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September 13, 2010
As the color analyst for Kent State football and basketball games Rob Polinsky has seen a fair share of Golden Flashes games over the past two seasons.
On Saturday, Polinksy was impressed with Kent State's effort at Boston College, despite the 26-13 loss.
"I was as very impressed with the defense, especially the run defense holding the BC running game in check for the most part," Polinsky said. "I was worried that mammoth O-line would dominate the line of scrimmage. That wasn't the case for the most part."
Polinsky said sophomore Jake Dooley played well in Simmons' absence and some of the usual suspects also turned in strong performances.
Mixon led the team with 15 tackles while Lainhart added 11. Wolfe and Wood had six stops each and Wolfe picked off a Boston College pass. Nix had a sack and another tackle for a loss and forced two fumbles. Dooley made two stops.
Offensively, the Flashes weren't able to get much going in the running game. That forced sophomore quarterback Spencer Keith to carry the load.
"Keith made a couple of bad throws that were picked off, but when you can't run the ball that is going to happen throwing as much as KSU does," Polinsky said.
Keith completed 23-of-36 passes for 201 yards and a score. He did throw two interceptions.
"Rinehart and Cortez continue to excel in the kicking game," he said. "Not only did Cortez make two long field goals, his kickoffs for the most part pinned BC (deep in their own territory)."
He wasn't as impressed with the Flashes punt return unit, which fumbled three punts, two of them recovered by the Eagles.
"Obviously Kent State has to find somebody who can field and return punts," Polinsky said. "With Jarvis out of yesterday's game he was sorely missed returning punts; three fumbles by two different returners in his absence."
After watching the Flashes in action in Chestnut Hill, Polinsky knows just how close the Flashes came to pulling off the upset.
"The frustrating part of (Saturday) was BC was beatable," he said. "If (Kent State) could have sustained a drive or two on offense and been able to field punts who knows what might have been. The defense played well enough for KSU to get the upset, the (offense) and the special teams didn't."