Shades of Appalachian State ripped through the Big House on Saturday. A week after putting together a spectacular win under the lights in Ann Arbor to beat the Irish in front of the eyes of the nation, Michigan nearly stumbled in a huge way. Nursing that “big game hangover” the Wolverines were nearly stunned by none other than the Akron Zips, barely winning 28-24 in front of a dumbfounded fan base.
The Wolverines were down, 24-21, with 2:49 remaining in the fourth quarter. However, Michigan running back Fitzgerald Toussaint busted through the line for a two-yard touchdown that would eventually provide the winning margin.
The Zips were not going to lay down at that point. Akron drove the length of the field and had a chance to punch in the winning touchdown. However, a pass from quarterback Kyle Pole sailed agonizingly out of reach for an open receiver on fourth down and with only two seconds remaining in the game.
After finishing 1-11 in 2012, the Zips came this close to finding the winning formula against the Maize and Blue. Pole finished 25-of-49 passing for 311 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He obviously came up one completion short, but for the most part he outplayed his Michigan counterpart Devin Gardner. Gardner finished 16-of-30 with 248 yards, two scores and three interceptions. He also added 103 rushing yards and another touchdown on 10 carries as his Heisman hopes remain (hanging by a thread) for another week.