Flashes Host Temple Saturday In Key MAC East Match-Up
Kent State vs. Temple ~ Parents & Family Day
Nov. 6, 2010 ~ 2:00 p.m.
Tailgating Lots open @ 11 a.m.
Kent State Head Coach Doug Martin
Family Four Pack Special
Kent State (4-4, 3-2 MAC) vs. Temple (7-2, 4-1 MAC)
Saturday, November 6, 2010 • 2:00 p.m. EDT
Dix Stadium (20,500/FieldTurf) • Kent, Ohio
Radio: WNIR 100.1 FM (Ty Linder & Rob Polinsky)
Television: None • Internet: K-Zone
The Opening Kick
Having won three of its last four games, Kent State hosts Mid-American Conference East Division tri-leader Temple looking to climb into the thick of the divisional race. The Golden Flashes are a perfect 3-0 at home so far this season as the Owls make just their second trip to Kent.
Kent State, which leads the nation in rushing defense at 65.9 ypg and is eighth in total defense at 278.0 ypg, will be tested by a Temple rushing offense that is ranked third in the MAC at 172.8 ypg. The Flashes also lead the country in tackles for loss (9.3 pg) and are 12th in sacks (2.9 pg).
Top-Ranked Rushing D
With two-thirds of the season in the books, Kent State leads the nation with 65.9 rushing yards allowed per game (and has led the nation after six of its eight games). The Golden Flashes are surrendering a measly 2.1 yard average on 257 carries by the opposition so far this year. Through eight contests, only 22nd-ranked Penn State (162 yards) and Toledo (167) have topped the 100-yard mark as a team.
Facts In A Flash
• Sophomore quarterback Spencer Keith has completed 58.5 percent of his passes (155-265) en route to throwing for 1,604 yards and eight touchdowns so far this season. He has spread the wealth to 12 different receivers.
• Junior wideout Sam Kirkland leads the Flashes with 40 catches for 476 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore wide receiver Tyshon Goode is second on the team with 38 grabs for 417 yards and four TDs.
• Junior running back Jacquise Terry has rushed for 477 yards and six touchdowns, while making 18 catches for 208 yards and two TDs.
• Defensively, senior linebacker Cobrani Mixon leads the team with 65 tackles, while senior linebacker Dorian Wood has 60 stops. Junior cornerback Norman Wolfe is 10th in the country with four interceptions.
• Senior safety Brian Lainhart has contributed to 19 turnovers in the last 27 games. His 16 career INTs are three shy of the school record and are the most among current FBS players.
• Freshman lineman Roosevelt Nix leads the MAC in sacks (8.5), TFL (14.5), hurries (7) and forced fumbles (4).
A Glance At The Series
Saturday's meeting will be the fifth all-time with the Owls, with the teams splitting the first four contests. Kent State won the only previous meeting in Dix Stadium — a 41-38 decision in 2008, while Temple has won 2-of-3 in Philadelphia.
None. However, the game can be seen on www.kentstatesports.com as part of the premium content on the K-Zone.
For the fourth straight year, the excitement of Golden Flashes football can be found on flagship station WNIR 100.1 FM in Northeast Ohio as part of the Kent State Sports Network from IMG College. Ty Linder will handle the play-by-play role and is joined in the booth by color analyst Rob Polinsky.
Live audio for all Kent State football game broadcasts, live video of select games and live stats are available via the K-Zone on the official athletic department web site (www.kentstatesports.com).
• Doug Martin (Kentucky '85) is in his seventh season as a head coach, owning a 28-50 (.359) record at the helm of the Golden Flashes. He was promoted to head coach March 1, 2004, after serving as Kent State's offensive coordinator in 2003. (For a complete Martin bio see page 14.)
• Al Golden (Penn State '91) owns a 25-32 record in his fifth season at Temple (and overall). The Owls have won 16 of their last 20 contests under his direction. Golden spent eight seasons as an assistant at Virginia (1995-96; 2001-05), serving as the defensive coordinator during his second stint with the Cavaliers. He also was at Penn State for the 2000 campaign and on the Boston College staff for three seasons (1997-99).
The Golden Flashes close out their three-game homestand next Saturday (Nov. 13) as they host Army at 2:00 p.m. for Heroes' Day. The teams have met just once before, with the Black Knights claiming a 17-14 victory in overtime in 2006. Meanwhile, the Owls are next in action on Tuesday, Nov. 16 when they host Ohio.