Dri Archer's final touch of his career couldn't have been more appropriate. With the Golden Flashes up 24 late in the fourth, Archer sprinted into the endzone on a 29-yard touchdown run, his third of the game, to give Kent State a 44-14 win. The senior finished his impressive career with a monster day, racking up 191 yards n 20 touchdowns and those three touchdowns, including one to lead off the second half.
With Archer doing his thing, and the Kent State' offense rolling to the tune of more than 300 yards in the second half, Ohio unraveled quickly. Things hit an all-time low for the 'Cats, which had struggled near the end of the first half, midway through the third quarter when Kent State faked a punt, snapping it to Nate Terhune (as the internet os lovingly pointed out, a fat guy) who sprinted up the sideline, hurdling over an Ohio defender, and taking it to the house for a 61-yard score, putting the Golden Flashes up 31-13.
A visibly frustrated Tyler Tettleton continued to struggle in the second half as his frustration boiled over and resulted in several head-scratching moments. Such as two separate "sacks" in which he just sat down to avoid being hit. An awful pass ending in an interception only made matters worse for the 'Cats as the fans filed out and a hush came over Peden Stadium with more than 20 minutes of game time left.
The utter incompetence of Ohio continued as multiple times throughout the third quarter the 'Cats committed costly turnovers. Like a pass interference call that overturned an interception in the endzone. It was about as ugly as ugly could get.
Kent State tacked on a pair of field goals and that final Archer touchdown to seal the 32-point win.
Tettleton finished with 132 yards, a touchdown and a pick on 11 of 24 passing to complete his third-straight forgettable game. Conversely Kent state's redshirt freshman QB Colin Reardon had a impressive night, finishing with 213 yards and a touchdown on 18-of-29 passing. The Golden Flashes outgained Ohio 537 to 204, and all but sealed Ohio's season as an utter failure as it's unlikely the 'Cats can make a bowl game with just 7 wins.
The victory helped Kent State finish its rocky first season under Paul Haynes on a two-game winning streak, and with a 4-8 (3-5) record overall.