2008 Kent State Golden Flashes
Kent State 24 … Buffalo 21
Kent State got a 25-yard Jonathan Simpson touchdown catch with under six minutes to play, and the D held on as Buffalo lost before going off to play in the MAC title game. The Bulls didn't need this game, but they still tried throughout with Drew Willy and James Starks each running for short scores and Naaman Roosevelt catching a 23-yard scoring pass for a fourth quarter lead. But the Kent State running game proved to be too much to overcome as Julian Edelman and Eugene Jarvis each ran for over 150 yards. Jarvis ran for scores from 50 and 12 yards out.
Player of the game: Kent State QB Julian Edelman completed 13-of-23 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown, and ran 19 times for 167 yards
Stat Leaders: Buffalo - Passing: Drew Willy, 21-31, 240 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: James Starks, 24-136, 1 TD. Receiving: Naaman Roosevelt, 8-124, 1 TD
Kent State - Passing: Julian Edelman, 13-23, 114 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Julian Edelman, 19-167. Receiving: Shawn Bayes, 4-35
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... After such a rough season, Kent State finally played like the team was hoping it would be from the start with QB Julian Edelman and RB Eugene Jarvis each running wild. The defense did a decent job against Buffalo, even though the Bulls didn't need the game and didn't come up with its best overall game, but the Bulls were trying. To finish with a 4-8 record isn't a plus, but the Golden Flashes won three of their final five games and improved by the end of the year.
Boston College L 21-0
Aug. 30 at Iowa State W 23-14
Northern Illinois 42 ... Kent State 14
Kent State lost three fumbles in the snow, and NIU took advantage with Craig Rusch taking one fumble 60 yards for a score and the offense capitalizing on the other two. NIU got two touchdown runs from Chandler Harnish, including a 31-yarder in the third, and he threw a two-yard touchdown pass to help the Huskies get up 28-7, but Kent State pushed close with a two-yard Eugene Jarvis touchdown run in the third. NIU quickly answered with a 26-yard Chad Spann touchdown run and closed thins out with a 17-yard Harnish pass to Matt Simon.
Player of the game: Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish completed 12-of-19 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns and he ran 20 times for 117 yards and three scores.
Stat Leaders: Northern Illinois - Passing: Chandler Harnish, 12-19, 173, 2 TD
Rushing: Chandler Harnish, 20-117, 2 TD. Receiving: Marcus Perez, 4-75
Kent State - Passing: Julian Edelman, 11-21, 126 yds
Rushing: Julian Edelman, 19-108. Receiving: Eugene Jarvis, 3-50
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Kent State can't seem to get Eugene Jarvis going on a consistent basis. In the snow, Northern Illinois keyed on stopping Jarvis, and while that allowed Julian Edelman to run well, it limited what the offense could do. Derek Burrell had a huge game for the Golden Flash defense, but there weren't enough plays made to counteract the mistakes on offense. Now the team has to try to play the role of spoiler and get by Buffalo. To do that, the defensive line will have to do even more than it did against the Huskies, and the offense has to find a bit more diversity, even if that just means a second and third rushing option..
Kent State 41 ... Temple 38
Kent State cranked out 561 yards of total offense with QB Julian Edelman throwing a seven-yard touchdown pass to Sam Kirkland and running for three scores, but the defense had to hang on. Temple got a 51-yard touchdown catch from Jason Harper in the fourth quarter to tie the score, but Kent State pulled ahead with just over six minutes to play on a 26-yard Nate Reed field goal. Temple had a few final shots, stalling on one drive, but got the ball back late and fumbled it away around midfield to finally end the shootout. The Golden Flashes, who got up 21-3 early before Temple came back, ran for 329 yards and controlled the ball for 36:28.
