The number of people that gave the Kent State Golden Flashes a puncher’s chance on the road against the Clemson Tigers could likely fit in the Flashes’ locker room. After 4:23 of game action and Kent State already trailing 14-0, that number was likely considerably less. By the final gun, with Clemson on top 56-3 over the Flashes, reality finally set in.
It was no surprise, really, given the talent difference and raucous home environment for Clemson on a day where last year’s College Football Playoff Championship was honored, complete with stadium decorations commemorating the win. That championship drive was on display early and often, as the Tigers moved the ball freely and at will against the Golden Flashes, racking up 665 yards of offense.
The first half was all Clemson all the time, as the Tigers defense held the Golden Flashes to just 3 points, while forcing five three-play drives all ending in punts. In comparison, Clemson scored touchdowns on their first three drives. The halftime score of 28-3 would have been enough for the victory, but the Clemson hits kept coming in the second half.
The Tigers finished with 665 yards of total offense, with 353 yards of it coming on the ground and 312 yards of it through the air. Kent State only managed 120 yards of offense (1 yard passing and 119 yards rushing).
Kent State (0-1) will open their home slate next weekend against FCS Howard with the hopes of that game going absolutely nothing like this one. Clemson (1-0) will welcome the visiting Auburn Tigers hoping for more of this kind of performance.