By EVAN MEYER
The Kent State Golden Flashes picked up their first victory of the 2016 season last week. Both sides of the ball contributed, as they used a stanch defense to hold the Monmouth Hawks to just 199 yards of total offense, while utilizing the running and throwing of Mylik Mitchell as the offensive catalyst in a 27-7 victory.
The challenge gets a little tougher this Saturday. Kent State travels to Alabama to face the defending national champions. KSU alum Nick Saban’s top-ranked Crimson Tide are a perfect 3-0 on the season after defeating nationally ranked Ole Miss last week.
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LAST SATURDAY: The Golden Flashes picked up their first win of the season last Saturday defeating FCS member Monmouth 27-7 at Dix Stadium. Redshirt freshman Mylik Mitchell, in his second collegiate start, completed 14-of-18 passes for 106 yards and led KSU in rushing with 77 yards on 14 carries. Nick Holley led the receivers with seven catches for 65 yards and a pair of scores. Defensively, Nate Holley had 17 total tackles (13 solo) on the afternoon as KSU allowed the Hawks just 67 yards rushing and 199 total yards.
KSU SEASON TO DATE: The Golden Flashes opened the 2016 season losing to the Penn State 33-13. In week two, the Aggies of North Carolina A&T spoiled the home opener by defeating KSU, 39-36, in four overtimes the longest game in school history
OFFENSE; KSU is averaging 25.3 points & 299 yards per game
RUSHING: Justin Rankin 38 carries-178 yards-one touchdown
PASSING: Mylik Mitchell 37-62-1 353 yards five touchdowns
RECEIVING: Nick Holley 12 receptions-110 yards-tow touchdowns
DEFENSE: The Flashes are allowing 26.3 points & 320 yards oer game
TOTAL TACKLES: Nate Holley 27-20-47
TACKLES FOR LOSS: Terance Waugh 8-59 yards
SACKS: Waugh 5-44 yards
INTERCEPTIONS: Three with one
PUNTING: Derek Adams 18 – 37.4 avg. per kick
PLACE KICKING: Shane Hynes 7-9 FG / 7-7 PAT
KICK RETURNS: Kavious Price 6-23.4 yds per return
PUNT RETURNS: Nick Holley 7-52
QB Mylik Mitchell has five touchdown passes in the last two games…The 235 yards rushing against Monmouth was the most over the last 11 games dating back to last season…DB Nate Holley is second in the FBS with 17.5 tackles per game and leads with nine solo stops per contest…LB Elcee Refuge has at least one turnover in the first three games of the season…RB Myles Washington scored his first collegiate touchdown…DL Terance Waugh is second in the FBS with five sacks and eighth in tackles for loss with eight…KSU is 0-12 lifetime against the Southeastern Conference
ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE (3-0)
LAST SATURDAY: Alabama traveled to Ole Miss, coming back from a 21-3 second quarter deficit to defeat the Rebels in Oxford, 48-43. QB Jalen Hurts (146) and RB Damien Harris each rushed for over 100 yards, while QR Calvin Ridley had eight catches for 81 yards and a touchdown. The game produced over 1,000 yards of combined total offense as the Tide ended a two-game losing streak to the Rebels.
ALABAMA SEASON TO DATE: The Crimson Tide started defense of their National Championship with a 52-6 rout of nationally-ranked Southern California in Arlington, Texas…Week Two marked the home opener and resulted in a 38-10 win over Western Kentucky
OFFENSE; UA is averaging 46 points & 477.3 yards per game
RUSHING: Damien Harris 36 carries -327 yards one touchdowns
PASSING: Jalen Hurts 48-78-1 563 yards-four touchdowns
RECEIVING: Calvin Ridley 19 receptions-219 yards-one TD
DEFENSE: The Crimson Tide are allowing 19.7 points & 318.3 yards per game
TOTAL TACKLES: Reuben Foster 11-11-22
TACKLES FOR LOSS: Shaun Dion Hamilton 4-15
SACKS: Jonathan Allen 3-28
INTERCEPTIONS: Three with one
PUNTING: JK Scott 15-44.1 yds./ kick
PLACE KICKING: Adam Griffith 4-6 FG / 18-18 PAT
KICK RETURNS: Trevon Diggs 2-15
PUNT RETURNS: Diggs 7-23.7
The Crimson Tide’s 21-point comeback at Ole Miss was the largest in school history…Tide Head Coach Nick Saban is 14-1 lifetime against MAC opposition (7-1 at Toledo and 7-0 at Alabama)…Coming into the season, Alabama had the fourth-toughest schedule in the FBS…QB Jalen Hurts and RB Damien Harris each ran for over 100 yards against the Rebels, marking the first time since1977 that the Tide accomplished that feat (Jeff Rutledge and Johnny Davis)…Jalen Hurts was named SEC Player of the Week for his performance against Ole Miss…Alabama is 21-1 in their last 22 games at home.