Sep 14, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; (EDITORS NOTE: caption correction) Michigan Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner (98) throws a pass before the game against the Akron Zips at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Akron at Michigan final score: Wolverines avoid upset, 28-24


The Michigan Wolverines almost suffered an upset loss to the Akron Zips in Ann Arbor on Saturday afternoon, but they were able to hang on for a slim lead to avoid the colossal upset.

Michigan entered the final quarter with an eleven point lead, but the Zips continued to put on the pressure and put together a 14-point run to get the lead with just over four minutes to play. The Michigan offense answered the call and Devin Gardner made play after play to drive the team down the field to recapture the lead, but Akron had one final shot.

The Zips could have folded under the pressure, but they continued to impress and drove the ball down to the one yard line with seconds to go.

The game came down to one play — fourth and goal with five seconds to go — when the Zips spread out the field.

Unfortunately, Akron quarterback Kyle Pohl faced a furious pass rush and had to rush his throw, which went just over the outstretched hands of his target.

Michigan was able to escape with the 28-24 win.

It would have been a crushing loss to the Wolverines if they suffered a loss to the Zips after the emotional win a week ago against Notre Dame, but they were angle to hang on and keep their undefeated season alive.

It was a valiant effort by Akron, but in the end Michigan was just too much.

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