Player of the game: Kent State QB Julian Edelman ran 22 times for 144 yards and three touchdowns, and completed 18-of-26 passes for 232 yards and a touchdown with an interception
Stat Leaders: Temple - Passing: Adam DiMichele, 21-28, 340 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Kee-ayre Griffin, 29-87, 1 TD. Receiving: Jason Harper, 10-209, 2 TD
Kent State - Passing: Julian Edelman, 18-26, 232 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Eugene Jarvis, 23-185, 1 TD. Receiving: Shawn Bayes, 5-60
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The running game is rocking and rolling, but it's too little, too late. The defense isn't going to magically get better now, but it was able to come through with the late stops needed to get by Temple. However, Kent State came up with 561 yards of total offense and ran wild, thanks to a brilliant game from Julian Edelman and the work of RB Eugene Jarvis, but even though the offense dominated, it still took a few late stops and a lot of sweating to win. The secondary has to be far tighter over the final two games. That shouldn't be a problem against NIU, but there's no way the Golden Flashes will beat Buffalo and QB Drew Willy if the corners can't do a better job of limiting the yards after the catch.
Bowling Green 45 … Kent State 30
Bowling Green got out to a 28-0 halftime lead on two Tyler Sheehan touchdown passes, an 11-yard Anthony Turner touchdown run, and a 16-yard Sheehan dash, and then Julian Edelman took over for Kent State. Edelman ran for two scores and threw two touchdown passes as the Golden Flashes crept back into the game, but the Falcons stayed ahead as Andrew Beam ran for a seven-yard score and Jason Rice tore off a 33-yard touchdown run. KSU outgained the Falcons 478 yards to 462.
Player of the game: Bowling Green, QB Tyler Sheehan completed 16-of-23 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions, and he ran 14 times for 109 yards and a score
Stat Leaders: Kent State - Passing: Julian Edelman, 16-32, 219 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Julian Edelman, 23-170, 2 TD. Receiving: Eugene Jarvis, 6-54
Bowling Green - Passing: Tyler Sheehan, 16-23, 159 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Tyler Sheehan, 14-109, 1 TD. Receiving: Chris Wright, 7-96
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Kent State hasn't gotten consistent play from the defense all year long, and it showed again against Bowling Green with no production early on. This isn't a KSU team built for a comeback, but Julian Edelman did his best while the running game provided the balance needed to get back in the game, But every time the offense made something happen, the defense gave up a scoring drive to screw things up. Now with a week off, the team needs a big finishing kick against Temple, NIU and Buffalo to salvage something out of yet another disappointing season.
Kent State 54 … Miami University 21
Julian Edelman ran for a 58-yard touchdown and Eugene Jarvis scored four times in the second quarter as Kent State ran by MU. Helped by six MU turnovers, Kent State had few problems scoring on short fields and finished with 305 rushing yards. Jarvis scored three times from the one and once from two yards out as part of a 41-point run that wasn't stopped until a one-yard Clay Belton run in the fourth.
Player of the game: Kent State QB Julian Edelman completed 10-of-17 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown, and ran 16 times for 158 yards and a score
Stat Leaders: Miami - Passing: Clay Belton, 18-31, 171 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: J.R. Taylor 20-113. Receiving: Chris Givens, 4-35, 1 TD
Kent State - Passing: Julian Edelman, 10-17, 107 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Julian Edelman, 16-158, 1 TD. Receiving: Derek McBryde, 3-54
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Now that's what the KSU running game is supposed to do. Against an excellent Miami linebacking corps, the Golden Flashes ran at will as Julian Edelman was nearly flawless directing the attack. The defense pounced on everything, and the offense took advantage of the six turnovers to make it a rout. After weeks of close losses, the program needed a nice blowout win. Now the momentum has to continue at Bowling Green, whose run defense was decent last week vs. NIU.
Ohio 26 … Kent State 19
Boo Jackson ran for a nine-yard touchdown to start the scoring for Ohio, and PK Barrett Way capped off four drives with field goals from 42, 47, 23 and 37 yards for 12 straight points to put Kent State away. The Golden Flashes got a 84-yard Shawn Bayes touchdown catch, and Julian Edelman ran for two touchdowns, but Ohio was able to hold on late. Ohio controlled the ball for 36:50.
