get smarter quarterback play. Today, Moore took five steps back and two forward.
This probably isn't the tone you expected from this column, but hey, these are all facts. The season's not over. Nobody's getting fired. Sorry if that disappoints you.