Miami took a 14 to 3 lead into the half, and it was looking like another Kent State loss. George Bollas led the Golden Flashes down the field on a long drive to start the second half and capped it with a 4 yard touchdown pass to Justin Rankin.
After forcing a Miami punt, he started and ended the next drive with an 84 yard touchdown pass to Mike Carrigan, giving Kent State the lead 17-14. The punt fest that ensued was only interrupted by a Miami missed field goal that would have tied it with over 7 minutes left in the game.
The two teams were close in yardage, with Miami gaining 335 and the Golden Flashes only slightly behind with 328.
Miami was effective on the ground, with Alonzo Smith gaining 94 yards on 14 carries. Kenny Young wasn’t far behind, going 83 yards on 13 carries. Kent State wasn’t nearly as effective, with their only bright spot a 61 yard run by receiver Mike Carrigan.
Ballas was efficient, completing 9 of 14 passes for 154 yards and the two touchdowns. Billy Bahl went 12 of 29 for 174 yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Both teams are now 2-5 on the season, and 1-2 in the conference. Miami hosts Buffalo in a must win game and Kent State travels to Athens to take on the Bobcats.