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.