Kent, OH - Kent State rallied with 10 fourth-quarter points to edge Liberty 17-10 in the season opener for both teams.
The victory extends the Golden Flashes' (1-0) home winning streak to nine games, a run that began during the 2011 season.
Liberty, opening the season against an FBS opponent for the third straight year, falls to 0-1. The Flames, who led 10-7, midway through the third quarter, were looking for their second straight victory over a Mid-American Conference opponent after defeating Ball State, 27-23, in Muncie, Indiana on Sept. 11, 2010.
The Flames got the offense going on their second drive after halftime, starting with a 58-yard pass play from Woodrum to Darrin Peterson. The sophomore was able to overcome a declined pass interference call with an over-the-shoulder catch to get to the Kent State 30-yard line.
Five plays later and facing a third-and-seven play from the 11-yard line, Liberty went with an empty backfield and gave Woodrum five options to look for. One of the five was able to get open as Gabe Henderson pulled down his first career touchdown reception to put the Flames up 10-7 with 7:25 left to play in the third quarter.
Kent State was able to push the ball downfield, regaining the lead on its longest play of the day when Colin Reardon found junior wide receiver Chris Humphrey open near his own sideline. The junior wide receiver then avoided two defenders downfield, scoring on a 42-yard reception to give the home team a 17-10 edge with 4:28 left in the game.
Kent State's returning All-America running back Dri Archer, who rushed for 1,429 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2012, was limited to three carries for 10 yards after leaving the game in the first quarter with an injury.