Here’s what Kent State football coach Darrell Hazell noticed after watching the tape of Saturday’s Mid-American Conference East Division championship-clinching 31-24 victory at Bowling Green, which gave the Golden Flashes (10-1, 7-0 MAC) a school-record 10 wins this season and their first MAC title of any kind since 1972:
WHAT STOOD OUT: “Our guys had a great resolve about them, and found a way to win it at the end. That was a fantastic football team we played. They played hard, made a lot of plays, and our guys never flinched. We kept coming back. We didn’t play in certain areas the way we wanted to play, but we played extremely hard. (Junior strong safety) Luke Wollet played maybe his best game of the season, and obviously (junior slotback) Dri Archer was fantastic. Our kicking game was good for the most part, other than maybe one or two plays. (Bowling Green star defensive tackle Chris Jones) didn’t show up very much (1 tackle). I thought our guys did a good job of blocking that guy. He’s a really good player, but I thought our guys did a nice job of neutralizing him.”
WHAT NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: “We’ve gotta play the ball better (in pass coverage). (On BG’s three TD passes) one time we blew a coverage, one time they threw it over Norman (senior cornerback Norman Wolfe), and the other time we just gotta get the guy tackled. We had the right coverage, we just didn’t tackle him. The seam rout (a 72-yard TD pass from Matt Schilz to a wide-open Chris Gallon) was the blown coverage. The corner squatted on a route, they double-moved us and then he bit on a different route. He should have stayed with the post, but he actually jumped the corner route. They had two guys going up the field, the inside guy ran a corner and the outside guy is the one he hit for a TD, he ran a stutter-post, and one of our guys was supposed the stay on the stutter-post.”
INJURY UPDATE: After suffering a quad injury the previous week against Miami, junior tailback Trayion Durham left Saturday’s game in the third quarter with a hip injury and did not return.
“He wasn’t as bad today as I thought he would be. We’re gonna have to take it day-to-day, but I think he’s going to be available on Friday. (Junior cornerback) Darius Polk got a foot sprain that we’ve gotta keep an eye on. But those are really the only two injuries.”
— Allen Moff