Nov. 26, 2010
Final Stats |
KENT, Ohio-The Kent State Golden Flashes recorded three rushing touchdowns and a defensive score and hounded Ohio's offense all day to finish off a 28-6 win over the Bobcats Friday at Dix Stadium. Kent finished its season at 5-7 overall and 4-4 in the Mid-American Conference, while Ohio dropped to 8-4 and finished league play with a 6-2 mark.
KSU running back Eugene Jarvis ran for 106 yards on 21 carries with one touchdown, while quarterback Spencer Keith completed 11 of 19 passes for 100 yards. Wideouts Sam Kirkland and Tyshon Goode combined for seven receptions and 72 yards. Defensive tackle Dana Brown had a game-high 10 tackles with 1.5 tackles for loss, which included a sack.
Ohio's leading rusher was quarterback Phil Bates, who had six carries for 31 yards. Quarterback Boo Jackson completed 14 of 26 attempts for no touchdowns and two interceptions. His top target on the afternoon was wideout Terrence McCrae, who had five catches for 45 yards. Safety Donovan Fletcher had a team-high eight tackles, which included a half-tackle for loss.
The Golden Flashes got on the board first when linebacker Cobrani Mixon sacked Jackson in the end zone, popping the ball out of his grasp and into the arms of linebacker Luke Bratton for a KSU touchdown with 5:05 left in the first quarter.
Keith put the Golden Flashes up 14-0 with 8:54 left in the first half when he plunged over from one yard out, capping an eight-play, 27-yard drive that ate up four minutes, 42 seconds. The drive was aided by an Ohio offsides penalty on fourth-and-4 at its own 21-yard line when KSU lined up for a field goal attempt. Keith also hit Kirkland for a nine-yard gain on third-and-4 to get down to set up a first-and-goal from the Ohio one-yard line.
Ohio kicker Matt Weller got something positive going for the visitors when he sailed a 51-yard field goal attempt through the uprights to make the score 14-3 KSU with 2:19 left in the half. The drive lasted 11 plays and went for 35 yards over six minutes, 32 seconds. Jackson hit wideout Riley Dunlop for 18 yards over the middle on third-and-5 from the Ohio 36-yard line and later pitched to running back Vince Davidson for a fourth-down conversion run at the Kent 37.
A 34-yard punt return by Travis Carrie set up Weller's second field goal by giving the Bobcats the ball at the Kent 19-yard line. Jackson converted on fourth down again when he rushed for two yards on fourth-and-1 at the Kent 10 and a subsequent KSU facemask penalty gave Ohio a first-and-goal from the four-yard line. However, the Bobcats had to settle for Weller's 21-yard boot with 10:01 remaining in the third stanza to make the score 14-6 Kent.
Jarvis put the Bobcats further behind when he dashed 26 yards around right end to make the score Kent 21-6 with 11:53 left in the contest.
Andre Flowers dashed any hopes of an Ohio comeback when he rumbled into the end zone from 10 yards out to give the home team a 28-6 lead with 4:57 left. The score was set up by a Bobcat fumble which gave the Flashes the ball at the Ohio 16-yard line.
The Bobcat offense could not manage a score on its final two possessions.
Neither team got a lot done on third down Friday, as Ohio converted twice in 16 opportunities, while Kent State went 2-for-11.
Ohio will now await a possible bowl invitation, which would be its fifth in school history and third in the last five seasons.