clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Akron Zips vs. Pitt Panthers Final Score: Terry Bowden Sure Can Coach, Upsetting the Panthers 21-10

New, 2 comments
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

This has got to be the number one highlight of Terry Bowden's career at Akron, right?

The Akron Zips, now 2-2 on the season, upset the Pittsburgh Panthers 21-10.

Offensively, it was a really slow start for both teams. It wasn't until Pitt's second drive of the second quarter when somebody finally got on the board instead of exchanging punts back and forth. Stringing together a 10-play, 80-yard drive, Chad Voytik hooked up with Manassah Garner for an 8-yard touchdown pass.

That would be the only touchdown Pitt would score.

Akron quickly responded on the following drive where Kyle Pohl had a 52-yard pass to Mykel Traylor-Bennett, who only had to worry about beating one defender.

After that it was a huge stall match, letting defense set the tone for both teams the rest of the way.

Conor Hundley, the player of this game, only touched the ball five times in the first half, but truly emerged in the second. Opening up the next half, Hundley had three carries for 56 yards, getting his team close enough for fullback Cody Grice to punch his way into the end zone. Grice would score again early in the fourth.

Hundley would finish with 19 carries for 149 yards, averaging 7.2 yards per carry. Jahwan Chisholm, who was healthy enough to play, only had three carries for 15 yards.

One of the keys to beating Pitt was to limit James Connor, their running back. Only having a long of 12, Connor was held to 92 rushing yards off of 25 carries. Tyler Boyd had six receptions for the Panthers, but he only had 72 yards to show for and only had one catch inside the red zone.

Kyle Pohl was about average, completing 15 of his 29 passes for 193 yards with one touchdown and an interception. Conversely, Pitt's Chad Voytik was 20-for-34 through the air for 220 yards. He also had one touchdown and one interception.

Akron will open up conference play next week as they return home to face off against Eastern Michigan.