Player of the game: Ohio DB Lee Renfro made 11 tackles, forced a fumble, a sack, and two tackles for loss
Stat Leaders: Kent State - Passing: Julian Edelman, 15-25, 200 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Julian Edelman, 21-136, 2 TD. Receiving: Shawn Bayes, 5-141, 1 TD
Ohio - Passing: Boo Jackson, 16-26, 203 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Donte Harden, 23-115. Receiving: Andrew Mooney, 4-42
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Eugene Jarvis was back against Ohio, but he hardly seemed like he was back to normal with just 50 yards on 14 carries. Julian Edelman had a fantastic game, helped by a great play from Shawn Bayes for a long touchdown, but the offense sputtered in the second half. It finally clicked in when it was too late. Now come road games at Miami University and Bowling Green.
Akron 30 … Kent State 27 2OT
In a wild game, Akron kept the Wagon Wheel in the rivalry thanks to a 24-yard leaping touchdown catch from Deryn Bowser on fourth down with 1:28 to play to force overtime. It was originally ruled incomplete, but Akron called a time out and it was overturned. The two teams exchanged field goals in the first overtime. Igor Iveljic hit a 25-yard field goal in the second overtime to give Akron a 30-27 lead, and Nate Reed missed his 23-yard attempt. Chris Jacquemain threw two touchdown passes, but he also threw three interceptions that helped Kent State take a 21-10 lead into halftime, but Akron held the Golden Flash offense off the board in the second half and got a one-yard Dennis Kennedy touchdown run before the Bowser catch forced overtime.
Player of the game: Akron WR Deryn Bowser caught five passes for 77 yards and a touchdown.
Stat Leaders: Akron - Passing: Chris Jacquemain, 21-39, 243 yds, 2 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Dennis Kennedy, 15-23, 1 TD. Receiving: Andre Jones, 5-85, 1 TD
Kent State - Passing: Julian Edelman, 17-31, 157 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Julian Edelman, 18-113. Receiving: Kendrick Pressley, 8-57
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Kent State was great in the first half against Akron, but the offense shut down in the second half as the Zip D swarmed all over Julian Edelman. He had a nice day running the ball, but he didn't get a lot of help, a common theme lately, and he didn't come up with the plays late that Akron did. Now on a three-game losing streak, and without a win over an FBS team. Next week's game against Ohio is a must-win to try to turn around the season.
Ball State 41 … Kent State 20
Inspired by the loss of Dante Love to a spinal injury the week before, Ball State rolled up 423 yards of total offense with MiQuale Lewis running for three short scores and Nate Davis throwing a 31-yard touchdown pass to Myles Trempe on the way to an easy win. Kent State got two Julian Edelman touchdown runs, the first a 12-yard dash in the second quarter, but it wasn't enough to stop a Cardinal attack that got up 31-7 in the third quarter.
Player of the game: Ball State RB MiQuale Lewis rushed 23 times for 116 yards and three touchdowns, while catching three passes for 39 yards.
Stat Leaders: Kent State - Passing: Julian Edelman, 13-24, 177 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Julian Edelman, 18-70, 2 TDs. Receiving: Shawn Bayes, 3-96, 1 TD
Ball State - Passing: Nate Davis, 23-35, 265 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: MiQuale Lewis, 23-116, 3 TDs. Receiving: Briggs Orsbon, 10-112
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Kent State just isn't the same without Eugene Jarvis. The running game wasn't bad against Ball State, but QB Julian Edelman can only do so much. He hit on a few big pass plays, and he ran for two touchdowns, but he's the complete and total offensive attack at the moment. Now the defense has to start doing more against the run in next week's game against Akron, a must-win to try to turn the season around.
