Kent State bowl-eligible for just the fifth time in last four decades

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If you’re looking for an under-the-radar candidate for Coach of the Year, may we respectfully present to you Sean Lewis?

Since 1978, Kent State had hit the requisite six wins to play in a bowl game just four times (2012, 2006, 2001, 1987), even as they went bowling just once in that span.  The past six seasons, the football program has won a combined 16 games, with two-win seasons posted in both 2017 and Lewis’ first year in 2018.

In 2019, though, it’s an entirely different story as Kent State capped off its turnaround season with a 34-26 road win over Eastern Michigan Friday afternoon.  This marks the first time they’ve won two conference road games in the same season since 2016.

It’s also their sixth win on the season, making them bowl-eligible for the first time since the 11-win team in 2012.  If they were to secure a bowl bid, it would be just the third time in the history of the Golden Flashes that they have played in the postseason.

Kent ran for 253 yards on the day, scoring three of its touchdowns on the ground.  Jamal Parker also ran a kickoff back 96 yards for another score.