Courtesy: Kent State Athletic Communications
KENT, Ohio- Tyler Sheehan's quarterback draw with five seconds to play broke the hearts of Kent State fans Saturday (Oct. 10) in a 36-35 Bowling Green win at Dix Stadium. The Golden Flashes led 35-23 midway through the fourth quarter, but the combination of Sheehan and Falcon receiver Freddie Barnes proved to be too much.
Sheehan's 505 yards passing were most ever against a Kent State team, while Barnes caught 22 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns. Sheehan's game-winning run came on third and goal from the nine, which included a broken tackle at the two. The Falcons outscored the Flashes 19-7 in the fourth quarter and 17-0 in the second quarter, while KSU outscored Bowling Green 14-0 in both the first and third quarters.
On KSU's first offensive play from scrimmage, Sam Kirkland took the ball on a double reverse and raced 86 yards for a touchdown.
Late in the first, the Falcons attempted a 33-yard field goal that was blocked by Kevin Hogan. Will Johnson scooped the ball off the turf and tossed it to teammate Quinton Rainey who rumbled 82 yards to give the Flashes a 14-0 lead.
Bowling Green responded with 17 straight points to close out the half getting 11 catches and 171 receiving yards from Barnes before the break. Two of his first half catches went for over 50 yards.
The Golden Flashes took the opening drive of the second half and marched 53 yards on 11 plays capped off by a three-yard touchdown pass from Spencer Keith to Dri Archer.
The Falcon's only turnover came in the third quarter when Josh Pleasantpicked off a Sheehan pass in Bowling Green territory. On the very next play Jacquise Terry ran through the right side of the line and cut back to the center of the field for the 12-yard score.
Trailing 28-17 at the end of the third quarter, the Falcons needed just four plays to make it a one possession game when Barnes made his 16th catch of the contest.
The Flashes began to respond on their next drive when Keith connected with Kendrick Pressley on a 58-yard pass to the Bowling Green 12. Two plays later on third down, Keith ran right on an option play and just as he was hit by a defender, pitched to Terry who scampered into the end zone.
With under five minutes to play the Sheehan-Barnes combination went for 45 yards and touchdown to bring the Falcons within five (35-30).
After holding KSU to a three-and-out, Sheehan led the Falcons on the go-ahead 14-play drive, handing the Flashes (2-4, 1-1) their first MAC loss of the year.
Terry finished with 81 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns on 18 carries. Cobrani Mixon led both sides with a career-high 18 tackles.
Kent State will travel to Ypsilanti next weekend to take on Eastern Michigan.