Athens, OH- In the Kent State Golden Flashes first conference road test, they traveled to southern Ohio to take on the Bobcats of Ohio University. OU entered the afternoon 4-1 and 1-0 in MAC play. Here are a few quick thoughts from the game:
Looking to find a spark for the offense, Head Coach Kenni Burns brought in Tommy Ulatowski in the 2nd half. Coach Burns downplayed the change after the game, saying he wanted to get Ulatowski some action and it had nothing to do with anything Mike Alaimo did or didn't do on Saturday. On the afternoon, Alaimo was 9 of 13 on the afternoon with 1 touchdown pass and 1 interception. Ulatowski was 2 of 7 with 1 touchdown pass.
McCray Continues to Shine
After a bit of a coming-out party last week against Miami (OH), Chrishon McCray had another stellar afternoon for the Golden Flashes, hauling in 6 passes for 93 yards and both touchdowns that the team scored. After the game Coach Burns mentioned how the offense will need someone else to step up to the redshirt freshman's level for the offense to grow because teams will start shading an extra defender McCray's direction to force someone else to do the damage.
With regular starter Gavin Garcia dealing with some bumps and bruises, Coach Burns called on Jaylen Thomas to do the heavy lifting for the Flashes ground attack. On the afternoon, the Colorado State transfer toted the rock 24 times for 67 yards. It will be interesting to see if Garcia is healthy enough to retake his spot at the top of the running back food chain next week against Eastern Michigan.
The Flashes remain on the road next Saturday as they head to Ypsilanti to take on the Eastern Michigan Eagles. Check back with Believeland Media on Monday afternoon as we will have Coach Burns' weekly press conference to prep for the Eagles.