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Akron holds off Utah State’s last-second try at a miracle

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Utah State was hoping for a miracle.

Instead, it got Zip.

Utah State’s last-second multi-lateral play lost four yards as time ran out, and Akron held onto a first half-lead to beat the Aggies 23-21 in the Potato Bowl Tuesday night.

Utah State outgained Akron 363-282, but three turnovers did in the Aggies. The Zips built a 13-7 lead at the half and then, after falling behind, built a 23-14 lead. Robert Stein hit three field goals for Akron.

Devante Mayes rushed for 124 yards for Utah State, which finished its season 6-7. Akron, playing for Terry Bowden – son of Bobby — was 8-5.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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