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Eastern Michigan Zips Akron and Gets Bowl Eligibility

Eastern Michigan becomes bowl eligible for the second time in three years.

Neal Neathery had the right defense dialed up today to defeat Akron.
Kenneth Bailey

Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures from today’s game because I’m still not feeling well and the cold weather kind of bothered me. But I wont let that get in the way of basketball pictures. Anyway, Eastern Michigan’s defense got another shut out today if you factor in that Akron’s only points came on a kick off return. So that makes two weeks in a row where the opponent couldn’t score on Eastern Michigan’s defense.

I’m pretty sure the touchdown would have looked like this.
Kenneth Bailey

Eastern Michigan’s first score came at with 5:13 left in the quarter when Ian Eriksen capped off a nearly 8 minute drive to punch it into the end zone. That was followed by a Chad Ryland field goal with 6:32 left in the second quarter. Akron would bring the score within 3 after Jeremiah Knight returned a punt with 2:16 left in the half.

Maxx Crosby chewing on a mouthpiece much like he does quarterbacks
Kenneth Bailey

There was no scoring in the third quarter and Maxx Crosby opened the scoring in the fourth after intercepting an Alex Ramart pass at the two yard line. This was his first interception of the year. Breck Turner would capitalize on another interception by Vince Calhoun to make the score 24-7. A Chad Ryland field goal would give us the final score of 27-7 with 3:32 left in the game.

Eastern Michigan would get 252 yards on the ground with Ian Eriksen nearly breaking 100 at 96 yards for the game. Tyler Wiegers was solid by going 15 for 23 for 129 yards with no picks. But star of the show was the Eastern Michigan defense. They held Akron to 61 net rushing yards and 29 total passing yards. They also got two picks. I would have to say it was one of their better games in a while.

The Eagles get a bye week next week and the Zips will host Bowling Green on November 17th.