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Akron to celebrate most soul-crushing loss in NIU history...

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...when the Huskies come to visit this weekend:

AKRON, Ohio – During Saturday's Homecoming football game against Northern Illinois, The University of Akron Department of Athletics will honor members of the 2005 MAC Championship football team in an on-field presentation. GoZips.com will be interviewing select members of the 2005 squad in the days leading up to GAMEDAY. Saturday's contest between the Zips and Huskies kicks off at 6 p.m. ET at InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field.

The 2005 Zips closed out the regular season by winning three of their final four contests to earn a date against Northern Illinois in the MAC title game. Down by six with 10 seconds remaining, quarterback Luke Getsy found receiver Domenik Hixon on a 36-yard touchdown to key Akron's first-ever MAC championship. The Zips would go on to play Memphis in the Motor City Bowl.

The Akron Zips must want to lose their homecoming game bad.  Really bad.  I was in attendance for the game in Detroit and for a fact the end of that game was the worst sports moment that I had felt in my entire life.  Maybe it was the fact I was in Detroit in the middle of winter, but I'm pretty sure it was the game.  Garrett Wolfe had 42 carries for 270 yds but our defense couldn't stop squat.

Yeah, I posted it.

We had our first MAC Championship since 1983 in grasp, but got it taken away by the Kangaroos at the last second.  Even though nobody still is on the team or coaching staff from then, this is still an insult to the program by Akron's athletic administration.  What were they thinking?

The Zips must be crushed this weekend!!!

H/T to HMM