Inquirer Daily News
                   === No. 23 Kent State eases past Ohio ===
 Kent,  OH  (Sports Network) -  Sparked by  an opportunistic defense, the 23rd-
 ranked  Kent  State Golden  Flashes prepped  for the  MAC championship game by
 stifling the Ohio Bobcats, 28-6, at Dix Stadium.
 Linebacker  C.J. Malauulu forced a fumble on the game's opening possession and
 returned  an  interception 33 yards  for a touchdown  as Kent State (11-1, 8-0
 MAC) extended its program-best winning streak to 10 games.
 "This was another great win for us," Kent State coach Darrell Hazell remarked.
 "Even  though we didn't  play as well as we would have liked to on offense, we
 came  away with a  big win and finished 8-0 in the conference, which has never
 been done before here."
 The Golden Flashes' offense was erratic at times, finishing with only 15 first
 downs. Spencer Keith threw for 170 yards with a fourth-quarter touchdown pass,
 but  the  24-yard  scoring  strike  to  Eric Adeyemi  was  one  of  only  nine
 completions. Keith also had one interception.
 Kent  State,  the East Division  champ, will face  No. 24 Northern Illinois in
 the conference title game Nov. 30 in Detroit.
 Trayion  Durham  paced Kent  State's  ground  attack  with  97 yards  and  one
 touchdown on 16 carries.
 Tyler  Tettleton had 232 yards on 21-of-37 passing for the Bobcats (8-4, 4-4),
 who closed out the regular season on a three-game skid.
 Beau  Blankenship became  Ohio's single-season rushing leader in the loss. The
 junior running back amassed 145 yards to break the record Kalvin McRae (1,434)
 set in 2007.
 Blankenship,  who now has 1,500 yards for the year, fumbled at midfield on the
 sixth play of the game. Luke Wollet scooped up the ball and returned it for an
 early touchdown.
 "We  just  kill ourselves with  the turnovers," Blankenship admitted. "With my
 fumble, they scored off of that. Just stupid plays."
 Kent  State's  lead swelled  to 21-0  in a  12-second span  later in the first
 Durham appeared to be bottled up before spinning off a defender and racing for
 a  15-yard touchdown.  Malauulu then picked off Tettleton on the first play of
 the ensuing drive.
 Tettleton led Ohio to a 33-yard Matt Weller field goal on its next possession,
 and Weller added a 41-yarder off a Keith interception in the waning moments of
 the first half.
 The Bobcats failed to capitalize on a Dri Archer fumble in the third quarter.
                                   Game Notes
 Kent  State is  the first East team  to go 8-0 in conference play since Miami-
 Ohio accomplished the feat in 2003 ... The Golden Flashes have won 12 straight
 MAC  games ...  Kent State entered play  leading the FBS with 33 takeaways ...
 Ohio  fell to 0-16  all-time against ranked foes ... Archer was held without a
 touchdown  for  the first time  this season  ... Kent State's defense compiled
 eight sacks ... The teams combined for 17 punts ... Ohio's Donte Foster had 11
 receptions for 100 yards, both game-highs.
 11/23 22:32:08 ET