A month ago it looked like the Golden Flashes' season was going nowhere.
Kent State had lost six of its first seven games and was 0-3 in the Mid-American Conference. The offense was struggling, the line couldn't protect the quarterback or generate a running game. Making matters worse, there were hints of dissension between the offense and the defense, whose players were tired of seeing their steady work not pay off in wins.
The outlook around the program is much different as the Golden Flashes head down the stretch. A 35-3 win over archrival Akron gave Kent State a three-game winning streak. The Golden Flashes are 3-3 in the MAC East and 4-6 overall.
First-year coach Darrell Hazell remained optimistic even when his team was at its lowest point. It now appears his words are paying off.
"I'm so proud of this program, the players and the coaching staff," Hazell said. "We had our backs against the wall a few weeks ago, but we just keep scrapping."...