If the chance to go 4-0 in conference play
for the first time since Kent State joined the Mid-American Conference
motivation for the Golden Flashes in a key conference game against Toledo,
than they got all the fuel they would need when the Rockets danced on the KSU logo
at midfield before the start of the game.
"The worst mistake Toledo made was coming in and jumping on our
logo before the game and then calling our kids out before the game because
we answered," said Kent State head coach Doug Martin. "Pretty
soon people are going to quit treating us that way; we're going
to make them. The best thing we did was defend the stadium today. All
the credit goes to our players. They took game plans on both sides (of
the ball) and executed them very well."
The Golden Flashes didn't just defend Dix Stadium, they posted
a 'Beware of Dog' sign warning all future visitors of the
viciousness of its protectors. Kent State easily cruised to a 40-14 victory
in front of a Homecoming crowd of 20,212.
"If our guys weren't motivated before that they were afterwards,
I can tell you that," Martin said. "We came in after the
pre-game warm-up and they were ready to scrimmage."
Kent State started the game with a four play, 66-yard drive that ended
with a 26-yard run by quarterback Julian Edelman and the Golden
Flashes added another first quarter score when running back Eugene
Jarvis scored from two yards out.
About the only thing that went wrong for the Golden Flashes occurred
on special teams as Toledo blocked the first two extra points of the
"I'd like to be able to kick an extra point and a field
goal," Martin said about the special teams troubles. "We're
still struggling there. Our kicking game has been really good in all
other facets, but that was disappointing to get two of those blocked
and they both got blocked right up the middle and that wasn't on
the kicker; that was on us up front."
Jarvis, who ran for a career high 187 yards on 31 carries, added a 4-yard
touchdown run with 5:40 remaining in the first half and Jack Williams
picked off an Aaron Opelt pass, his second of the game, and
raced 44-yards for another KSU score and a 26-0 lead at the half.
"That's all on (Andre Kirkland)," Williams said of
his interception. "He told me the routes, so I've got to
give it to him. He told me what route was coming and I just jumped it.
The quarterback audibled and he told me the routes. I give all the credit
Kirkland, who recorded a game-high 11 tackles, was more than happy to
help his teammate.
"Throughout the week me and Jack try to watch film together because
we play on the same side, the boundary side," Kirkland said. "We
try to watch film together as much as possible. On the play (Opelt) audibled
and most likely when he audibled that type of audible it was going to
be a three-step so I turned around and told Jack it was going to be a
three-step, go ahead and pick it and obviously he did."
Kent State added to its lead in the third quarter when Edelman hit Najah
Pruden in the end zone from 5-yards out and Jarvis scored on a 3-yard
run in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring for the Golden Flashes.
The Golden Flashes' defense did its part too. Toledo was limited
to just 234 yards of total offense and four of the Rockets' 13
possessions ended with a punt, four on a turnover and the Rockets turned
it over on downs three times.
"We have great team speed on defense," Martin said. "Even
when we make a mistake we can make up for it because of the speed factor,
particularly in the back end. We did a good job of giving their quarterback
some different looks and disguising things and got some pressure on him.
Once they couldn't run the ball, it put it all in his hands and
that was the answer for us."
The victory improves Kent State's record to 5-2, 4-0 in the MAC.
The Golden Flashes will take the week off before hosting Ohio University
on Oct. 28. Toledo falls to 2-5, 0-3. The Rockets travel to Eastern
Michigan next Saturday.
The Golden Flashes improved
to 4-0 to start MAC play for the first time in their history
Kent State's victory was it's first over Toledo since a 14-13
win in 1991
The Golden Flashes' Homecoming victory was its first since a 35-13
win over Buffalo in 2001
The Golden Flashes went over 200
yards rushing for the third time this season, posting a season-high
Eugene Jarvis' (pictured) 179 rushing
yards were the most by a Kent State running back since Charles
Chatman rushed for 257 yards against Central Michigan
Oct. 25, 1997
"Actually I think
that was a career high for me ever," Jarvis said. "I
think in high school I got about 15, high of maybe 20, so
this was a career high for me."
Julian Edelman rushed for a touchdown
and passed for a touchdown for the fifth consecutive game, a
feat that even Kent State-great Joshua Cribbs never
"(He) makes you a
said. "I haven't seen anybody win the Kentucky
Derby with a jackass yet, it always takes a thoroughbred. We've
got a thoroughbred."
Najah Pruden recorded his 100th
career reception in the first quarter
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The Golden Flashes' defense held
an opponent to 17 points or less for the sixth straight game
playing great team defense is really what we're doing
right now," Martin said. "We've got guys
making plays at all sorts of positions and we're playing
a lot of guys on defense, it's not just the starting
eleven. We're probably playing close to 22 guys on
defense right now throughout a game. I'm really proud
of our kids, I thought they handled the week really well.
They had a great week of practice and they had a great look
in their eye and they have begun a tradition of defending
The Golden Flashes' defense has racked up
23 sacks in its last five games
Daniel Muir had
1.5 sacks, moving into fifth place on the school's all-time
list with 14
Jack Williams' interception return
for a touchdown was the second of his career, the other being
a 99-yard return at Iowa, Sept. 4, 2004. Williams is now tied
for 10th place all-time at KSU with nine career interceptions
said about Toledo's pre-game antics. "That's like
somebody coming in your house and putting their feet on your