Akron Zips Can’t Get The Job Done Against Iowa State
The Akron Zips( 1-2 ) lost by a score of 41-14 to the Iowa State Cyclones ( 2-1 ) on Saturday. It was a hard-fought game for the Zips as they managed to keep the game within reach throughout the first three-quarters. In the end, the Cyclones proved to be too much for Akron to handle.
Akron wasn’t able to establish much offense in the 1st quarter. The team only accounted for 34 yards of offense. On the other hand, Iowa State put up a whopping 170 yards. The Cyclones scored twice in the quarter, as Mike Warren rushed for a touchdown and Allen Lazard caught a ball in the end zone.
The 2nd quarter was a lot better for Akron. QB Thomas Woodson paced the Zips. The team put up 145 yards of offense in the quarter. Akron scored twice in the 2nd, both coming on Woodson passes. This included a 45-yard TD pass to Kwadarrius Smith. Iowa State connected on two field goals, both from 40 yards.
Akron wasn’t able to keep up that offensive pace of the 2nd quarter coming out of halftime. The Zips missed opportunities on all three possessions of the third quarter. The final drive of the third saw Joel Lanning intercept the pass of Woodson. The Cyclones scored twice in the quarter. Jacob Park threw a 43 yard TD pass. And capitalizing on the interception, David Montgomery rushed for a 9-yard TD.
Iowa State held a 34-14 lead going into the 4th quarter. Unfortunately, Akron wasn’t able to muster a comeback. Iowa State scored on their 2nd possession of the quarter with a Joseph Park TD run, essentially putting the game out of reach for Akron.
Overall, the game wasn’t as bad as the score would have indicated.
For the most part, Akron was able to keep the Cyclones running game in check. This was especially important considering how bad they get beat by Saquon Barkley in Week 1. In addition, the Zips didn’t give up the big play. Most of the Cyclones damage came off of screen passes, as they were able to chip away at the Zips defense.
One thing Iowa State did manage to do was keep Warren Ball in check. The Senior only gained 40 yards on the ground. For Akron, this is a big issue if he can’t get himself going. We’ve seen the type of player he can be, evident by his performance against Pine Bluff.
The player of the game for Akron has to be Tra’Von Chapman. The Senior caught 8 passes for the Zips, proving to be a security blanket for Woodson.
The Zips play again on Saturday, September 23 at Troy.