So, there were two key parts of the easy win over Kent. Scoring 42 was one part...and holding Kent to 7 was the other part.
BG has a lot of injury issues in the d-backfield. Watson and Mack didn't play, Milton was injured during the game. Robert Jackson was injured. There were probably others. Not in the backfield, Austin Valdez also did not play. Anyway, BG was very short-handed on defense. I understand in the pre-game Coach said that fans should "keep their fingers crossed"
And yet, they were able to put the full stop on the Kent offense. Yes, they are using a RB at QB. But Kent came into the game #4 in rushing offense in the MAC and Holly (that QB) has had over 100 yards almost every time he has started at QB. They scored 27 against Akron, 44 against Buffalo, 27 against CMU and 21 against EMU. They are capable of scoring.
Except BG held them to their lowest total since they were shut out by Alabama. Kent, the #4 rushing offense in the MAC ran the ball 22 times and had 9 rushing yards. That's a good day. I thought BG covered the run very well, starting on the line and then making sure tackles and getting hats to the ball.
Kent did have some success with the pass...not surprising given the BG backfield...Holley was 8 of 19 for 127 yards, which is a lot of yardage for that few completions. They used George Bollas and he was 7 of 9 for 118. BG had four sacks and lots of pressure on Holly, was helpful. Coach said BG moved guys into the box and left the corners on islands and that we were able to execute. In the end, I think we calculated that Kent could not pass the ball enough to beat us, and they couldn't.
You will remember that BG ran 90 plays. Kent ran 50. They had 10 first downs and were 3 of 12 on 3rd down. BG's defense just had a very solid game. It doesn't make us a great defense, it just means we had a good game and got a little better.
Coach also said that one of the purposes of the running offense is to kill clock and make life easier on the undermanned defense, which I think it has. They were on the field less than 20 minutes.
Tyrik Jones had 1.5 sacks for BG, Trent Greene and Dorian Hendrix had 1 each and Nate Locke had .5. Montre Gregory broke up 2 passes and Jeffries and Milton each had 1. Overall, Greene led the team with 7 tackles.
One last thing...BG made those stops without getting one turnover. The Flashes punted 9 times.
Anyway, the defense had its best game of the season and they deserve credit for sticking with it. I think (as I have mentioned) they were put in the wrong schemes based on inexperienced coaching, but last night they played a very successful and physical game against the Kent run attack and contributed to the easy victory.