When Terry Bowden took over the Akron program last season, it became obvious that the Zips would be making some noise in the conference. The Zips are much improved from last year and Bowden has started to build a foundation of success at the school.
In the Zips’ first seven games this year, the team has battled in every contest and had some near upsets against top 25 competition (Michigan and Northern Illinois). However, the Zips broke through on Saturday for Bowden’s first signature win at Akron, defeating Miami (OH) 24-17.
Entering Saturday, the Zips had lost eight of the last nine games against Miami (OH) and had a 28-game road losing streak dating back to 2008 (Kent State 40-37). That did not seem to bother the Zips as they played aggressive ly and pounded the RedHawks on both sides of the ball.
The coaching staff implemented a solid game plan that had the Zips in position to make big plays throughout the game.
Defensively, the Zips were able to contain the RedHawks’ running game and shut down Miami (OH) offense . The Zips held Miami (OH) to 77 rushing on the afternoon and made RedHawks quarterback Austin Boucher beat them with his arm. The defensive line was able to pressure Boucher late in the game to seal the victory.
Coach Bowden and his staff have done a fantastic job of coaching and mentoring the young talent of the Zips. The team has starting to gel both offensively and defensively. The Zips have now doubled their win total from three consecutive years of 1-11 seasons. The program is officially on the rebound, and Zips fans can credit coach Bowden for his dedication to building the program.
Akron moved to 2-6 on the season and 1-3 in the MAC. The Zips will face Ball State next weekend.