Flashes Flatten Falcons 30-6 to Even MAC Record at 2-2
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Kent State dominated both sides of the ball in a 30-6 win over Bowling Green Saturday at Doyt Perry Stadium. Sophomore Tyshon Goode's 158 receiving yards were more than the Falcons' 135 total yards for the game. In the first half alone, Goode hauled in 10 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns as KSU led 27-6 at the break.
Following a 29-yard, first quarter field goal by Freddy Cortez, Bowling Green scored a questionable touchdown on the ensuing kickoff. Returner Jerry Gates had come to a complete stop at his own 38, but laid on top of two Flashes and was never ruled down. As the Golden Flashes trotted to their sideline, Gates headed all the way to the end zone. Freshman Roosevelt Nix blocked the extra point attempt keeping the score 6-3.
Kent State took the lead back with three minutes left in the first quarter on a quarterback dive by Spencer Keith. The sophomore hit Goode with a 38-yard pass inside the BG five to set up the score.
Goode made it a 17-6 lead on a fade route to the corner of the end zone. The score came one play after a successful fake field goal as holder Leneric Muldrow darted 13 yards to the Bowling Green three yard line.
Cortez connected on his second of three field goals on the day to give the Flashes a 20-6 advantage. Goode grabbed reception for 15 and 19 yards on the drive.
Bowling Green was pushed back from its 27 to the 19 yard line on the following drive and managed just a 20-yard punt. KSU took full advantage of the field possession and scored on two plays, this time with a 28-yard strike to Goode.
Totaling a season-high 13 tackles for loss, the Flashes' defense came up with big plays early and often. An opening drive fumble by the Flashes gave Bowling Green the ball at the KSU 32. However, the Kent State defense held the Falcons on four straight plays to turn the ball over on downs. On the Flacons second drive, Brian Lainhart intercepted a pass and returned it 22 yards.
The Flashes would not allow a first down until midway through the second quarter. Kent State out-gained the Falcons 226-44 in the opening half.
Making his first career start at safety, freshman Luke Wollet intercepted a pass on the Falcons' first drive of the second half. KSU capitalized with another Cortez field goal from 30 yards out.
Nix finished with two of Kent State's five sacks as Bowling Green struggled to move the football in the second half as well. The Falcons were held to negative 10 yards rushing. Wollet led the defense with 10 tackles.
Junior running back Jacquise Terry was also solid in the second half, gaining 61 of his 94 yards rushing after halftime. Behind a stout offensive line, Terry totaled 22 rushes and not a single carry for a loss.
Keith completed 26-of-32 passes for 223 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
The Golden Flashes (3-4, 2-2 MAC) will play four of their final five games at home, beginning with Ball State next weekend on Joshua Cribbs Day (Oct. 30) at Dix Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.