Just 12 seconds after Durham's 15-yard burst, aided by some bad tackling, made it 14-0, Malauulu picked off Tettleton in the middle of the field. He found some blocks down the left sideline and dived inside the front pylon for the score, which survived a video replay.
"That was a crazy play," Malauulu said. "It happened so fast. I read the quarterback's eyes, I rolled over that way and came up with the ball. I picked it and I was like 'Oh my gosh, I caught the ball.'"
Earlier, Malauulu stripped Blankenship and Kent State's Luke Wollet fielded a one-hopper off the turf and sprinted half the field to make it 7-0.
Ohio managed a 33-yard field goal by Matt Weller to close the quarter, but the Bobcats were down 18 despite outgaining the Golden Flashes, running more than twice as many offensive plays and holding the ball for eight more minutes.
Two plays did them in.
"We just killed ourselves with the turnovers," Blankenship said. "Just stupid plays."
Weller's 41-yard field goal before halftime trimmed Kent State's lead to 21-6 and sent Ohio's players to the locker room with confidence after being on the verge of a blowout loss.
But the Bobcats, who also hurt themselves with penalties in the first half, couldn't get anything going on offense after halftime. They were still hanging around in the fourth quarter before Keith hit Eric Adeyemi for a 24-yard TD to make it 28-6.
When the final seconds ticked off the clock, Kent State's players lined up and rang a victory bell before heading to the locker room.
Once ignored, the Golden Flashes are making noise.
"We knew we could do something special," Malauulu said. "This is the season we all wanted."
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