Akron Zips vs. Miami-Ohio RedHawks
The Akron Zips hit the road to take on the Miami (Ohio) Redhawks in Thursday night MAC action. The Zips fell to Central Michigan 23-22 for their fourth consecutive defeat last Saturday while the Redhawks knocked off Buffalo 41-13. The RedHawks are -14.5 favorites over the Zips with an over/under point total set at 57.
Akron has already had their fair share of disappointment this season but the loss to Central Michigan was especially painful. Left for dead the Zips scored a touchdown with no time left and failed to convert a two point try instead of kicking the PAT to head to overtime. That was the second failed two point conversion of the game as Akron didn’t play a bad game otherwise. The Zips totaled 407 yards but didn’t find any offensive rhythm until late even though the numbers say the running and passing games did well. Of the team’s 138 rushing yards Jawon Chisholm rambled for 130 yards on just 19 carries and a touchdown that covered 38 yards. Quarterback Clayton Moore finished the game strong going 25 of 40 for 228 with a pair of TD passes in the final three minutes to go along with an interception. Marquelo Suel was the receiving star with eleven catches for 114 yards and both touchdowns with the rest of the team hauling down 15 balls. The defense also played well by holding the Chippewas to 383 yards and only 5 of 15 on third down.
Miami (Ohio) has been playing their best football of the season over the past month with victories in three of the last four after shutting down Buffalo. The Redhawks dominated the Bulls after the first quarter by outscoring their conference rivals 20-0. Miami finished the contest with 441 yards while surviving a pair of turnovers and some sloppy early play. The Redhawks rushing attack was basically a two man show with Tyrone Jones leading the way with 58 yards on 16 carries. Quarterback Zac Dysert added 39 yards on six tries but it was his passing that carried the offense. Dysert had a near perfect performance completing 20 of 25 passes for 313 yards with five touchdowns against a lone interception with one scoring toss covering 60 yards. Dawan Scott caught the long TD pas and finished with 141 yards on only three receptions. After allowing 13 first quarter points the Miami (Ohio) defense pitched a shutout and gave up 358 yards overall while forcing three turnovers.
Akron has obviously had problems this season getting outscored at a two to one pace. The key for them will be limiting mistakes and keeping Dysert and the passing of the Redhawks on the sideline. The Redhawks are a solid defense as well and still have a shot at the MAC East so it would be disappointing not to get their best effort in this one.
Miami-Ohio RedHawks -14.5 Akron Zips