This wasn't the start Paul Haynes had imagined, but it's a start that Kent State fans know very well. 0-1. Now, the Kent State Golden Flashes (0-1) will look to rebound when they host the MEAC's Delaware State Hornets (0-1) later this evening.
Week one was a total disaster for the Flashes. Illinois stomped the Kent State defense for 52 points, and found ways to mess with Colin Reardon and the KSU offense as well. The Kent State starter threw three picks in the first half, as well finishing the quarter 2-for-7 for three yards. Illinois used those turnovers to move the ball into the end zone at an extraordinary pace. Three of the Fighting Illini's drives took just two plays or less. The Flashes were able to score once in the game, with kicker Shane Hynes nailing a 45-yard field goal with 8:30 left in the contest.
Delaware State had rough first week as well. The Hornets lost their opener to Liberty, 32-13. That was the opening game for new head coach Kenny Carter, who took the reigns of the DSU program after last season. Delaware State quarterback Esayah Obada tossed the pigskin for 227 yards on Saturday, becoming a bright spot on a weak day for the Hornets.
Quick Game Info
Game time, date: This game will be on Saturday, September 12 at 6:00 p.m. EST.
Location: Dix Stadium in Kent, Ohio
Online streaming: This game will be live on the WatchESPN app, available for iOS and Android powered devices. To watch live, click here.
Radio: This game can be heard on WHLO 640 AM, or online by clicking here.
Odds: There are currently no odds on this game. For a full list of NCAAF odds, click here.
Players to Watch
Colin Reardon (QB, Kent State)- Reardon had an awful week versus Illinois. He finished 15-for-34 on the day, and was replaced twice by backup George Bollas. He will need to be better if Kent State is to overcome Delaware State in this one.
Miles Hibbler (RB, Kent State)- Hibbler lead Kent State running backs versus Illinois. He gained 15 yards on eight carries in the 52-3 loss.
Esayah Obada (QB, Delaware State)- DSU's quarterback was a bright spot for the Hornets, throwing for 227 yards in the loss. But Obada also made critical mistakes. He threw an interception on the Liberty one-yard line as well as contributing to the safety the Hornets gave up.
Jamaal Jackson (RB, Delaware State)- The Hornets' starting running back will have to better this week if his team is to pull off the upset. Last week, he carried the ball 15 times for 37 yards on the Liberty defense. That's a dismal average of 2.5 yards per carry.