Terry Bowden almost, almost got his first signature win as the head coach of Akron.
Heck the Zips almost pulled off one of the biggest upsets ever in college football.
Michigan fans were having Appalachian State flashbacks.
Akron was leading Michigan 24-21 very late in the fourth quarter until Fitzgerald Toussaint scored the go-ahead touchdown with 2:49 left in the game.
The Zips were not done though. Akron quarterback Kyle Pohl drove the Zips inside the Michigan five yard line with 3 chances to win the game. On their third chance Pohl was hurried by Michigan linebacker Brennen Beyer and the pass fell incomplete.
And Michigan survived at the Big House 28-24.
"That's a tough one." Pohl said. That happened fast. It was a good call by Coach. We had what we wanted. If it was a half-second more, maybe I could squeeze it and make a better throw."
"This is embarrassing for the University of Michigan football team." Michigan Senior offensive lineman Taylor Lewan said. "Yeah, we won the game. We're 3-0. That's great. It was embarrassing. It was embarrassing"
"We almost lost to Akron, no disrespect to Akron, but we almost lost after coming out and having a great win last week in front of the whole world, and we come out and almost blow it" Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner said.
Akron almost pulled it off but calling it a moral victory won't console head coach Terry Bowden.
"It was a wonderful game to watch. I am sick for my players, for how long they played and how hard they played and how well they played, to not come away with a victory." Bowden said. " I have been fortunate in my lifetime to be a part of some big wins and that would have been the biggest. I am sorry for our players because they have worked so hard and been through so much. But I told them they had a chance to play the game of a lifetime and they tried."