The Kent State Golden Flashes saw their record fall to 0-4 last Saturday as they fell to the Virginia Cavaliers from the Atlantic Coast Conference, 45-14, after leading 10-7 at the end of the first quarter.
The Blue and Gold are winless after four games for the first time since 2000 as they return to Mid-American Conference play this Saturday. They finish a tough three-game road swing with a visit to Northern Illinois to play the Huskies, who own a 17-game winning streak in DeKalb
LAST TIME OUT: K
ent State fell at Virginia, 45-14. KSU came out strong, scoring the game’s first points when sophomore QB Colin Reardon connected with fellow soph James Brooks with a 45 yard touchdown pass. It was KSU’s first points since the fourth quarter in their loss at home to South Alabama. After UVA tied the score 7-7, the Flashes regained the lead on a 31-yard field goal from Anthony Melchiori 10-7. However, from that point on, it was all Virginia, which tallied 38 unanswered points to seize control of the game. KSU’s final points came in the fourth quarter on Melchiori’s second field goal of the game this one came from 43 yards.
ON THE YEAR:
KSU offensively is averaging 10 points and 244.5 yards per game…QB Colin Reardon is the leader of the offense and he has completed 54.percent of his passes (76/139) for 792 yards with five touchdowns and seven interceptions. Sophomore RB Nick Holley leads the ground game with 123 yards on 39 carries while Ernest Calhoun leads the receivers with 16 catches for 150 yards (KSU has four players with 10 or more receptions)…Defensively, the Flashes are allowing 37.8 points and 483 yards per game. Sophomore Nate Holley leads the defense with 56 total tackles (34 solo) which leads the MAC. In addition, Holley has two forced fumbles, a pass breakup, and a recovered fumble. In the special teams, Melchiori does both the place kicking and punting duties. He is averaging 45.7 yards per punt, along with being 2 of 4 on field goals and a perfect 4 of 4 on PAT. In the return game, Calhoun is averaging 18.9 yds per kick return while Brooks is averaging 5.0 yards per punt return.
NOTES & QUOTES:
The Kent State defense has forced three or more turnovers in three of its four games of 2014 (The Flashes forced two interceptions and a fumble vs, UVA)…LB Matt Delloinger made a career 12 total tackles against the Cavaliers…Nate Holley ranks third in the FBS in total tackles (14 per game) and second in solo stops (8i ½)…Anthony Melchiori’s two field goals last Saturday was the first of the season
The game is the 26th lifetime between the two schools with the Huskies owning an 18-7 advantage, winning the last seven in the series including last season, 38-24, at Dix Stadium…KSU’s last win over NIU came in 2001 44-34…The two teams have met four times over the past three seasons when you include the 2012 Marathon MAC Championship Game in Detroit (won by the Huskies 44-37 in double overtime)..IN LAST YEAR’s TILT the Huskies had 698 yards of total offense, led by Cameron Stingly’s 266 yards rushing. Jordan Lynch did his damage with 94 yards rushing along with 21-of-35 passing for 244 yards. However the Flashes stayed with the Huskies and held a 24-21 lead early in the third quarter. However, NIU was just too good and scored the last 17 points of the game. RB Trayion Durham led the Flashes with 72 yards rushing. Dri Archer had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, as well as a 66-yard scoring pass from Colin Reardon
NORTHERN ILLINOIS HUSKIES (3-1)
LAST TIME OUT:
Northern Illinois lost at Arkansas, 52-14, back on Sept. 20. The loss ended NIU’s 17-game road winning streak and the Huskies first regular season loss since the 2012 opener to Iowa in Chicago.
The Hogs opened a 21-0 first quarter lead and never looked back. NIU got on the scoreboard in the second quarter when Drew Hare found Aregeos Turner in the end zone from 11-yards out. The Huskies did not score again until early in the fourth quarter. Hare (who passed for 179 yards, completing 18-of-29 passes) connected with Joel Bougnon on a screen pass and carried the ball 15-yards for the score. Cameron Stingly led the NIU ground game with 49 yards on 10 carries while Bouganon led the receivers with five catches for 71 yards and the score.
ON THE YEAR:
The Huskies offensively are averaging 35 points and 488.8 yards per game…Sophomore QB Hare has completed 62.5 percent of his passers (50/80) for 673 yards with right touchdowns and no interceptions…Fifth-year senior Akeem Daniels leads the running game with 202 yards on 32 carries..Another Fifth-year senior WR Da’Ron Brown leads with 24 receptions for 386 yards and four touchdowns…Defensively, NIU is allowing 26 points and 361.8 yards per game…Junior SS Marlon Moore leads the defense with 32 total tackles (15 solo) he also has two forced fumbles, an interception, and a tackle for loss…Special teams are led by Tyler Wedel, who does both the punting and place kicking. He is averaging 43.7 yards per punt and is 5/7 on field goals
The big questio,n not only in DeKalb but throughout the MAC, was what would the Huskies be like withiout Jordan Lynch. Mr Everything for NIU graduated with all his records and accolades. Head coach Ron Carey has gone to a three-headed system at quarterback with Drew Hare, Matt McIntosh, and Anthony Maddie. It has been Hare that has gotten most of the starts and the snaps…After a 55-03 home demolition of FCS oppoinent Prebyterian, the Huskes embarked on a three-game road swing. The first was the short trek east to Evanston when NIU stunned Northwestern, 23-15. It was NIU’s first ever win over the Wildcats…After that, it was on to Las Vegas where the Huskies defeated UNLV, 48-34, amassing 616 yards in total offense as Hare passed for 285 yards, Stingly rushed for 102 and Brown had 138 receiving…The game with KSU begins a three-game homestand for the Huskies, who also face Central Michigan and Miami in this stretrch before finishing the campaign with four of their last five away from DeKalb
NOTES & QUOTES:
NIU comes into the game with a 27-game home winning streak…The Huskies have won 23 consecutive MAC regular-season games ..NIU’s 49 wins since 2010 are the third most in the FBS in that time frame -- only behind Oregon and Alabama…The Huskies NIU was picked second by the media and first by the coaches in the pre-season MAC polls…