The Akron Zips are one of the oldest football programs in the country, with a history that dates all the way back to 1891. The Zips have competed on many different levels of college football, but moved into the sports highest level, the FBS division in 1987. In 1992 Akron moved into the Mid-American Conference, which is one of the premier college football conferences in the Midwest.
In 2000, the Zips experiences one of their most successful seasons, finishing with a 5-3 record in the MAC and taking home a share of the Mid-American Conference championship. This success propelled the Zips forward, and in 2005, Akron played in their first ever bowl game.
That bowl game came during the 2005 season when the Akron Zips went 7-6 and lost to the Memphis Tigers in the Motor City Bowl by a score of 38-31. The game was played on December 27th, 2005 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan and remains one of the most exciting games in the history of the program. Akron trailed by 10 at halftime, but led a furious comeback in the 4th quarter, scoring 21 points. Ultimately the Zips were overcome by the dominant performance of Memphis’s future NFL running back, DeAngelo Williams. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Akron Zips Bowl Game tickets.
Akron Zips Recent Bowl Game History
The 2005 Motor city bowl remains the only bowl appearence in the history of the Zips. since that game, the Zips have narrowly missed out on an opportunity at a bowl game on a number of occasions, including 2006, 2008, and 2013 when Akron finished with a 5-7 record, one win shy of being bowl eligible. Akron retains one of the most passionate football followings in the Midwest, and continues to strive for more bowl appearences, and that first Zips bowl victory.