Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE
Toledo hit the nine win plateau, while the Zips fell to 1-11 on the season.
The Toledo Rockets entered Tuesday night's game against the Akron Zips without a chance of reaching the MAC title game, but they were nonetheless able to improve to 9-3 (6-2) on the season with a 35-17 win over the lowly Zips. Akron, meanwhile, concluded another disappointing season with a 1-11 (0-8) record.
The Rockets were powered by quarterback Austin Dantin, who threw for 327 yards and five touchdowns while completing 29 of his 35 passes. Dantin gamely replaced Terrance Owens, who injured his ankle in last week's loss to Northern Illinois. Dantin had appeared in four games prior to tonight, throwing for just 80 yards and no touchdowns.
Akron was able to move the a ball a bit through the air, throwing for 265 yards and two scores, but they were held to just 67 yards on 30 carries on the ground. That was not enough to keep up with a Toledo offense that easily cut through the Zips defense.
Toledo will now wait for their bowl invitation, while the Zips will look forward to the 2013 season.