CFN Take: Michigan Survives Scare From Akron

CollegeFootballNews' Take on the Michigan squeaker over the Zips yesterday.

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Michigan Wolverines

2013 Record: 3-0
8/31 Central Mich W 59-9
9/7 Notre Dame W 41-30
9/14 Akron W 28-24
9/21 at Connecticut
9/28 OPEN DATE
10/5 Minnesota
10/12 at Penn State
10/19 Indiana
10/26 OPEN DATE
11/2 at Michigan State
11/9 Nebraska
11/16 at Northwestern
11/23 at Iowa
11/30 Ohio State

at Michigan 28, Akron 24, Sept. 14
Basically … Michigan held on for dear life as a last second Akron pass into the end zone fell incomplete. The Zips hung around all game with a 27-yard pick six from Justin March and a one-yard Tyrell Goodman touchdown run in the fourth giving them a 24-21 lead, but Michigan roared back and took the lead for good on a two-yard Fitzgerald Toussaint run with just under three minutes to play. But the Michigan defense bent and bent and bent until the final play.
- Devin Gardner. About those interceptions for touchdowns, stop doing that. That's two in two games, and he ended up throwing three picks against the Zips while completing just 16-of-30 passes for 248 yards. He led the team with ten carries for 103 yards with a score.
- Akron QB Kyle Pohl pushed the Michigan secondary around with dinks and dunks, throwing for 311 yards and two touchdowns. He gave up two picks, but he kept making up for his mistakes with good drives.
- The Michigan offensive line wasn't bad, but Gardner and the backs got dropped too much behind the line. Akron made way too many plays in the backfield.
- When the Wolverines absolutely had to come up with a stop on the final play, the defense brought the heat. It was just enough to make Pohl rush his throw and misfire.

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