KENT, OHIO- The Golden Flashes are set for the fifth bowl game in program history as they take on the Wyoming Cowboys in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Tuesday afternoon.
The game is being played on the famous blue turf of Albertson’s Stadium, home to the Boise State Broncos. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET and 1:30 p.m. MT. The bowl airs on ESPN and ESPN Radio as well as the Kent State Radio Network.
This will be the furthest west the Golden Flashes have played a game, besting previous westward trips to Arizona State (2019) and Utah State (1973). It will stay a record for exactly one game, the Flashes are set to open at Washington to start the 2022 season.
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Kent State will look to capture its second-straight bowl game, having won the 2019 Tropical Smoothie Café Frisco Bowl over Utah State. A victory would also cement an eight-win season and would be the winningest season for the Flashes since the 2012 campaign.
CLOSING IN ON 3k
Dustin Crum is just 78 yards away from eclipsing the 3,000 yard mark this season. It would mark yet another milestone in a stellar career for Crum. He’d be the first Golden Flash to ever cross the 3,000-yard barrier. He is already the first quarterback in Kent State history to win the Vern Smith Leadership Award as the MAC’s Player of the Year and just the second all-time. Last week, he accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game, just the eighth Golden Flash to receive the honor.
The Flashes will look to establish their rushing attack against the Cowboys. Wyoming allows nearly 170 yards per game on the ground. Kent State sports a balanced running attack with the tandem of Marquez Cooper (1080 yards, 11TD) and Xavier Williams (6.5 yards per carry). Dustin Crum has been a weapon as well, especially on the read option and tied Cooper with 11 touchdowns during the regular season.
The Cowboys are looking for their third-straight bowl victory and their second Potato Bowl title, having won the game in 2017. They have one of the best pass defenses in the FBS, allowing just 177 yards through the air per game, good for 7th in the country. Heading that defense is Chad Muma, the all-everything linebacker ranks in the top-5 in the country, averaging nearly 11 stops per game.
The Cowboys run a deliberate offense, ranked 112th in the FBS in plays per game at just over 65 a contest. They do that with a strong running game. Both Titus Swen and Xazavian Valladay average over five yards per carry and have each totaled over 700 yards on the ground this season.
Levi Williams has started at quarterback the second half of the season. He’s completing 58 percent of his passes with five touchdowns against eight interceptions. Isaiah Neyor has been the big-play receiver, averaging over 20 yards per catch.
As mentioned, the game will air on ESPN, ESPN Radio and the Kent State Radio Network. Coverage on the Kent State Radio Network will start at 2:30 p.m. Fans can also follow @KentStFootball for highlights and updates throughout the broadcast.
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