By Brian Haberman, Fox 8 Sports contributor
Outgoing Kent State head football coach Darrell Hazell stuck around to coach the Golden Flashes in their first bowl game in 40 years.
But his presence wasn’t enough to help lead them to victory.
The 25th-ranked Golden Flashes lost the GoDaddy.com Bowl to Arkansas State University in Mobile, Alabama, last night by the final score, 17-13.
Kent got on the board first, as Dri Archer scored on a 14-yard reverse in the second quarter.
Archer had to leave the game in the second half, with an undisclosed injury.
He led the Flashes with 77 yards rushing on nine carries, while teammate Trayion Durham ran the ball 20 times for 68 yards.
But the Red Wolves answered, scoring on David Oku’s 10-yard run with 5:40 left in the half.
They added a 31-yard score as Ryan Aplin hit J.D. McKissic with 1:13 to play in the quarter.
McKissis hauled in 11 passes for 113 yards and the go-ahead score.
Kent kicker Freddy Cortez booted a 42-yard field goal, to cut the Flashes halftime deficit to 14-10.
Both teams turned up the defense in the second half, allowing just a field goal.
On Kent’s final drive, receiver Chris Humphrey was unable to haul in a potential touchdown with just over three minutes to play.
The drive ended on downs, when quarterback Spencer Keith was stopped short of a first down while running the ball on fourth and eight.
The Red Wolves were then able to run out the clock.
The victory was the Sun Belt Champion’s first ever over a ranked team.
Kent State ended the season with an 11-3 record, after dropping their last two games.
Hazell will now leave for Purdue, after the Boilermakers hired him last month.