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Akron Zips end 30-game road losing streak by beating Miami (O.) 24-17

(courtesy U of Akron)

The Akron Zips ended their 30-game road losing streak by beating the Miami RedHawks on Saturday, 24-17.

They also ended another losing streak of 28 straight losses to Football Subdivision teams.

Akron’s Jawon Chrisholm rushed for 86 yards and three touchdowns to fuel the win.

The Zips took control in the second half by pulling ahead 24-7.

Akron had not won on the road since a 45-35 win against Eastern Michigan on October 18, 2008. They also had not won at Miami since October 21, 1939. The Zips last beat an FBS team on November 28, 2010, against the Buffalo Bulls.

The Zips are now 2-6, 1-3 in the Mid-American Conference.

The Miami RedHawks are 0-7, 0-3 with their only bright spot being QB Austin Boucher who completed 23 of 34 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns.

LITTLE CAESARS PIZZA BOWL: Tonight at 7:30 pm, Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan on ESPN

(courtesy of Bowl Game)

(photo by Ciccone39, Fuzzy510 via wikipedia commons)

The bowl season continues tonight on ESPN, as the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl has a 7:30 pm start at Ford Field in Detroit.

With a $1.5 million payout, Western Kentucky (7-5) plays local favorite, Central Michigan (6-6).

Three years ago, the Hilltoppers were 0-12 and in 2011, they finished at 7-5 but did receive a bowl invitation.

In 2012, despite a 2-4 stretch run, Western Kentucky found out that its 7-5 record was good enough this time around, but they had to wait until the final hours and minutes on December 2 that they’d be playing in the Motor City.

The Hilltoppers are making their first bowl appearance as an FBS member.

Central Michigan is making its fifth bowl appearance in the last seven years and first since 2009.

(courtesy of WKU)

(courtesy CMU)

The Hilltoppers are led on offense by Antonio Andrews with 1,609 rushing yards and have one of the top tight ends in the country in Jack Doyle who is 6’6, 255 pounds. He has caught 47 balls for 530 yards.

Western Kentucky has the best defense in the Sun Belt Conference, allowing 342.8 ypg and 136.6 on the ground.

The Chippewas of Central Michigan started the season at 2-5 in the Mid-American Conference but was able to get bowl eligible by winning its final three games against Eastern Michigan, Miami (Ohio) and Massachusetts.

CMU has a very porous defense allowing 441.2 yards per game and 197 on the ground.

But the Chippewas have a deep and talented receiving corps with Titus Davis, Andrew Flory, Courtney Williams and Cody Wilson. At running back, they have Zurlon Tipton with 1,391 yards and 19 TD’s, QB Ryan Radcliff who threw for 20 TD’s and 2,905 yards.

South Florida hires Western Kentucky coach Taggart to replace Skip Holtz

 

Willie Taggart (courtesy of Western Kentucky athletics)

South Florida has hired Willie Taggart to take over its struggling football program.

The 36-year-old has established himself as one of the nation’s top young prospects by turning around a Western Kentucky University football program that had a history of losing.

Taggart led the Hilltoppers to a 7-5 record in 2012 and will make their first postseason appearance since joining the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) when they take on Central Michigan in the Little Caesars Bowl.

Hilltoppers defensive coordinator Lance Guidry will lead the team in the bowl.

The Saturday press conference brought Taggart home to the Tampa Bay area where he grew up before going to play and later coach at Western Kentucky, which is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky on the Tennessee border.

Taggart replaces Skip Holtz, who was fired following the worst season in the Bulls 16-year history at 3-9, 1-6 in the Big East good for 8th place.

 

Info compiled from University of South Florida & Western Kentucky University athletics

 

Urban Meyer, the new Buckeyes head football coach

 

Urban Meyer (courtesy of Florida athletics)

Eventhough its been the top story-line around Ohio for about a week, there’s really no surprise that Urban Meyer has accepted Ohio State’s offer to become the new football coach.

When Meyer said that he had not talked to Ohio State after all of the rumors were surfacing, everybody knew that was a lie. All coaches say that.

Reports have it that the 47-year-old Meyer, a native of Ashtabula, Ohio, will receive a 7-year, $40 million deal, which comes out to $5.7 million a year.

The former Florida Gators coach is one of three football coaches to win 100 games in his first 10 years: George Woodruff 124 wins at Penn State 1892-1901, Bob Stoops at Oklahoma 109 wins 1999-2008 and Meyer is third with 104 victories 2001-2010.

Also, Meyer along with Alabama head coach Nick Saban, are the only two coaches to win multiple BCS titles with 2.

Meyer, who is an offensive genius and can develop quarterbacks (Tim Tebow & Josh Harris), will be trying to improve Ohio State’s offensive unit which was fifth-worse in FBS at 124 yards per game.

 

INDIANA AT OHIO STATE GAMEWEEK: IU defense led by Adam Replogle causing trouble for opponents

 

Adam Replogle (98) has to be accounted for at all times (courtesy of IU athletics)

The Indiana Hoosiers defense is causing opponents problems eventhough it may not be respected around the Big Ten.

IU has 10 fumble recoveries and four interceptions in 2011. The Hoosiers recovered four fumbles with eight interceptions last year.

Indiana is tied for fourth in the Big Ten in takeaways and ranks second in fumble recoveries which is tied for 14th nationally.

The Hoosiers have forced at least two turnovers in a game four times this season and have scored 47 points off of the turnovers including a 31-yard interception return by linebacker Mark Murphy.

Leading the way for the defense is Adam Replogle and Larry Black, Jr. who have started alongside each other 25 times in three years, including all nine games at defensive tackle in 2011.

The two stars have played in each of the team’s 33 games over the last three years.

Replogle started as a true freshman and has started the last 32 games at DT or defensive end.

Replogle, who is from Centerville, Ohio, is the first Hoosier defender to reach 10 career sacks since Jammie Kirlew and Greg Middleton who each notched 23 from 2006-2009.

The Hoosiers defense has had its problems as well.

During its previous four games, Indiana has allowed an average of 51 points, and three of the four opponents have topped 500 total yards of offense against the defense.

The IU defense ranks 112th out of 120 FBS teams giving up 458 total yards of total offense per game, 114th giving up 36 points a game and 117th in allowing 234 rushing yards per game. They start four freshman on defense.

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