In a game where Kent State was leading 20-0 at the start of the 4th quarter, everyone had counted out the RedHawks. They happened to score 14 unanswered to give the Golden Flashes a scare, but it just wasn't enough.
Colin Reardon of the Golden Flashes completed 12 of his 21 passes for 136 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed the ball 7 times for 42 yards with his longest run at 14 yards. With the 6.5 yards average on a pass, the Flashes were able to move the ball down the field. Antwan Dixon lead the way in receiving for the Flashes, catching six passes for 63 yards. Ernest Calhoun caught the touchdown from Reardon on a 44 yard pass. It was Calhoun's only reception of the day, and it was a big one.
Dixon also rushed the ball very well. He carried the ball three times for 72 yards and a rushing touchdown. His longest rush of the day was the 75 yard touchdown in the 2nd quarter. Trayion Durham lead the way in carries, as he carried the ball 18 times for 49 yards with the long run of 19 yards. Seven different Flashes rushed the ball, with 41 carries and 214 yards on the ground and the lone touchdown. The average rush for them was 5.2.
For the RedHawks, Drew Kummer completed 19 of his 48 passes for 315 yards with one touchdown four interceptions. Those four picks, helped the Flashes gain confidence and turn them into points. Gus Ragland also took a turn throwing passes, as he only attempted 3 passes but completed 2 of them for 10 yards. Ragland ran the ball 14 times for 67 yards with a long run of 16 yards.
Alonzo Smith also rushed the ball, as he carried the rock 9 times for 19 yards for one touchdown. His longest run of the day was 7 yards. Five different RedHawks ran the ball, carrying the ball 36 times for 91 yards, with a 2.5 average and one touchdown.
The Flashes had six different receivers with at least one catch. P.J. Simmons was the only receiver besides Dixon that caught the ball more than once. Simmons caught two passes for five yards on the day.
Just like the Flashes, the RedHawks had a wide variety of recievers, as seven different people caught a pass from Kummer or Ragland. Nate Becker caught two passes for 24 yards and the touchdown thrown from Kummer. Rokeem Williams and Ryan Smith both caught 5 passes for a combined 143 yards, leading the RedHawks to the late rally.
Of the four interceptions that were throw by Kummer, Demetrius Monday was able to take two of them. He was able to return those for a total of 39 yards. Elcee Refuge and Juantez McRae had the other two interceptions, returning them for a combined 8 yards.
Anthony Melchiori from Kent State had a great day for a punter. He punted the ball 8 different times for a total of 318 yards, and was able to pin the RedHawks inside their own 20, 4 times. His longest punt of the day was 67 yards. Christian Koch also punted the ball 8 times, for 292 yards, and was able to pin the Flashes inside the 20 only one time. Koch's longest punt of the day was 54 yards.
Shane Haynes was able to make his two attempted field goals from 28 and 38 yards out. He also made his two extra points, giving him 8 points on the day. Kaleb Patterson didn't attempt a field goal, but was able to make his two extra points.
Kent State moves to 2-3 (1-0). With this early start, the Flashes now look to next week when they travel to Toledo to take on the Rockets. The Rockets are undefeated this season so far.
Miami falls to 1-4 (0-1). With this loss, the RedHawks look to rebound, as they travel to Ohio to take on the Bobcats. The Bobcats defeated Akron in their MAC opener.