Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Winless Watch, Week 11
By Andrea Adelson
Welcome to the Winless Watch, where we take a look at the teams still waiting on that first victory of the year, and their odds of getting it this week.
And then there was one. New Mexico has left Akron all by its lonesome at the bottom of the college football world:
Akron (0-10). Streak: L 10. Good news, Zips. No game this week means no loss. Bad news: the next game is against a much-improved Miami (Ohio) team on national television Nov. 17. Good news: The final game is at home against Buffalo (2-7). And Akron did come close against Ball State last week, losing a heartbreaker 37-30 in double overtime. It was the Zips closest game of the season against an FBS opponent, and one that had a few bright spots. Quarterback Patrick Nicely threw his first touchdown pass since the fourth quarter of the Indiana game on Sept. 25. His four touchdown passes against the Cardinals was a career high, but he also threw three interceptions -- including one in the second overtime to end the game. Another bright spot: running back Alex Allen had a season-high 165 yards rushing, his first 100-yard game of the season against an FBS opponent.
"I was proud of the way our team played against Ball State," said first-year coach Rob Ianello. "For a team that hasn't had much success this year, we really came out and played with fight, passion, and great effort, and enjoyed playing with each other."