September 5, 2007

Flashes finish what they started

Last fall, Kent State lost its first two games of the 2006 season but rattled off five straight victories for a 5-2 record and a commanding lead in the race for the Mid-American Conference East Division championship.

The wheels fell off and the Golden Flashes lost four of their final five games to finish at 6-6 and second in the East. Since then the coaching staff has preached to its players the importance of finishing-whether that means finishing a play, a game or a rep in the weight room.

"Finishing was a major problem for us last year," said Kent State head coach Doug Martin. "The last half of the season we didn't finish the way we had hoped to and there were some games we didn't finish well in the second half.

"That's all we've talked about since the end of last season is that we were going to be a team that would finish games, finish the play, finish games, finish the season, that whole thing and they bought into it."

So far so good as the Golden Flashes turned a 9-7 halftime lead into a 23-14 victory over Iowa State on Thursday at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa.

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