MAC Championship Game Review: Toledo Rockets 45 Akron Zips 28
Being asked to cover the MAC Championship game between the University of Toledo Rockets and the University of Akron Zips was a wonderful opportunity for me to actually get to see some #MACtion.
Despite living not too far from Eastern Michigan University, I’ve never really paid too close attention to the MAC. So, when the opportunity came up to report on the championship game, I had some studying to do. After looking at a few games from each team, I decided that it was going to be fun to see them in person. Also, after seeing what kind of year Terry Swanson was having, I also thought of it as a chance to see if he potentially could help an NFL team that I am a fan of that hasn’t had a 100-yard rusher in over 60 games. But I digress!
Logan Woodside of the Toledo Rockets is good. He threw for 4 touchdowns and 307 yards. Probably the best part was, that he mostly made good decisions. He did throw 2 interceptions, but honestly, they didn’t have any effect on the outcome of the game, nor did it put the game in jeopardy for the Rockets at all. The Rockets stay balanced on offense. They were able to run the ball. Terry Swanson had 180 yards rushing including a 54-yard run that put the cherry on top of an already complete game by the Rockets. The Rockets also had two receivers with over 100 yards receiving. Jon’Vae Johnson and Dionte Johnson went for 103 and 118 yards respectively and scored a combined 3 touchdowns. It is no secret who Woodside’s favorite receivers were for the game.
The Akron Zips, on the other hand, had a very hard time getting their offense going. They found themselves down 28-0 going into the half. The Zips punted on all but 3 of their series in the first half of play. They had a missed field goal and threw an interception. The defense of the Akron Zips was able to get the ball back on a couple of interceptions and fumbles, but unfortunately, their offense just couldn’t amount too much in the first half.
In the 2nd, they started off slow again, but quarterback Kato Nelson was finally able to hit Kwandarrius Smith for a 59-yard pass and then in the next set of downs, Manny Morgan was able to run it in for the first score. Then on their next drive, they were able to score another touchdown. It was nice to finally see them get some life. They did also try to get a little fancy, by going for it on 4th and 9 on the Toledo 22, but it didn’t work. It just wasn’t the Zips day. Nelson was inaccurate with his throws, and the team just looked a little outworked.
In the end, the Toledo Rockets put together a dominant performance, and are your MAC Champions in 2017. The players were very excited and one player that was behind me said, “I don’t care about a bowl game! I’m just ready to party!” Well, I hope they were able to party safely into the night because they sure earned it!
(Article by Sonja Greenfield, Guest Contributor for WBLZ Media)