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Zips win thriller over Kent State

By mrasor Published: October 4, 2008

Akron beat Kent State in double-overtime 30-27 thanks to a fourth-down touchdown that was first ruled incomplete and two clutch field goals by Igor Iveljic.
After three first half interceptions, Kent State took a 21-10 lead into halftime. The Zips clamped down on defense in the second half, allowing only three points the rest of regulation.
The Zips, however, faced their final play with about 1:30 left in the fourth quarter. Akron was losing by four when Deryn Bowser leaped over a Kent State defender to haul in the fade-route pass. The referees called the play incomplete. J.D. Brookhart challenged the play, and it was reversed to give Akron a three-point lead.
The problem was that Julian Edelman still had more than a minute to operate. On fourth-and-9, he scrambled for more than 30 yards and got his team in field goal range. Nate Reed tied the game for KSU, and the game went to overtime.
The teams traded field goals in the first overtime. Iveljic hit a field goal in the second overtime. Reed was poised to do the same from 23 yards, but he shanked it right, and Akron kept the Wagon Wheel.
Despite the win, the Zips played poorly in several facets. Dennis Kennedy ran for only 16 yards on nine carries. Jacquemain's three interceptions each led to Kent State touchdowns.
On first blush, some of the better performances came from Jalil Carter, who played fantastic coverage and made important plays, and Shawn Lemon, who was consistently cutting down on KSU's running game. Also, Iveljic and Bowser made crucial plays to give Akron the win, too.
I will grade the team tomorrow morning. At this point, however, I can't imagine keeping Matt Rodgers and DeVoe Torrence on the bench.

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