KENT, Ohio — “We are so proud to represent you in the MAC Conference Championship.”
That’s what Kent State Golden Flashes football coach Darrell Hazell said to an enthusiastic crowd at the MAC Center that sent his football team off to Detroit on Thursday morning.
Friday night in Motown the Golden Flashes will attempt to do something that hasn’t been done in 40 years, win the MAC title.
The Golden Flashes meet Northern Illinois and Fox 8 sports reporter P.J. Ziegler asked coach Hazell what is different about the Huskies than any of the other MAC teams Kent State has faced this year.
He said, “Their quarterback is a dynamic talent and we will have to take care of him.”
At the rally, Hazell said how proud the team was to represent the school in the title game and how they started their destiny on Aug. 2, and how, now 123 days later, they are just hours from getting on the field to battle for the title.
Linebacker Luke Batton said, “We are going to Detroit to do something special and we are going to need you guys to be as loud as possible to bring back that championship.”
Kent State is 11-1 and a perfect 8-0 in MAC Conference play. The win total is a Kent program record and what is even more incredible is the Flashes, now number 17 in the BCS standings, have a good chance to go to a BCS Bowl game if they take care of business at Ford Field.
Kent State’s lone blemish was to Kentucky.
Dri Archer has an injured ankle and Trayion Durham has battled with quad and hip injuries the past two weeks. Both will need to have outstanding games to give Kent State a chance to get revenge on the Huskies.
The game began on Friday at 7 p.m. at Ford Field in Detroit.