2008 Kent State Golden Flashes football team

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2008 Kent State Golden Flashes football
Kent State K logo.png
Conference Mid-American Conference East
2008 record 4–8 (3–6 MAC)
Head coach Doug Martin
Home stadium Dix Stadium
(Capacity: 20,500)
Seasons
« 2007 2009 »
2008 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Buffalo x   5 3         8 6  
Bowling Green   4 4         6 6  
Temple   4 4         5 7  
Ohio   3 5         4 8  
Akron   3 5         5 7  
Kent State   3 5         4 8  
Miami   1 7         2 10  
West
Ball State x   8 0         12 2  
Central Michigan   6 2         8 5  
Western Michigan   6 2         9 4  
Northern Illinois   5 3         6 7  
Toledo   2 6         3 9  
Eastern Michigan   2 6         3 9  
Championship: Buffalo 42, Ball State 24
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008 Kent State Golden Flashes football team represented the Kent State University in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) college football during the 2008 season. Kent State competed as a member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC), and played their home games at Dix Stadium. The Golden Flashes were led by fifth-year head coach Doug Martin. Kent State finished the season with a 4–8 record (MAC: 3–6).[1]

Kent State lost to Boston College of the Atlantic Coast Conference in the season-opener, the second-annual FirstMerit Patriot Bowl, 21–0. Against Iowa State of the Big 12, the Golden Flashes suffered two blocked punts and surrendered four fumbles in a 48–28 loss. They beat Division I FCS opponent, Delaware State, handily, 24–3. Without their featured running back, Eugene Jarvis, they also lost to Louisiana–Lafayette, undefeated Ball State, and Akron. Against the latter, Kent State led 21–10 at half time, but missed a 27-yard field goal in the fourth quarter and surrendered a touchdown, which forced overtime. In second overtime, the Flashes lost by missing a 23-yard field goal. In the season finale, they upset eventual MAC champions, Buffalo, 24–21.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 7:30 PM vs. Boston College* Cleveland Browns StadiumCleveland, OH (FirstMerit Patriot Bowl) ESPNU L 21–0   10,788
September 6 6:00 PM at Iowa State* Jack Trice StadiumAmes, IA L 48–28   49,805
September 13 2:00 PM Delaware State* Dix StadiumKent, OH W 24–3   8,529
September 20 6:00 PM at Louisiana–Lafayette Cajun FieldLafayette, LA L 44–27   18,241
September 27 12:00 PM at Ball State Scheumann StadiumMuncie, IN ESPN+ L 41–20   20,437
October 4 12:00 PM Akron Dix Stadium • Kent, OH (Battle for the Wagon Wheel) ESPN+ L 30–27 2OT  18,536
October 11 2:30 PM Ohiodagger Dix Stadium • Kent, OH FSN L 26–19   16,825
October 25 3:30 PM at Miami Yager StadiumOxford, OH ONN W 54–21   14,460
November 1 2:00 PM at Bowling Green Doyt Perry StadiumBowling Green, OH (Battle for the Anniversary Award) L 45–30   10,411
November 12 8:00 PM Temple Dix Stadium • Kent, OH ESPN360 W 41–38   6,886
November 18 7:00 PM Northern Illinois Dix Stadium • Kent, OH L 42–14   2,267
November 28 2:00 PM at Buffalo University at Buffalo StadiumBuffalo, NY FSN W 24–21   13,754
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kent State 2008, College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved June 27, 2009.
  2. ^ Phil Steele's 2009 College Football Preview, vol. 15, p. 268, 2009.