A look around the MAC

Akron's remarkable comeback devastated Marshall and spun the MAC East Division into a tizzy.

Originally Published: November 9, 2004
By Adam Rittenberg | Special to ESPN Insider
Akron needed only two minutes and 19 seconds to break Marshall's stranglehold on a bowl berth and spin the MAC East Division into a tizzy.

An onside kick recovery, a touchdown pass on fourth-and-10, a muffed punt and a 43-yard field goal gave the Zips arguably their biggest win in school history. Akron wiped away a 21-point deficit to beat Marshall and move into a three-way, first-place tie in the MAC East.

"Our kids never did stop believing and have confidence," said first-year coach J.D. Brookhart, who could be the leading candidate for MAC Coach of the Year. "We had been in some situations like this before that had been tough.


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