September 13, 2008

Flashes swat the Hornets

Kent State ended its nine game losing streak Saturday by defeating Delaware State, 24-3, at Dix Stadium.

The Flashes thwarted the Hornets' attempt to redeem itself following last season's loss at Kent by shutting down the Delaware State offense inside the red zone for most of the game before finally allowing a field goal with 3:16 left in the fourth quarter. That field goal prevented the Golden Flashes from recording their first shutout since a 24-0 win over Ohio in 1994.

Kent State scored on its first possession of the game and never looked back. Quarterback Julian Edelman scored on a 7-yard run, capping off a 9-play, 62-yard drive. Edelman finished the game 10 of 20 passing for 113 yards, with two interceptions and 71 rushing yards.

Using some trickery to put points on the board for their second score, the Golden Flashes faced fourth down and a long field goal ahead of them to start the second quarter. The Flashes ran a fake field goal resulting in a 31-yard touchdown run by holder Leneric Muldrow, his second career touchdown on a fake field goal.

"We've seen it on film, the way they were lined up, that that fake would work," said Kent State head coach Dough Martin. "If they were lined up differently we would have checked at the line and gone on to kick the field goal."

Delaware State tried to shake things up by brining in back-up quarterback Anthony Glaud, a transfer from Bowling Green, in the second quarter. Glaud led the Hornets on a 14-play, 87-yard drive that stalled because of a Kent State goal line stand, setting up a 23-yard field goal attempt that was blocked by Ishmaa'ily Kitchen.

Glaud finished the game 13 of 21 passing for 159 yards and an interception.

The man he replaced, Vashon Winton, resumed his role as starter in the third quarter but was later replaced by Glaud again in the fourth. Vinton finished the game 11 of 18 passing for 88 yards.

"We had an opportunity to move the ball, and if you score some points you have a chance to win," but it had to be the perfect storm for us and of course that didn't happen," said Delaware State head coach Al Lavan.

The Flashes extended their lead toward the end of the third quarter by giving the Hornet's a steady dose of Edelman and running back Andre Flowers. The drive culminated in a 5-yard score by Flowers.

Flowers replaced starting running back Eugene Jarvis in the second half because of a minor ankle injury suffered by the junior. Flowers finished the game with 54 yards on 17 attempts.

Glaud erased any chance the Flashes had of a shut out when he led the Hornets on a 5-play, 32-yard drive that resulted in a field goal by Riley Flickinger with just 3:16 left in the game..

"We're glad to get a win, it's been a long time," Martin said. "It's good to get that monkey off our back. We didn't play as sharp as what we would have liked to especially on offense, we still got the turnover plague, until we get that fixed we're not going to play up to our capabilities."

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