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           === Michigan holds off Akron with late goal-line stand ===
 Ann  Arbor, MI  (Sports Network) - After  beating Notre Dame last week in what
 could be the Fighting Irish's last trip to Michigan Stadium for awhile, surely
 Akron would not pose a threat to mighty Michigan in its first visit to the Big
 Think again.
 The 11th-ranked Wolverines  needed a late  Fitzgerald Toussaint  touchdown run
 and a goal-line stand  in the closing seconds to earn a 28-24 victory over the
 Zips in another thriller.
 "Their  kids came  in here like most Mid-American Conference schools are going
 to  come in here, to win the football game and play to win the football game,"
 said Michigan coach Brady Hoke.
 "And they coached it that way, they played it that way."
 Toussaint's  2-yard touchdown  run with 2:49 remaining gave Michigan the lead,
 but  Akron marched  from its  own 25  to the  Michigan 2.  Jawon Chisholm  was
 stopped  for a loss  of two yards and the Zips called their final timeout with
 just five seconds to play.
 Akron  quarterback Kyle  Pohl  dropped  back to  pass,  but  was pressured  by
 blitzing  Michigan  linebacker Brennen  Beyer and threw  incomplete in the end
 zone as time expired.
 Michigan  was in control with a 21-10 lead and the ball in the first minute of
 the  fourth quarter, but Devin Gardner gave the Zips life. The quarterback who
 led  the Wolverines  to last week's 41-30  win over the Irish, couldn't make a
 play for most of the final period.
 He  tried  to force a  throw on  a screen pass  to Toussaint, but Justin March
 stepped  in  front and cruised into  the end zone  from 27 yards away with the
 interception to shift the momentum and pull Akron within four.
 Akron's  defense  forced a  three-and-out  and  the  Zips quickly  moved  into
 Michigan territory. A 43-yard pass from Pohl to L.T. Smith set up a first down
 at  the seven, but  Jarron Wilson came up with an interception in the end zone
 to keep the Wolverines in front.
 Michigan  again failed  to pick up a  first down and the Zips this time cashed
 in.  After a  pair of third-down conversions,  Pohl and Smith hooked up for 40
 yards  to the one, as a video review ruled the receiver down before he reached
 the  end zone. Two  carries by Conor Hundley left Akron with a third down, but
 Pohl  calmly found Tyrell Goodman just inside the end zone from the one to put
 the Zips in front with 4:10 remaining.
 The  Wolverines'  offense, which produced  a pair of third-quarter touchdowns,
 finally  kicked back into gear. Gardner broke free for 35 yards and hit Jeremy
 Gallon  for  20 to  set  up  a  first down  at  the  Akron  15 before  a  pass
 interference penalty set up Toussaint's go-ahead score.
 Gardner  was both good and bad Saturday. He ran for 103 yards with a touchdown
 on  10 carries and threw for 248 yards with a pair of touchdowns, but was also
 picked  off  three times and lost  a fumble with the Wolverines threatening to
 Toussaint  finished with  71 yards on 19 carries for the Wolverines (3-0), who
 will  venture out on  the road for the first time this season next week with a
 trip to Connecticut.
 Pohl finished 25-of-49 for 311 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions
 in  defeat. He said he  knew his team had a chance to win by the way it played
 in the first half.
 "I think with how our defense was playing before we were even ahead we knew we
 could  beat them," Pohl said. "I knew we could move the ball as soon as we got
 our  offense  straight, so  I really  was confident before  we even went ahead
 because of how our defense was playing.
 "We  were  moving the  ball, we  just were not  executing like  we were in the
 second half."
 Smith  had five  catches for 125 yards  and Zach D'Orazio hauled in six passes
 for  97 yards  with a touchdown for  Akron (1-2), which was coming off a 35-33
 win over James Madison after a 38-7 loss at UCF to open the season.
 The  Wolverines  had a great start,  scoring on their opening drive as Gardner
 hooked  up with Devin  Funchess for a 48-yard score, but a poor punt after the
 second  series  left Akron with great  field position. The Zips, starting from
 the  Michigan 31, managed just four yards and settled for a 45-yard field goal
 from Robert Stein.
 Brendan  Gibbons then  missed a 45-yard field goal attempt for Michigan in the
 first  minute of the second quarter and the Wolverines followed with turnovers
 on  their  next three  possessions. Gardner  was stripped  by March inside the
 Akron  20, then followed a Michigan interception by throwing a pick inside the
 Zips' 10.
 Akron  marched into Michigan territory after DeAndre Scott's interception, but
 Stein's  45-yard field  goal try hit the  left upright with 43 seconds left in
 the  half.  March then picked  off Gardner to  give Akron one more opportunity
 with 29 seconds remaining, but Stein came up well short on a 55-yard kick.
 The  Zips then stunned  the home crowd with a 75-yard drive for a touchdown on
 their  first possession  of the second half. Pohl found D'Orazio for a 28-yard
 touchdown  to  give Akron a  10-7 lead, but  Michigan appeared to take control
 Toussaint  broke  free for  24 yards on  the first play  after the kickoff and
 added  four more  yards before Gardner found  an opening on the right side and
 raced 36 yards for a touchdown to put the Wolverines back on top.
 The  Zips went three-and-out and pinned Michigan at its own eight, but Gardner
 quickly  rumbled 35 yards  to ignite a 92-yard drive. He capped the 9-play set
 with a 33-yard scoring pass to Jehu Chesson to make it 21-10.
                                   Game Notes
 Michigan  has won  17 straight home games, the longest active streak among BCS
 teams ... Akron has lost 28 straight road games and last won away from home on
 Oct.  28,  2008 at  Eastern Michigan ...  Gibbons had a  string of 16 straight
 field  goals made halted in the second quarter ... Akron fell to 1-23 all-time
 against  ranked opponents  since joining Division I-A in 1987 and also dropped
 to 1-24 versus current members of the Big Ten.
 09/14 17:53:02 ET

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