Postgame wrapup: Ohio vs. Akron

By Rocco Nuosci

Once again for the third time this season, an overcast sky with buckets of rain fell over InfoCision Stadium as the Zips of U of A took on the Ohio Bobcats. The Zips entered the game looking to break a streak of seven straight losses against the Bobcats dating back to 2007. Unfortunately on this day, the Bobcats once again proved to be too much for the Zips to handle as they emerged victorious by a final of 14-12. My own team MVP for the day definitely goes to Robert Stein who was 4-4 on field goal attempts on the day as the Zips struggled all day trying to finish drives and put the ball in the end zone. Quarterback Thomas Woodson once again played the whole game and he did not play as well as Akron fans have seen him play. Finishing just 18-38 for 231 yards and an interception, Woodson was unable to lead his offense into the end zone for 6. Another big factor was the lack of Conor Hundley as a force. The big running back went for a mere 66 yards on 18 attempts. Receiver Imani Davis shined today, hauling in 5 receptions for 94 yards including an incredible back shoulder catch for 42 yards in the middle of the second quarter that had the crowd “oohing and ahhing”. Unfortunately, the Bobcat defense stepped up when it needed to and shut down the Zips offense when it mattered most. The Zips had their last chance to get it done late in the fourth quarter. A Thomas Woodson one yard keeper followed by an 8 yard sack proved too much for the Zips to overcome. A nice pass to Andrew Pratt on 3rd and long kept the Zips alive, but a failed 4th down attempt to Pratt was all the Bobcats needed to seal the victory. The Zips bench was furious looking for a flag on the Bobcat defender, but to no avail. With the loss, the Zips are now 0-1 in MAC play and will be back in action next Saturday when they travel up north to take on Eastern Michigan at 3:00.