|Date of game: 10/18/2014
Recap: Kent State vs. Army
Kent, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Colin Reardon amassed 360 yards and three touchdowns through the air as the Kent State Golden Flashes notched their first win of the 2014 campaign with a 39-17 rout of the Army Black Knights in a non-conference matchup at Dix Stadium.
Reardon completed 27-of-40 pass attempts, led the team in rushing with 42 yards and was intercepted only once while under center for the Golden Flashes (1-6), whose most previous victory came on Nov. 19 in the 2013 regular season finale at Ohio University. James Brooks made seven receptions for 108 yards, Chris Humphrey finished with 72 yards on five catches and Casey Pierce scored on two of his five grabs. Nick Cuthbert anchored KSU's defensive unit with 16 total stops.
Tony Giovannelli led Army (2-5) on the ground with 90 yards and a score on seven carries. Angel Santiago added 77 yards on 21 attempts, while recording only 17 yards on 3-of-10 passing efficiency. Josh Jenkins made his mark for the Black Knights on the defensive side of the ball, registering 13 total tackles and an interception.
The Black Knights took an early 3-0 lead, as Daniel Grochkowski connected on a 32-yard field goal attempt at the 11:33 mark of the first frame. KSU tied the score six minutes later with a successful 27-yard field goal try by Anthony Melchiori.
Melchiori gave the Golden Flashes their first lead of the contest at the 13- minute mark of the second period, when he sent a 29-yard field goal attempt through the uprights.
Army answered with a 10-play, 69-yard drive which was concluded by a two-yard touchdown run by Raymond Maples and gave the visitors a 10-6 lead.
KSU took control with 1:31 remaining before the break, as Pierce caught a 10- yard touchdown pass to give his team a 13-10 advantage on the scoreboard.
The Golden Flashes dominated in the second half, outscoring Army, 26-7, over the span of the final two periods. The excellent display by KSU began with an eight-yard touchdown toss from Reardon to Humphrey just over two minutes into the third quarter.
Army scored its last points of the contest at the 9:18 point of the third stanza, as Giovannelli dashed past the defense for an eight-yard touchdown run to reduce the deficit to 20-17.
Melchiori closed out the third quarter scoring with a successful 27-yard field goal try. The KSU place kicker then converted a 32-yard attempt less than three minutes into the fourth quarter to give the hosts a 26-17 lead.
Reardon gave the Golden Flashes more breathing room as he connected with Pierce on a five-yard touchdown pass with six minutes remaining in regulation. The sophomore signal caller than rushed seven yards across the goal line at the 3:57 mark of the fourth period to give KSU a 39-17 edge in points.
Army is now 0-4 on the road this season and has lost 19-straight regular season away games dating back to the 2010 season.Game Notes