By The Numbers
Kent State took down the Bobcats 24-6 in the midst of Ohio's late season skid a year ago. If Ohio is to win, they are going to have to pass the ball well. It is not something one would normally think to be a problem of the MAC's third best passing offense, but the senior quarterback has only completed 29 of 58 passes for 219 yards and no touchdown passes. Senior running back Beau Blankenship who ran for over 1600 yards a season ago has a combined 94 in his last two games, and 644 on the season. Ohio and Freshman defensive end Tarell Basham and linebacker ben Russell need to pick up the pace on defense and create more long third downs, as Ohio is 111th in the country in third down conversion percentage defense.
For Kent State, the Flashes have won just three games a year after winning Roosevelt Nix leads the Golden Flashes with 12.0 tackles for loss. The Golden Flashes scored scored two defensive touchdowns a year ago against Ohio. Kent State won 11 games last year. They have just three this year. Trayion Durham has gone over 100 yards on the ground only twice after doing so six times in 2012. Even with the weapons Kent State has on offense (Durham and Archer come to mind) they are 104th in the country in overall offensive yardage. As good as the offense has the potential to be, defense had just as high expectations for themselves. After being one of the top teams in the country at causing turnovers a year ago, Kent State has only forced 12 turnovers in 2013.
Names to Know
Tyler Tettleton- The Oklahoma native has struggled in each of his last two outings. Undoubtedly the best Quarterback in Ohio Football history, Tettleton has ran into a wall of sorts and his motivation is being questioned. He was a Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and Davey O'Brien candidate at the start of the season, and now he is trying to help Ohio salvage the opportunity to reach a bowl.
Donte Foster- Tett's partner in crime and fellow Sooner Stater has been the target Tettleton has been most comfortable going to all year. He needs to have a big game to lift up the Bobcats.
Dri Archer- The former Heisman hopeful has worked himself back into football shape and is regaining his old form over his last several outings.
Roosevelt Nix- Short but stout defensive tackle Nix is one of the best defenders the MAC has to offer. If things play out the way Kent State would like them to on defense, Nix will be a big part of the effort.
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