The Kent State Golden Flashes moved to 9-1 on the season and 6-0 within the MAC on Saturday, thanks to a dominant 48-32 win over Miami (OH). A huge first quarter set the tone for the game and gave Kent State a 21-0 lead with three touchdown scores.
Trayion Durham started the scoring with a 10-yard touchdown rush, but Dri Archer was the one to really get things done, with touchdown runs of 35 and 43 yards. Not to be outdone, Durham would score on a 9-yard touchdown rush at the start of the second quarter.
So that was 28 unanswered points for Kent State, and though Zac Dysert would eventually find Andy Cruse twice and Nick Harwell and Dawan Scott once in the end zone, it was still too little, too late. They scored a touchdown with two minutes to go in the game, but they still trailed by 16 points, so the game was well over by then.
Box Score Hero: Miami (OH) quarterback Zac Dysert threw for four touchdowns and 455 yards, but his day as eclipsed by the Kent State rushing attack. Trayion Durham carried the ball 20 times for 172 yards and two touchdowns, good for a per-carry average of 8.6 yards. Dri Archer carried the ball 11 times for 151 yards and two touchdowns of his own, good for a 13.7 per-carry average.
Rankings Ramifications: Neither team is ranked, nor will it be, but Kent State is now a perfect 6-0 in the MAC, while Miami (OH) is now .500 within the conference.
But Did They Cover? Kent State was favored by 5 points to open and as much as a touchdown as the lines moved, but they covered either way. The over/under of around 56 was met if you took the over.
Next Week's Schedule: The Golden Flashes will take on Bowling Green Nov. 17, while Miami (OH) will take on Central Michigan the same day.