Kent State Football
November 5, 2011 by staff
Kent State Football, Good things come to those who work and wait. On Friday (November 4) night at Dix Stadium, before a national television audience on ESPN2, the ball finally bounced in favor of the football team at Kent State.
Golden Flashes (3-6, 2-3 MAC) contained a late charge Mid-American Conference foe Central Michigan (3-7, 2-4 MAC) and celebrated as the youngest CMU potential kicker field goal by David Harman to tie the game sailed wide left as time expired to give Kent State a 24-21 victory.
The contest was a roller coaster that gave participants combing for 824 yards of total offense, but in the end, with Kent State in the hope of a MAC East Division crown. After losing three games by a margin of posession – two of which came in the house – have shaken flashes two straight wins.
Junior quarterback Spencer Keith (Little Rock, Ark.) led the victory with a memorable performance. A week after posting its highest completion rate of production and switch yards of the 2011 season, Keith threw for 281 yards high season and threw three touchdown passes. Redshirt junior receiver obstacle Matthew (Richmond, Virginia) caught a touchdown pass and piled up a career-high 102 yards receiving rookie runner Trayion Durham (Cincinnati, Ohio) rumbled for a career-high 91 yards on 18 carries.
The first touchdown at Kent State was established when sophomore safety Luke Wollet (Poland, Ohio) intercepted young quarterback Ryan Central Michigan Michigan passed Radcliff Center in possession of 44 open the Chippewa. Four plays later, Keith found high corridor Jacquise Terry (Phenix City, Alabama) for a 15-yard pass with just over 10 minutes left in the first quarter.
Flashes struck again just 18 seconds into the second quarter when Keith beaten obstacle to a 85-yard catch and run for a touchdown.
The Chippewas answered back in their next disc, however, when Radcliff designed a set of eight, 86-yard drive that culminated with a touchdown pass to receiver Cody Williams Young. After forcing the University of Kent to punt on the ensuing possession, Central Michigan knot the contest at 14-all, marching 96 yards in 11 plays of a drive that lasted almost seven minutes and score when the receiver is Radcliff Tito Davis rookie wide with a 36-yard touchdown pass.
Both defenses held firm in quarter scoreless third, the dramatic final stage for another MAC.
Kent State was 80 yards in nine plays and scored when Keith Gilbert related to a touchdown pass of 25 yards with less than 14 minutes. After redshirt junior defensive Sidney Saulter (Miami, Fla.) Radcliff intercepted to end the resulting unit Central Michigan, the flashes of gold extended its lead to 10 when the young kicker Freddy Cortez (Fort Meade, Fla.) nailed a field goal from 34 yards to cap a 10-play, 73 yards with just over seven minutes left.
The Chippewa were not, however, although, as Radcliff connected with youth, this time in a 52-yard pass to cut the deficit to three Central Michigan.
After forcing the University of Kent to punt, Central Michigan took over with 3:27 left on his own 18-yard line and marched to the University of Kent’s 11-yard line. After the timeout equipment sold, with five seconds left, Harman trying to lose its mark as the Kent State bench stormed the field in celebration.
Kent State is in its third consecutive victory on Saturday (November 12) when it travels to the Rubber City derby for the annual Wagon Wheel in Akron. Kent State atempt to keep possession of the trophy competition for the second consecutive year after a 28-17 victory in 2010. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 pm, and the contest will be televised by SportsTime Ohio.
After the game quotes
Coach Darrell Hazell Kent State
“It was a dramatic ending. I’m very proud of our football team and how they keep fighting, how
close they are, and how they have grown over the past 11 months. Find a way to win a football game lasts
game in November is something that fills me with pride. You may not play as well as we could
have the defensive, we gave up too many yards and too many big plays. We fought to the end to
keep them out of the end zone. Offensively, I thought we did a good job controlling the ball
and a good job running it, and make some easy shots.
“I’d like to get the first and last, but we did so we had to punt again. I
our special teams were very good today, creating some short fields. We had a couple of kicks
returns as well. Matt Rinehart I played well, hitting the ball very well.
“I have not seen a sheet of punishment, however, we have not had too many penalties. They will return to
shelter if you do not take care of those penalties.
