Zips Fall to Rockets

Akron (4-4) 21 – Toledo (6-1) 48


Akron’s Brandon Junk moves to block for Manny Morgan during their win over Western Michigan. (Photo courtesy of Akron Athletics)

By Robert Corts, Sports Contributor

The University of Akron football team had the chance to take a commanding lead in the Mid-American Conference East Division this weekend with their game against the Toledo Rockets but came up short, suffering a 48-21 loss in Toledo’s Glass Bowl. Marking Akron’s first MAC loss of the season.

“They just whipped us,” UA Head Coach Terry Bowden said. “Sometimes you just get whipped. Offense, defense, we got physically whipped and got beat.”

Rockets quarterback Logan Woodside lead the Rockets offense, completing 17 of 24 passes, for 304 yards with five touchdowns. Woodside moved into second place on Toledo’s all-time passing yardage list with 8,356 yards. Woodside gave the Rockets a 21-0 lead in the first quarter from his first three touchdown passes.

Akron found the end zone in the second quarter from a 25-yard pass from QB Thomas Woodson to receiver Kobie Booker for a touchdown. Quarterback Woodson went 18-33 for 205 yards with two touchdown passes and one interception.

Toledo’s defense dominated the Zips running game, only allowing Akron a total of 58 rushing yards, compared to the Rockets 300 rushing yards.

“Now what we have to do is respond to it and look at all our goals and start back with the next week,” Bowden said.

Akron’s Mid-American Conference record falls to 3-1 on the season. The team is now tied at the top of the MAC East with the Ohio University Bobcats, following the Bobcats’ 48-3 victory over Kent State University.

The Zips return to InfoCision Stadium for its final Saturday game on Oct. 28. The Zips host Buffalo at 11:30 a.m. on the CBS Sports Network.