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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).[1]

2008 Kent State Golden Flashes football
Kent State K.svg
ConferenceMid-American Conference
DivisionEast
2008 record4–8 (3–6 MAC)
Head coachDoug Martin
Home stadiumDix Stadium
(Capacity: 20,500)
Seasons
← 2007
2009 →
2008 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
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 Division
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

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]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 307:30 PMvs. Boston College*ESPNUL 21–010,788
September 66:00 PMat Iowa State*L 48–2849,805
September 132:00 PMDelaware State*W 24–38,529
September 206:00 PMat Louisiana–LafayetteL 44–2718,241
September 2712:00 PMat Ball StateESPN+L 41–2020,437
October 412:00 PMAkron
ESPN+L 30–27 2OT18,536
October 112:30 PMOhio 
  • Dix Stadium
  • Kent, OH
FSNL 26–1916,825
October 253:30 PMat Miami (OH)ONNW 54–2114,460
November 12:00 PMat Bowling GreenL 45–3010,411
November 128:00 PMTemple
  • Dix Stadium
  • Kent, OH
ESPN360W 41–386,886
November 187:00 PMNorthern Illinois
  • Dix Stadium
  • Kent, OH
L 42–142,267
November 282:00 PMat BuffaloFSNW 24–2113,754
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • All times are in Eastern time

ReferencesEdit

  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.