October 11, 2008

Foiled again

Once again, Kent State was undone by special teams.

Two Golden Flashes kickers combined to miss one field goal and two extra points in a 26-19 loss to Ohio University. Meanwhile, the Bobcats' struggling kicker, Barrett Way, who entered the game just 5-11 on field goal attempts this season, connected on four three-point tries, with a long of 47 yards.

"We just seem to find a different way to screw it up each week, today it was the kickers and when you can't kick the ball on field goals and extra points that's gonna' cost you about nine points a game and that was the difference today," KSU head coach Doug Martin said.

Nate Reed, coming off a rough outing against Akron last week, failed to tie the game in the first quarter by missing the extra point attempt following a Julian Edelman touchdown run.

Martin replaced Reed with Will Kandray, who converted his first PAT attempt but had a 29-yard field goal blocked and missed an extra point.

Halfway through the second quarter, the Flashes opted to go for it on fourth and 8 from the Ohio 18 rather than attempt a 35-yard field goal. A successful field goal would have given the Flashes a two-point lead.

Edelman did all he could to keep the Flashes in the game. The senior passed for 200 yards and a touchdown in addition to the 136 yards and two touchdowns he had rushing.

"Edelman just kind of makes you look bad at times," said Ohio coach Frank Solich. "He scrambles so much, he's able to make plays off of scrambles, he keep drives alive for them and is able to create the big play, and as a defense, you get a little tired watching that guy run around the football field all day long."

Eighty-two of Edelman's passing yards came on a touchdown pass to receiver Shawn Bayes.

Bayes caught a short pass from Edelman early in the second quarter, made two defenders miss and turned what looked like a play that would result in no gain into a sprint toward the Flashes end zone.

The play tied for the third longest touchdown catch in Kent State history.

Bayes finished the game with five catches for 141 yards.

Ohio's steady balance of quarterback Boo Williams and running backs Donte Harden and Chris Garrett kept the Bobcats far enough ahead that the Flashes could not catch up.

Jackson was 16 of 26 for 203 yards and an interception.

Harden carried the ball 23 times for 115 yards and Garrett rushed 14 times for 62 yards and a touchdown.

The Bobcats move to 2-5 (1-2 MAC) on the season while the Flashes fall to 1-6 (0-3 MAC).

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