UL Lafayette 44 … Kent State 27
UL Lafayette rolled up 667 yards of total offense with Michael Desormeaux throwing a 55-yard touchdown pass to LaDarius Green and running for a five-yard score, and Tyrell Fenroy ripping off three scoring dashes highlighted by a 69-yarder. The Ragin' Cajuns came up with 414 rushing yards and kept the Eugene Jarvis-less Kent State attack to 396 yards of offense. Julian Edelman ran for two scores and threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Shawn Bayes.
Player of the game: UL Lafayette RB Tyrell Fenroy ran 23 times for 194 yards and three touchdowns, and caught two passes for 68 yards
Stat Leaders: UL Lafayette - Passing: Michael Desormeaux, 15-22, 253 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Tyrell Fenroy, 23-194, 3 TD. Receiving: Pierre Hill, 4-47
Kent State - Passing: Julian Edelman, 10-20, 81 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Julian Edelman, 19-136, 2 TD. Receiving: Phil Garner, 4-20
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Julian Edelman can only do so much. With Eugene Jarvis out hurt, the Kent State offense was inconsistent against UL Lafayette even though it came up with close to 400 yards with 227 coming on the ground. The big problem was the defense that got ripped to shreds and will have a nightmare of a time against Ball State next week. The run defense has to get far better in a big, big hurry.
Kent State 24 … Delaware State 3
Kent State didn't roll, but it had few problems as Julian Edelman ran for a seven-yard touchdown in the first quarter, Leneric Muldrow ran for a 31-yard touchdown in the second, and Andre Flowers ran for a five-yard score in the third on the way to a 24-0 lead. Delaware State finally got on the board with a 23-yard field goal with just over three minutes to play.
Player of the game: Kent State QB Julian Edelman completed 10-of-20 passes for 113 yards and two interceptions, and ran 11 times for 71 yards and a touchdown.
Stat Leaders: Delaware State - Passing: Anthony Glaud, 13-21, 159 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Chris Strother, 11-60. Receiving: Darius Jackson, 5-70
Kent State - Passing: Julian Edelman, 10-20, 113 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Julian Edelman, 11-71, 1 TD. Receiving: Shawn Bayes, 3-68
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The offense wasn't great against Delaware State, and the running game disappeared at times with Eugene Jarvis only gaining 17 yards on five carries, but the defense came through allowing just three points. It would've been nice if the offense couldn't exploded a bit more, the passing game was merely average and there weren't many long runs, but an easy win is an easy win.
Iowa State 48 … Kent State 28
Iowa State turned a blocked punt and two forced fumbles into scores, but it took a while to put Kent State away. Austin Arnaud threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to R.J. Sumrall and ran for a five-yard score, No. 2 QB Phillip Bates threw a 24-yard scoring pass to Sumrall, and Jason Scales ran for two scores including a four-yard in the final minute to finally put the game well out of reach. The Golden Flashes got a big game from Eugene Jarvis, who ran for 139 yards and scores on a 23-yard run and a 29-yard catch, while Julian Edelman finished with three touchdown passes. But four turnovers proved to be too costly.
Player of the game: Iowa State QB Austin Arnaud completed 12-of-15 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown and ran eight times for 25 yards and a score
Stat Leaders: Iowa State - Passing: Austen Arnaud, 12-15, 166 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Phillips Bates, 8-83 Receiving: R.J. Sumrall, 4-104, 2 TD
Kent State - Passing: Julian Edelman, 10-22, 171 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Eugene Jarvis, 24-139, 1 TD. Receiving: Eugene Jarvis, 4-60, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Kent State got the running game going again with 243 yards against an aggressive Iowa State defense, but four turnovers turned into a killer. Julian Edelman did a good job of coming up with passing scores, but he wasn't accurate completing 10-of-24 passes. Even so, when he's running well, and when Eugene Jarvis is rolling, the Golden Flash attack is dangerous. Now the team needs to do all the little things right. The offense is fine and the defense is playing well enough to win with.
Boston College 21 ... Kent State 0
BC had no problems with Kent State as QB Chris Crane ran for touchdowns from 10 and six yards out, and Jeff Smith tore off a 42-yard scoring dash. The Eagles got up 14-0 after the first quarter and let the defense do the rest, holding the high-powered Golden Flash running game to just 126 yards while giving up 260 yards in total offense.
