McGuirk Stadium, Amherst, Mass.
By EVAN MEYER
Last Saturday in Toledo, the Kent State Golden Flashes recovered a punt in the end zone for a touchdown on the first possession of the game for a 7-0 lead over the Toledo Rockets. From that point on however, the game was a mismatch as the Western Division leading Rockets dominated KSU in every facet of the game en route to a 38-7 victory. That dropped Kent State's overall mark to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in Mid-American Conference play.
The Flashes have lost three of their last four games and on Saturday meet UMass for the the first time in Amherst. UMass, which leaves the MAC following this season, leads the series with KSU, 1-0.
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LAST TIME OUT: Kent State lost to the Toledo Rockets 38-7 Saturday at the Glass Bowl. It was KSU’s third loss in the last four games. The Flashes opened the scoring on the game’s first possession as Ryan Siebert recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead. The Rockets got into high gear late in the first quarter and dominated the game from then on, scoring 24 unanswered points to take a 24-7 lead at halftime and cruised to victory from there.
The KSU offense moved in fits-and-starts, with their deepest penetration to the UT 25 yard line. That resulted in a missed field goal.
The offense managed just 257 yards, with both Colin Reardon and George Bollas getting time at quarterback. Bollas led KSU in rushing with 48 yards on six carries while completing 10-of-21 passes for 71 yards. WR Raekown James had four receptions for 66 yards.
Defensively, KSU came into the game as one of the best in the entire Football Bowl Subdivision. Against Toledo, however, the Flashes were scorched as UT owned 518 total yards. DB Nate Holley led the defense with 15 total tackles (11 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 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..Kent State opened MAC play with a 20-14 win at home over Miami before its loss last Saturday in Toledo.
OFFENSE; KSU is averaging 18.5 points & 315.3 yards per game
RUSHING: Trayion Durham 83 carries-290 yards 2 touchdowns
PASSING: Colin Reardon 65-144-3 743 yards 6 touchdowns
RECEIVING: WR Kris White 12-163
DEFENSE: The Flashes are allowing 27.2 points & 296.3 yards per game
TOTAL TACKLES: DB Nate Holley 21-20-41
TACKLES FOR LOSS: DL Terance Waugh 8-49 yards
SACKS: Waugh 6.5-46 yards
INTERCEPTIONS: DB Demetrius Monday 5-39 yards
PUNTING: Anthony Melchiori 50 – 40.6 avg. per kick
PLACE KICKING: Shane Hynes 4-6 FG / 8-8 PAT
KICK RETURNS: Raekwon James 17-20.7 yds per return
PUNT RETURNS: Ernest Calhoun 17-3.4 avg per return
NOTES: The Toledo game marked the third time this season KSU's offense failed to score a touchdown (Illinois and Minnesota are the others).,..Kent State leads the MAC in total defense, sacks, tackles for losses, turnovers gained and pass effiency defense…RB Trayion Durham became the fifth rusher in KSU history to gain 3,000 yards in his career and is tied for seventh in career rushing touchdowns with 26…Rakewon James had 195 all-purpose yards against UT, including a 46-yard pass reception…The Flashes are fifth in the FBS with 10 interceptions with CB Demetrius Monday having five of them -- good for fourth nationally…DE Terance Waugh leads the MAC in tackles for losses and sacks, while ranking ninth nationally in getting to the quarterback
THE SERIES: The game is just the second lifetime meeting between the two schools and the first with UMass being the host…The Minutemen won the only other meeting last year at Dix Stadium, 40-17. They built a 24-10 halftime lead, only to see the Flashes pull within 27-17 midway through the third quarter before the visitors scored the final 16 points of the contest.
RB Lorenzo Woodley had 160 yards on 23 carries and a pair of touchdowns, while QB Blake Frohnapel completed 23-of-38 passes for 286 yards and pair of scores. For KSU, Coilkin Reardon completed 22-of-41 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown while TE Casey Pierce had six receptions for 57 yards while DB Jordan Italiano led the defense with 10 total tackles (seven solo)
MASSACHUSETTS MINUTEMEN (1-4, 0-3 MAC WEST)
LAST TIME OUT: Last Saturday, the Minutemen traveled to Bowling Green and lost to the East Division-leading Falcons, 62-38, in a game that saw 1,241 yards of total offense (725 by BGSU & 516 by UMass).
QB Blake Frohnapfel completed 23-of-56 passes for 409 yards, an interception and three touchdowns. WR Tajan Sharpe had 13 receptions for 156 yards and a score, while Rodney Mills had five catches for 100 yards. Defensively, LB Shane Huber and 12 total tackles (six solo), while DB Kelton Brackett added 10 stops (seven solo)
ON THE YEAR: Massachusetts opened the 2015 season with three consecutive losses (at Colorado, Temple at Foxboro, at Notre Dame). The Minutemen held their own against the Fighting Irish for the first half, but the home team pulled away down the stretch.
UMass finally collected its first win of the season by defeating Florida International (Sun Belt), 24-14, before the loss to Bowling Green last Saturday.
OFFENSE: UMass is averaging 25.2 points and 459.2 total yards per game
RUSHING: Marquis Young 29-223 yards one touchdown
PASSING: Blake Frohnapfel 135-227-4 1623 yards 10 touchdowns
RECEIVING: Tajae Sharpe 58 receptions-692 yards two touchdowns
DEFENSE: The Minutemen are allowing 42.2 points and 522 yards per game
TACKLES: Joe Colton 24-18-42
TACKLES FOR LOSS: Jovan Santos-Knox 4-13
SACKS: Santos-Knox 2-9 & Kassan Messiah 2-14
INTERCEPTIONS: Kelton Brackett 2-3
PUNTING: Logan Laurent 26-42.8 yards per kick
PLACE KICKING: Laurent 2-3 FG/8-8 PAT
PUNT RETURNS: Trey Dudley-Giles 2-7
KICK RETURNS: James Oliphant 15-26.9 TD
NOTES: The Minutemen are in their final season as a football playing member of the MAC (They will be an independent beginning next season)…WR Tajaw Sharpe has at least one reception in 39 consecutive games…Sharpe has eight 100 receiving yards in his last 13 games, dating back to last season…UMass has used six true freshmen so far this season…The game is homecoming at Amherst…Blake Frohnapfel needs 32 yards to become the fourth quarterback in UMass history to pass for 5,000 yards…James Oliphant had 238 kick return yards at BGSU, the most by a returner in the FBS so far this season…UMass is one of six teams in the FBS to play on 12 consecutive weeks (FIU, Arizona, Colorado, Hawai’I, and North Texas the others).