Sunday, May 20, 2018
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Knights stunned in a Flash

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The dream of an undefeated season and any remote hope of playing for a national title are over for No. 18 Rutgers after an upset loss at home to Kent State.

Everything else is still in place.

Saturday's stunning 35-23 nonconference loss won't deny the Scarlet Knights a chance at the Big East title. That is what their sights are set on now.

"This is a lump in the road," Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Greene said. "We control our own destiny and we can still do what we set out to do since the beginning of the year. This is all about how we respond."

Kent State was 0-22 against ranked teams, and this was its biggest win since the program began in 1920. The six-game winning streak is its longest since 1940.

"This is a great win for our program," said coach Darrell Hazell, a Rutgers assistant from 2001-03. "We came on the road against a very tough opponent. … I thought our kids prepared like crazy this week."

The biggest play was by Golden Flashes defensive end Mark Fackler — a one-handed, 25-yard interception return for a touchdown early in the second quarter for a 14-3 lead. It was his second pick and one of six by the Golden Flashes, who forced a season-high seven turnovers.

It was the second time in two weeks that a MAC team ended an unbeaten start by a Big East team. On Oct. 20, Toledo defeated then-undefeated Cincinnati.

PITTSBURGH 47, TEMPLE 17: Ray Graham had 180 yards of offense, 109 rushing and 71 receiving, and three touchdowns for the host Panthers. It was his best game since a torn ACL cut short his junior season last year. Graham said: "I just feel different. (The knee) felt a lot better and from here on out that's what I think you're going to see." Tino Sunseri passed for 321 yards and three TDs for Pitt.

LATE FRIDAY: John Wallace's 30-yard field goal in overtime lifted No. 16 Louisville past visiting Cincinnati 34-31 after the Bearcats' attempt to ice the kicker went wrong. Cincinnati got the ball first in OT but Cardinals cornerback Terrell Floyd intercepted Munchie Legaux. Bearcats coach Butch Jones called timeout right before the field-goal try, and the high snap went awry. Teddy Bridgewater hit DeVante Parker on a 64-yard catch-and-run score with 1:56 left but the Bearcats forced OT on Legaux's 26-yard TD to Damon Julian with 1:04 left.

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