This afternoon in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, the Akron Zips (7-5) take on the Utah State Aggies (6-6) from Boise, Idaho. The Zips are appearing in their second bowl game in program history, as they lost to the Memphis Tigers in 2005.
This is the worst Aggies record since 2010, but they’re looking to end their season on a high note. They’re looking for their fourth straight bowl victory.
The Zips are 4-2 on the road this season, while the Aggies are 1-5 on the road, even though this will be a neutral site from Albertson Stadium.
According to our simulation, the Aggies will defeat the Zips, 33-16. If they do win, it’ll be their first win since Nov. 21st when they won 31-27 over the Nevada Wolfpack.
The loss would be the Zips first since Halloween when they lost to the Central Michigan Chippewas.
The Zips led the time of possession at 32:19 to the Aggies’ 27:41. But the Aggies had more yards, as they had 375 to Akron’s 343.
In his final game, Chuckie Keeton went for 17 of 34 for 275 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions. His counterpart, Thomas Woodson didn’t far much better as he went 19 of 33 for 205 yards with a touchdown and three picks, as well.
The Zips were led by Conor Hundley, who had 73 rushing yards. Woodson added 41, while Donnell Alexander added 24.
The Aggies did not far as good on the ground, as Devante Mays had just 47-yards with two touchdowns. Justin Hervey had a carry for 20-yards, while Keeton added 19 and LaJuan Hunt contributed 14.
Hunter Sharp tore up the Zips defense with 119-yards, including two receptions for more than 20-yards. He also had a 58-yard reception and a touchdown. Hunt also had 56-yards , while Braelon Roberts added 31.
Andrew Rodriguez and Wyatt Houston contributed 24-yards each. Devonte Robinson also had a catch for seven-yards.
The Zips had 52-yards from Jerome Lane. Andrew Pratt had 42-yards, while Imani Davis contributed 38-yards. Tyrell Goodman had 31, while Josh McNeil had 16. Alexander contributed 14, while Hundley and A.J. Coney had six-yards each.
The Aggies dominated the fourth quarter, as they scored 16 points in the come-from-behind win. Mays scored on a 4-yard run made it 33-16.
Kicker Brock Warren connected on three field goals for them. He first made a 35-yarder with 3:14 remaining in the game.
He also made a 31-yard field goal with 1:58 left in the game. He also had a 29-yarder as time expired.
The Zips took a 16-10 lead in the third quarter, as Davis caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Woodson for a 13-10 lead. Then, Zips kicker Robert Stein made a 35-yard field goal to go up six.
Sharp caught a 58-yard pass from Keeton for the 17-16 lead with 7:27 left in the third.
Both teams traded field goals in the second quarter. Stein made a 32-yarder, while Warren made a 48-yard field goal.
Stein made a 43-yard field goal for the early 3-0 lead. Then, Mays scored on a one-yard run for the 7-3 lead for the Aggies.