Week 3: Indiana @ Akron

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  1. The Shrike

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    Week 3: Indiana @ Akron

    ZIPS DOWN ANOTHER MEMBER OF BIG 10

    After upsetting Penn State at Beaver Stadium and dispatching the FCS East Scrubknockers at home, the Zips of Akron looked to post their first important win at the Rubber Bowl.

    The home crowd didn't have much to cheer about early as Indiana took the opening kickoff and, on the arm of junior QB Ben Chappell, took the ball right down the field and into the end zone. Akron looked to establish the run game early by feeding the ball to HB Alex Allen four times in a row, earning them two first downs. The drive stalled, however, when the Zips tried to air it out and they were forced to punt.

    The score remained 7-0 until 6:04 to play in the second quarter when Indiana tacked on a field goal to push the lead to ten.

    The Akron passing game was totally dominated by the Indiana secondary in the first half of the game, but a breakthrough finally came on the ground. Allen took a handoff at the Akron 29 and busted through the left side of the line, ripping off a 35 yard gain. Some sloppy tackling by Indiana lead to a facemask penalty pushing it to a 50-yard gain. Three rushing plays later, Akron had its first taste of touchdown.

    The Zips kicked off with 1:14 left in the half looking to hold their opponents and get into half down three but with some momentum. Indiana went three and out and Akron got the ball back with 48 seconds left at their own 36. The home team decided to be aggressive and let senior QB Chris Jacquemain swing for the fences. He was flushed out of the pocket on the first play but managed to scramble for a 19-yard gain and scamper out of bounds. Jacquemain then put on a passing clinic, completing four straight passes, the fourth a 14-yard strike in the endzone with 0:01 remaining to give the home side a huge lift going into half.

    The second half saw Akron start hammering away on the ground again as they worked their way down field an into the endzone once again. Indiana answered quickly returning the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a score. Lightning apparently does strike twice because Dwayne Bowser returned the favor, catching the kickoff at his own 7 and running with it all the way to the proverbial house. The rest of the game saw Akron managing the clock and their lead, although they did have a scare when they fumbled a pitch in the Indiana redzone that the defense picked up and ran back for a touchdown. Indiana failed on the ensuing 2-pt conversion and then opted not to onside kick with two minutes remaining. Akron needed just one first down to ice the game and they got it from a hard running Allen.

    Final Score: Akron 35 Indiana 30
     

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