The 0-9 Miami RedHawks head up north tonight to take on the 2-8 Kent State Golden Flashes on ESPNU at 8 p.m. ET, for the less sexy matchup of tonight's #MACtion double-header. Both teams seasons were over before they ever really got started and are in the home stretch of their seasons and trying to salvage any grasp of success.
By The Numbers:
Miami is one of the worst teams in the FBS statistically. One of only five teams in the FBS still without a win this year the RedHawks are 122nd out of 123 schools in total offense, are allowing 473.6 yards per game and are giving up an average of 34 points a game compared to scoring an FBS-worst 10 points-per-game. The team's leading passer, senior quarterback Austin Boucher is done for the year. Now sophomore QB Drew Kummer is the team's active leading passer, with 129-yards. The offensive woes get worse. The team, which fired its head coach and offensive coordinator after five games, can't run the ball. The RedHawks' leading rusher is freshman QB Austin Gearing, with 300 yards. As a whole the RedHawks have less rushing yards than 31 FBS running backs, including four from the MAC, and Jordan Lynch.
Kent State is fairing better, but has had a hard drop off from last season. The Golden Flashes are the reigning MAC East champions, but are mathematically eliminated from any hopes of having a winning season, let alone a return trip to Detroit. The nation's 13th best rushing attack from a season ago has struggled, despite having both Dri Archer and Trayion Durham back. Kent State is averaging 157 yards per game on the ground, a nearly 75 yard per game drop off from 2012.
Freshman quarterback Colin Reardon has been a pleasant surprise for the Golden Flashes, having thrown for nearly 1,600 yards and 11 scores, but has had recent turnover issues and is up to 9 picks on the season. The biggest issue with Kent, other than its rushing woes has been the veteran defense which is giving up 30 points per game, along with an average of 453.9 yards per game.
Four Names To Know:
Dri Archer: The lightening quick offensive weapon is having a down year compared to 2012, due in large part to a sprained ankle that plagued him for several weeks. But fully healthy now, Archer is still a sight to watch on the field. One of the fastest and quickest players in the game, Archer always posses the ability to break a play wide open, especially on special teams.
Roosevelt Nix: The senior defensive lineman is an anomaly at only 5-11, 267 pounds he's somehow managed to become one of the most disruptive defensive line players in college football history. He's been plagued by a sore back all season long but still has managed to rack up 10.5 tackles for loss and will likely be a thorn in the RedHawks' side all evening long.
Kent Kern: The sophomore linebacker is having a stellar season, despite his team's woes. He's averaging 9.3 tackles a game and is a force to be reckoned with. If Kent State wants to get it's running game going it'll have to get by Kern first.
Dayonne Nunley: The senior cornerback entered his final season in Oxford, Ohio with a lot of hype and has lived up. A lockdown corner, he's been overworked this season due to the rest of the team's lack of competitiveness but he's managed to tally 60 tackles through nine games and has defended 11 passes on the year, good enough for third best in the conference. Colin Reardon will have his hands full with Nunley out there.
How To Witness:
TV: ESPNU, 8 p.m. E.T.
Streaming: It can also be streamed live o ESPN3.
Can't Watch? Listen Live:
Miami fans: You can stream the broadcast online at MURedHawks.com.
Kent State fans: You can listen to the official game broadcast on WHLO 640 AM, or online at KentStateSports.com