The Michigan Wolverines held on to beat the Akron Zips, 28-24, but only did so on the strength of a goal line stand at the end of the game to prevent what would have been a huge college football upset in Ann Arbor on Saturday afternoon.
The No. 11 Wolverines defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 41-30 last week, and found themselves in another tense non-conference battle today, as the visiting Zips staged a fourth-quarter comeback that resulted in a pair of touchdowns, the second with just over four minutes left to play. U-M then quickly drove the field and running back Fitzgerald Toussaint plunged in from two yards out to put his team back on top with 2:49 remaining and set up the thrilling finish at Michigan Stadium.
Although Wolverine quarterback Devin Gardner threw for 248 yards and two touchdown passes, he also tossed three interceptions, one of which Akron's Justin March ran in for a score early in the fourth quarter. However, Gardner also rushed for 103 yards and a TD to go along with Toussaint's 71 yards on the ground and a score.
Now 3-0 on the season, Michigan takes on Connecticut in a road contest next Saturday in East Hartford. Read more about today's contest against the Zips in a detailed recap on the university's official athletic website, MGoBlue.com. Keep up to date with U-M football on Facebook and Twitter.