“Very good win for this football team I’m proud of these guys. Now is the time for the
next challenge. ”
In the defense struggling in the fourth quarter in the air:
“We’re giving up too many big plays in the passing game. We are not making a game
ball, we have to make sure we get that fixed. Right now we are a step in the approval
game. We’re not making plays with the ball, we are dealing only receivers instead of playing the
In the final disc of Central Michigan and end of work:
“It’s been a whirlwind of emotions at that moment and time. I’m not sure exactly what I was thinking, but
It was a very emotional 15 seconds.
“I would have done the same, I would have kicked the field goal, sending it to overtime and
play in overtime, for sure. ”
In playing on national television:
“It’s always good to have our guys on TV, I think that helps them play a little harder, it should not.
you must, but it does. It’s good to get the national exposure of Kent State and our football
the program. It can be shown from coast to coast, so this program is about. ”
Kent State quarterback Keith Young Spencer
How easy it is when he gets into his rhythm Treyion Durham:
“It opens things make the game work in progress. They (offensive line) did a great job today
creating holes for him. He ran hard all game.
“We have to keep the running game will open up more things.”
Having two consecutive wins:
“It feels good. We have a little streak going and we must continue in the next week against the
Akron. They are our rivals, so I definitely need to be aware of it because we know that going to Akron. ”
How much more comfortable right?
“When you win it feels a lot better than losing, so as long as you continue.
“All I can do is work hard every day to practice. These last two games that definitely
been better for me. I felt more comfortable out there with the lines and I felt like I gave
time to throw me. ”
To play in a nationally televised game:
“For me, it really has not changed much. It is all there but once in the field is only a
regular game. You have to go and play your game and focus on one game at a time. ”
Central Michigan Head Coach Dan Enos
The momentum if the game went to overtime:
“Depends on who had the first move. If you have the first play and ran out of yards after the
momentum, which comes and goes every play. ”
Central Michigan quarterback Ryan Radcliff junior
In frustration of loss:
“Right now we do not pick up, to lick our wounds. We return in the morning and
begin to see what happened. From there, learning to leave next week. We have a good
Ohio team we play, so we have a short week and return to the routine. ”
In Titus Davis:
“Tito did a heck of a job today. Really stepped big when he needed it, had a
two big plays that got us back into it. He has been growing much in the mental part of the game
and the physical part. It will surely give all the props in the world. ”
Central Michigan freshman wide receiver Titus Davis
The great day of the reception:
“I knew I had to go into this game as a starter. I knew I had a step forward and have a great day
for the team and coaches. They were looking at me the way to big and had to take into
that role as catcher and play my game. ”
On taking a shot to win the game:
“I wanted to take a bad picture. I thought it was time to take a picture, but it is what the coach
the decision was that I was behind him 100 percent. ”
Notes after the game
Second year of security Wollet Lucas made his fourth interception of the season, the sixth of his career and second in as many games. He is currently tied for the lead in interceptions MAC.
Home Jacquise Terry scored 16 touchdowns in his career and second this season.
Junior Spencer Keith threw his 27 career touchdowns, 28 and 29, matching his career-high three touchdown passes and his first multi-touchdown game of the season. He also threw a season-high 281 yards.
Golden Flashes improved to 7-1 since last season, when Keith does not throw an interception.
Junior 36-yard reception Tyshon Goode in the first quarter was the longest game of the Kent State scrimmage of the season until it was surpassed in the second quarter when Matt fences 85-yard touchdown reception was the most over Kent State pass play since 2003 (Cribbs to Pruden). It was also the longest of Kent State scoring series of the season at 92 meters (3 games).
Junior Matt obstacle scored touchdown of his career and first had a career-high 102 yards receiving.
Freshman Trayion Durham rushed for a career-high 90 yards.
Principal Chris Gilbert made his first career touchdown catch.
Redshirt freshman Rob Hollomon’s longest kickoff return Kent State season in the second quarter (46 yards).
Sophomore Roosevelt Nix total catch up to move to 13.5 race in eighth place in the list of Kent State career.
Junior Green Lion security started in place of an injured Calvin Tiggle and led both sides with a career-high 12 tackles
Kent State improved to 7-4 in Dix Stadium since the start of last season.
The offensive of the flashes’ had a season-high 422 yards of total offense.
The KSU offense was 7-for-14 in converting third down conversion rate most of the season.
The defense of the flashes, held an opponent under 100 yards rushing (86) for the fourth time this season.
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