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Golden Flashes Fall to Razorbacks 28-6

Fayetteville, AR - The Kent State Golden Flashes took to the road again looking to avenge their season-opening defeat at the hands of the UCF Golden Knights. This time it was the heart of SEC country as the Flashes embarked on DW Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The Flashes got on the board first in this one capping off an 11-play drive with an Andrew Glass field goal from 48 yards out with 3:24 remaining in the opening frame. The Golden Flashes defense started the game strong, causing two of the Razorbacks' first three offensive possessions to be '3 & outs'. It wasn't until a costly 'pick 6' from the hand of Kent QB Mike Alaimo with 1:12 left in the opening quarter that Arkansas got on the board.

In the second quarter, the Golden Flashes once again put together a solid 10-play drive, elapsing 5:48 from the game clock, again relying on the leg of Glass to shrink the Razorback lead to 7-6. This attempt was from 38 yards out. Before half it was Arkansas' offense finally putting a drive together, going 8 plays and 75 yards to find the end zone on a KJ Jefferson pass to Andrew Armstrong for the 5-yard touchdown reception, making the halftime score 14-6.

Arkansas received the ball first in the 2nd half, but it was the Golden Flash defense again halting them before they could muster anything, forcing a turnover on downs on the first set of the drive. The Flashes offense was not able to parlay the defensive stand into much, going 3 and out themselves. On the ensuing Arkansas drive, they would put together a 12-play, 91-yard touchdown drive, taking 6:28 off the game clock.

The long touchdown drives didn't end there, however, as on their next offensive possession, the Razorbacks would go 15 plays and 73 yards before ultimately reaching pay dirt. Kent State tried to muster a long scoring drive of their own in the 4th quarter (their only possession of the final frame), but ran out of gas at the Arkansas 5 yard line and turning the ball over on downs.

The Golden Flashes (0-2) return home next weekend for their home opener from Dix Stadium as they welcome the Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils. The game is set to kick-off at 12:00 PM and be broadcast on ESPN+.

Head Coach Kenni Burns' Post-game Press Conference


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