Last Saturday at Dix Stadium, the Kent State Golden Flashes outplayed the Marshall Thundering Herd in two of the three phases in the game.
The Blue and Gold had their best game offensively with over 400 total yards, and the defense held the high-powered Herd to under 300 total yards. However, special teams were the key as KSU missed a pair of two-point conversions and gave up a kickoff return for a touchdown, falling 36-29 in double overtime.
This Saturday, the Flashes open Mid-American Conference play on homecoming weekend as they face the Miami Redhawks. Both schools are 1-3 on the season after non-conference play and look to start conference play on the right foot.
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THEIR LAST TIME OUT: Last Saturday, Kent State completed its non-conference schedule, falling to the Marshall Thundering Herd 36-29 at Dix Stadium. It was the 11th consecutive time KSU had fallen to the men from Huntington.
KSU held a 19-7 lead midway through the third quarter when the game turned on a 93-yard kickoff return by Marshall. Momentum went back and forth until PK Shane Hynes connected on a 33-yard field goal with 5:01 remaining to send the game into overtime.
Both teams scored a touchdown on the first overtime possession. After scoring a touchdown to start the next overtime period, Marshall held the Flashes on four downs for the victory.
KSU amassed 434 yards on total offense, with 247 coming on the ground. Senior RB Trayion Durham, starting for the injured Nick Holley, had 114 yards on 31 carries and a touchdown. Junior QB Colin Reardon completed 13-of-34 passes for 187 yards with no sacks or interceptions and two touchdowns. Junior WR Ernest Calhoun had four receptions for 33 yard and a score.
Defensively, three Flashes had double digit tackles, led by junior DB Nate Holley with 15 (seven solo), junior DT Terrance Waugh with 11 (seven solo and three sacks) and junior LB Elcee Refuge with 10 (four solo).
ON THE YEAR: The Golden Flashes opened the 2015 season September 3-4 losing to the Fighting Illini of Illinois 52-3 at Champaign-Urbana…They rebounded the following week in the home opener dominating Delaware State 45-13, then lost a heartbreaker at Minnesota 10-7. The three-point defeat was the KSU’s smallest against a Big Ten Conference opponent
OFFENSE; KSU is averaging 21 points and 328.8 yards per game
RUSHING: Trayion Durham 52 carries-205 yards 2 touchdowns
PASSING: Colin Reardon 49-112-3 550 yards 5 touchdowns
RECEIVING: WR Kris White 9 catches - 155 yards Earnest Calhoun 9-79 1TD
DEFENSE: The Flashes are allowing 27.8 points and 218.5 yards per game
TOTAL TACKLES: DB Nate Holley 17-19-36
TACKLES FOR LOSS: DL Terance Waugh 7 ½ -47 yards
SACKS: Waugh 6.5-46 yards
INTERCEPTIONS: DB Demetrius Monday 3
PUNTING: Anthony Melchiori 32 – 40.9 avg per kick
PLACE KICKING: Shane Hynes 2-3 FG / 5-5 PAT
KICK RETURNS: Rackwon James 11-22.5 yds per return
PUNT RETURNS: Ernest Calhoun 13-3.7 avg per return
KSU NOTES: KSU has allowed only three touchdowns in regulation over the past three games…DT Terance Waugh was named MAC East Defensive Player of the week with his game high three sacks and a career high 11 total tackles (seven solo)…Waugh in third in the Football Bowl Subdivision as well as leading the MAC with 6 1.2 sacks…KSU defense is fourth in the FBS in total defense and ninth in both rushing defense and passing defense and are a +5 in the turnover ratio the past two games…RB Trayion Durham scored his 26th career touchdown against Marshall tying him for seventh on the all-time list…KSU is 24-44 on homecoming since 1947 but just 7-21 since 1987…This is the first time since 2005 that the Flashes open the MAC schedule on homecoming -- the last being Miami in 2005…KSU is 26-41-2 in MAC openers, having dropped four of the last five…former Flashes quarterback and current New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman will be the grand marshal of the Homecoming parade on Saturday morning before the game…next Saturday KSU starts a two-game road trip, beginning in Toledo against the Rockets
THE SERIES: The game is the 63rd lifetime meeting between the two schools with Miami holding a 47-15 advantage…This will be the 31st game in Kent, with the ‘Hawks holding a commanding 22-8 edge…The two schools have met every year since 1955…KSU has won four of the last seven encounters…Last year in Oxford, MU ended a two-game losing streak in the series with a 10-3 victory. The game was a defensive struggle, with MU scoring the only touchdown a 19-yard run by QB Andrew Hendrix in the first quarter. KSU’s only score was a 28-yard Anthony Melchori field goal in the second quarter.
MIAMI REDHAWKS (1-3)
THEIR LAST TIME OUT: Miami completed their non-conference schedule with a 56-14 loss at the hands of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (Conference USA) last Saturday in Bowling Green, Kentucky. MU managed just 291 yards of total offense, while WKU had 569 total yards. MU used three quarterbacks. Senior Drew Kummer started and completed 7-of-12 passes for 78 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown pass to Chris Hudson, who led MU in receptions with four for 64 yards and the score. Defensively, fifth year senior DB Brison Burris had 10 total tackles (three solo)
ON THE YEAR: Miami was picked sixth in the MAC East pre-season poll (just above Kent State). The RedHawks opened the season with a home win over Presbyterian (FCS) before being shutout at nationally-ranked Wisconsin. MU lost a tough one at home to arch-rival Cincinnati as the Bearcats retained possession of the Victory Bell...This is the middle game of three on the road for MU as next Saturday they head to Athens to battle Ohio in the annual ‘Battle of the Bricks’ before returning home on October 17th against Northern Illinois.
OFFENSE: MU is averaging 18.2 points and 340.5 total yards per game
RUSHING: Alonzo Smith 38 carries-163 yards 2 touchdowns
PASSING: Drew Kummer 38-70-2 571 yards 6 touchdowns
RECEIVING: Sam Martin 12 receptions-204 yards one touchdown
DEFENSE: Miami is allowing 19.7 points and 340 yards per game
TACKLES: Brison Burris 18-17-35
TACKLES FOR LOSS: Paul Moses 4-24
SACKS: Moses 3-23
INTERCEPTIONS: Four with one
PUNTING: Christian Koch 30-39.7 yds per kick
PLACE KICKING: Nick Smith 4-4 FG/ 12-12 PAT
PUNT RETURNS: Fred McRae 4-10.5 avg per return
KICK RETURNS: McRae 7-17.7 yds per return
MIAMI NOTES: Of the 110 players on their roster, 62 of them are either true freshmen or redshirts…Head Coach Chuck Martin (in his second season) will be inducted into the Grand Valley State University (MI) hall of Fame on October 24th…MU comes into the game losing their last 18 games away from Oxford.