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Darrell Hazell unable to win one final game for Kent State Bowl - Kent State v Arkansas State Getty Images

College football had one more opening act before Monday’s BCS championship between Notre Dame and Alabama: the Bowl between Arkansas State and Kent State.

The Golden Flashes will be losing coach Darrell Hazell to Purdue, but Hazell wasn’t able to end his brief time with KSU on a positive note. The No. 25 Flashes fell to the Red Wolves 17-13.

A defensive battle, neither team was able to convert many third downs and two quarters — the first and fourth — didn’t feature any points scored. One of the more exciting players in the country, Kent State running back Dri Archer, scored a touchdown, but wasn’t nearly the factor he’s been during the season.

Speaking of missing game-changers, Arkansas State sorely missed its coach, Gus Malzahn, who will be the new coach at Auburn. The Red Wolves averaged about 36 points per game this season. Leading ASU going forward will be former Texas offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin

Kent State finishes the season with an 11-3 record while Arkansas State gets its 10th win on the year.

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6 Responses to “Darrell Hazell unable to win one final game for Kent State”
  1. wustlumdnj says: Jan 7, 2013 12:30 AM

    Shame ESPN barely let on that the bowl games were happening the last few days, only highlighting pre-ND Alabama stories. I just plain forgot this one was happening and must have hit the espn cfb page 10 times today

  2. whitdog23 says: Jan 7, 2013 7:47 AM

    a TRUE fan knows when games are being played and what channel has the rights to those games….even if its not their favorite team. get real dudette

  3. hor2012 says: Jan 7, 2013 7:50 AM

    Now it’s time for the big one. SEC and ND fan. I remember waking up on Sunday morning to watch the replays of the ND game on Saturday. I’ve said this after the Navy game. I thought the Irish would go unbeaten and nothings change. I believe that this is the best front four that any SEC champion as faced in thier streak. I also think ND’s RBs are not as bad as people think. I do think that Bama’s D-line is better than the Irish O-line. And, they have the advantage with thier receivers against ND DBs. The key to this game will be ND TE. I don’t think Bama has anyone to match up with him. I think it will be a great game. My pick is Notre Dame 21 Tide 17

  4. wustlumdnj says: Jan 7, 2013 8:27 AM

    Yeah, give me one second while I turn my college football fan card in for not explicitly marking the date and time of the bowl on my calendar 😉

  5. cubsin2049 says: Jan 7, 2013 11:54 AM

    Or WHITDOG23 — Perhaps he has a life and doesn’t stay confined in his grandmothers basement memorizing the tendencies of Arkansas State on 3rd and 11. But you never know — that little tidbit of knowledge just might make you score with somebody on the bowling league you are a part of.

    Also, the certificate for knowing when every college football game is on TV will be sent to you in the mail. Put it up next to your “participation” ribbon for gym class.

  6. ningenito78 says: Jan 7, 2013 1:26 PM

    Come on guys! Whitdog23 is a TRUE college football fan. Only a TRUE fan would know when the bowl is. Just kidding. Whitdog23 is actually just a douschebag.

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