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Terry Bowden's staff deserves recognition for a job well done Saturday.
Saturday could have been much different for the Zips if a couple of things went their way on the final play of the game. As they lined up near the goal line on fourth down, quarterback Kyle Pohl dropped back a few steps and floated a pass to the middle of the end zone.
Zach D'Orazio, who had a monstrous day as it stood, slipped while being guarded and watched the pass sail out of the back of the end zone; he got a hand on the ball, but not enough to reel in the catch.
It was a devastating loss for Akron coach Terry Bowden, who told MLive.com's Pete Cunningham that he expected to compete with the Wolverines. Given Michigan's emotion put forth against Notre Dame, Bowden, formerly of Auburn, though the Zips were in a great position to capitalize on a potential letdown.
Bowden told Cunningham the following:
You just kept saying to yourself as a coach -- an old coach, which I think I’m getting to be -- they can’t get that type of emotion again. Not this quick. So I was crossing my fingers, and I think a little bit that was the case. I’ve been there, in that situation and that’s awful hard to get a team ready to go with a game like this, so I know what that’s like.
The fact that the game was decided on the final snap doesn't look great for Michigan, which was ranked No. 11 heading into the match. Bowden knows football, and he was prepared to jump all over Brady Hoke's team. Hoke may have not prepared his players to the same extent as Bowden, the son of legendary Florida State coach Bobby Bowden.
If anything, Week 3's debacle should serve as a wake-up call for Hoke. He remains perfect at home (17-0), but perhaps an asterisk is needed next to the Akron win. That wasn't Team 134 football played Saturday at The Big House.
Well, let's rephrase that. Michigan didn't play Team 134 football. Akron did.