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October 23, 2010

Flashes finish off the Falcons

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BOWLING GREEN—For the second straight week, Kent State jumped out to a double-digit lead on the road. But, unlike last week at Toledo, the Golden Flashes protected their advantage and defeated Bowling Green, 30-6, in front of 14,279 at Doyt L. Perry Stadium.

The Flashes (3-4 overall, 2-2 in the Mid-American Conference) avoided an ‘uh oh, here we go again’ moment when they turned the ball over on the game’s first possession then held the Falcons on a fourth down play at their own 29.

“That first red zone stand we had when they went for it on fourth down and we held them, that was huge momentum builder,” said senior safety Brian Lainhart. “We just went out and played.”

Lainhart then set up the Flashes’ first score when he picked off Bowling Green quarterback Matt Schilz at the Falcons’ 37-yard line and returned it to the BGSU 15.

Four plays later, sophomore kicker Freddy Cortez booted a 29-yard field goal to give the Flashes an early 3-0 lead.

Bowling Green (1-7, 0-4) quickly responded when Jerry Gates returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown.

Gates appeared to have been tackled by two Kent State defenders before getting back to his feet and racing to the end zone.

“(The referees) said that he was laying on top of another player, so technically he’s not down. I didn’t really get that good of a look at it,” said Kent State head coach Doug Martin.

Again, the Flashes avoided a meltdown after a mistake.

Freshman defensive lineman Roosevelt Nix blocked the extra point try to minimize the damage.

“In the past, that would be the case,” said Martin when asked if the early mistakes caused a dip in morale. “Our guys, they just don’t think like that anymore. They just keep competing, keep playing. They don’t really get bothered by that stuff. I thought they responded well.”

The Flashes responded by scoring 24 points before the end of the half.

Sophomore quarterback Spencer Keith scored on a one-yard run to put the Flashes ahead for good, 10-6.

Keith would add two touchdown passes to classmate Tyshon Goode, one from three yards and the other from 28, and Cortez added a 32-yard field goal as the Flashes went into the break leading 27-6. Goode caught a career-high 12 passes for 158 yards and the two scores.

Keith had his best game of the season, as he completed 26-of-32 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns without an interception.

“I felt comfortable back there in the pocket,” Keith said. “The O-line did really well. I told myself all week I was going to be more patient this game and just go through my reads. I’m really proud of our receivers and our O-line for doing their jobs too.”

After Cortez nailed a 32-yard field goal to increase Kent State’s lead to 20-6 with 2:27 left in the second quarter, the Flashes’ went to work on the defensive side of the ball.

Using all three of their time outs, the Flashes forced a quick three-and-out by Bowling Green and got the ball back at the Falcons’ 39 with 1:51 left in the half. It took just two plays for Keith to find Goode in the corner of the end zone for a 27-6 lead.

“That was really big. We did a nice job of clock management there,” Martin said. “We had the wind right there too. You’re hoping you can get at least a field goal but to get the touchdown was big. The offense went out, it was a short two-minute drill, but it was really effective. They did a nice job handling it. That was big going up another score right then. That kind of took the wind out of Bowling Green.”

Cortez added a 30-yard field goal on the Flashes’ first possession of the third quarter to close out the scoring.

While Kent State’s offense played its most consistent game of the season, the Golden Flashes’ defense bounced back after a tough outing last week in a loss at Toledo.

Bowling Green managed just 135 yards on 63 plays. With six sacks, the Flashes held the Falcons to minus-10 yards rushing on 24 attempts and forced three turnovers.

KENT STATE NOTES:

