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                    === Keith, Kent State shock Rutgers ===
 
 Piscataway,  NJ (Sports  Network) - Spencer Keith threw for two touchdowns and
 Kent  State's  defense forced seven turnovers  as the Golden Flashes upset the
 No. 18 Rutgers  Scarlet Knights, 35-23,  to hand them  their first loss of the
 season.
 
 Trayion Durham paced all rushers with 131 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries,
 while  Dri Archer added a score and 79 yards on 18 totes for Kent State (7-1),
 which beat a ranked opponent for the first time in school history.
 
 "This  is a great  win for our program," said Kent State coach Darrell Hazell.
 "We came on the road against a very tough opponent. We knew they were going to
 be  tough,  and they did a  great job prior to  playing us. I thought our kids
 prepared  like crazy this week. We made enough plays early in the game to keep
 those guys off balance."
 
 Keith  completed 14-of-21 throws for 121 yards and stayed turnover free, while
 counterpart   Gary   Nova  was  unable   to  do   the  same.  Nova  threw  six
 interceptions  which Kent  State converted  into 21  points, while  completing
 just   25-of-46  passes  for  Rutgers  (7-1),  which  saw  its  hopes  for  an
 undefeated season come to an end.
 
 "Seven turnovers.  Very difficult to win a football game when you turn it over
 seven  times,"  Rutgers coach Kyle  Flood said.  "All the reasons really we've
 been  standing here  and talking  about how  we've won  games, protecting  the
 football,  running the  football, starting field position. Really all three of
 those phases hurt us in one way or another today."
 
 Jawan  Jamison  ran for  84 yards  and a touchdown  on 15  carries and led all
 receivers with eight catches for 88 yards in the setback.
 
 Despite Nova's first five interceptions, Rutgers still found themselves within
 striking distance, trailing 35-23 following Durham's second fumble of the game
 with  six minutes to  play. However, Luke Wollet of Kent State picked off Nova
 for  the  sixth and final time  with 4:48 remaining  to seal the upset for the
 Golden Flashes.
 
 Nova,  who came  into the contest with just three interceptions on the season,
 threw four in the first half to put Rutgers in an early 21-3 hole.
 
 The  Scarlet  Knights took a 3-0  lead after neutralizing Mark Fackler's first
 pick of Nova by forcing Durham to fumble on the ensuing Kent State possession.
 Rutgers  took over  on its own 42  and advanced to the Kent State 32 following
 consecutive  completions  to Brandon Coleman  and Jamison  for 8 and 12 yards,
 respectively.
 
 Jamison hauled in a 9-yard pass on 3rd-and-8 to give Rutgers a first down, but
 the  drive stalled and Nick Borgese drilled a 42-yard field goal for the early
 lead.
 
 But  their advantage did  not last long, as Kent State drove down the field on
 its next touch for a score. On the first play of the drive, Keith found Archer
 for  21  yards near  midfield. Following rushes  of 10 yards  by Archer and 15
 yards  by Durham,  Josh Boyle sprinted for 12 to give Kent State 1st-and-goal.
 Two plays later, Keith threw a 1-yard pass to Zack Hitchens for a touchdown.
 
 The  Golden  Flashes marched down  the field on their  next touch as well, but
 came  up short after Freddy Cortez's 40-yard field goal attempt was blocked by
 Lorenzo Waters.
 
 However,  Kent State  got back on the  board on the very next play, as Fackler
 once  again intercepted Nova, this time running it back for a 29-yard score to
 make it 14-3.
 
 "That  turnover by Mark, the pick six, I think it sparked our sidelines," said
 Hazell. "I thought our defense really started thriving off of that."
 
 Nova  was picked off  yet again on Rutgers' next possession, this time by Leon
 Green,  after  attempting to throw a  deep pass down the field. Green returned
 the  bad  throw 48  yards to the  Scarlet Knights' 45,  and the Golden Flashes
 again capitalized off the turnover.
 
 Faced with 3rd-and-2 twice on the drive, Durham carried the ball both times to
 give  Kent  State first  downs. After rushing  for 12 yards  to convert on the
 first  attempt, he  ran for  10 more  to move  the Golden  Flashes inside  the
 Scarlet  Knights'  10. Archer  then took  the ensuing carry  seven yards for a
 score, giving Kent State a 21-3 advantage.
 
 With  less  than two minutes  to play in the  second quarter, Nova again found
 trouble, with Luke Batton coming up with the takeaway on the missed throw this
 time.  However, Rutgers forced Kent State three-and-out following the turnover
 and  finally got something going just before the end of the quarter to make it
 21-10.
 
 On  the first play  from Rutgers' own 17, Jamison took a handoff 45 yards into
 Golden  Flashes'  territory. Faced  with 3rd-and-1, Nova completed consecutive
 passes,  throwing short  to Jamison  for  a 10-yard  gain and  with the  clock
 winding  down, rolled to  his right and found Tim Wright in the end zone for a
 19-yard score with four seconds left until halftime.
 
 Durham  scored on  3-yard scamper  for Kent  State in  the third  following an
 exchange of punts. After crossing midfield, the Golden Flashes faced 2nd-and-7
 twice  on the drive, and both times picked up gains of 15 yards. The first was
 a  run by  Durham and  the  second a  reception  by Archer  that advanced  the
 football  to the Scarlet Knights' 5. Durham then took three straight handoffs,
 the last to cross the goal line to give Kent State a 28-10 lead.
 
 The  Scarlet Knights responded  on their next touch, as Nova led a 9-play, 72-
 yard  touchdown  march to cut  the deficit back to  11. He converted two third
 downs  on the  drive,  completing passes  both times  to  Jamison, the  second
 for  16 yards to  move Rutgers to the Kent State 39. After Coleman hauled in a
 6-yard  pass on 2nd-and-1, he caught a 24-yard bomb on the following play from
 Nova, who found the receiver in the back corner of the end zone for the score.
 
 Rutgers'  defense forced a three-and-out on the ensuing Kent State possession,
 but  the  Golden Flashes quickly  killed the  momentum. After Nova found Quron
 Pratt  for a 26-yard  pickup on the first play of the drive, the receiver lost
 control of the football and Sidney Saulter of Kent State recovered.
 
 The  Scarlet Knights'  defense once again got  a stop, but Nova was picked off
 for  the fifth  time on the ensuing possession. On 3rd-and-12, Nova's pass was
 intercepted by Saulter and Kent State turned the turnover into seven points.
 
 Keith  ran  on the  first two  plays, picking up  34 yards  to the Rutgers' 27
 before  completing  a 15-yard pass  to Boyle for a  touchdown to make it 35-17
 early in the fourth quarter.
 
 Rutgers  answered back  on its next touch, with Jamison's 2-yard rushing score
 making it a 35-23 game with 10:35 left.
 
 After  completing  his first three throws,  Nova lofted a pass to Coleman, who
 drew  a pass  interference penalty in the  end zone to put Rutgers on the Kent
 State  2. On  the next play, Jamison ran  it in for a score to account for the
 final margin.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Kent  State denied  Rutgers its  third 8-0  start since  1976 ...  The Scarlet
 Knights  fell to 10-3  in homecoming games since 2000 ... Durham was the first
 player  to run  for 100  yards  against Rutgers  in  11 games  ... Kent  State
 extended  its winning  streak to  six games,  its longest  since 1940  ... The
 Golden Flashes outrushed the Scarlet Knights, 224-96.
 
 10/27 21:34:44 ET