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2017 MAC Football Recap: Kent State at Ohio Bobcats

Ohio blows it wide open in the third quarter, wins 48-3.

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Kent State struck first, getting on the board with a Shane Hynes field goal. The Golden Flashes defense played well in the first half while their offense stagnated a bit, and went into the locker room down 13-3. The sole Bobcats touchdown in the first half came off of a Kent State fumble.

The Bobcats then blew the doors off Kent in the second half. It started with an 8 play, 95 yard touchdown, which sapped the will of the Golden Flashes. On the Bobcats next possession, A.J. Ouellette went 37 yards on the second play for a touchdown.

Kent State had another 3 and out, and the Bobcats took advantage again, going 72 yards on 4 plays. The big play was a Nathan Rourke to Papi White 49 yard pass. Having White back adds an explosive element to the Bobcats offense.

Kent State responded by throwing a pick, which the Bobcats then turned into a touchdown 4 plays later, and gave them a 41-3 lead, effectively ending the game. The Bobcats tacked one more touchdown, winning 48-3.

The Bobcats put up 474 yards compared to just 166 for the Golden Flashes.

Nathan Rourke continued to look impressive, throwing for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns on 17 attempts, while adding 59 yards on the ground.

The Bobcats rushing attack was impressive, with Dorian Brown rushing for 108 yards and Ouellette rushing for 91. Both averaged 8.3 yards a carry. The speedster David Burroughs added 69 on just 4 carries. The Bobcats combined for 336 yards on the ground.

Ohio moved to 6-3 overall, and 3-1 in the conference. The Golden Flashes dropped to 2-6, 1-3 overall.

Ohio hosts rival Miami next, while Kent State hosts Bowling Green.