By controlling the opposing quarterback's scrambling and establishing a dominant rushing attack, the Zips surged past Miami 24-13.
RedHawks signal caller Mike Kokal passed for 263 yards, but the Akron defense held him to ONE SINGLE YARD on the ground. Meanwhile, Zips running back Dennis Kennedy rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns.
Both of these aspects -- controlling QB scrambling and a setting up a strong running game -- were lacking in the Zips' previous two-game losing streak.
Akron receiver David Harvey caught a few important passes. He finished with 96 yards and a touchdown.
Miami suffered on third down, converting only twice in 17 attempts. The RedHawk defense, however, collected two Akron fumbles. One was a conspicuous pitch to backup quarterback Carlton Jackson.
Akron's secondary had no answer for NFL prospect Ryne Robinson at receiver. He pulled down nine receptions for 135 yards and a score.
Around the rest of the MAC...
Who could have predicted that Miami and Toledo would be out of the hunt midway through MAC play, and meanwhile Kent State seems unstoppable? That's why this is a great conference. I'll post more tomorrow once the tailgating wears off.