Player of the game: Boston College QB Chris Crane completed 12 of 18 passes for 106 yards, and ran seven times for 47 yards and two touchdowns.
Stat Leaders: Kent State - Passing: Julian Edelman, 10-14, 123 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Eugene Jarvis, 11-51. Receiving: Shawn Bayes, 4-31
Boston College - Passing: Chris Crane, 12-18, 106 yds
Rushing: Jeff Smith, 11-74, 1 TD. Receiving: Brandon Robinson, 3-36
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Boston College was a bad fit for Kent State. The linebacking corps and defensive front are tremendous, and they overwhelmed Eugene Jarvis, Julian Edelman and the Golden Flash ground game. Once KSU had to start throwing, it was over. The Iowa State game should be a better test, but to have any chance, the rushing attack has to crank out more than 250 yards and the defense has to be as good against the pass as it was this week.
2008 Recruiting Class
Star of the Class
Josh Pleasant DB 5-10 185
Potential Instant Impact Players
Kent Cleveland OL 6-4 285
First team all-state, all-county and all-city as a senior at St. Pius X High School...was also a team captain and the school's offensive player of the year...helped lead team to back-to-back state playoff berths, including a semifinal appearance and a final ranking of No. 4 his junior season
Matt Rinehart P 5-9 160
Named first team All-Ohio, all-league, all-district and all-region his senior season at Dover High School...was also the player of the year in the region, district and league...garnered league kicker of the year honors for the second straight season...averaged 49.5 yards per punt...led the team with 122 points (11 TD, 41 XP, 5 FG)...made 72 receptions for 856 yards and six touchdowns...also had a successful junior campaign, earning special mention All-Ohio and first team all-league, all-district and all-region honors...averaged 41.9 yards per punt
Rest of the Class
Jharron Armstrong S 6-2 187
Sal Battles ATH/QB 5-10 221
Seamus Garvey OL 6-6 270 Blacklick, Ohio/Gahanna Lincoln
Chris Gilbert WR 6-0 184 Huntersville, N.C./Hopewell
Leon Green S 5-11 203
Ryan Hidalgo LB/LS 6-1 215
Matthew Hurdle QB 6-3 190
Ryan Jude DL 6-2 255
Abdul Kanneh S 6-0 185
Josh Kline OL 6-4 270 Mason, Ohio/Mason
Rontez Miles S 6-1 190 Swissvale,
Alex Napper WR 6-1 185
Mike Roder OL 6-4 310 Ahwatukee,
Sidney Saulter DB 6-0 165
Jacquise Terry RB 6-0 180
Justin Thompson TE 6-1 225
Ike Washington DL 6-2 288
Why to get excited: Expect more of the same from one of the nation's best rushing attacks with QB Julian Edelman and RB Eugene Jarvis back. The team fell off the map once Edelman got hurt, and now he's back with Giorgio Morgan and Jon Brown more experienced in reserve. Eight starters return on offense and nine are back from one of the league's best Ds.
Why to be grouchy: Don't expect any more offensive balance. Edelman is a runner with a few passing skills, but he wasn't able to show them off with little receiving talent to work with. TE Tom Sitko is gone, and if Phil Garner and Rashad Tukes don't dramatically improve, it'll be run, run and run some more.
The number one thing to work on is: Besides passing, the team needs to improve the turnover margin and punting game. The defense was good, but it failed to force enough takeaways to help out the offense once Edelman came out. The Golden Flashes were last in the MAC, and second-to-last in America, in punting averaging 30.54 yards per game.
Biggest offensive loss: OG Joe Marafine
Biggest defensive loss: NT Colin Ferrell
Best returning offensive player: QB Julian Edelman, Sr. & RB Eugene Jarvis, Jr.
Best returning defensive player: LB Derek Burrell, Sr.