In 2019, Kent State Football had arguably its most successful season in program history.
The Flashes walked away with their first bowl game victory after defeating Utah State in the Tropical Smoothie Café Frisco Bowl on Dec. 20, in Frisco, Texas. The Flashes had many spectacular plays throughout their seven-win season. However, these five particular plays will stand out when fans think about this 2019 team.
1. Dustin Crum’s game-winning touchdown run in the bowl game
Dustin Crum had a career day against Utah State. The junior quarterback had 436 total yards and three touchdowns. Crum sealed the Flashes first bowl game championship with a QB option touchdown run on fourth down with 1:56 left. The Flashes were celebrating shortly after their 51-41 win. This play will not only go down as the most important play of the season, but will be remembered as one of the most important plays in the history of Flashes football.
2. Matthew Trickett’s OT field goal against Buffalo
Kent State kicker Matthew Trickett was automatic for the Flashes throughout the 2019 season. Trickett came through when the Flashes needed him the most. On Nov. 14, the Flashes were trailing the University of Buffalo 27-6 with 11:18 left in the game. After scoring 21 unanswered points, the Flashes looked to their sophomore All-MAC kicker in the final seconds of the game. Trickett nailed a 44-yard field goal as time expired to finish the improbable comeback. The Flashes then won their final three games of the season.
3. Jamal Parker’s kickoff return touchdown against Eastern Michigan
Jamal Parker received All-MAC honors as a defensive back during his Flashes career. In the regular season finale against Eastern Michigan, Parker showed off his speed and quickness on special teams. He returned a 96-yard kickoff for a touchdown at the beginning of the second half to give the Flashes a 31-14 lead. The Flashes went on to win 34-26.
4. Matt Bahr’s fumble recovery against Kennesaw State
The Flashes were in a battle with Kennesaw State in the first home game of the season on Sept. 7. Senior linebacker Matt Bahr led the Flashes on defense in critical moments against the Owls. Kennesaw State’s Shaq Terry fumbled the ball in overtime and Bahr came away with the recovery. Trickett nailed a 43-yard field goal and the Flashes walked away with the victory.
5. Kavious Price’s touchdown pass against Bowling Green
The Flashes scored a season-high 62 points in their victory over the Bowling Green Falcons on Sept. 21. Kent State pulled off a trick play to get the scoring started. Senior wide receiver Kavious Price received a pitch from Dustin Crum and then threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Keenan Orr with 12:55 left in the first quarter. The Flashes never looked back as they scored their most points in a single game since 2004.
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