  • Freshman Luke Wollet made his first career start at strong safety and had a career-high 10 tackles, all of which came in the first three quarters. He also made his second career interception and had punt returns of 12 and 17 yards. Senior Dan Hartman had started 19 consecutive games at strong safety.
  • Sophomore receiver Tyshon Goode had a career-high 12 catches and a season-high 158 yards receiving. He caught his second and third touchdowns of the season. His eight career scores are tied for eighth among KSU’s single-season leaders. Goode has made a reception in 18-of-19 career games, including each of his last 15.
  • Senior Brian Lainhart made his 16th career interception, placing him tied for second among Kent State’s career interception leaders. Lainhart has contributed to 19 turnovers (14 interceptions) in his last 26 games.
  • Sophomore Freddy Cortez has made 17 of his last 21 field goals, after going 3-for-4, missing only from 51 yards. It was the second time in his career he has made three field goals. With 20 career field goals, Cortez ranks fifth among the Flashes all-time leaders. He also made Kent State’s first field goal since Sept. 11 at Boston College.
  • Senior linebacker Cobrani Mixon has recorded a sack in four straight games. He also recovered a fumble for the second time this season.
  • Freshman Roosevelt Nix tallied two sacks and has recorded at least one sack in five games this season, bringing his season sack total to 8.5, which is tied for the fourth most in a season by a KSU player and sets the freshman record. Nix also blocked his first career extra point, had a pair of QB hurries and totaled 3.5 tackles for loss.
  • Jacquise Terry had a season-high 94 yards rushing and added four catches for 19 yards.
  • Junior punter Matt Rinehart had a pair of punts inside the 20 and averaged 45.2 yards on four punts.
  • Sophomore quarterback Spencer Keith completed 26-of-32 passes for his highest completion percentage in a game in his career. Keith moved up to fifth among KSU’s career leaders in completions with 305, sixth among school leaders in yards with 3,499 and is tied for sixth in touchdowns with 21.
  • Senior linebacker Dorian Wood totaled eight tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack and two pass breakups.
  • Kent State’s defense held an opponent under 100 yards rushing for the fifth time this season. It was also the third time in the last two years and second time this season Kent State held an opponent to negative rushing yards (-10). Prior to last season (at Ohio), it had never been done.
  • Saturday was the first time this season a KSU opponent did not score an offensive touchdown. Kent State did not allow a Bowling Green first down until 8:26 left in the first half and just three first downs in that half.
  • The Flashes have recorded 11 or more tackles for loss four times this year, tying a season-high with 13 today.
  • At 27-6 Kent State held its biggest halftime lead since Oct. 25, 2008 at Miami.
  • Bowling Green’s first quarter kick return for a touchdown was the first by a Kent State opponent since Temple in 2008.
  • Kent State won at Doyt Perry Stadium for just the second time in its last 18 tries.
  • The Flashes snapped a six-game road losing streak.

BOX SCORE:


Kent State: Freddy Cortez 29 yd FG 
Bowling Green: Jerry (Booboo) Gates 75 yd kick return (blocked XP) 
Kent State: Spencer Keith 1 yd run (Freddy Cortez kick) 
Kent State: Tyshon Goode 3 yd pass from Spencer Keith (Freddy Cortez kick) 
Kent State: Freddy Cortez 32 yd FG 
Kent State: Tyshon Goode 28 yd pass from Spencer Keith (Freddy Cortez kick) 
Kent State: Freddy Cortez 30 yd FG 
  Bowling GreenKent State
TOTAL FIRST DOWNS1119
TOTAL NET YARDS135351
Total Plays6370
Average Gain2.15
NET YARDS RUSHING-10128
Rushes2438
Average per rush-0.43.4
NET YARDS PASSING145223
Completions-attempted20-3926-32
Sacked00
Yards Lost00
TOTAL TURNOVERS32
Interceptions20
Fumbles Lost12
OTHER   
Penalties16
Penalty Yards1558
Time of Possesion25:134:59
Punts74
Punt Average35.2945.25
Return Yards16075
Bowling GreenCMPATTYDSTDINTYDS/ATT 
Matt Schilz (0)1835118023.4
Aaron Pankratz (0)1311003.7
Calvin Wiley (0)11160016.0
Kent StateCMPATTYDSTDINTYDS/ATT 
Spencer Keith (0)2632223207.0
Bowling GreenATTYDSTDAVG 
Calvin Wiley (0)222011.0
Jordan Hopgood (0)11900.8
Tyrone Pronty (0)1303.0
Erique Geiger (0)3-20-0.7
Willie Geter (0)1-40-4.0
Matt Schilz (0)6-380-6.3
Kent StateATTYDSTDAVG 
Jacquise Terry (0)229404.3
Dri Archer (0)72203.1
Leneric Muldrow (0)113013.0
Spencer Keith (0)6611.0
Team (0)2-70-3.5
Bowling GreenATTYDSTDAVG 
Kamar Jorden (0)53607.2 
Tyrone Pronty (0)52705.4 
Alex Bayer (0)338012.7 
Calvin Wiley (0)21708.5 
Adrian Hodges (0)21708.5 
Shaun Joplin (0)111011.0 
Nick Rieke (0)1000.0 
Jordan Hopgood (0)1-10-1.0 
Kent StateATTYDSTDAVG 
Tyshon Goode (0)12158213.2 
Jacquise Terry (0)41904.8 
Sam Kirkland (0)31003.3 
Kendrick Pressley (0)21005.0 
Chris Gordon (0)2904.5 
Chris Gilbert (0)111011.0 
Tim Erjavec (0)1404.0 
Leneric Muldrow (0)1202.0 

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