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              === No. 25 Kent State sneaks past Bowling Green ===
 
 Bowling  Green,  OH (Sports Network)  - Spencer  Keith rushed for the go-ahead
 touchdown  in  the fourth  quarter, as  25th-ranked Kent  State escaped with a
 31-24 victory over Bowling Green on Saturday at Doyt L. Perry Field.
 
 Keith  threw for  91  yards, one  touchdown and  one  interception on  9-of-17
 passing  while Dri Archer had a huge day on the ground for the Golden Flashes,
 running for 241 yards and two scores on 17 carries.
 
 Eric  Adeyemi caught a touchdown pass in the triumph for Kent State (10-1, 7-0
 MAC), which has won nine straight since a loss to Kentucky in September.
 
 Kent  State  will play Northern Illinois  in the MAC Championship game on Nov.
 30.
 
 Matt  Schilz threw for  355 yards and three scores on 22-of-44 passing but was
 picked  off  three times  for the  Falcons (7-4, 5-2).  Chris Gallon caught 10
 passes  for 213 yards and two touchdowns, while Shaun Joplin caught five balls
 for 74 yards and a touchdown in the setback.
 
 "It  was  a disappointing loss," Bowling  Green coach Dave Clawson said. "It's
 obviously  not the  result we want, but  in terms of the effort, I couldn't be
 more proud of our football team."
 
 Kent  State began its decisive possession on the Bowling Green 20 following an
 interception of Schilz by Richard Gray.
 
 The Golden Flashes needed just four plays before Keith finished the drive with
 a 7-yard touchdown run, making it 31-24 with 8:14 on the clock.
 
 Bowling  Green  began its  final drive  at the  25-yard line  with 2:33 to go.
 Facing  3rd-and-10, Schilz hit  Joplin for 11 yards to keep the drive alive as
 the Falcons reached the Kent State 17 where they faced 4th-and-13.
 
 On  that play, Schilz  dropped back to pass and was picked off by Luke Wollet,
 sealing the win for Kent State.
 
 After a scoreless first 15 minutes, Kent State opened the scoring early in the
 second  quarter. Facing  a 3rd-and-12  at  the 10,  Schilz was  picked off  by
 Norman Wolfe, giving Kent State the ball at the Falcons' 23.
 
 Kent  State  moved the ball  to the  15 and Freddy  Cortez hit a 32-yard field
 goal, giving his team a 3-0 advantage.
 
 The  Golden  Flashes needed just  two plays on their  next drive to extend the
 lead  to 10-0 as Archer broke through the line for a 79-yard sprint to the end
 zone on 2nd-and-6.
 
 On  the  first play of the  ensuing Bowling Green drive, Schilz connected with
 Gallon  for a  72-yard touchdown strike, cutting the deficit to 10-7 with just
 over eight minutes left in the half.
 
 Bowling  Green quickly  regained possession, as Matthew Hurdle caught a 4-yard
 pass  but  fumbled the ball,  which was  picked up by  Josh Pettus at the Kent
 State 41.
 
 From  there, Bowling Green  used eight plays to move to the Golden Flashes' 12
 before  Tyler Tate made a 30-yard field goal, tying the game at 10 late in the
 second quarter.
 
 Bowling  Green  began its  first possession  of the third  quarter at the Kent
 State  40  following a fumble recovery.  Schilz connected with Joplin on a 27-
 yard TD pass, capping a 7-play drive to give the Falcons a 17-10 lead.
 
 Kent  State  answered back on its  ensuing drive with a 6-play, 76-yard march,
 capped by a 32-yard TD pass to Adeyemi, tying things at 17-all.
 
 Kent  State grabbed a 24-17 lead early in the fourth after Archer ripped off a
 74-yard  touchdown  run, but the  Falcons answered  right back when Schilz hit
 Gallon  on an 81-yard  throw and catch for the touchdown, making it 24-24 less
 than a minute into the final quarter.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Bowling  Green outgained  Kent State, 438-425 ... Kent State converted just 3-
 of-13 third down chances, while the Falcons went 6-of-17 on third down ... The
 Golden  Flashes conclude  their regular season at home against Ohio next week,
 while Bowling Green will close its season with a home game against Buffalo.
 
 
 
 
 
 11/17 17:55:33 ET