NCAAF Game Recap - Utah State at Kent State
Fri Dec 20, 2019 7:30 PM EST

Boise
7
Wash
38
F
App
31
UAB
17
F
Buff
31
Char
9
F
UtSt
41
Kent
51
F
C Mi
11
SDSU
48
F
Lib
23
GaSo
16
F
SMU
28
FlAtl
52
F
FLInt
26
ArkSt
34
F
UCF
48
Marsh
25
F

Dec 20, 2019, 7:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Utah State (7-6)

10

7

10

14

41

Kent State (7-6)

17

6

3

25

51

Kent State beats Utah State 51-41 for 1st bowl victory
Sat Dec 21, 2019 12:28 AM

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Kent State football players, as coach Sean Lewis said Thursday, haven’t been able to call themselves winners for seven years. On Friday night, the Golden Flashes not only became winners but also achieved something that no other team in school history could claim - a bowl victory.

Dustin Crum passed for 289 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a career-high 147 yards and the clinching score to help Kent State beat Utah State 51-41 in the Frisco Bowl.

“I’m just so happy for the university,” said Crum, who also was Kent State’s leading rusher during the season. “We weren’t supposed to be here, but here we are.”

Kent State (7-6) closed with four straight wins to finish with a winning record for the first time since 2012.

“I love these boys,” said second-year coach Lewis, whose first Kent State team finished 2-10. “Just tremendous resolve by them. It was a testament to their character.”

Matthew Trickett kicked five field goals to set a Kent State game record.

Crum threw a 78-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah McKoy down the right sideline on Kent State’s third play from scrimmage. Crum flipped a 1-yard scoring pass to Antwan Dixon with 9:36 to play to put the Golden Flashes ahead for good, then scored with 1:56 left on a fourth-and-1 run from the 4.

“This is a group that fights together,” said Lewis, the youngest head coach in the FBS at 33 years old. “They bolt tight when things get hard. They showed that tonight and, man, do they finish strong. They finished this game strong, the right way. They finished the season the right way.”

Jordan Love passed for 308 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to Siaosi Mariner, in his final game for Utah State (7-6). The junior announced last week that he’ll bypass his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

Deven Thompkins scored on a 57-yard run and a 17-yard reception for the Aggies.

“That was our goal, to get home and take that trophy with us, and it didn't happen,” Utah State coach Gary Andersen said. “So, that's extremely disappointing.”

“We played hard the entire game but couldn’t finish it,” Thompkins said.

LATE IMPACT

Kent State cornerback Jamal Parker sat out the first half because of a targeting penalty in the second half of the season finale against Eastern Michigan. With Utah State executing a pooch kick trailing 44-41 with 3:06 to play, Parker not only fielded the kick at Kent State’s 41, he returned it 46 yards to Utah State’s 13 to set up Crum’s touchdown run.

LOVE BY THE NUMBERS

Jordan Love’s 333 yards of total offense and 30 completions pushed him past Chuckie Keeton in both categories to become the school leader with 9,003 yards and 293 completions. Love is second to Keeton in passing yardage and attempts.

THE TAKEAWAY

Utah State: The first season of Andersen’s second stint as head coach resulted in the program’s eighth bowl game in nine seasons and the sixth winning season of the decade, the most since the 1970s (seven).

Kent State: The Golden Flashes’ previous bowl appearances were losses in the 1952 Refrigerator Bowl, the 1972 Tangerine Bowl and the 2012 team falling in the 2013 GoDaddy.com Bowl.

UP NEXT

Utah State: The Aggies lose the No. 2 passer in program history in Love, top rusher Gerold Bright and leading receiver Mariner. Henry Colombi will begin spring practice as Love’s successor having seen more playing time as a freshman in 2018 than as a sophomore this season. The season will begin with a visit from Washington State and includes trips to Washington, BYU and Boise State.

