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Michigan narrowly averts disaster, slips past Zips

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After jumping out to a 21-3 first-half lead, Nebraska watched as UCLA scored 35 unanswered points en route to a 38-21 win.

In Ann Arbor, meanwhile, Michigan narrowly averted an even bigger embarrassment for the Big Ten in general and the Wolverines specifically — one that would’ve been even more embarrassing than the loss to Appalachian State a few years ago.

Trailing 21-10 heading into the fourth quarter, Akron stunned the Big House crowd with a pair of touchdowns, including one with just over four minutes left that gave the Zips a 24-21 lead.  Michigan roared right back, however, with Fitz Toussaint‘s two-yard TD run handing the lead back to the Wolverines with 2:49 left.

The biggest question, though, was whether UM had left too much time on the clock.  The answer was a resounding “HELL YES THEY DID!”

On the ensuing drive, Akron, which had lost its last 27 road games and hadn’t beat an FBS opponent since 2010, drove down to Michigan’s two-yard line with :15 left and two opportunities to push across the game-winning score.  A poor play call on third down lost two yards and, after Akron had taken its final timeout with :05 left, a fourth-down pass fell incomplete in the end zone as time expired.

Yes, Michigan was able to escape, but there are now more questions about the 2013 Wolverines than there are answers heading out of Week 3.  Yes, Michigan was coming off an emotional win over rival Notre Dame last weekend, so a letdown might be expected — for a quarter or a half, not an entire 60 minutes.

How bad was the close win? All-American offensive tackle Taylor Lewan (no relation) called it “embarrassing” in the postgame locker room.

The good news for Brady Hoke and his coaching staff is that the scare, with so much on the line nationally, will make it very easy to get his player’s attention in the coming weeks when they see an “inferior” opponent on the schedule.

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16 Responses to “Michigan narrowly averts disaster, slips past Zips”
  1. barkleyblows says: Sep 14, 2013 3:54 PM

    Let’s be real. Michigan just isn’t that good.

  2. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Sep 14, 2013 3:55 PM

    Still waiting on someone to explain why the didn’t give Akron those 10 or so seconds back when they decided to review the spot near the goal line.

  3. glestonsimmons says: Sep 14, 2013 4:04 PM

    I thought the TCU-Texas Tech game on Thursday was bad, but this one has got it beat. Ha! Have to cheat to defeat the 3-33 Zips!

    And Michigan doesn’t have to be any good. Did you look at their schedule?

    Stay classy, Michigan

  4. mtheparrothead says: Sep 14, 2013 4:27 PM

    Awe. People who aren’t michigan fans, but yet still can’t quit talking about u of m. Just goes to show the influence this school really has. Keep on hating. Go blue.

  5. clevelandschronic2 says: Sep 14, 2013 4:35 PM

    Wonder what excuse the Bitchigan fans and the fat cHoke will have about this game. Ha Barely beat Akron(had help) yet these bitchigan losers still think they can beat Ohio St.

  6. trinityeagle says: Sep 14, 2013 5:31 PM

    What help could you possibly be talking about? The officials stopped the clock to do a review and did. The pass was ruled complete (as it was on the field) so no time was added to the clock. The clock then resumed running with the ready for play whistle.

    Akron ran out of downs anyway. The last play was 4th and goal and incomplete. Even if you argue they should have had ten more seconds, at the end of the day it doesn’t matter in the least.

    Get a life. There are plenty of real officiating controversies to worry about. Don’t dream up new ones.

  7. sparty0n says: Sep 14, 2013 5:49 PM

    There was a personal foul blow to the QBs head on the last play of the game was that should have been called.

    Had Akron been on defense in that same exact play, you can be damn sure it would have been a defensive penalty.

  8. dkhhuey says: Sep 14, 2013 6:03 PM

    Akron’s horrible kicker and Bowden’s lousy play calling in the final 20 seconds snatched defeat out of the jaws of victory. As a Buckeye fan, I am elated that Flounder Hoke is their coach!!!

  9. trinityeagle says: Sep 14, 2013 6:40 PM

    @spartyon
    I am certainly not seeing a blow to the head of the QB. As a matter of fact, he wasn’t even close to the head of the QB.

    And if my memory serves me correctly, Michigan was penalized far more than Akron this week and Notre Dame last week. Clearly they are not getting homer calls. Seriously though, please keep trying to cause controversy, it distracts from the fact that Michigan State’s offense actually scored today.

  10. gbjames911 says: Sep 14, 2013 6:42 PM

    Trinityeagle,
    You are wrong. Those 8-10 seconds would’ve allowed the QB to read the defense and change the play if necessary. By letting the time go and then not adding it back after the play, Akron now had a sense of urgency. I am by no means a Michigan hater, I actually like to root for them but to deny that they got a break is insane.

  11. polegojim says: Sep 14, 2013 10:30 PM

    Undoubtedly the WORST Michigan effort under Brady Hoke.

    Gardners brains fell out – he looked lost
    O-Line couldn’t run block to save their life
    D-Line got ZERO pressure without blitzing AND linebackers left the underneath stuff wide open.

    Time to seriously kick some senior butts… that was pathetically painful.. and supposed to be ‘their game’ to teach younger players how to ‘take care of business’.

    Yet and still… GO BLUE. I hope the taste of that game stays in their mouths the rest of the year.

  12. cbass59 says: Sep 15, 2013 12:02 AM

    Akron lost to UCF and squeaked out a 2-point win over JMU last week. You really proud of that last second win michigan?

  13. cbass59 says: Sep 15, 2013 12:03 AM

    Oh and ND struggled to beat Purdue, who was destroyed by Cincinnati.

  14. iammrbinky says: Sep 15, 2013 12:21 AM

    Sometimes you get caught unprepared and have to fight off a scare. Ohio fans should be very well aware of that.

  15. harbourimages says: Sep 15, 2013 10:01 AM

    Horrible effort all around. Some “glazed doughnut” game! I thought we’d get to see Shane Morris and some of the other Freshmen yesterday. Frankly, they couldn’t have played any worse. Lewan was right… that game was a big time embarrassment! We were soooo lucky to “not lose.” I’d hardly call that game a “win.” Come on, guys. Quit reading about how great you are… you aren’t, and obviously neither is Notre Lame. Play like that against MSU or OSU and we’ll get KILLED! Time for Hoke to work these guys big time this week. We stunk on BOTH sides of the ball, as did the coaching. Geesh! HOPEFULLY our guys now won’t take Connecticut lightly. (go blue, whispered)….

  16. bigbill8517 says: Sep 15, 2013 1:32 PM

    Michigan used a conservative game plan, limiting the running of Devin Gardner. Akron came out motivated, Michigan was flat, and Akron has a very good passer in Pohl. A very good wake up call for the Wolverines and their COACHES!!!

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