It wouldn't be late summer/early fall in Northeast Ohio without at least some semblance of a quarterback controversy.

Woody Barrett's response from being pulled in the first half of Kent State's 30-7 season-opening loss at Arizona State late Thursday night re-cemented his status as the starter, but backup Dustin Crum was given several chances to stir things up in Tempe.

“Woody is our guy. He’s our quarterback. But I feel very lucky to have two guys that we can go to,” second-year Golden Flashes coach Sean Lewis said. “We used this as an opportunity to get both guys some game reps, and took advantage of that moment.”

Barrett, who beat out Crum in preseason camp and wound up starting every game last season, lost the football on the first play from scrimmage against the Sun Devils. He recovered the fumble, but went on to complete just one of his first six passes for six yards while the Flashes fell behind 10-0 after one quarter.

Crum was inserted in Kent State's first drive of the second quarter, and immediately ripped off runs of six, 26 and seven yards to move his team into ASU territory. The drive stalled after senior wide receiver Kavious Price caught a pass near the line of scrimmage and had the ball poked away for a 13-yard loss.

Crum stayed in the game for the rest of the first half, but struggled. After the Sun Devils scored on the first possession of the second half to go up 17-0, Crum (3-of-8 for minus-3 yards passing) remained at quarterback for one last possession — a three-and-out that ended with sack.

Barrett re-entered the contest, and on his third drive took the Flashes 69 yards for their only score of the game. He found junior wide receiver Antwan Dixon for gains of 17 and 15 yards, then lofted a 21-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Isaiah McKoy to get Kent State on the board early in the fourth quarter.

On the drive, Barrett completed 6-of-6 passes for 64 yards and finished 9-of-16 for 83 yards.

“We went back to Woody, and Woody executed,” Lewis said. “He stayed engaged, stayed connected and responded in a big-time way to that event [being pulled]. [The touchdown drive] shows you what kind of great things this team and these guys are capable of.”

Despite Kent State's offensive struggles, the game never got completely out of hand thanks to excellent overall performances by the defense and special teams.

The Flashes posted five sacks and seven tackles for loss, led by senior defensive end Theo Majette with two sacks. Kent State punter Derek Adams hit three punts over 50 yards and pinned Arizona State inside its 20 five times, while senior Jamal Parker ripped off a 47-yard kickoff return.