Akron Loses Another Squeaker, Falls 35-30 to Louisiana

University of Akron Athletics

The Zips could not get the turnovers they needed and failed to end their losing streak versus FBS teams. However, Akron has clearly found its answer on offense: the Kyle Pohl-to-Zach D'Orazio connection.

The dream continues, or is it a nightmare? Akron nearly snapped it's then 22-game FBS losing streak a week ago against what everyone once thought was a good Michigan team. But Saturday the Zips kept the dream (nightmare) alive as they got a front row seat to a Broadway show: The Terrance Broadway show.

The Louisiana quarterback proved too much for Akron's defense to handle, throwing for 305 yards and three touchdowns, and adding another 68 yards and two scores on the ground. Zips' quarterback (and dare I say it, Mid-Major Heisman candidate...too soon?) Kyle Pohl did his best to keep pace, but struggled out of the gate.

He tossed two interceptions ending Akron's first two drives before it could even get the ball rolling. But eventually Pohl settled down and found his favorite targets Zach D'Orazio and Fransohn Bickley. Pohl hit D'Orazio on a 77-yard score early in the second quarter to put Akron on the board. He found Bickley in the endzone twice, both in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough.

The lead changed five times throughout the game, including at the start of the fourth on the first Pohl-to-Bickley score, a 37-yarder. But after the Ragin' Cajuns took back the lead on Broadway's second rushing touchdown of the night seven minutes into the fourth, Akron couldn't catch back up.

Kicker Robert Stein missed two key field goal attempts late in the game, a 46-yard attempt with just over six minutes left and a 48-yard attempt with 2:43 left. The Zips kept firing, and Pohl found Bickley for another score with 28 seconds left, but it was all too late.

Maybe the biggest issue in the game was that once again Jawon Chisholm's carries were limited. He ran the ball just 11 times, for 44 yards and a score, but it marked the third game in which he had just 11 carries (his season high is 15 against Michigan. He did get his catches, eight to be exact, but the lack of rushing attempts (27 compared to Louisiana's 43) made the Zips offense one-dimensional and in the end kept the streak alive, pushing it to 24 consecutive losses against FBS opponents.

With Akron's next three games coming at Bowling Geen, vs. Ohio and at Northern Illinois, it's unlikely the nightmare ends anytime in the next few weeks. But hey, 27 isn't a bad number.

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