CBS Sports Network
By EVAN MEYER
Two teams looking to get back on the winning track will battle Saturday at Kelly Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.
The Kent State Golden Flashes came back from a 14-0 first half deficit and had a late opportunity to upset the Ohio Bobcats last week at home. Four cracks starting from the seven-yard line, however, failed to produce the necessary touchdown and KSU absorbed its second straight defeat. It was the Flashes third in their last four Mid-American Conference games. Those defeats were decided by a total of 12 points.
Meanwhile, the Central Michigan Chippewas . . .
Here's more on the two teams:
LAST TIME OUT: The Golden Flashes dropped their second straight contest, falling to the Ohio Bobcats 14-10 at Dix Stadium. The Flashes came back from a 14-0 second quarter deficit to close to 14-10 in the fourth quarter. They had a chance to win the game when they recovered a fumbled punt at the Bobcats 11-yard line. KSU moved the ball to the seven. However, a fourth down desperation pass went out of the end zone.
Junior QB Nick Holley again was the KSU offense as he rushed for 159 yards on 41 carries and a touchdown. He also completed 12-of-29 passes for 101 yards. Eight difference receivers caught at least one pass, led by freshman RB Justin Rankin with three for 13 yards. The defense was led by Holley’s twin brother, senior free safety Nate, who had nine total tackles (all solo)
KSU SEASON TO DATE: The Golden Flashes finished their non-conference schedule with a 1-3 record. The lone win came at home against Monmouth, while the losses were at Penn State, at defending National Champion Alabama, and to North Carolina A&T at home in four overtimes (the longest game in school history).
KSU opened MAC play with a heartbreaking home loss to arch-rival Akron and then picked up its first conference win of the season at Buffalo before losing late in the fourth quarter at Miami’
OFFENSE: KSU is averaging 21.4 points & 305.2 yards per game
RUSHING: Nick Holley 136 carries - 631 yards eight touchdown
PASSING: Nick Holley 45-88-1 566 yards two touchdowns
RECEIVING: Justin Rankin 22 receptions - 284 yards – one touchdown
DEFENSE: The Flashes are allowing 26.2 points & 350.9 yards oer game
TOTAL TACKLES: Nate Holley 70-31-101
TACKLES FOR LOSS: Terance Waugh 9-60 yards
SACKS: Waugh 6-45 yards
INTERCEPTIONS: Jerrell Foster 3-33
PUNTING: Derek Adams 50 – 40.2 avg. per kick
PLACE KICKING: Shane Hynes 13-17 FG / 18-18 PAT
KICK RETURNS: Kavious Price 8-20.4 yds per return
PUNT RETURNS: Zaquon Tyson 8-66
KSU NOTES: QB Nick Holley has seven touchdowns in his last there games and is 11th in the Football Bowl Subdivision…The KSU defense is allowing just 350.9 yards per game and is ranked 27th in the FBS…PK Shayne Hynes has made his last five field goal attemopts
THE SERIES: The game is the 34th in the series which dates back to 1948 with the Chippewas holding a decisive 23-10 edge. They have won three of the last four in the series including last year’s tilt in Kent 27-14 as they opened a 17-0 first quarter lead and never looked back. It is the 17th game to be played in Mount Pleasant with CMU winning 12 of the previous 16.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN CHIPPEWAS (5-3, 2-2 MAC)
LAST TIME OUT: Last Saturday, CMU saw a two-game winning streak come to an end in Toledo as it lost to the Rockets, 31-17, at the Glass Bowl. UT held a slim 3-0 lead at halftime, but the Rockets scored 28 points to put the game out of reach.
The Chippewas were led by QB Cooper Rush, who completed 18-of-31 passes for 229 yards and a touchdown. The defense was paced by Malik Fountain. He registered 13 total tackles in the contest (seven of them solo).
CMU SEASON TO DATE: The Chippewas went 3-1 in their non-conference schedule, with the biggest win being the hail-mary on the final play of the game at nationally ranked Oklahoma State. In addition, they posted wins over Presbyterian and UNLV with a road loss to Virginia. CMU opened MAC play at home with a setback to Western Michigan. It registered wins over Ball State and Northern Illinois in triple overtime before the loss last Saturday at Toledo.
OFFENSE: CMU is averaging 30.4 points and 428.9 yards per game
RUSHING: Devon Spaulding 110 carries – 612 yards three touchdowns
PASSING: Cooper Rush 167-274-8 2289 yds. 19 touchdowns
RECEIVING: Corey Willis 42 receptions - 639 yards eight TD
DEFENSE: The Chippewas are allowing 28.6 points and 356.6 yards per game
TACKLES: Malik Fountain (41-23-64)
TACKLES FOR LOSSES: Fountain with seven
SACKS: Joe Ostman four
INTERCEPTIONS: Josh Cox & Amari Coleman with three
PUNTING: Jack Sheldon 26 -30 yds. per kick
PLACE KICKING: Brian Eavey 43 pts (4-10 FG/31-31 PAT)
KICK RETURNS: Jonathan Ward 8-23 yds. per return
PUNT RETURNS: Emmett Thomas 10-5.5 yds. Per return
CMU NOTES: With one more win in their last four games, the Chippewas will become bowl eligible…RB Devon Spaulding has rushed for 346 yards with two touchdowns over his last three games…Malik Fountain had a career high 13 tackles against Toledo…QB Cooper Rush is 11th in the FBS with 2,289 passing yards and 11th with 19 touchdown passes…Three of CMU’s final four games will come against the MAC East (vs. KSU & Ohio and at Miami).