Last Thursday night at Dix Stadium, the Kent State Golden Flashes held a 17-6 lead over the Buffalo Bulls going into the fourth quarter, only to see the visitors from Western New York score two touchdowns (the latter coming with 58 seconds remaining) for an 18-17 win. The decision handed the Kent State its second consecutive loss and third in the last four games.
There is little time to look back. The Flashes have their shortest turnaround in school history as they travel to Peden Stadium in Athens Tuesday to face the Ohio University Bobcats -- themselves in the midst of a three game losing streak
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LAST TIME OUT: Kent State last played on Thursday night at home losing to the Buffalo Bulls 18-17 after squandering a 17-6 lead going into the fourth quarter. UB’s final touchdown came with 58 seconds left aided by two major penalties against the KSU defense that extended the drive. The first was a targeting call and the second was a pass interference on fourth down and 19 from Midfield. Redshirt freshman QB George Bollas completed 13-of-21 passes for 107 yards and a 31-yard touchdown to WR Ernest Calhoun in the third quarter to give the Flashes the 17-6 lead in the third quarter.
RB Trayion Durham led the ground game with 38 yards. Freshman WR Antwan Dixon had six catches for 72 yards.
Defensively, KSU rebounded after giving up 602 yards and 48 points in their previous game to Bowling Green, allowing just 306 yards and 18 points in defeat. In addition, they had two sacks, five tackles for losses, seven pass breakups and a 69-yard interception return for a touchdown by DB Demetrius Monday. Individually, DB Nate Holley had 12 total tackles (nine solo)
ON THE YEAR: The Golden Flashes opened the 2015 season September 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 smallest KSU has incurred against a Big Ten Conference opponent. A double overtime loss to Marshall at home 36-29 ended the non-conference schedule at 1-3..
KSU opened MAC play with a 20-14 win at home over Miami. After a 38-7 loss at nationally ranked Toledo, KSU rebounded with a 15-10 victory at UMass before being shutout by BGSU, 48-0. That was followed by a the heartbreaking loss to UB…The upcoming game with the Bobcats is the second of three consecutive night tilts for the Flashes, the last being senior night at home on Wednesday November 18 against Central Michigan. They finish the season with the annual Wagon Wheel Battle with Akron on Friday November 27th at InfoCision Stadium
OFFENSE; KSU is averaging 15.9 points & 294 yards per game
RUSHING: Trayion Durham 102 carries-346 yards 2 touchdowns
PASSING: George Bollas 66-108- g4 532 yards two touchdown
RECEIVING: RB Raekwon James 24-226
DEFENSE: The Flashes are allowing 26.6 points & 327 yards per game
TOTAL TACKLES: DB Nate Holley 56-39-95
TACKLES FOR LOSS: DL Terance Waugh 11-58 yards
SACKS: Waugh 9-54
INTERCEPTIONS:DB Demetrius Monday 6-108 yards
PUNTING: Anthony Melchiori 74 – 40.9 avg. per kick
PLACE KICKING: Shane Hynes 7-10 FG / 11-11 PAT
KICK RETURNS: Raekwon James 19-20.7 yds per return
PUNT RETURNS: Ernest Calhoun 17-3.4 avg per return
DB Demetrius Monday collected his sixth interception of the season against UB, along with his second touchdown (the other was an 80-yard fumble recovery at Minnesota)…Monday’s six INT is fifth in the Football Bowl Subdivision…PK Shayne Hynes has made seven of his last field goal attempts..WR Antuwan Dixon had a career high with six catches against the Bulls…DB Nate Holley’s 15 total tackles marked the fifth time in the last six games he has had 12 or more stops in a game…KSU defense is ranked second in the MAC in total defense, tackles for losses, and rushing defense, which is sixth in the FBS…DT Terance Waugh leads the MAC and is fourth in the FBS with nine sacks…P Anthony Melchiori has had a punt of 54 or more yards in six of the nine games so far this season
THE SERIES: The game is the 68th lifetime meeting between the two schools with the Bobcats holding a 40-25-2 advantage…This is the 35th game in Athens with the Cats holding a 19-14-1 edge…They last met in the 2014 season opener at Dix Stadium, where Ohio came away with a 17-14 victory as PK Josiah Yazdani kicked a 44-yard field goal as time expired to give the Bobcats the victory. The Flashes tied the game with 3:34 remaining on a touchdown pass from, Colin Reardon to Chris Humphrey. However, thanks to the running of AJ Ouellette, the Cats got into field goal range for Yazdani’s heroics
OHIO UNIVERSITY BOBCATS (5-3, 2-2 MAC EAST)
LAST TIME OUT: The Bobcats were last in action on Wednesday night when they went up to Bowling Green and joined the Falcons in a shootout. Ohio lost 62-24 despite 541 yards of total offense (299 on the ground). The defense came up with five takeaways. However they were no match for the Eastern Division leading Falcons as they scored almost at will.
Ohio’s rushing attack was led by Maleek Irons, who gained 58 yards on just four carries including a 44-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Both Derrius Vick and JD Sprague saw action at QB, with Sprague connecting on 10-of-24 passes for 162 yards. Sebastian Smith led the receivers with 10 catches for 84 yards…The defense was led individually by Brent Lawton with seven total tackles (all solo)
THE SEASON SO FAR: Ohio opened the 2015 season with three straight wins, beginning on the road at Idaho. That was followed by home wins over Marshall and FCS member Southeast Louisiana. They finished the non-conference portion of the schedule with a 27-24 loss at Minnesota…The Cats opened up MAC play with a 14-12 win at Akron and then prevailed 34-3 at home against Miami in the annual "Battle of the Bricks." Since then its been a threegame slide: 49-14 at home to Western Michigan, 41-17 at Buffalo and then the loss on Wednesday night at BGSU…Ohio finishes the season with its home finale next Wednesday night against Ball State and then travels to Northern Illinois on the following Wednesday for a battle with the Huskies
OFFENSE: Ohio is averaging 25.3 points & 405.1 yards per game
RUSHING: Daz’Mond Patterson 89 carries-392 yards eight touchdowns
PASSING: Derrius Vick 151-234-6 1736 yards 9 touchdowns
RECEIVING: Sebastian Smith 50 receptions-578 yards five touchdown
DEFENSE: The Bobcats are allowing 27.3 points & 393.7 yards per game
TACKLES: Blair Brown (32-26-58)
TFL: Tarrell Basham 5.5 -29 yards
SACKS: Basham 4-27 yards
INTERCEPTIONS: four with two
PUNTING: Mitch Bonnstetter 48-38.1 yds avg per kick
PLACE KICKING: Josiah Yazdani 6-9 FG/ 30-30 PAT
KICK RETURNS: Daz’Mond Patterson (KR) 10-22.6.0/Papi White (PR) 13-7.5
NOTES: In the first eight games of the season, the Ohio offense had 55 plays of 20 or more yards…The 541 yards of total offense at Bowling Green was a season high…A.J. Ouellette scored his first touchdown since he broke the plane at Minnesota and registered his third score of the season…In addition, he also played at linebacker in the game against the Falcons as well as RB…A win over KSU would make the Bobcats bowl eligible for the seventh consecutive season…Ohio ranks seventh in the FBS in punt return defense (2.7 yards per return) and eighth in kickoff return defense (16.6 yds per return)…A win over KSU would put head coach Frank Solich into fourth place alone on the MAC head coaches win list. Currently, he is tied with Doyt Perry of Bowling Green (77)…WR Sebastian Smith has five touchdown so far this season averaging 64.2 YPG