That was pretty much the Akron offense against No. 12 Ohio State on Saturday.
The Buckeyes' defense forced befuddled Akron to punt 14 times, including after 12 consecutive three-and-out series, and beat the Zips 20-2.
“We're young and inexperienced and we're playing against one of the better front sevens in the country,” Akron coach J.D. Brookhart said. “We knew we'd struggle - but not that badly.”
The statistics were as weird as the final score.
Akron (1-1) managed just three first downs and 69 yards, including 3 on 19 rushing attempts. The Zips had two first downs the first time they had the ball, then didn't pick up another until late in the game - while punter John Stec was putting his name in the record book.
Stec set a school record with his busy day, averaging 41 yards.
“I punted more than I did my entire senior season of high school,” he said. “I think I punted 10 times that season.”
The Buckeyes (2-0) won their 30th game in a row against in-state schools since losing 7-6 to Oberlin in 1921. But their offense turned the ball over five times and looked every bit as confused as the opposition did for much of the day.