The University of Akron football team will face their most significant game in coach Terry Bowden’s short tenure Tuesday when they play the Bowling Green Falcons Tuesday night at InfoCision Stadium.



The Zips (4-4, 2-2) can still control their destiny in the Mid-American Conference’s East Division with a win over Bowling Green (5-3, 3-1).  A win ties them for the division lead, giving them the inside track to eventually play for the conference championship in Detroit.



But UA will have to fix one problem that has plagued the team in their past two games – turnovers.



“What we talked to our players about is eliminating the turnovers,” Bowden said. “I don't think the effort changed.  I don't think their attitude changed.  The turnovers changed.”



So far that is indeed proving to be the case in recent weeks.   After the first six games of the seasons UA was plus-7 in turnovers on the season.  Those last two games have taken care of that statistical advantage and, probably not coincidentally, helps to explain the team’s two-game losing skid as they look toward four weeks of prime-time games on the ESPN family of cable channels beginning Tuesday.



A perfect example: against Ball State UA held a 21-13 lead at halftime and hadn’t turned the ball over.   The floodgates opened in the second with quarterback Thomas Woodson throwing four picks and the team losing a fumble.  They eventually lost the game.  It’s a situation that the Zips cannot afford Bowden said because they are not capable of dominating opponents just yet.



“We had a punt muffed and four interceptions, you can't really win a football game that way,” he said of the Ball State loss. “It's a tough lesson to learn, but we've got to learn how not to do that and as coaches, we've got to impress it on our players.”