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Kent State football team falls to Northern Illinois in season finale

By Allen Moff | Staff Writer Published: November 25, 2016 5:12 PM

The Kent State football team fell to Northern Illinois 31-21 in its 2016 season finale Friday afternoon at Dix Stadium.

The Huskies (5-7, 5-3 Mid-American Conference) led the Golden Flashes (3-9, 2-6) by just three points before senior tailback Joel Bouagnon (29 carries, 133 yards) scored a pair of touchdowns on runs of 9 and 2 yards in the first 6:11 of the fourth quarter.

Former Aurora High School star George Bollas, filling in at quarterback for injured starter Nick Holley, threw for 203 yards and scored on an 85-yard run — Kent State's longest play of the season. He finished with 87 yards rushing on nine carries.

Junior safety Kevin Bourne became just the fourth FBS player in the nation to reach 20 tackles this season, finishing with 21, while senior linebacker Nick Cuthbert (19 tackles) reached 18 tackles for the third straight game. The Huskies fan 94 plays and finished with 473 yards of total offense compared to 391 for KSU.

Senior wide receiver Ernest Calhoun caught a 57-yard touchdown pass for the Flashes, who hung tough despite not converting a single third down in the first three quarters.

For more on Friday's game, see the print and online edtions of Saturday's Record-Courier.


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