NCAA Early Games Recap

Early Games Recap: Akron comes oh so close to titanic upset

9/14/13 in NCAAF   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Blog Photo - NCAA Early Games RecapOn paper, it wasn't a lot of scintillating matchups in the early games this Saturday. However, we did one near upset, and I do mean near.

(11) Michigan 28, Akron 24 The Akron Zips have won one game in each of the last three seasons. They haven't beaten a FBS opponent since 2010. They haven't won a road game in five years. Yet still, they were one play away from upsetting Michigan in the Big House. Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner was not good today, turning the ball over 4 times. However, he drove the team down the field in the 4th down 24-21. Fitzgerald Toussaint ran it in for the go-ahead score with 2:49 left. Akron still had a chance though, getting the ball down to the three with 24 seconds left. Unfortunately for them, the refs reviewed a play and didn't put 9 seconds back on the clock that ran off before the review was called in. The review made it third down and gave Akron two shots. The last shot was a pass that was just overthrown (the QB was pressured), and Michigan survived what would've arguably been their worse loss ever. Yes, even worse than Applachian State.

(Photo credit to mgoblog, who as you might expect, aren't thrilled.)

(16) UCLA 41, (23) Nebraska 21 The Cornhuskers came out in their Blackshirts, but the defense didn't play anything like Blackshirts today. Nebraska raced out a 21-3 lead, but things fell apart from there. UCLA proceeded to score 38 unanswered. The win completes an emotional week for the Bruins, six days after receive Nick Pasquale was killed after being struck by a vehicle.

(7) Louisville 27, Kentucky 13 It took the Louisville offense a while to get it going. They only scored 10 points and gained 148 yards in the first half. They then dominated the second half with four clock chewing drives that produced 2 TDs, a field goal, and a missed field goal. Teddy Bridgewater was 16/28 for 250 yards and a touchdown. By giving up 27 points, Kentucky might have the best showing on defense of any SEC team today.

Minnesota 29, Western Illinois 12 The game here isn't the story. Unfortunately, Minnesota coach Jerry Kill suffered a seizure at halftime and was taken to the hospital. It's the third straight year Kill, who is epileptic, has suffered a seizure during a game. The Gophers were trailing 12-7 early in the third quarter, before coming back with 22 unanswered.

Virginia Tech 15, East Carolina 10 So, the Hokies offense just might not be any good.

Rutgers 28, Eastern Michigan 10 The game itself didn't matter. What mattered was Eric LeGrand's number was retired. He is the future Rutgers player to have that honor.

Teams That Weren't Embarrassed by Almost Losing to Akron

(5) Stanford 34, Army 20 An Army touchdown in the final minute makes that look closer than it was.
(14) Oklahoma 51, Tulsa 20

Play of the Day

It didn't go well for Bowling Green most of the day against Indiana. They lost 42-10. However, they did have this amazing blocked punt. Paul Senn basically took the ball off the punter's foot and ran it easily to the house.

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