Flashes' Defense Decimates Ohio in 28-6 Home Victory
KENT, Ohio - Kent State looked like the team competing for a MAC East title Saturday as the Golden Flashes pounded Ohio 28-6 at Dix Stadium. Senior Eugene Jarvis closed out his career with his 18th 100-yard rushing game, while helping his head coach Doug Martin go out on a high note.
Behind a defense that forced four turnovers, scored a touchdown and made seven sacks, KSU prevented the Bobcats from claiming their second straight division title. The Flashes also held the MAC's second best running attack to 50 yards on 37 attempts.
Ohio's opening drive went 13 plays to the Kent State 20, but came up empty when freshman Roosevelt Nix blocked a 37-yard field goal attempt.
Later in the first quarter, a 40-yard quick kick by Spencer Keith pinned the Bobcats back to their own one yard line. Two plays later, a Cobrani Mixon hit on Boo Jackson jarred the ball loose and Luke Batton recovered the fumble in the end zone to give the Flashes a 7-0 lead.
Early in the second, Ohio attempted a fake punt on a fourth-and-10 in their own territory, but Darius Polk and Kyle Reese kept the Bobcats short of the sticks.
On the ensuing drive, the Flashes capitalized with a one-yard TD run by Keith.
A 51-yard field by Matt Weller put the Bobcats on the board with just over two minutes left in the half.
The Bobcats threatened early in the third quarter when a 34-yard punt return helped push the ball inside the KSU five. But the Flashes' defense forced two incomplete passes, leading to another field goal, trimming the lead to 14-6.
After missing 49-yard field goal attempt of their own, the Flashes got the ball back on the very next play. Jackson threw a wobbling pass up as he was being dragged down by Dorian Wood and Monte Simmons, and Dan Hartman was there for the interception.
Senior Eugene Jarvis followed with an 11-yard run. Two plays later, Jarvis ran right, going 26 yards into the end zone.
Another fake punt by Ohio was stopped short by Reese and Mixon got in another turnover, this time with a fumble recovery at the Ohio 16. Two plays later, Andre Flowers found the end zone from 10 yards out.