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IMAGE: Coach Hazell and the Golden Flashes sing the KSU fight song after the football team's victory over Ohio University.
Coach Hazell and the Golden Flashes sing the KSU fight song after the football team's victory over Ohio University.
IMAGE: Defensive lineman Dana Brown takes down sacks the quarterback for Ohio University during the final home game.
Defensive lineman Dana Brown takes down sacks the quarterback for Ohio University during the final home game.
IMAGE: Flashes running back Traylon Durham, rushes for yards during the first half of their final home game versus Ohio University.
Flashes running back Traylon Durham, rushes for yards during the first half of their final home game versus Ohio University.
IMAGE: Kent State running back Dri Archer catches a disputed pass during Kent State's 28-6 victory over Ohio University.
Kent State running back Dri Archer catches a disputed pass during Kent State's 28-6 victory over Ohio University.
IMAGE: <p>Kent State head football coach Darrell Hazell gets doused with Gatorade as the team celebrates its first-time claim to the East Division championship. (photo courtesy of David Dermer)<br /> </p>

Kent State head football coach Darrell Hazell gets doused with Gatorade as the team celebrates its first-time claim to the East Division championship. (photo courtesy of David Dermer)

IMAGE: <p>Game day play action at Doyt L. Perry Stadium where Kent State Golden Flashes defeated the Bowling Green State Falcone 31-24. (photo courtesy of Matt Bliss)<br /> </p>

Game day play action at Doyt L. Perry Stadium where Kent State Golden Flashes defeated the Bowling Green State Falcone 31-24. (photo courtesy of Matt Bliss)

IMAGE: Kent State senior wide receiver Eric Adeyemi (4) runs to the endzone to score a touchdown against Bowling Green. Kent State beat Bowling Green in a 31-24 victory over Bowling Green at Doyt Stadium, in Bowling Green, OH on Saturday, Nov. 17. The Flashes victory over Bowling Green brings the Flashes one step closer to clinching the MAC title. (photo courtesy of Kristin Bauer, The Record-Courier)
Kent State senior wide receiver Eric Adeyemi (4) runs to the endzone to score a touchdown against Bowling Green. Kent State beat Bowling Green in a 31-24 victory over Bowling Green at Doyt Stadium, in Bowling Green, OH on Saturday, Nov. 17. The Flashes victory over Bowling Green brings the Flashes one step closer to clinching the MAC title. (photo courtesy of Kristin Bauer, The Record-Courier)
IMAGE: Kent State junior running back Dri Archer (1) runs the ball towards the endzone to score a touch down to tie the game against Bowling Green during the fourth quarter. Kent State beat Bowling Green in a 31-24 victory over Bowling Green at Doyt Stadium, in Bowling Green, Oh on Saturday, Nov. 17. (photo courtesy of Kristin Bauer, The Record-Courier)
Kent State junior running back Dri Archer (1) runs the ball towards the endzone to score a touch down to tie the game against Bowling Green during the fourth quarter. Kent State beat Bowling Green in a 31-24 victory over Bowling Green at Doyt Stadium, in Bowling Green, Oh on Saturday, Nov. 17. (photo courtesy of Kristin Bauer, The Record-Courier)
IMAGE: <p>Kent State head football coach Darrell Hazell and the Golden Flashes celebrate the first-time claim to the East Division championship. (photo courtesy of Matt Bliss)</p>

Kent State head football coach Darrell Hazell and the Golden Flashes celebrate the first-time claim to the East Division championship. (photo courtesy of Matt Bliss)

