A couple of Saturday’s ago down in Columbus, the Kent State Golden Flashes suffered one of their worst losses in many seasons as they were totally outclassed by the Ohio State Buckeyes 66-0. It was the most points given up, as well as the largest margin of defeat, by a KSU team since 1977 at South Carolina.
The Blue and Gold are 0-3 for the first time since the 2000 season and now look to rebound as they travel to scenic Charlottesville for a battle with the Virginia Cavaliers.
LAST TIME OUT: Kent State fell (hard) at Ohio State, 66-0. The Buckeyes dominated the game right from the opening kickoff as they scored points on 10 of their first 12 possessions rolling up 628 yards in total offense.
For the Flashes they managed only 126 yards. The offense had eight three-and-outs and punted the ball away 10 times. The Flashes’ longest play from scrimmage was a 20-yard run, and their deepest penetration in the entire game was the Ohio State 41 yard line on their final possession of the game.
Sophomore FS Nate Holley led the defense with 14 total tackles (12 solo). Sophomore RB Nick Holley, brother of Nate, was the lone bright spot on offense. He registered 34 yards on six carries, along with six catches for an additional 37 yards. Sophomore QB Colin Reardon completed 14-of-27 passes for only 76 yards as KSU’s two biggest threats in the passing game struggled. Tight end Casey Pierce had just three receptions for 22 yards and senior WR Chris Humphrey was held without a catch, ending his streak of 22 consecutive games with at least one interception.
ON THE YEAR: The KSU offense is averaging 9.0 points and 232.7 yards over the first three games of 2014…QB Colin Reardon is completing 56.3 percent of his passes (61/108) for 553 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions…Nick Holley leads the running game with 87 yards. He had his longest run (20 yards) of the young season last week against Ohio State …Fourth year junior WR Ernest Calhoun leads the receivers with 15 catches for 128 yards (he had 11 of them in season opener against Ohio)…The Golden Flashes defense is allowing 35.3 points and 470.7 yards so far this season…DB Nate Holley leads the defense (and MAC) with 41 total tackles (28 solo). He has forced two fumbles and recorded a pass breakup…PK Anthony Melchiori is averaging 45.5 yards per punt (leading the MAC) and is 0x2 on field goals so far this season
OVERALL: Kent State looks to be in rebuilding mode in 2014 as the mainstays of their 2012 MAC East title team (including Dri Archer and Roosevelt Nix) have graduated The Flashes were picked to finish fifth in the Eastern Division in the pre-season MAC poll and opened the 2014 campaign at home, coming back from a 14-7 deficit to tie Ohio 14-14 with 3:34 remaining. The Bobcats, however, rallied for one final drive and hit a 44-yard field goal on the final play of the contest. …The following week against South Alabama, KSU fell behind 16-0 midway through the second quarter, only to rally to within three points, 16-13, at the start of the fourth quarter. The Flashes had a chance to tie with five minutes remaining, but a 32-yard field goal attempt was missed. The Jaguars took possession and scored a touchdown to put the game out of reach.
NOTES & QUOTES: The Flashes are 0-3 for the first time since the 2000 season when they lost to Pittsburgh, Purdue, and Youngstown State…In the loss at Ohio State, KSU allowed the most points and their largest margin of defeat since a 77-14 loss at South Carolina back on October 7, 1995…The Flashes leads the MAC with a plus-three turnover margin…This is the first game against a current Atlantic Coast Conference opponent since September 11, 2010, losing at Boston College, 26-13. …KSU is 11-24 lifetime against the ACC
VIRGINIA CAVALIERS (2-2, 1-0 ACC)
LAST TIME OUT: Last Saturday, UVA played its third ranked opponent of the season as they traveled to Provo, Utah, losing to the Brigham Young Cougars 41-33. The Cavaliers held a 16-13 halftime lead, But QB Taysom Hill got the offense moving and BYU tallied 28 points in the second half to remain undefeated at 4-0. UVA snapped the ball offensively 102 times (the most in a game since 1968) and had 519 yards (192 on the ground).
QB Greyson Lambert completed 21-of-35 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown. He also gained 49 yards rushing with a score before leaving the game with an ankle injury. Backup QB Matt Johns played well, completing 14-of-23 passes for 139 yards with a touchdown. Senior TB Khalek Sheppard led all rushers in the game with 73 yards on 14 carries and a score. Fellow seniors WR Miles Gooch and RB Kevin Parks led the receivers with six catches each for 65 and 33 yards, respectively.
ON THE YEAR: Lambert leads the Cavalier offense completing 64.9 percent of his passes (63/94) for 564 yards with only two touchdowns and four interceptions. Parks leads the rushing attack with 197 yards on 63 carries and a touchdown. Sophomore WR Taquan Mizzell leads the receivers with 16 catches, while junior Canaan Severin leads in yards with 165 and in touchdowns (2). Defensively, senior LB Daquan Romero is the leading tackler with 36 (15 solo) he has four tackles for loss, a sack, a pass defended, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery…On special teams, senior Alec Vozeniek is averaing 45.2 yards per punt, while junior PK Ian Frye is 10-of-11 on field goals and is a perfect 13-of-13 on PATs.
OVERVIEW: To say that Virginia has had one of the toughest schedules in the Football Bowl Subdivision is an understatement. It has aleady played three ranked teams, coming away even at 2-2 …The Cavaliers opened the season at home against one of the top teams in the PAC-12 -- UCLA. Virginia held its own against the talented Bruins. However a 21-point second quarter was too much to overcome as they fell, 28-20..The next week against FCS power Richmond, UVA pulled away in the second half to defeat the Spiders, 45-13, thanks to 422 yards in total offense. The defense, meanwhile, scored two touchdowns.
The Cavaliers opened ACC play against newcomer Louisville, squandering a 20-7 in the fourth quarter before coming back with a late field goal for a 23-21 victory… After the game with the Flashes, UVA faces Pittsburgh (who is playing Akron this week) at home. Still on the schedule for Virginia is a meeting at top-ranked Florida State, as well as a faceoff against in-state rival Virginia Tech to close out the regular season.;
NOTES & QUOTES: For the game against the Flashes, Virginia will wear the uniform and helmet styles they had from 1967-74….Defense has forced 13 turnovers in the first four games…The win over Richmond on September 13 ended a 10-game losing streak -- their longest since 1980-81…UVA has four former head coaches on their staff, including Mike Archer (LSU), Tom O’ Brien (North Carolina State, Boston College), Steve Fairchild (Colorado State) and Larry Lewis (Idaho State). Virginia and Alabama have the most former head coaches on their staffs..Virginia is 10-2-1 lifetime against the Mid-American Conference and will next face the MAC in 2016 when Central Michigan comes to Scott Stadium.
THE SERIES: The game is the first ever meeting between the two schools…KSU’s last game against the ACC was September 11, 2010 -- a 26-13 loss at Boston College.