This game appeared to be a close matchup on paper heading into it, and it's certainly lived up to that expectation. At halftime Akron holds a narrow three-point lead thanks to a 28-yard field goal with 29 seconds on the clock.
Across the board the teams are locked in a struggled. Offensively, neither has found success moving the chains, with both separated by a mere 24 yards of total offense. The Zips shot out to an early 7-0 lead on a trick play that saw wideout Zach D'Orazio toss a 33-yard touchdown bomb to fellow wideout L.T. Smith barely two minutes into the game.
But almost initially after that the game turned into a sloppy struggle. Eight penalties were handed out in the first half, along with three total turnovers. Kent State has looked sloppier, with both Dri Archer and Trayion Durham coughing up the rock. But midway through the second quarter Durham rumbled in a 3-yard score to notch the game up at 7-7.
The Golden Flashes' defense has shown up, with players such as stud defensive tackle Roosevelt Nix showing up and forcing a key turnover. Neither team has been able to move the ball through the air, which has led to a ground and pound approach on the ground from both schools. So far Jawon Chisholm has been effective on the ground for the Zips, but Kent State's duo of Trayion Durham and Dri Archer are built to wear teams out on the ground.