Doing so without Jose Davis effectively pulled slim out of the equation.
With the junior quarterback sidelined with a thigh injury, the RedHawks' Mid-American Conference-leading defense pitched a shutout at the Golden Flashes while Travis Prentice rushed for 197 yards and scored five touchdowns to lead Miami (9-1, 6-1 MAC) to a 56-0 victory at Yager Stadium.
Prentice added a 65-yard touchdown reception to his rushing totals to finish with 262 yards on his own, while Kent State (0-10, 0-8) collectively managed just 215 yards.
"Today we played our 'A' game," said Miami coach Randy Walker. "We hit on almost every cylinder. It was not perfect, but was a really solid performance by a lot of people."
Davis, who hasn't practiced since suffering a thigh injury two weeks ago against Western Michigan, may not be able to return for next Saturday's season finale against Ohio.
"Jose Davis, to his credit, was getting treatment three times a day on a thigh bruise all week," said Flashes coach Dean Pees, whose Kent State squad has been decimated by injuries this season. "I saw him last night at the end of a team meeting and he had a hard time making it out of his chair. It doesn't look like he will be ready any time soon."
Backup quarterback Zach Williams completed 12-of-19 passes for 108 yards in his first collegiate start.
Miami led just 7-0 after the first quarter, but piled up 35 points in the second period to put the game away.
Prentice scored four touchdowns and ran for 101 yards in the first half to help Miami build a 42-0 advantage. His 65-yard touchdown reception from Mike Bath in the second quarter was the first of his career.
Prentice added a 45-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
"I've run out of superlatives to use for him," said Walker of Prentice, who entered the game second in the nation in rushing yards. "Travis is the best ever to line up at Miami."
Miami's defense also got into the scoring act, with Dustin Cohen scoring on a 67-yard interception return.
Kent State freshman tailback DeMarlo Rozier rushed for 73 yards on 19 carries, while freshman wide receiver Jurron Kelly caught six passes for 67 yards.
Defensively for the Flashes, freshman linebacker Rashan Hall finished with a game-high 15 tackles (1 for a loss), and fellow freshman linebacker Heath Hommel racked up 10 tackles.
Pees believes the RedHawks have proven they are bowl-worthy this season, even though they finished second to Marshall in the MAC East Division.
"If they run the table and go 10-1, it would be a travesty for them not to make it to a bowl game," said Pees. "It wouldn't hurt anyone in our conference if they made it to a bowl."