For the first time in what seems like forever, Kent State enters a football season with momentum. Coming off of last years’ 51-41 victory over Utah State in the Frisco Bowl, the Golden Flashes enter 2020 with confidence and a sense of purpose, and there is a feeling that the program is on the cusp of a breakthrough. What has to happen this year for Sean Lewis and company to take the next step and challenge for the conference crown?
The Pac-12 has established cancellation and tiebreaker policies for its virus-truncated football season. The conference announced Monday that a minimum threshold of at least 53 scholarship players — with various position minimums — must be available for any team to participate in a game. If a school does not elect to play the game shorthanded, the game will be rescheduled or declared a no contest.
Things were improving in Sean Lewis’ second year leading the program, but the general sense was that the Flashes were still a year or two away. Then, something funny happened: a furious fourth quarter rally gave Kent a 30-27 victory over Buffalo, keeping the teams’ bowl hopes alive. The momentum carried over, as the Flashes defeated Ball State and Eastern Michigan in the last two weeks of the season to reach 6-6 (and bowl eligibility) for the first time since 2012.