The visiting Kent State Golden Flashes gave Penn State’s Nittany Lions all they could handle for about 30 minutes last Saturday. Eventually, the Big Ten team imposed its will -- both offensively and defensively -- and picked up a 33-13 victory.
This Saturday, the Blue and Gold open their 2016 season at Dix Stadium as they host one of the nationally ranked teams in . . .
KENT STATE GOLDEN FLASHES (0-1):
LAST SATURDAY: The Golden Flashes fell to the Penn State Nittany Lions, 33-13. KSU opened the scoring on a 26-yard field goal from Shayne Hynes and then tied the score on two occasions, the second being a 20-yard fumble return for a touchdown by senior linebacker Elcee Refuge.
The Lions then scored the last 20 points of the game while holding the KSU offense to just 117 yards of total offense. Justin Agner completed 8-of-16 passes for 64 yards in his first collegiate start, while Justin Rankin rushed for 82 yards. Defensively, DB Nate Holley had another solid game with 17 total tackles (five solo) and a tackle for a loss.
DB Nate Holley was named MAC Defensive Player of the Week with his 17 total tackles against Penn State…Nate Holley has made 15 or more total tackles in his last four games dating back to last season…Senior DT Terrance Waugh forced a fumble along with sack and two tackles for losses…Freshman RB Justin Rankin rushed for 82 yards the most by a KSU running back in the last six games dating back to last season…Nick Holley, twin brother of Nate, returned to the Flashes lineup from injury and had four catches for 45 yards against the Nittany Lions…Since 1946, the Flashes are 41-28-1 in home openers, including winning three of the last four…In its history, KSU is 3-0 against the current teams in the MEAC -- all of the games coming against Delaware State…Six freshmen and sophomores made their first collegiate starts…Defensive Coordinator Ben Needham is the youngest in the entire FBS at 31 years of age
THE SERIES: Saturday’s game is the first ever meeting between the two schools
NORTH CAROLINA A&T AGGIES (1-0)
LAST SATURDAY: The Aggies opened the 2016 season with a convincing 62-0 win over Division II Saint Augustine’s at Aggie Stadium in Greensboro. The Aggies are 24th in the recent FCS poll thanks to the victory. The Aggies defense held The Falcons to 158 total yards. Three minutes into the third quarter, the Aggies had a 55-0 lead.
NC A&T NOTES:
Saturday’s game is the first of two which the Aggies will play against FBS competition. Next week they head to Tulsa to face the Golden Hurricanes (Conference USA), who are playing this Saturday at Ohio State…The Aggies were 10-2 in 2015, including a victory over SWAC Champion Alcorn State in the Celebration Bowl…QB Lamar Raynard was named MEAC Offensive Player of the Week, going 19-of-23 through the air for 162 yards and two touchdowns. He ran for another score…RB Tarik Cohen has 4,096 yards, fourth most in MEAC history, and needs 565 yards to reach the top spot.