There wasn’t much shining from above at InfoCision Stadium on a dreary Saturday afternoon, but there plenty of brightness on the field as the University of Akron football team defeated the Morgan State Bears 41-7 in the season opener for the Zips (1-0) – especially on defense.

The consistent drizzle certainly didn’t stop the Zips who dominated on both sides of the ball. In other words: it wasn’t a game for long.

The Bears (0-2) offense  crossed midfield once on their final possession of the game as UA’s defense held them for 192 total yards for the game in the process holding them to 13 first downs as the Morgan State offense never gained much in the way of traction because of a stingy Zips defense.

In all the UA defense forced three turnovers and gave up a miserly three yards per play, led by a slew of familiar faces including defensive captain Ulysees Gilbert III (six tackles) and safety Alvin Davis, who snared  his second career interception on the day.

Offensively, the Zips struggled early but shook it off to take control of an overmatched Bears defense.  Quaterback Kato Nelson, getting his first opening day start, played efficiently connecting on 16-of-26 passes for 232 yards, three touchdowns and an interception that wasn’t his fault.

Running back Van Edwards earned his second career 100-yard rushing game with 109 yards on 17 carries and two scores in a workman-like performance.

Former Archbishop Hoban standout Jonah Morris, 6-foot-4, 209-pounds, enjoyed a memorable homecoming as the Zips leading receiver with 94 yards on four receptions with a touchdown.