Kent State: The Golden Flashes could again spend the conference season trying to recover from a rugged non-league schedule (visits to Penn State, Kentucky and Alabama). They could be dependent at least early on an offense that returns Crum and McKoy as top playmakers given their losses on the defensive front.

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Passing

UtSt Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Love 39 30 76.9 3 317 26 1 115.0
Kent Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
D. Crum 26 21 80.8 2 289 78 0 138.6
W. Barrett 1 1 100.0 0 9 9 0 104.2

Rushing

UtSt Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
G. Bright 21 94 4.5 13 1
D. Thompkins 1 57 57.0 57 1
Kent Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Crum 23 147 6.4 30 1
W. Matthews 17 56 3.3 12 1

Receiving

UtSt Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
S. Mariner 7 113 16.1 25 2
J. Nathan 9 71 7.9 15 0
Kent Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
I. McKoy 6 103 17.2 78 1
A. Dixon 5 99 19.8 53 1

Fumbles

UtSt F FL
J. Nathan 1 1
G. Bright 1 1

Returning

UtSt KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
S. Scarver 3 18.7 0 30 0 - 0 0
T. Boman 2 4.0 0 4 0 - 0 0
Kent KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
I. McKoy 3 25.7 0 36 0 - 0 0
J. Parker 2 39.0 0 46 0 - 0 0

Punting

UtSt Punt Yds Avg LgPu
C. Bartolic 3 78 26.0 36
Kent Punt Yds Avg LgPu
D. Adams 2 77 38.5 41

Takeaways

Kent Int Yds InTD
M. Lawrence-Burke 1 1 0

Team Stats Comparison

UtSt Kent
Points For 41 51
Total Yards 506 550
Rushing Yards 189 252
Passing Yards 317 298
Passing Completions / Attempts 30/39 22/27
Turnovers 3 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 4/2 2/1
First Downs 29 26
Penalties - Yards 4/36 6/60
Time Of Possession 41:41 0:00
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 6/13 7/15
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 1/2
Punts - Average Yards 3/26 2/38

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter UtSt Kent
UtSt 2:58 TD Gerold Bright 4 yd run (Dominik Eberle kick) 7 0
Kent 3:50 TD Isaiah McKoy 78 yd pass from Dustin Crum (Matthew Trickett kick) 7 7
Kent 9:23 TD Xavier Williams 2 yd run (Matthew Trickett kick) 7 14
Kent 12:10 FG Matthew Trickett 40 yd FG 7 17
UtSt 14:57 FG Dominik Eberle 41 yd FG 10 17
2nd Quarter UtSt Kent
UtSt 6:36 TD Siaosi Mariner 25 yd pass from Jordan Love (Dominik Eberle kick) 17 17
Kent 9:53 FG Matthew Trickett 22 yd FG 17 20
Kent 15:00 FG Matthew Trickett 36 yd FG 17 23
3rd Quarter UtSt Kent
Kent 3:19 FG Matthew Trickett 29 yd FG 17 26
UtSt 7:08 TD Deven Thompkins 17 yd pass from Jordan Love (Dominik Eberle kick) 24 26
UtSt 12:33 FG Dominik Eberle 45 yd FG 27 26
4th Quarter UtSt Kent
Kent 1:29 TD Will Matthews 4 yd run (WILL MATTHEWS 2pt run) 27 34
UtSt 2:12 TD Deven Thompkins 57 yd run (Dominik Eberle kick) 34 34
Kent 5:24 TD Antwan Dixon 1 yd pass from Dustin Crum (Matthew Trickett kick) 34 41
Kent 10:04 FG Matthew Trickett 37 yd FG 34 44
UtSt 11:54 TD Siaosi Mariner 11 yd pass from Jordan Love (Dominik Eberle kick) 41 44
Kent 13:04 TD Dustin Crum 4 yd run (Matthew Trickett kick) 41 51

Game Information

Stadium: Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
Attendance: 12,120
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