FRISCO, Texas — The Kent State Golden Flashes won their first-ever bowl game in their 51-41 win over Utah State in the Tropical Smoothie Café Frisco Bowl Friday night.
Kent State’s quarterback Dustin Crum had an explosive game, completing 21 of his 26 passes for 289 yards and rushing for 147 yards and a touchdown.
Running back Will Matthews rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown while running back Xavier Williams rushed for 19 yards and a touchdown.
Wide receiver Isaiah McKoy had six receptions for 103 yards and touchdown while wide receiver Antwan Dixon had 99 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Kent's kicker Matthew Trickett also impressed, going 5-for-5 on his field goal attempts.
The Golden Flashes had played in three previous bowl games in the team’s history but recorded their first win Friday.
In 2012, Kent won their way into the GoDaddy.com Bowl game. They ultimately fell to the Arkansas State Red Wolves, 17-13.
Before the GoDaddy.com Bowl game, the Golden Flashes appeared in the Tangerine Bowl in 1972 and the Refrigerator Bowl in 1954. They lost both bowls.
The Golden Flashes will return to Kent to celebrate the school’s first bowl game win with the Frisco Bowl Championship trophy in hand, ready for display.