Kent State Wins First Ever Bowl Game In 100 Year Program History
The Kent State Golden Flashes defeated Utah State 51-41 in the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl on Friday, winning their first-ever bowl game. For the first time in the 99 year history of Kent State football, the Golden Flashes have set a record for not only winning the first bowl game, but also the first postseason game.
Coach Sean Lewis, whose first Kent State team went 2-10, said, “I love these boys. Just tremendous resolve by them. It was a testament to their character.”
Kent State quarterback Dustin Crum took home the Offensive MVP honor, throwing for 289 yards with two touchdowns. He also ran for a career-high 147 yards.
“I’m just so happy for the university,” said Crum. “We weren’t supposed to be here, but here we are.”
Utah State quarterback Jordan Love threw for 308 yards and three touchdowns. Love has chosen to bypass his senior season and enter the NFL draft.
Utah State coach Gary Anderson said of the loss, “That was our goal, to get home and take that trophy with us, and it didn’t happen. So that’s extremely disappointing.”
Looking ahead into next season, Utah State will lose Love, top rusher Gerold Bright, and leading receiver Siaosi Mariner. As spring ball begins, junior Henry Colombi will take the place of Love as the Aggies quarterback.
As for the Golden Flashes, their offense sees the return of Crum and receiver Isaiah McKoy, but may seek some help on the defensive front. Looking at a tough non-league schedule which includes Penn State, Kentucky, and Alabama, Kent State may spend their conference season trying to recover.
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