Scores

Final

Murray State 10

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Kent State 41

(1-0, 1-0 home)

Coverage: NeuLion Webcast

7:00 PM ET, September 2, 2010

Dix Stadium, KENT, OH

1 2 3 4 T
MURR 7 3 0 010
KENT 17 7 10 741

Top Performers

Passing: S. Keith (KENT) - 275 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: E. Jarvis (KENT) - 11 CAR, 45 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: S. Kirkland (KENT) - 9 REC, 126 YDS, 1 TD

Kent St. 41, Murray St. 10

Associated Press

KENT, Ohio -- Spencer Keith threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns to lead Kent State to a 41-10 season-opening victory over Murray State on Thursday night.

Two of Keith's scoring passes went to Jacquise Terry, including a 49-yarder that gave the Golden Flashes a 24-10 lead 1:13 before halftime. Keith's other scoring pass went to Sam Kirkland, who had nine catches for 126 yards.

The loss spoiled Chris Hatcher's Murray State coaching debut. Hatcher compiled a 94-27 record in previous jobs at Valdosta State and Georgia Southern.

Anthony Bowman's 92-yard kickoff return to start the second half widened Kent State's lead to 31-10 over its Football Championship Series opponent.

Jeff Ehrhardt was 30-for-47 for 258 yards for Murray State, which finished with minus-65 yards rushing as Ehrhardt was sacked five times for 44 yards. The Racers didn't score in the final 39:17.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MURR
KENT
1st Downs1220
Total Yards193412
Passing258275
Rushing-65137
Penalties8-717-60
3rd Down Conversions3-186-16
4th Down Conversions1-23-3
Turnovers12
Possession26:3833:22

Passing Leaders

Murray StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Ehrhardt30/472585.510
Kent StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Keith24/352757.931

Rushing Leaders

Murray StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rothman210.501
Nwagbara100.000
Kent StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jarvis11454.1120
Terry11302.7017

Receiving Leaders

Murray StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Harris11797.2024
Brackett57815.6142
Kent StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Kirkland912614.0140
Terry47318.3249

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMURRKENT
TD10:53Eugene Jarvis 6 Yd Run (Freddy Cortez Kick) 07
FG06:32Freddy Cortez 29 Yd 010
TD03:19Arthur Brackett 42 Yd Pass From Jeff Ehrhardt (Kienan Cullen Kick) 710
TD00:19Sam Kirkland 16 Yd Pass From Spencer Keith (Freddy Cortez Kick) 717
SECOND QUARTERMURRKENT
FG09:17Kienan Cullen 42 Yd 1017
TD01:13Jacquise Terry 49 Yd Pass From Spencer Keith (Freddy Cortez Kick) 1024
THIRD QUARTERMURRKENT
TD14:45Anthony Bowman Jr. 92 Yd Kickoff Return (Freddy Cortez Kick) 1031
FG06:26Freddy Cortez 37 Yd 1034
FOURTH QUARTERMURRKENT
TD08:09Jacquise Terry 6 Yd Pass From Spencer Keith (Freddy Cortez Kick) 1041