KENT, Ohio - It was Wednesday night MAC-tion for Kent State and Miami (Ohio) and three rushing touchdowns on the ground by the Golden Flashes was the difference maker en route to a 24-6 win for Kent State (3-8, 2-5) over the RedHawks (0-10, 0-6).
Trayion Durham punched one in from two yards and it was followed up by a one-yard keeper by Colin Reardon to give Kent State a 14-3 lead. Dri Archer was good from 20 yards out for the final touchdown. Archer had 83 yards on the ground on 12 carries while Durham had 109 yards on 17 carries.
"A great win, a good way to send our seniors out the right way in a Kent State uniform in Dix Stadium," head coach Paul Haynes said after the game. "A lot of these guys made great contributions in today's win and it was good to see all 16 seniors play. We got one more to finish the mission and we can win two in a row to start our offseason program for our younger guys."
The Golden Flashes outgained Miami 447 yards to 176 yards. The winless RedHawks passed for 64 yards while Kent State was good 147 yards from Reardon before the Kent State quarterback was knocked out of the game in the fourth quarter and David Fisher came in for the final series and marched Kent State to the one yard line before a fumbled snap turned the ball over in the final minute of the game.
"These guys were excited to run it. I heard Dri and Trayion on the sideline talking about how they were going to switch off and keep pounding it and running it, so they were excited about running it and when they are excited about running it then it makes it work a little bit better," Haynes added.
Wednesday's game was not a thing of beauty with both offenses getting bogged down and he two teams combining for 6-25 on third downs (Kent State was 4-13, Miami was 2-12).
Kent State rushed for 300 yards and Anthony Meray had a big series for the Golden Flashes that included a 45-yard run that kept Kent State in business.
This game marked the final home game in the collegiate career of players like Archer and Roosevelt Nix as Kent State celebrated senior night.
"They have brought play making ability and they brought good leadership not only to this team but to Kent State football," Haynes said. "These are two guys that are going to be talked about for a long time and when you talk about leaving a legacy these guys have done a good job at that. When you talk about number 5 and number 1, these guys will always be mentioned. They have done a great job and another thing is that they are both great students. As an alum, I'm proud of both of these men and what they have accomplished."
The season will conclude on Tuesday as Kent State travels to Athens (Ohio) to take on the Bobcats at 8:00 pm (EST).
Post Game Notes
Senior Roosevelt Nix raised his Kent State career-leading tackles for loss total to 62.5 with three on the day. Nix also moved into second place among KSU's career sack leaders with 23.5. He also raised his career forced fumble total to 11.
Junior Trayion Durham is now alone in ninth place in career rushing touchdowns with 23, passing Julian Edelman. In three career games against Akron, Durham has rushed for 296 yards and six touchdowns.
Senior Tyshon Goode moved into second place among KSU career leaders in receiving yards, now with 2,166.
Junior Chris Humphrey has made a catch in 18 straight games.
Freshman Nate Holley made his first career start at safety.
Junior tight end Casey Pierce matched a career-high of five catches.
Freshman Nick Holley recorded a tackle on a kickoff for the fifth consecutive game.
Kent State's 16 points allowed were the fewest in five games.
The defense's 304 yards allowed were the fewest since the season opener against Liberty.
The Flashes had more passing yards than an opponent for the first time in four games.
The Kent State's offense had its best third down conversion rate (8-for-15) in five games.
Notes provided by Kent State Sports Information