KENT, Ohio - It’s a moment one Kent State football player won’t be able to live down anytime soon.
On Thursday, during Kent State’s opener against Towson, sophomore lineman Andre Parker picked up a live ball after a Flashes punt inside the 10 yard line.
He then ran it 58 yards down field, in the wrong direction, instead of turning around and running less than 10 yards for the touchdown.
When the punt grazed a Tigers player, it must have caused a great deal of confusion for both teams. In fact, two Towson players ran Parker out of bounds. They must not have realized if Parker made it to the endzone it would have meant a Tigers score.
After the play is blown dead, Parker can be seen on video throwing his hands in the air, while teammates pat him on the back and bump helmets. Maybe those are the same teammates who helped him out with a few blocks along the way.
Thankfully for the Golden Flashes, they still went on to win it, 41 to 21 .
NewsChannel5 contacted the KSU Athletic Department on Friday with a request to interview Parker. A few minutes later, coach Darrell Hazel called back and said, "That's not gonna happen."
Hazel said he wants the team to focus on its next game.
Kent State plays Kentucky on Sept. 8.
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