KENT- The Golden Flashes open the 2022 home season on Saturday afternoon with the Long Island University Sharks entering Dix Stadium for a noon kickoff.
Saturday’s home open is a Gold Out! Fans are encouraged to sport Kent State’s finest gold gear. The opener will also be Parent and Family Weekend with a pre-game tailgate taking place at the Kent State Field House, just behind Dix Stadium. The tailgate will feature food, games, a DJ and showcases from the Kent State Cheer and Dance teams as well as the Kent State Band. During halftime, the 2022 Varsity “K” Athletics Hall of Fame class of nine members will be honored as part of the 43rd induction ceremony on Friday, September 16.
The Flashes enter Saturday’s contest winners of their last nine home games. This streak matches the longest in program history, most recently from 2011-2013. The Flashes are one of 15 teams with a home winning streak of nine or more and one of four teams in the “group of five”.
Kent State’s defense, under a new defensive co-ordinator Jeremiah Johnson, adopted the mantra, “the collectors of souls”. The Soul Collectors were in full force last Saturday, limiting Oklahoma to just seven yards on the ground in the first half. Kent State also became the first “group of five” team to blank Oklahoma at home in the first quarter since 2013. Linebacker led the defense. Khalib Johns who recorded six tackles and a pair of sacks on Saturday, earning MAC East Defensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts.
The Flashes have rushed to both Washington and Oklahoma this season, rushing for 164 yards on the Sooners last weekend. It was against a defense that allowed just 28 yards on 31 carries against UTEP in Week 1.
THE PEAK OF DANTE
Dante Cephas caught 10 passes in the first two weeks of the season, giving him 107 receptions during his Kent State career. It is three takes away from going into 10e all-time place at Kent State. Cephas is averaging 14+ yards per catch in his career (and 15+ yards this season), a mark that’s third all-time behind Eugene Baker and Najah Pruden at Kent State (minimum 100 receptions).
Long Island comes into play at 0-2 this season. They are no strangers to the Mid-American Conference, having opened the season in Toledo. Derek Green and Luca Stanzani have shared time at quarterback this season. The duo combined for an average of 150 yards per game and threw a pair of touchdowns. On defense, Antwan Spencer led the team in tackles, averaging 12 per game.
ARRIVAL AT STADIUM TEN
Arriving at the gates, fans will notice bold new graphics and signage welcoming them to Dix Stadium. The Golden Flashes Club will host Kent State supporters in the newly refurbished Jim and Carolyn Phelan Lounge. Student fans will be led from the tailgating areas through the renamed Gold Zone entrance, with golden pavement and improved signage to guide them to a larger student fan section.
Concessions will still offer the classics, such as hot dogs, burgers and popular meal deals. Flash fans will discover new menu items including beef brisket sandwiches, garlic fries with parmesan aioli, and pretzel-wrapped hot dogs. And now fans can even skip the line! Download the GrubHub app and order from your seat before heading to the main stand to pick up your items!
New this year, fans in general admission areas can experience a portable chair back seat for a more comfortable gaming experience. Rentals start at just $12 per game, and fans can grab seats through the main west entrance.
TO KNOW BEFORE YOU LEAVE
Fans are encouraged to familiarize themselves with our match day at Dix Stadium with our new ‘Know Before You Go’ information guide. Be sure to stay up to date with our Twitter feed @KentStAthletics which will have up-to-date traffic and parking information.
The Flashes wrap up the no-con next week, traveling to Georgia to take on the Bulldogs. Kickoff next Saturday is set for noon and can be seen on ESPN+. Kent State is back home in two weeks for the annual comeback game against Ohio on October 1.st with a kick-off scheduled for 3:30 p.m.