After hugs and chest bumps at midfield following the final whistle, Kent State players and coaches raced to the corner of the stadium and serenaded the small contingent of its fans lucky enough to witness the biggest win in school history.
Seven turnovers, including two interceptions by defensive end Mark Fackler, led to a 35-23 upset for Kent State over No. 18 Rutgers on Saturday that knocked the Scarlet Knights from the undefeated ranks in front a homecoming crowd of 49,345 at High Point Solutions Stadium.
''That's a ritual for us,'' coach Darrell Hazell said. ''We always sing the school's fight song to show our appreciation to our loyal fans.''
Hazell made it sound as though it was routine, but the reaction of the players told a different story as they whooped and hollered their way off the field. And, as if on cue, a burst of fireworks went off above the stadium as the team ran for the locker room.
Kent State (7-1) had been 0-22 in games against ranked teams in its 92-year h...