George Bollas came within a few inches of scoring a late touchdown while leading an impressive fourth-quarter drive in place of starting quarterback Mylik Mitchell, who . . .
"George played a lot of football for us last year," said Kent State head coach Paul Haynes, whose Flashes finished the non-conference portion of their schedule at 1-3. "He came in and did some good things. We'll see how (Mitchell) goes this week, but we'll have to get ready to start (Bollas) this week."
Haynes said Reardon will likely practice at quarterback this week with Mitchell's status unknown. Game-one starter Justin Agner missed his third consecutive game after suffering an injury in the season opener.
"(Reardon) will have to," said Haynes. "We've now lost two quarterbacks playing against Penn State and Alabama."
Justin Rankin led the Kent State rushing attack with 52 yards on six carries that included a 47-yard run on the Flashes' first play from scrimmage.
Defensively, Kent State was led by Nate Holley, whose 14 tackles gave him four consecutive double-digit tackle efforts to open the 2016 season. In his last two games, he has recorded 25 solo tackles.
Freshman Derek Adams impressed on special teams with three punts of over 50 yards, highlighted by a career-high 67-yarder that was downed at the Alabama 1. For the game, Adams averaged 46 yards on nine punts.
Defending national champion Alabama improved to 4-0 this season under head coach Nick Saban, who is a Kent State alum.
"They are a great football team," said Haynes. "They are disciplined. They don't beat themselves. I'm sure (Saban) will find some things they need to get better at … That's why they are a championship team.”
Kent State opens Mid-American Conference play next week when it hosts Akron in a 3:30 p.m. Homecoming battle on Saturday.
-- On Kent State's first offensive play, Justin Rankin had the Flashes' longest rush of the season at 47 yards.
-- Senior linebacker Nick Cuthbert made a season-high eight tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss.
-- Junior safety Kevin Bourne had a career-high five tackles.
-- Redshirt freshman running back Will Matthews had a career-high 43 yards receiving, including a 36-yard catch, the Flashes second-longest pass play of the season.