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Kent State Beats Utah State 51-41 For 1st Bowl Victory

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December 21, 2019

The Associated Press
Kent State head coach Sean Lewis is doused at the end of the team’s 51-41 win over Utah State in the Frisco Bowl NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Kent State football players, as coach Sean Lewis said Thursday, haven’t been able to call themselves winners for seven years. On Friday night, the Golden Flashes not only became winners but also achieved something that no other team in school history could claim a bowl victory.

Kent State capped a turnaround season with its first bowl victory. Dustin Crum passed for 289 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a career-high 147 yards and the clinching score to help Kent State beat Utah State 51-41 on Friday night in the Frisco Bowl.

Kent State (7-6) closed with four straight wins to finish with a winning record for the first time since 2012.

“I love these boys,” said second-year coach Lewis, whose first Kent State team finished 2-10. “Just tremendous resolve by them. It was a testament to their character.”

Jordan Love passed for 308 yards and three touchdowns, two of them to Siaosi Mariner, in his final game for Utah State (7-6). The junior announced last week that he’ll bypass his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

Deven Thompkins scored on a 57-yard run and a 17-yard reception for the Aggies.

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