Coach Andrew Profio took his 0-2 Golden Flashes into Champaign,IL for a clash with the Fighting Illini of Illinois; he honestly had no idea what to expect. "We were coming into the game after two tough losses. Obviously losing the Rutgers game the way we did, and dropping that close rivalry game against Virginia." Profio said. Well Coach should know now that he has a talented team assembled at Kent. One that could also be considered gritty. "It seemed as we were about to be blown out after we fell behind 17-0 before halftime." Profio explained. Illinois got the scoring started early with Nathan Scheelhaase hooking up with Ryan Lankford for a 2 yard touchdown score. The Illini would add a 37 yard field off the leg of Shane Colvin to push the score to 10-0. Scheelhaase would find Darius Millines for a 43 yard bomb for the touchdown. Illinois was now up 17-0. "I was like, here we go again, it's Rutgers all over again." Profio said. Kent would get on the board with a 22 yard field goal from Freddy Cortez right before halftime. With 20 seconds left to go in the 2nd, Steve Mehrer would recover an Illini fumble, setting the Flashes up with great field position. Flashes quarterback Spencer Keith would find Matthew Hurdle for a 30 yard touchdown strike. Kent got back into the game, heading into half down 17-10. Coach explained: "This is where this game turned. We finally had the momentum." The defenses ruled the third quarter, but Illinois broke through and ripped the heart out of Kent. Scheelhaase would find Millies again, this time for a 56 yard touchdown. "That hurt. I honestly felt we lost the game at that point." Profio said. Things were looking bleak for the Flashes. Keith had just went down with an injury as did starting running back Dri Artcher. Sophmore Cedric McCloud would step in an engineer a comeback for the ages. It all started when he found Tyshon Goode for a 61 yard touchdown bomb. Kent need one more defensive stand. The d stepped up to the occasion giving the offense back the ball with 2:03 left in the game. Kent would drive the ball 85 yards before capping up the drive on McCloud's 1 yard touchdown run. The backup had become the hero and tied the game up. Kent needed the defense to hold strong and they did, the game was heading into overtime. Illinois won the toss and elected to play defense first. Kent engineered a scoring drive that was capped by backup running back Larry Dawson's 1 yard touchdown run. Kent's defense stepped up a third time and stopped Illinois. The comeback was complete, Kent wins 31-24. "This is a program defining win for us. Coming in here and knocking off a Big Ten team, being an underdog, this was huge. We will continue to grow, and start prepping for Akron. But for now, we sure as hell are going to properly enjoy this victory." Profio said after the game. The 1-2 Flashes have a bye week, before facing rival Akron.