IMAGE: Fans congratulate Kent State on their 31-24 victory over Bowling Green at Doyt Stadium, in Bowling Green, OH on Saturday, Nov. 17. (photo courtesy of Kristin Bauer, The Record-Courier)
Fans congratulate Kent State on their 31-24 victory over Bowling Green at Doyt Stadium, in Bowling Green, OH on Saturday, Nov. 17. (photo courtesy of Kristin Bauer, The Record-Courier)
  • IMAGE: Coach Hazell and the Golden Flashes sing the KSU fight song after the football team's victory over Ohio University.
  • IMAGE: Defensive lineman Dana Brown takes down sacks the quarterback for Ohio University during the final home game.
  • IMAGE: Flashes running back Traylon Durham, rushes for yards during the first half of their final home game versus Ohio University.
  • IMAGE: Kent State running back Dri Archer catches a disputed pass during Kent State's 28-6 victory over Ohio University.
  • IMAGE: <p>Kent State head football coach Darrell Hazell gets doused with Gatorade as the team celebrates its first-time claim to the East Division championship. (photo courtesy of David Dermer)<br /> </p>
  • IMAGE: <p>Game day play action at Doyt L. Perry Stadium where Kent State Golden Flashes defeated the Bowling Green State Falcone 31-24. (photo courtesy of Matt Bliss)<br /> </p>
  • IMAGE: Kent State senior wide receiver Eric Adeyemi (4) runs to the endzone to score a touchdown against Bowling Green. Kent State beat Bowling Green in a 31-24 victory over Bowling Green at Doyt Stadium, in Bowling Green, OH on Saturday, Nov. 17. The Flashes victory over Bowling Green brings the Flashes one step closer to clinching the MAC title. (photo courtesy of Kristin Bauer, The Record-Courier)
  • IMAGE: Kent State junior running back Dri Archer (1) runs the ball towards the endzone to score a touch down to tie the game against Bowling Green during the fourth quarter. Kent State beat Bowling Green in a 31-24 victory over Bowling Green at Doyt Stadium, in Bowling Green, Oh on Saturday, Nov. 17. (photo courtesy of Kristin Bauer, The Record-Courier)
  • IMAGE: <p>Kent State head football coach Darrell Hazell and the Golden Flashes celebrate the first-time claim to the East Division championship. (photo courtesy of Matt Bliss)</p>
  • IMAGE: Fans congratulate Kent State on their 31-24 victory over Bowling Green at Doyt Stadium, in Bowling Green, OH on Saturday, Nov. 17. (photo courtesy of Kristin Bauer, The Record-Courier)

Golden Flashes Now
Motown Bound

Athletics | 11/23/2012
The Kent State Golden Flashes finished the regular season on a roll, winning their 10th straight game with a 28-6 victory over Ohio University Friday at Dix Stadium. With a best-ever 11-1 record (8-0 in conference play), Kent State moves on to play Northern Illinois in the Mid-American Conference Championship game Nov. 30 at Ford Field in Detroit, MI.

IMAGE: Kent State junior running back Dri Archer, 1, runs the ball toward the end zone to score a touch down to tie the game against Bowling Green and is held up in celebration by teammate Kent Cleveland, 65. Photo courtesy of Kristin Bauer, The Record-Courier.

The Golden Flashes entered the final weekend ranked No. 23 in both the AP Poll and BCS.  The Nov. 23 win was the team’s 12th in a row over current MAC teams. 

MAC East Champions
Kent State’s 31-24 victory over Bowling Green Saturday, Nov. 17, earned the team a trip to its first-ever Mid-American Conference Championship game.  The Golden Flashes (10-1) claimed the MAC East title and set up a showdown with MAC West champ Northern Illinois (10-1) on Nov. 30 at Ford Field in Detroit.

Kent State is The No. 25 Ranked Team in the Nation in the New Associated Press Poll.

Coming into the game, Kent State was the No. 25 ranked team in the nation in the New Associated Press Poll.

The Golden Flashes have never won an East Division championship. Their only MAC crown was captured in 1972.

According to the Associated Press records, this is the first time the Golden Flashes have cracked the rankings since they were No. 19 in the nation back on Nov. 5, 1973.

"We are very excited to be in the Top 25, but there are still many more goals to be accomplished," said Kent State head coach Darrell Hazell.

Find ticket information for the Nov. 30 game. IMAGE: Golden Flashes players Charles Chandler and Julian Durden celebrate Kent's victory over Ohio during the final home game. The Flashes won all of their MAC games this year and are headed to the league championship game.

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