Kent St forces 7 TOs, upsets No. 18 Rutgers 35-23

Kent St forces 7 TOs, upsets No. 18 Rutgers 35-23
October 27, 2012, 6:53 pm
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Kent State's Mark Fackler (47) celebrates his interception return for a touchdown with teammates Zack Hitchens (41) and Evan Shimensky (11) during the first half against Rutgers in an NCAA college football game in Piscataway, N.J., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)


PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Defensive end Mark Fackler returned his second interception 25 yards for a touchdown, and Kent State forced five other turnovers in stunning No. 18 Rutgers 35-23 Saturday for its biggest win since its first game in 1920.

The Golden Flashes (7-1) had been 0-22 against ranked teams, but they ended the best start for Rutgers (7-1) since the Scarlet Knights were 9-0 in 2006.

Kent State intercepted Gary Nova six times and recovered a fumble to give the Mid-American Conference its second straight win over an undefeated Big East team. Toledo knocked off Cincinnati last week.

Spencer Keith threw touchdowns of 1 yard to Zack Hitchens and 15 yards to Josh Boyle, the latter giving the Golden Flashes a 35-17 lead with 11:30 to play. Dri Archer, the nation's leader in touchdowns coming into this week, scored on a 7-yard run, and Trayion Durham tallied from 3-yards out.