Kent State’s first bowl game in 41 years ended in disappointment with a 17–13 loss to Arkansas State in Sunday night’s GoDaddy.com Bowl. Nonetheless, the Golden Flashes still found a way to leave a lasting mark on the bowl season with some downright bizarre helmets.
The predominantly yellow lids feature a pair of glaring eagle eyes on the front just above the facemask. On the back, meanwhile, is a giant blue Kent State “K.”
How the Golden Flashes came to wear these for their bowl game is actually a good story. Head coach Darrell Hazell discovered the helmets earlier this year and found out that Kent State wore them in their last bowl game, the 1972 Tangerine Bowl. He decided to use it as a goal for his team.
“When he came in, he found a gold helmet and said that would be the helmet that we wore in the bowl game,” Kent State athletic director Joel Nielsen said on Thursday. “He wanted his team to see that target every time they walked in the office. And that target was that gold helmet. It’s in a glass trophy case that has been in their office ever since he took the job.”
There’s nothing wrong with making a statement like that after such a prolonged bowl drought. Grade: B+
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