ANN ARBOR, Mich. – College footballs winningest program might have just had its worst win.
Fitzgerald Toussaint scored a go-ahead, 2-yard touchdown with 2:49 left and No. 11 Michigan made a desperately needed stop on the final play to hold on for a 28-24 victory over Akron on Saturday.
Michigan (3-0) avoided getting upset at home by a Mid-American Conference team with three straight one-win seasons that hasnt won a road game in nearly five years and was expected to lose by more than five touchdowns.
This is embarrassing for the University of Michigan football team, offensive tackle Taylor Lewan said.
The Wolverines trailed twice in the second half – including with 4:10 remaining when Kyle Pohl threw a 1-yard TD – and allowed the Zips (1-2) to get to the Michigan 4 on the final drive.
On the third straight snap inside the Michigan 5, Pohl was hurried and hit by Brennen Beyer and that led to an incomplete pass in the end zone as time expired.
We almost lost to Akron, no disrespect to Akron, Devin Gardner said.
Gardner had a lot to do with that. He had a career-high three interceptions and fumbled.
Akron was close to going ahead in the final minute, but receiver Jerrod Dillard couldnt catch a high pass in the end zone, and receiver L.T. Smith was stopped at the 2 by two defenders.
Michigan won its 17th straight at home.
No. 4 OHIO STATE 52, CALIFORNIA 34: In Berkeley, Calif., Kenny Guiton threw three of his four touchdown passes in the first six minutes of his first career start and as the Buckeyes rolled to their 15th straight victory.
Guiton, a fifth-year senior, got the start in place of injured Braxton Miller and there was no drop-off in performance for the Buckeyes (3-0).
Guiton connected with Devin Smith on a 90-yard pass on Ohio States second offensive play for the longest play from scrimmage in school history. He added a 47-yard touchdown to Smith and a 1-yarder to Chris Fields on fourth-and-goal as Ohio State jumped out to a 21-0 lead over the Golden Bears (1-2) less than halfway through the first quarter.
Guiton completed 21 of 32 passes for 276 yards and added 92 yards rushing to lead the Buckeyes.
MICHIGAN STATE 55, YOUNGSTOWN STATE 17: In East Lansing, Mich., Connor Cook threw four touchdown passes in the first half, and the Michigan State offense finally looked smooth in a victory over Youngstown State.
IOWA 27, IOWA STATE 21: In Iowa City, Iowa, Jake Rudock threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another score, Mark Weisman added 145 yards rushing and Iowa hung on.
UCF 34, PENN STATE 31: In Pittsburgh, Blake Bortles passed for 288 and three touchdowns and UCF stunned Penn State.
Storm Johnson ran for a career-high 117 yards and a score and added a touchdown reception as the Knights (3-0) beat a Big Ten team for the first time in school history.