American Football Database
1976 Akron Zips football
Pioneer Bowl, L 13–24 vs. Montana State
1976 record10–3
Head coachJim Dennison (4th season)
Defensive coordinatorWally Neal
Home stadiumRubber Bowl
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The 1976 Akron Zips football team was an American football team that represented the University of Akron during the 1976 NCAA Division II football season. In their fourth season under head coach Jim Dennison, the Zips compiled a 10–3 record and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 282 to 144. In post-season play, they defeated UNLV, 27–6, in a Division II quarterfinal, and defeated [[{{{school}}}|Northern Michigan]], 29–26, in the Knute Rockne Bowl. In the championship game in Wichita Falls, Texas, Akron lost to Montana State in the Pioneer Bowl.[1][2][3] The 1976 season was the first and only ten-win season in Akron's program history.


September 11TempleL 13–23
September 18Morehead State
  • Rubber Bowl
  • Akron, H
W 26–6
September 25at [[{{{school}}}|Youngstown State]]
W 24–3
October 2at Indiana State
  • Memorial Stadium
  • Terre Haute, IN
W 34–7
October 9Dayton
  • Rubber Bowl
  • Akron, OH
W 27–6
October 16at Ball State
W 3–0
October 23Eastern Michigan
  • Rubber Bowl
  • Akron, OH
W 36–0
October 30at Marshall
L 0–13
November 6at Western Illinois
  • Hanson Field
  • Macomb, IL
W 21–14
November 13at Western Kentucky
  • L. T. Smith Stadium
  • Bowling Green, KY
W 29–16
November 27UNLV
  • Rubber Bowl
  • Akron, OH (NCAA Division II Quarterfinal)
W 27–6
December 4[[{{{school}}}|Northern Michigan]]
  • Rubber Bowl
  • Akron, OH (Knute Rockne Bowl—NCAA Division II Semifinal)
W 29–26
December 11vs. Montana State
L 13–24



  1. "1976 Akron Zips". Archived from the original on November 30, 2015. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  2. "Montana State wins title". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Associated Press ((Idaho)): p. 4B. December 12, 1976.
  3. "Dennehy leads Montana State's bowl win". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press ((Spokane, Washington)): p. D1. December 12, 1976.
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 30, 2015. Retrieved December 30, 2015. Akron Team Schedule 1976