2008 Kent State Golden Flashes football team
The 2008 Kent State Golden Flashes football team represented the Kent State University in during the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football 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: 3–5).
|2008 Kent State Golden Flashes football|
|2008 record||4–8 (3–6 MAC)|
|Head coach||Doug Martin|
|Home stadium||Dix Stadium|
|2008 Mid-American Conference football standings|
|Ball State x||8||–||0||12||–||2|
|Championship: Buffalo 42, Ball State 24|
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.
|August 30||7:30 PM||vs. Boston College*||ESPNU||L 21–0||10,788|
|September 6||6:00 PM||at Iowa State*||L 48–28||49,805|
|September 13||2:00 PM||Delaware State*||W 24–3||8,529|
|September 20||6:00 PM||at Louisiana–Lafayette||L 44–27||18,241|
|September 27||12:00 PM||at Ball State||ESPN+||L 41–20||20,437|
|October 4||12:00 PM||Akron||ESPN+||L 30–27 2OT||18,536|
|October 11||2:30 PM||Ohio||FSN||L 26–19||16,825|
|October 25||3:30 PM||at Miami (OH)||ONN||W 54–21||14,460|
|November 1||2:00 PM||at Bowling Green||L 45–30||10,411|
|November 12||8:00 PM||Temple||ESPN360||W 41–38||6,886|
|November 18||7:00 PM||Northern Illinois||L 42–14||2,267|
|November 28||2:00 PM||at Buffalo||FSN||W 24–21||13,754|
- Kent State 2008, College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved June 27, 2009.
- Phil Steele's 2009 College Football Preview, vol. 15, p. 268, 2009.
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