Season may not have gone the way the Kent State football team expected it to, but at least it had a happy ending.
The Flashes scored 14 fourth quarter points to hold off the Mid-American Conference East Champion Buffalo Bulls 24-21 Friday at UB Stadium in Buffalo.
The Flashes did it with their typical grind-it-out running game that saw senior quarterback Julian Edelman and junior running back Eugene Jarvis each break 150 yards rushing for the game.
In Edelman’s final collegiate game he rushed for 157 yards and passed for 114 yards and a touchdown.
With five minutes and 57 seconds remaining in the game Edelman found tight end Jonathan Simpson for a 25-yard touchdown pass to take the 24-21 lead.
The Bulls immediately responded with an eight play, 78-yard drive, but it would come up just short. Kent State senior linebacker Derek Burrell rattled Buffalo’s Brett Hamlin on the one-yard line, forcing a fumble that was recovered in the end zone by Kent State’s B.G. Walters.
The Flashes took over and ran off the five minutes that were remaining on the clock.
Edelman was able to end his career on a play that typified his three years here. As the Flashes ran out the clock they were struck with a third down and 11 situation with more than two minutes left.
Edelman faked a handoff to the left and rolled back to his right. He slipped past a few would-be tacklers and broke a few others before carrying defenders past the first down marker for a 12-yard gain.
All the Flashes needed were three kneels after that to secure the upset win.
The Golden Flashes finished the season in a three-way tie, record-wise atleast - for fourth place in the MAC East Division. Kent State, Ohio and Akron all finished with a 3-5 conference record. Ohio and KSU were both 4-8 overall while Akron finished the year 5-7. Kent State finished the season winning three of its last five games.