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2012 Kent State Golden Flashes football team

2012 Kent State Golden Flashes football
MAC East Division Champions
Conference Mid-American Conference
East Division
Ranking
BCS #25
2012 record 11–3 (8–0 MAC)
Head coach Darrell Hazell (2nd year)
Offensive coordinator Brian Rock
Defensive coordinator Jon Heacock
Home stadium Dix Stadium
(Capacity: 25,319)
2012 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Kent State x   8 0         11 3  
Bowling Green   6 2         8 5  
Ohio   4 4         9 4  
Buffalo   3 5         4 8  
Miami   3 5         4 8  
UMass   1 7         1 11  
Akron   0 8         1 11  
West
#22 Northern Illinois x   8 0         12 2  
Toledo   6 2         9 4  
Ball State   6 2         9 4  
Central Michigan   4 4         7 6  
Western Michigan   2 6         4 8  
Eastern Michigan   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Northern Illinois 44, Kent State 37
† – Conference champion and BCS representative as top
000non-AQ school to meet automatic qualification criteria
x – Division champion/co-champions
  • UMass not eligible for conference title or bowl game as part of FBS transition
    Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012 Kent State Golden Flashes football team represented Kent State University in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by second year head coach Darrell Hazell and played their home games at Dix Stadium as a member of the East Division of the Mid-American Conference.

The Flashes had their most successful season since their MAC championship season of 1972, winning the MAC East outright with an 8–0 record, and made it to the MAC Championship game where they lost 44–37 to Northern Illinois in double-overtime. The team peaked at #18 in the BCS polls, finishing the regular season at #25. Kent State earned their first bowl bid since 1972, and played in the GoDaddy.com Bowl against Arkansas State. The Golden Flashes were defeated by the Red Wolves, 17–13.

Schedule

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 7:00 PM #7 (FCSTowson* Dix StadiumKent, OH ESPN3 W 41–21   15,121
September 8 7:30 PM at Kentucky* Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY CSS/ESPN3 L 14–47   48,346
September 19 7:00 PM at Buffalo University at Buffalo StadiumAmherst, NY ESPNU W 23–7   14,373
September 29 12:00 PM Ball State Dix Stadium • Kent, OH CSS/ESPN+ W 45–43   21,657
October 6 1:00 PM at Eastern Michigan Rynearson StadiumYpsilanti, MI W 41–14   6,011
October 13 12:00 PM at Army* Michie StadiumWest Point, NY CBSSN W 31–17   30,022
October 20 3:30 PM Western Michigan Dix Stadium • Kent, OH W 41–24   16,128
October 27 3:30 PM at #18 Rutgers* High Point Solutions StadiumPiscataway, NJ SNY W 35–23   49,345
November 3 2:00 PM Akron Dix Stadium • Kent, OH (Battle for the Wagon Wheel) STO W 35–24   18,265
November 10 1:00 PM at Miami (OH) Yager StadiumOxford, OH W 48–32   13,301
November 17 12:00 PM at Bowling Green #25 Doyt Perry StadiumBowling Green, OH (Battle for the Anniversary Award) ESPN+ W 31–24   16,002
November 23 11:00 AM Ohio #23 Dix Stadium • Kent, OH ESPNU W 28–6   18,230
November 30 7:00 PM vs. #19 Northern Illinois #18 Ford FieldDetroit, MI (MAC Championship Game) ESPN2 L 37–44 2OT  18,132
January 6 9:00 PM vs. Arkansas State* #25 Ladd Peebles StadiumMobile, AL (GoDaddy.com Bowl) ESPN L 13–17   37,913
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
  • Source: Schedule

Rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR RV RV 25 23 18 25 NR 
Coaches' NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR RV RV RV 25 19 RV RV 
Harris Not released NR NR NR RV RV RV 25 18 23 Not released 
BCS Not released NR NR NR NR NR 23 17 25 Not released


Game notes

Towson

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 0 7 0 14 21
Golden Flashes 17 10 7 7 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting


@ Kentucky

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Flashes 0 7 0 7 14
Wildcats 0 17 16 14 47
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–6 2007 UK, 56–20


@ Buffalo

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Flashes 0 10 3 10 23
Bulls 0 7 0 0 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–9 2009 BUF, 9–6


Ball State

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 13 13 17 43
Golden Flashes 0 21 14 10 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–19 2010 KENT, 33–14


@ Eastern Michigan

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Flashes 3 14 21 3 41
Eagles 0 7 0 7 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
16–13 2011 KENT, 28–22


@ Army

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Flashes 0 14 10 7 31
Black Knights 0 0 3 14 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–2 2010 ARMY, 45–28


Western Michigan

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 7 3 14 0 24
Golden Flashes 7 10 7 17 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
18–33–1 2010 WMU, 38–3


@ #15 Rutgers

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Flashes 7 14 7 7 35
#15 Scarlet Knights 3 7 7 6 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–2 2007 RUTG, 29–21


Akron

1 2 3 4 Total
Zips 14 10 0 0 24
Golden Flashes 0 14 14 7 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
22–30–2 2011 KENT, 35–3


@ Miami (OH)

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Flashes 21 14 3 10 48
RedHawks 0 10 8 14 32
Overall record Last meeting Result
13–46 2009 MIAOH, 9–3


@ Bowling Green

1 2 3 4 Total
#25 Golden Flashes 0 10 7 14 31
Falcons 0 10 7 7 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
18–55–6 2011 KENT, 27–15


Ohio

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 3 3 0 0 6
#23 Golden Flashes 21 0 0 7 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
24–38–2 2011 OHIO, 17–10


#19 Northern Illinois (MAC Championship Game)

1 2 3 4 OT 2OT Total
#19 Huskies 3 14 10 7 3 7 44
#18 Golden Flashes 10 0 3 21 3 0 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
16–3 2011 NIU, 40–10


Arkansas State (GoDaddy.com Bowl)

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Flashes 0 10 3 0 13
Red Wolves 0 14 3 0 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting


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