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Thomas Moore

2012 12 kent hazellThe dream died hard for Kent State on Friday night at Ford Field in Detroit.

When Northern Illinois defensive back Demetrius Stone intercepted Spencer Keith’s fourth-down pass in the end zone in double overtime of the MAC Championship game, it was finally over.

No conference title. No BCS bowl game. No national spotlight on a program that had wandered the college football desert for 40 years.

Only the disappointment of seeing your dream end right there, so very, very close, but just far enough away to exceed your reach.


Jesse Lamovsky

On Friday night at Ford Field in Detroit, Kent State will take on Northern Illinois with the program’s second MAC football championship on the line. Forty years ago Kent State captured the program’s first and only title. Then, as now, the rise of the Flashes came out of nowhere. (It’s always unexpected when Kent wins anything in football.) They weren’t the most imposing of champions, finishing a middling 6-5-1. But they won the MAC and played in a bowl game, something no other Kent team has been able to say- until this season.


Thomas Moore

2012 12 kent fordWhen the Kent State Golden Flashes take the field tonight against Northern Illinois in the MAC Championship Game at Ford Field in Detroit, it will be the most important athletic event not only in the football program’s history but in school history.

Kent State, which is ranked No. 17 in the BCS Standings, No. 18 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and No. 19 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, has the opportunity to do what was once considered the unthinkable – win a conference championship and, in the process, earn what is most likely to be a spot in either the Sugar Bowl or the Orange Bowl come January.

“I won’t talk about that at all,” Kent State coach Darrell Hazell said. “I'll talk about Northern Illinois, that’s the most important thing. If our guys don’t focus on this game Friday then we have no opportunity to play in some of those big games.


Mike Spinelli

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Thursday night the 17th ranked Kent State Golden Flashes play the 21st ranked Northern Illinois Huskies for the 2012 MAC Championship. And the winner could find themselves in the Orange Bowl. 


Mike Spinelli


The best year in Mid-American Conference football history wrapped up the regular season with two teams ranked in the BCS and AP rankings, two of the top ten rushers, the fifth best scorer, two top ten defenses, and SEVEN bowl eligible programs.


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